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The Mississippi State University Libraries was recently voted the best place to study, to nap and to be a student worker by the

students of MSU. Daniel Smith touched on two of the three in his winning video for the MSU Libraries’ Digital Video Contest.

The aerospace engineering sophomore, who entered and won the contest with a video featuring a student who comes to the library to study but ends up falling asleep, won a Canon 7.1 Megapixel camera for his efforts.

The MSU Libraries’ Digital Video Contest, which featured the theme “Once upon a Time at the MSU Libraries,” required participants to create a video of not more than five minutes and upload it to the Libraries’ YouTube group.

Smith is no stranger to making videos for competition. He created his YouTube account about two years ago in order to enter a similar contest; however, he confesses that the prizes are not the only draw to the contests.

“I just enjoy a challenge when it comes to making videos, so it gave me something to do.  And I felt that I could be successful,” the student said.

Windows Movie Maker, a program available on most PCs, was used to create the winning entry; however, Smith would like to learn a more professional editing program like Avid Xpress Pro, which is now available in the Instructional Media Center.

“I thought the library was just a place to study, not to do what I like when it comes to video editing, but I was wrong.  I still want to try out the Avid software and learn how to use it like a ‘professional,’” said Smith.

When it comes to using YouTube for entertainment purposes, Smith says that he usually spends up to an hour a week watching videos. Many of his videos are inspired by his friends, and when he needs ideas, he turns to YouTube.

Even though he only uploads his videos to share with his friends, he says that occasional positive feedback from the YouTube community is a plus.

Smith’s winning entry was selected by a panel of judges. You can get involved next year when the MSU Libraries hosts the second annual Digital Video Contest during the Fall 2008 semester. Watch for details at the Library, on the Library’s Facebook group page and around campus.

Daniel Smith (second from left) is named the winner of the Mississippi State University Libraries' Digital Video Contest. Congratulating Smith on his accomplishment are Stephen Cunneto (from left), Administrator of Systems, Thomas La Foe, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Harry LLull, Associate Dean for Public Services

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