Re: [Videolib] Streaming Videos from the Collection

Christopher Lewis (clewis@american.edu)
Tue, 12 Jun 2007 14:27:52 -0400

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I should have mentioned that we are coding the files in mpeg4 and
delivering them on a Quicktime server. Also each file is prefaced by
licensing information and a copyright disclaimer. I get a sense that w=
e're
one of the few institutions that isn't using a third-party vendor to ma=
nage
this kind of thing but I've not found one that I felt could deliver vid=
eos
simply via the catalog.

Our selection of the inaugural titles was based on a list of releases,
dated 2000 or newer, ranked by circulation. It seemed like the best met=
hod
to test first. Despite our promotional efforts I don't expect user habi=
ts
to adjust to streaming video for at least a couple more years but hope =
that
by then we have a decent core of titles waiting for them.

I'm not holding my breath for streaming feature films though and expect=
to
be buying DVDs for at least several more years.

Chris Lewis
Media Librarian/Acting Assistant University Librarian for Information
Services
American University Library
202.885.3257

"Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod. And never =
put
anything in an e-mail." - Eliot Spitzer on Secrets of Success

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Gary Handman =

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Thanks God for a discussion thread NOT about copyright...

OK...here's my 2.5 cents (damn, I miss the cents key on the keyboard!):=
I
did a LOT of talking with CDIGIX last year...went to a little brainstor=
ming

session they hosted in Baltimore. My final take on the company is that=
,
while the product and service they're offering may suit reserve-type
viewing (i.e. point-of-need digitization and short-term retention), CDI=
GIX
is largely not geared to supporting the long-term, on-going needs of
standing collections. If all you're doing is responding to the need t=
o
temporarily put up requested titles, the CDIGIX route may work just swe=
ll;
if, on the otherhand, you're considering building "standing" digital
collections, I don't think they work very well. Like a number of other=
3rd

party solutions, the CDIGIX route is predicated on wrapping content tig=
htly

in a Digital Rights Management shell which requires specifying a partic=
ular

time frame (and, I seem to recall, a strictly delineated client
base). It's a model that's better suited for entertainment delivery th=
an
library collection development and management, in my opinion. Although=
I
think you CAN somehow set the DRM specifications to open-ended, I seem =
to
recall that it's somewhat of a pain to do so.

Here's what we've finally decided to do here (and it's probably not for=

everyone): We've recently purchased a Digital Rapids encoding unit whi=
ch
will allow us to do in-house digitization to our specifications. After=

months and months and months of agonizing about standards, I've finally=

bitten the bullet and thrown in my hat in the...gulp...Microsoft
ring: we're gonna digitize for Windows Media and deliver over a Window=
s
streaming server. Our systems guys are staunchly anti-Mac, which pains=
me
greatly, but there's not much I can do at the moment. If they weren't,=
I'd

probably be encoding to QuickTime. We'll probably transcode the stuff =
we
license into MPG2 or 4, so if we change our minds about delivery standa=
rds
in the future, we can easily recrank the stuff.

So, how this will work: we will license appropriate content (Bullfrog,=

California Newsreel et al), We've just gotten a small grant to support=

four very large survey classes that have asked us to put up video
(fortunately, most of the stuff they've asked for is licenseable). We =
will

encode to Windows Media and serve out from our server. The materials w=
ill
be made available to all UCB-authenticated users, on campus and off. =
For
stuff available as "ready-made" Windows Media digital files (e.g. Films=

Media and PBS), we'll buy these and mount them. For the stuff we've
encoded, the classes will embed links to the files in the course learni=
ng
management system. We will also fully catalog the titles and include l=
inks

to the video files in our OPAC, as well as in the MRC web site.

In the long run, one of the most challenging decisions for ANYONE getti=
ng
into this business of VOD in ANY form will be how to decide what to
license.
As I've written earlier on videolib, there is often a fairly wide
disjuncture between what is actually being used or requested and what i=
s
available for digital rights licensing. The bottom line at Berkeley is=

that what's used most in classrooms (movies) is currently out of reach =
as
far as digital delivery. On the other hand, licensing ONLY those items=

which are immediately needed to support curriculum has its drawbacks, t=
oo,
in terms of long-term collection development needs.

