Special Effects Video Contest

Special Effects Video Contest

Show off your special effects video editing skills for a chance to win great prizes!

Jan 9th 2018 - Feb 28th 2018 Enter Now

Win great prizes including a GoPro Hero6 camera, Amazon gift card and Corel software!

The first and second prize winners will be determined by a panel of judges based on the judging criteria below. The People’s Choice prize will be given to the entry with the highest number of votes as of 11:59pm ET on February 28, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Originality and WOW Factor: Does the video grab the viewer’s attention; is it memorable, does it use elements that are original; is the content portrayed in a creative way?

Technical Expertise and Creativity: Is the video under 2 minutes; does the videographer make use of creative video editing techniques such as transitions, effects and/or music?

Video Quality: What is the overall quality of the video (such as audio, lighting, clarity, etc.)?




VideoStudio X10 Ultimate

GoPro Hero6 Black

VideoStudio X10 Ultimate

$250 USD Amazon gift card

VideoStudio X10 Ultimate

Show off your video editing skills for a chance to win great prizes! We want to see what kind of special effects you can create with video editing techniques – fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural or any other kind of special effect – the choice is yours! Just make sure to keep your video under 2 minutes in length and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo.

To enter the contest, you must first create a Discovery Center user account. If you are a returning visitor who had previously created an account on our old contest site, you will need to re-create your account here (you can use the same username and password as your old account, or use new info).

Don’t forget to share your entry so people can vote and comment on your amazing video! To receive email notifications when someone votes or comments on your video, go to your account profile settings to ensure these notifications are enabled.

You must be logged-in to enter the contest.

Here are some things to keep in mind when entering the Special Effects video contest. You can download a PDF copy of the Official Contest Rules for more details.

Make sure your video is no longer than 2 minutes.
You may enter as many times as you like.
You can only vote ONCE for each video, including your own.

Need some help creating your contest entry? The Discovery Center is full of useful tutorials for both VideoStudio and Pinnacle Studio video editing software. Visit our Special Effects theme page to get started.