Escapade Vid Show

Escapade and vids have a long history. (Just ask Megan, who spent the first Escapade vidshow shuffling VHS tapes in and out of a VCR at the front of a small meeting room.) The Escapade vid show continues to evolve in the ongoing effort to create an enjoyable watching experience.

  • There will be separate rooms for quiet and rowdy viewing on Saturday.
  • We work to showcase the widest variety of vidders possible, with priority given to vids premiering at Escapade this year.
  • The tech track and alternate programming rooms will continue to be available for vidders who wish to organize their own showings.
  • Escapade does not censor or screen vids for content. View responsibly.


Participate in the Vid Show

Each individual vidder may submit up to three vids on which ze has participated, whether solo or as part of a group. Vids premiering at Escapade will take precedence over vids that have shown at other cons or been posted online.

The vid submission deadline is February 3, 2019 at 12 midnight PST! If you have questions, email us at

Electronic Submission Instructions

In general, we are seeking the best quality and highest resolution file you can get to us. We can work with most formats, such as AVI, MOV, MP4, and sometimes MKV files (But, please, no WMVs — they are too prone to error and lose quality when we try to convert them).

We have a huge screen so the show will be projected in full, non-letter-boxed glory! Ideally, your vid will be submitted in 16:9 aspect ratio. If your source is 4:3, it will have to be pillarboxed — but it’ll still look great on the big screen! If you can’t export without stretching the frame to the aspect ratio, please retain the 4:3 and submit as is.

Please make sure the vid file you upload is as high-resolution and high-quality as possible. Ideally:

  • 1280×720
  • 29.97 fps
  • Uncompressed audio
  • A high-quality codec such as DV, h.264, or other

Do not include black space before or after your vid. Trim the vid as close the beginning and end as possible.

Note: If you haven't tried LlamaEnc before, it's awesome! This is a program written by the fabulous AbsoluteDestiny that will allow you to take your full-size, full-res vid file and create a smaller—but still sparkly and beautiful—.m4v file that we can work with easily. It also helps with things like interlacing (the stripey-effect that sometimes plagues vids) and aspect ratio. Go here to read more, and to download this awesome program for Mac, Windows, or Linux:

Use the following naming convention (No spaces, punctuation or special characters):

vidpriority_yourname_songtitle.{mov,avi,m4v, etc.}


The file for the first-priority vid submitted by vidder Super Amazing Vidder!! to the song I’m A Little Teapot would be named:


Do you want to participate in the vid show?