Collaborative tools for videos on Wikipedia

Posted: November 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm  |  By: geert  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

Michael Dale (Wikimedia Foundation)  Video on Wikipedia

Michael Dale is an advocate for open standard and free video formats for the web. The past two years he has lead open source development for video on Wikipedia. To realize open web video Dale has worked closely with the Mozilla Foundation, Kaltura, and the Open Video Alliance. During the open video pre-conference Michael provided the audience a first technical insight into the possibilities of open video and collaborative video editing tools for Wikipedia.

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Why HTML 5? The Possibilities of HTML 5 Video

Posted: November 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm  |  By: morgancurrie  |  Tags: ,

Hay Kranen gave an introduction of HTML 5 and the possibilities this new language introduces. In short, why HTML 5 video use?

There are several benefits when it comes to the use of video via HTML 5:

-       Simple, just like HTML
-       Nu plugin hell
-       One codebase for everything
-       Multiple competing implementation
-       Performance
-       Ready for mobile future
-       Works on iPad ( iPhone, Ipod Touch)

Maybe interesting to mention is that browser Google Chrome supports all codex concerning video, like: OGG Theora, H264 / MPEG 4, WebM. JavaScript on HTML 5 video elements give a simple, cross-browser possibility to make a video interactive.

For universal video interfacing we need a generatic API for online material which will be universal supported very easy. One generatic jQuery plugin: jquery.htmlplayer could be the solution for the future.

For more information follow @Huskyr on Twitter or visit Github for the presentation.

Author: Elias van Hees

The Open Video Alliance for an ‘open’ video ecosystem on the web

Posted: November 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm  |  By: geert  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

During the pre-conference about open video held at the media park in Hilversum, Ben Moskowitz, the general coordinator of the Open Video Alliance, presented his thoughts for an “open” video ecosystem by bringing technology, institutions and databases of video’s together to make video on the web accessible, distributable, searchable and exchangeable. The open video alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals devoted to creating and promoting free and open technologies, policies, and practices in online video.

Ben Moskowitz (Open Video Alliance)
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Michael Dale Explains the Benefits of Open Video Platforms

Posted: November 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm  |  By: morgancurrie  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

by Catalina Iorga

Michael Dale

Michael Dale

Michael Dale is an advocate for open standard and free video formats for the web. The past two years he has lead open source development for video on Wikipedia in partnership with Kaltura, and worked closely with the Mozilla foundation and the Open Video Alliance. Dale is also the lead developer for the commercial open source Kaltura HTML5 platform recently adopted by Adobe to support HTML5 video in their desktop web authoring tools.

The road to open video platforms is one long, bumpy ride, but Michael Dale is optimistic about what’s to come as HTML5video, Kaltura and Metavid are paving the way for such platforms. Compatibility issues caused by different file formats have always made a dent in people’s efforts to upload video content. Content licensing is another complication, as the mainstream H.264 standard for video compression is extremely costly. Fortunately, free and open-source codecs like Firefogg – which transcodes videos to open web standards with Mozilla Firefox – are making things easier for users.

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