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What is video sharing and vodcasting?


"A video hosting service allows individuals to upload video clips to an Internet website. The video host will then store the video on its server... The website, mainly used as the video hosting website, is usually called the video sharing website." -  Video hosting service


"Video podcast (sometimes shortened to vidcast or vodcast) is a term used for the online delivery of video on demand video clip content via Atom or RSS enclosures... From a web server, a video podcast can be distributed as a file or as a stream. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. Downloading complete video podcasts in advance gives the user the ability to play the video podcasts offline on, for example, a portable media player. A downloaded version can be watched many times with only one download, reducing bandwidth costs in this case. Streaming allows seeking (skipping portions of the file) without downloading the full video podcast, better statistics and lower bandwidth costs for the servers; however, users may have to face pauses in playback caused by slow transfer speeds." - Video podcast


Videos may also be shared from any website, including a blog or wiki. One reason to use a video sharing service is that the files are very large and may take up too much room on free blog or wiki site. For example, a 10 x 8 inch, 764 x 573 pixels .jpg of my brother's cat is 44 KB, while the 15 second Silly video in .wmv compressed format is 1,566 KB and in the uncompressed .avi format is 6,912 KB.


Let's take a look:


Change in Libraries  a librarian's first video, see also Teen Corner at the Skokie Public Library and Skokie public youtube contest trailer 

berrygoods is me figuring this out

Dr. Duck  Public library promoting storytime


How to step by step:


Set up a YouTube account Handout YouTube [pdf] :

1. Go to  http://www.youtube.com/

2. Select Sign-up and create your account. 

3. Upload a video from your computer. 


Create a video Handout Create a Video [pdf] :

1. Capture video or pictures, in digital format. 

2. Convert to a file format that can be uploaded and/or edited.

E.g. Kodak cameras save in .mov. YouTube will accept .mov files; however, it takes a long time for them to get uploaded. Windows Movie Maker will not accept .mov files. They can be converted to .avi, using mp4cam2avi, available for download from Sourceforge

3. Edit, if desired, then compress/render, in video editing software.

PCs come with Windows Movie Maker (try looking in the Utilities menu). Newer Macs come with IMovie. In Windows Movie Maker 'Save to my computer' then gives you the option to save as .wmv, which is a compressed format.

4. Upload.


Windows moviemaker will accept the following file formats:

video files: avi, mpg, m1v, mp2, mp2v, mpeg, mpe, mpv2, wm, wmv, asf

picture files: jpg, jpeg, jpe, jfif, gif, png, bmp, dib, tif, tiff, wmf, emf


Windows Moviemaker may be used to make a slide show of still images and add voice narration.


YouTube will accept QuickTime .mov, Windows .avi, or .mpg files and specifically recommends the MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format at 640x480 resolution with MP3 audio. It will also accept the compressed versions, e.g. .wmv




MP4Cam2AVI - http://sourceforge.net/projects/mp4cam2avi/

MPEG4 to AVI converter/joiner for digital MPEG4 cameras. Easy to use to convert mp4, mov files to avi files or to join many avi files together. My thanks to Polly Farrington http://lib20.pbwiki.com/ for this recommendation.

Note: There are many large ads on the download pages for the AVS video container software, which is not the same.


YouTube Handbook - Producing and Uploading Your Own Videos



Making and Optimizing Your Videos



Videomaker: make better video for YouTube



43 things make a video for YouTube



Video File Formats


Includes an indication of 'Yes' for common ones: .3g2, .asf, .asx, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .qt, .rm, .swf,.wmv


If you want to spend money:


Avid professional editing http://www.avid.com/

Apple Final Cut pro for Macs http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/finalcutpro/


A selection of  popular video sharing websites:

TeacherTube: http://www.teachertube.com (for those of you working in schools where YouTube is blocked).

blip.tv http://www.blip.tv/

Dailymotion http://www.dailymotion.com/

Flickr http://www.flickr.com/

Google video http://video.google.com/

Metacafe http://www.metacafe.com/

YouTube http://www.youtube.com

Vimeo http://vimeo.com/  and a few library videos on Vimeo: Ninjis of Knowledge and Library Video #1 by John Dailey 


List of Video Hosting Services http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_sharing_websites

Comparison of video services http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_video_services

Ten Video Services comparedhttp://www.dvguru.com/2006/04/07/ten-video-sharing-services-compared/ Includes a comment: "you left out... Blip.tv"

I like sharing videos metasite http://www.ilikesharingvideos.com/ blog with comprehensive lists of video sharing sites and video search engines



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