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    Why, when, what and how?
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    Perhaps you’re interested in taking part in Video Beds, Herts and Bucks, but you’ve got a burning question.

    Well we hope that we can answer some of the more Frequently Asked Questions below.

    Video Nation

    Video Nation began in 1993 as an experimental TV and archive project for BBC2, inspired by the success of Video Diaries and by the Mass Observation project of the 1930s.

    Each year 50 contributors were given equipment and training to film their everyday lives.

    Over 1,200 Shorts made from the recordings have since appeared on TV, as well as many other full-length programmes.

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    You can watch this video to see how Video Nation works or find out more by visiting the Video Nation website.

    To watch the Video Nation shorts, you’ll need Realplayer – more details here.
    The BBC is not responsible for the contents of external websites.

    What’s the point of Video Beds, Herts and Bucks?
    This is part of a BBC landmark scheme to enable You to produce a short video for the web – and take part in an exciting project. Video Nation aims to reflect everyday life across the UK in all its rich diversity.

    What kind of thing might I film?
    This is entirely up to you. It might be something that makes you happy, something that makes you sad – or simply something that happens to you everyday.

    If it helps there are a few examples which will give you an idea of what we’re after.

    How does Video Beds, Herts and Bucks work?
    We supply a video camera and some training. We will then edit the material into a short video ready for viewing on the World Wide Web. This is YOUR chance to express yourself and you will have the final say as to whether your video goes online for the world to see.

    Ian Stringer.
    Ian Stringer is co-ordinating the project

    Who edits the tapes?
    We edit the material that you supply, but you will have the chance to approve the finished version before it goes live. If you are unhappy about a finished video, then it does not get shown. That way, you are free to shoot as much material as you like, confident that if you are unhappy with some of it, it will not see the light of day.

    I have no idea how to use a video camera – does that count me out?
    No, and you do not need to have any film or computer knowledge either. We will train you in what you need to know and give you advice at every step of the way. There is more information on successful film making in the Filming Tips section of the main Video Nation's website.

    What will happen to my recordings?
    Your tape may be edited into a short video and shown on the website, once you have agreed to final version. If you change your mind about a video later on, we’ll take it down as soon as we can. We use streaming technology, which means that the videos cannot be downloaded or kept by others.

    How long does it take?
    That will be down to you. Some people may only need the camera for an hour – for others it may be much, much longer. We can discuss this further when we talk you through the scheme.

    What do I get out of it?
    Video Beds, Herts and Bucks is an opportunity to share your views and experiences with the community and talk directly to both local and national audiences. It’s also informative, interesting - and fun! This is your chance to tell the world what is important in your world, learn new skills and play a part in a landmark BBC scheme.

    If you have another question or comment, email us at and we will be happy to help you.

    If you would like to take part, find out how to apply here.

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