We also intend to begin digitizing stuff for which we believe we have
Section 108 preservation rights. These will be limited to building-lev=
el
IP addresses (although, if I were putting my money where my mouth is (c=
f my

recent diatribes on videolib re 108 rights), I'd make these more broadl=
y
available to UC users both on campus and off. I'm still too chicken to=
do
this, I think.

I've decided to go the DIY route for a number of reasons: it's clear t=
o me

that remote access to video via remote vendor's server simply isn't
satisfactory in terms of image resolution and size and network
efficiency. I really like Films Media's little front end (which allows=
the

user to define clip sequences and to create learning objects), but the
image via FM's server just doesn't make it.
We're doing the encoding in-house because, frankly, our Library Systems=

Office is clueless and unwilling or incapable of taking this on. Campu=
s
computing and our Educational Technology guys are similarly completely =
out
of the question in terms of economics, willingness, and corporate
culture. So...we're biting the bullet and trying it ourselves.

We get the hardware in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

Gary

At 08:12 AM 6/12/2007, you wrote:
>I've been talking to CDIGIX about licensing some of our videos to stre=
am
>out and authenticate through Blackboard.
>
>QUESTION: What are your experiences with streaming videos from your
>collection, other vendors, any thoughts or comments on this topic will=
be
>great appreciated.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Chuck McCann
>Dept. Head, Digital Media Center
>Florida State Libraries
>"Ask A Media Librarian" AIM account/e-mail: cmccann@mailer.fsu.edu
>http://www.lib.fsu.edu/dlmc/dmc
>850.644.3094 or 850.644.5924
>
>VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of
>issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographi=
c
>control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats i=
n
>libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will ser=
ve
>as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channe=
l of

>communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video
>producers and distributors.

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of lif=
e
presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles."

--Guy Debord

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of is=
sues
relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic contro=
l,
preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in librarie=
s
and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an
effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of
communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video
producers and distributors.
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I should have mentioned that we are coding the files in mpeg4 and de= livering them on a Quicktime server. Also each file is prefaced by lice= nsing information and a copyright disclaimer. I get a sense that we're= one of the few institutions that isn't using a third-party vendor to m= anage this kind of thing but I've not found one that I felt could deliv= er videos simply via the catalog.

Our selection of the inaugural titles was based on a list of releases, = dated 2000 or newer, ranked by circulation. It seemed like the best met= hod to test first. Despite our promotional efforts I don't expect user = habits to adjust to streaming video for at least a couple more years bu= t hope that by then we have a decent core of titles waiting for them.
I'm not holding my breath for streaming feature films though and expect= to be buying DVDs for at least several more years.

Chris Lewis
Media Librarian/Acting Assistant University Librarian for Information S= ervices
American University Library
202.885.3257

"Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod. And n= ever put anything in an e-mail." - Eliot Spitzer on Secrets of S= uccess
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Thanks God for a discussion thread NOT about copyright...

OK...here's my 2.5 cents (damn, I miss the cents key on the keyboard!):=  I
did a LOT of talking with CDIGIX last year...went to a little brainstor= ming
session they hosted in Baltimore.  My final take on the company is= that,
while the product and service they're offering may suit reserve-type viewing (i.e. point-of-need digitization and short-term retention), CDI= GIX
is largely not geared to supporting the long-term, on-going needs of standing collections.   If all you're doing is responding to the n= eed to
temporarily put up requested titles, the CDIGIX route may work just swe= ll;
if, on the otherhand, you're considering building "standing" = digital
collections, I don't think they work very well.  Like a number of = other 3rd
party solutions, the CDIGIX route is predicated on wrapping content tig= htly
in a Digital Rights Management shell which requires specifying a partic= ular
time frame (and, I seem to recall, a strictly delineated client
base).  It's a model that's better suited for entertainment delive= ry than
library collection development and management, in my opinion.  Alt= hough I
think you CAN somehow set the DRM specifications to open-ended, I seem = to
recall that it's somewhat of a pain to do so.

