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Adding video

Upload a video to the website

There are two ways to play videos in Anymeta. The simplest way is to upload your video to YouTube or vimeo and embed them in your article, blog, or project. The second option is slightly more complex, requiring a little more knowhow. Moreover, this second option only works with flash videos (.flv).

Adding video

To place a video in an article, you more or less take the same steps are when you would upload an image.

  • Go to 'Contributions' in the menubar in the upper-left corner, click on 'Add an Image.' Upload a video from your own computer, the internet, or this website.
  • In the next window, add more information about the video. Always give the video a proper title. A proper title is one that accurately describes the video. Moreover, do not neglect to cite its source.
  • The next step is to select keywords. With these, you describe what the video is about and connect the image to other content on the website.
  • Click 'Finish' to save your video.

Citing sources

  • * When you use a video found on the internet, it is important to note whether or not it is copyright-protected. Are you allowed to upload it to the website? Creative Commons allows you to easily discern what you can and cannot do with a particular creative property. See Flickr, for instance..
  • When you edit the video, a 'C' is displayed below the completometer progress bar. Clicking this 'C' allows you to set the Creative Commons. This shows other users whether they can or cannot use the image.
  • Also provide a link to where you found the image.

Codecs

There are many different video-codecs, formats and compressors available, leading to a wide range of video quality. To help give an overview, we've listed a few of them:

YouTube / Vimeo --> H.264
If you want to upload your videos to YouTube or Vimeo, it's best to use the H.264. This high quality codec continues to increase in popularity.

Flash--> VP6 FLV
If you want to play your videos in a separate flashplayer, you should export your videos in the .flv format.

Compression software

1. Quicktime-Pro (Windows & MAC, $29.99)
With Quicktime-Pro, you can export your videos as Quicktime videos with the H.264 codec mentioned above.

Choose: file > export > movie to Quicktime Movie > options
Specify the compressor-type, the size of the video and the audio settings in the options menu.
Compression Type: H.264 (default settings)
Sound: AAC, Sample rate: 44.100

You can set the sample-rate to be lower, depending on the nature of the audio. Experiment with different settings - this applies to video as well - and export a short fragment. Try out the results to determine whether or not you're content with these settings.

2. ON2 Flix Standard (Windows & MAC, $39, VP6)
ON2 Flix Standard is a popular (and adequate) tool to convert video files (such .mov) to Flash-video (.flv).

Resolution

If you've made a widescreen-video (HD or other format with an aspectratio of 16:9), you can use the resolutions below:
Resolution: 400 x 225 | 480 x 270 | 640 x 360

If you've made a standard video (of aspect ratio 4:3), you can use the resolutions below:
Resolution: 320 x 240 | 480 x 360 | 640 x 480

Sources

With video (as well as audio and still images), bad quality never improves during editing. Make sure you've thought of variables such as lighting, setting and acoustics before you record. A good microphone goes a long way, and a stable foundation (i.e. a tripod) is certainly recommended for longer takes.

Links

For extensive Quicktime tutorials, please refer to:
www.apple.com/quicktime/tutorials/h264.html
www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/compressor_h-264_movies_fcp.html

More information on compressing video:
www.longtailvideo.com/support/tutorials/Web-Video-Compression

Youtube (instructions):
www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=132460

Vimeo (instructions):
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