Media/Education: Time-lapse video puts Edinburgh in frame

Kinetic Edinburgh is a time-lapse video of Edinburgh produced by Walid Salhab, a lecturer in media production at Queen Margaret University (QMU). The in-house comms team at QMU wanted to use the video to gain media coverage for the university and its media department.

Kinetic Edinburgh: A time lapse video of the city was produced by Walid Salhab
Kinetic Edinburgh: A time lapse video of the city was produced by Walid Salhab

Campaign: Kinetic Edinburgh Video Promotion
Client: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
PR team: In-house
Timescale: August-September 2012
Budget: £0



  • To raise awareness of the university, its media department and the film.

Strategy and plan

The film was posted on Vimeo and YouTube. A video link was sent to The Scotsman newspaper and VisitScotland, among others, and posted on QMU's Facebook page. The team sent the film to its contacts, while staff and students were encouraged to use their own social media networks to promote the video.

Measurement and evaluation

VisitScotland, which has 35,000 Twitter followers, retweeted the video and shared it on Facebook. BBC Scotland held an interview with Salhab, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland.


Within 48 hours of going online, the video was viewed by 50,000 people on YouTube. To date, it has received more than 472,000 views on YouTube and 16,000 on Vimeo.

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