Here's what we've finally decided to do here (and it's probably not for=
everyone):  We've recently purchased a Digital Rapids encoding uni= t which
will allow us to do in-house digitization to our specifications.  = After
months and months and months of agonizing about standards, I've finally=
bitten the bullet and thrown in my hat in the...gulp...Microsoft
ring:  we're gonna digitize for Windows Media and deliver over a W= indows
streaming server.  Our systems guys are staunchly anti-Mac, which = pains me
greatly, but there's not much I can do at the moment.  If they wer= en't, I'd
probably be encoding to QuickTime.  We'll probably transcode the s= tuff we
license into MPG2 or 4, so if we change our minds about delivery standa= rds
in the future, we can easily recrank the stuff.

So, how this will work:  we will license appropriate content (Bull= frog,
California Newsreel et al),  We've just gotten a small grant to su= pport
four very large survey classes that have asked us to put up video
(fortunately, most of the stuff they've asked for is licenseable). &nbs= p;We will
encode to Windows Media and serve out from our server.  The materi= als will
be made available to all UCB-authenticated users, on campus and off. &n= bsp; For
stuff available as "ready-made" Windows Media digital files (= e.g. Films
Media and PBS), we'll buy these and mount them.   For the stuff we= 've
encoded, the classes will embed links to the files in the course learni= ng
management system.  We will also fully catalog the titles and incl= ude links
to the video files in our OPAC, as well as in the MRC web site.

In the long run, one of the most challenging decisions for ANYONE getti= ng
into this business of VOD in ANY form will be how to decide what to lic= ense.
As I've written earlier on videolib, there is often a fairly wide
disjuncture between what is actually being used or requested and what i= s
available for digital rights licensing.  The bottom line at Berkel= ey is
that what's used most in classrooms (movies) is currently out of reach = as
far as digital delivery.  On the other hand, licensing ONLY those = items
which are immediately needed to support curriculum has its drawbacks, t= oo,
in terms of long-term collection development needs.

We also intend to begin digitizing stuff for which we believe we have <= br> Section 108 preservation rights.  These will be limited to buildin= g-level
IP addresses (although, if I were putting my money where my mouth is (c= f my
recent diatribes on videolib re 108 rights), I'd make these more broadl= y
available to UC users both on campus and off.  I'm still too chick= en to do
this, I think.

I've decided to go the DIY route for a number of reasons:  it's cl= ear to me
that remote access to video via remote vendor's server simply isn't satisfactory in terms of image resolution and size and network
efficiency.  I really like Films Media's little front end (which a= llows the
user to define clip sequences and to create learning objects), but the =
image via FM's server just doesn't make it.
We're doing the encoding in-house because, frankly, our Library Systems=
Office is clueless and unwilling or incapable of taking this on.  = Campus
computing and our Educational Technology guys are similarly completely = out
of the question in terms of economics, willingness, and corporate
culture.  So...we're biting the bullet and trying it ourselves.
We get the hardware in a few weeks.  Stay tuned.

Gary


At 08:12 AM 6/12/2007, you wrote:
>I've been talking to CDIGIX about licensing some of our videos to s= tream
>out and authenticate through Blackboard.
>
>QUESTION: What are your experiences with streaming videos from your=
>collection, other vendors, any thoughts or comments on this topic w= ill be
>great appreciated.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Chuck McCann
>Dept. Head, Digital Media Center
>Florida State Libraries
>"Ask A Media Librarian" AIM account/e-mail: cmccann@maile= r.fsu.edu
>http://www.lib.fsu.edu/= dlmc/dmc
>850.644.3094 or 850.644.5924
>
>VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion o= f
>issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliogra= phic
>control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video format= s in
>libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will = serve
>as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a cha= nnel of
>communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video=
>producers and distributors.

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.ber= keley.edu/MRC

"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all o= f life
presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles."

--Guy Debord

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of is= sues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic c= ontrol, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in = libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serv= e as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a chann= el of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and vid= eo producers and distributors.

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