Video on the Web

Video on the Web

  • Posted on: 6 October 2005
  • By: cathy

Here are some sites and services that enable you to upload video to the web. Please comment if you have information or opinions you'd like to share.

Freevlog

http://www.freevlog.org/

This is a site that can host videoblogs (blogs that feature video as the primary content with a bit of info to set the context, and that often use RSS to syndicate to other websites and aggregators). It puts you through the whole process of making a video, taking a screenshot to use on a vlog, registering for the site, getting free hosting. It's actually The Internet Archive and Ourmedia, partnering with Freevlog, that let you upload material with no expiration. More about those organizations shortly. Videos should be less than 20MB. An RSS feed allows people to subscribe and download videos automatically. The bottom line here is free space and a community to see and comment on your posts.

The Internet Archive

http://www.archive.org/

This is a type of digital library hosted by a non-profit group that provides access to digitized historical collections to researchers, scholars and historians with no time restrictions. It seems to have a broad definition of historical that extends beyond typical academic disciplines. For example, there's a link for bands to e-mail permission to archive their shows through etree.org, the Live Music Archive portion of the site, which has over 27,000 shows catalogued. I downloaded one show only to find it was in FLAC format and I didn't have a program to open it, but I will hunt one down! FLAC seems like a great format because it's lossless, unlike MP3.

There are a lot of other video forums, including Prelinger Archives: http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger and Open Source Movies: http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_movies. Some Prelinger clips streamed jerkily or didn't download. I'm trying to figure out rates that work best for streaming or downloading.

Ourmedia

http://www.ourmedia.org/

This is a spinoff of the Internet Archive which uses their server space and is powered by Drupal. There are "social networking components" where groups or communities of interest are focused around issues such as citizen journalism, podcasting or videoblogging (or dentistry or hentai), and these forums contain video, audio, photos, software, etc. Storage and bandwidth are free. One purpose for the site is as a learning tool to share "best practices", and another is for classroom use. Initially, the site was difficult to open. Caveat: it's still in Alpha testing. Found this article, an interview from July 2005 with co-founder J.D. Lasica: http://creativecommons.org/video/ourmedia.

Ourmedia was launched in early 2005 and was already nominated as the U.S. finalist for the UN World Summit Awards for innovative digital content. This was in the e-inclusion category for empowering the general public usage through the Net and helping bridge the digital divide. It is a home for grassroots media. The site provides a place where anyone can upload video, music, photos, audio clips and other personal media, and store it for free on Ourmedia's servers forever. Uploaders have the option of making their works available under a Creative Commons license. This forum has thousands of freely shareable works. Ourmedia is collaborating with participatoryculture.org to bring about access to free, open-source video.

Participatory Culture Foundation

http://participatoryculture.org/

They're creating software and websites for a new democratic TV system for creative, independent media to be accessed by a worldwide audience. The source for this, DTV, is a "new, free and open-source platform for internet television and video" which is still in the Beta stage of testing and development.

Videobloggers.org

http://videobloggers.org/

Videobloggers.org is a participating project of the Open Vlog Consortium. This site offers free hosting for vloggers courtesy of ibiblio.org and is a vlogosphere content aggregator. What is that, you say? An aggregator gathers content or apps from various online sources, and this merely does this for vlogs. The site probably uses RSS, though I'm not sure. Caveat: if you type in "www" you'll get a message that says "Error, the blog does not exist." Always omit that.

FLAC

http://flac.sourceforge.net/index.html

Free lossless audio codec with variable bitrate compression that many find superior to MP3. I'm trying to determine which programs open the format, especially open-source ones, and how it works in conjunction with video. People seem very enthusiastic about this format, and I'm interested in knowing all the particulars about it.

Creative Commons

http://creativecommons.org/

This is licensing for your video that "helps you publish your video online while letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with your work." It instructs you how to apply a license to your already-created site or, if not, how to get your material on Ourmedia or Internet Archive.

Their raison d'etre is summarized in a blog entry here along with issues about funding resources: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/5661.

There are also links to blog entries about groups whose sites have video that is available through Creative Commons licensing, such as Youth Media Distribution and Shipwreck Central (interesting that a professional organization with commercial interests chose to go this route): http://creativecommons.org/video/.