[Videolib] Video Furnace Service/Technology

Brewer, Michael (brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu)
Wed, 2 Feb 2005 15:35:06 -0700

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All,


Do any of you know about this company and their service of digitizing and
serving streaming video through an intranet? I spoke with a representative
the other day, and it sounded very promising. However, the only legal use I
can think of would be for TEACH act purposes (things put on reserve or
streamed for distance learning), and, in some cases, in class (I can't
recall if it is legal to move something from analog to digital for using in
class. It is ok to do this for TEACH act as long as it is not piracy
protected). He said that Northwestern, Dartmouth and UCLA were all
implementing. I am just wondering if anyone knows about this company or how
libraries might be using this kind of service. It seems that for much of
what we offer (students viewing films for research, but not necessarily
conforming with TEACH act guidelines) would not allow for this kind of
digitization. Do others share this reasoning? (I have written to
Northwestern and Dartmouth separately to ask them what their intended use
is).


Here is what the company says it does:


Some of the key features of our technology, particularly for library usage,
include:

* High quality, MPEG 1,2, or 4 standard encoding, to avoid "digital
rust" due to proprietary encoding schemes.
* Secure, encrypted streams with no caching on end-user machines, to
safely deliver video to end-users and prevent digital thievery of the
content.
* Complete conditional access controls on content viewing and
creation, so only authorized users are given access to the content.
* Complete meta-data indexing (currently following the Dublin Core
standard) for all assets, including a fully searchable indexed database of
assets.
* No end-user player installation necessary. Using a Windows, Mac, or
Linux machine, they simply click a portal page link (for instance, a link in
a CMS or electronic card catalogue page) to start watching their video
asset. No need to provide installation instructions or patching guidelines
or the like; instead they simply watch the video!


Here is an article on the company/technology, though it really doesn't hit
on the use of digitized video from the libraries collections (which is what
interests me).


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Michael Brewer

Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian

University of Arizona Library A210

1510 E. University

P.O. Box 210055

Tucson, AZ 85721

Voice: 520.307.2771

Fax: 520.621.9733

brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu <mailto:brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu>


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All,

 

Do any of you know about this company and their service of digitizing and serving streaming video through an intranet?  I spoke with a representative the other day, and it sounded very promising. However, the only legal use I can think of would be for TEACH act purposes (things put on reserve or streamed for distance learning), and, in some cases, in class (I can't recall if it is legal to move something from analog to digital for using in class.  It is ok to do this for TEACH act as long as it is not piracy protected). He said that Northwestern, Dartmouth and UCLA were all implementing.  I am just wondering if anyone knows about this company or how libraries might be using this kind of service.  It seems that for much of what we offer (students viewing films for research, but not necessarily conforming with TEACH act guidelines) would not allow for this kind of digitization.  Do others share this reasoning? (I have written to Northwestern and Dartmouth separately to ask them what their intended use is).

 

Here is what the company says it does:

 

Some of the key features of our technology, particularly for library usage, include:

 

Here is an article on the company/technology, though it really doesn't hit on the use of digitized video from the libraries collections (which is what interests me).

 

mb

 

 

Michael Brewer

Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian

University of Arizona Library A210

1510 E. University

P.O. Box 210055

Tucson, AZ 85721

Voice: 520.307.2771

Fax: 520.621.9733

brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu

 

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