Good point, Chris.
We too will be adding our university logo to the file,, along with
licensing information and a copyright disclaimer.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Christopher
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 2:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [Videolib] Streaming Videos from the Collection
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
we're one of the few institutions that isn't using a third-party vendor
to manage this kind of thing but I've not found one that I felt could
deliver videos simply via the catalog.=20
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
method 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 but hope that by then we have a decent core of titles waiting for
I'm not holding my breath for streaming feature films though and expect
to be buying DVDs for at least several more years.
Media Librarian/Acting Assistant University Librarian for Information
American University Library
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put anything in an e-mail." - Eliot Spitzer on Secrets of Success
Gary Handman <email@example.com>
06/12/2007 12:27 PM=20
Please respond to
Re: [Videolib] Streaming Videos from the Collection=09
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!):
did a LOT of talking with CDIGIX last year...went to a little
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=20
viewing (i.e. point-of-need digitization and short-term retention),
is largely not geared to supporting the long-term, on-going needs of=20
standing collections. If all you're doing is responding to the need to
temporarily put up requested titles, the CDIGIX route may work just
if, on the otherhand, you're considering building "standing" digital=20
collections, I don't think they work very well. Like a number of other
party solutions, the CDIGIX route is predicated on wrapping content
in a Digital Rights Management shell which requires specifying a
time frame (and, I seem to recall, a strictly delineated client=20
base). It's a model that's better suited for entertainment delivery
library collection development and management, in my opinion. Although
think you CAN somehow set the DRM specifications to open-ended, I seem
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=20
everyone): We've recently purchased a Digital Rapids encoding unit
will allow us to do in-house digitization to our specifications. After=20
months and months and months of agonizing about standards, I've finally=20
bitten the bullet and thrown in my hat in the...gulp...Microsoft=20
ring: we're gonna digitize for Windows Media and deliver over a Windows
streaming server. Our systems guys are staunchly anti-Mac, which pains
greatly, but there's not much I can do at the moment. If they weren't,
probably be encoding to QuickTime. We'll probably transcode the stuff
license into MPG2 or 4, so if we change our minds about delivery
in the future, we can easily recrank the stuff.
So, how this will work: we will license appropriate content (Bullfrog,=20
California Newsreel et al), We've just gotten a small grant to support=20
four very large survey classes that have asked us to put up video=20
(fortunately, most of the stuff they've asked for is licenseable). We
encode to Windows Media and serve out from our server. The materials
be made available to all UCB-authenticated users, on campus and off.
stuff available as "ready-made" Windows Media digital files (e.g. Films=20
Media and PBS), we'll buy these and mount them. For the stuff we've=20
encoded, the classes will embed links to the files in the course
management system. We will also fully catalog the titles and include
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
into this business of VOD in ANY form will be how to decide what to
As I've written earlier on videolib, there is often a fairly wide=20
disjuncture between what is actually being used or requested and what is
available for digital rights licensing. The bottom line at Berkeley is=20
that what's used most in classrooms (movies) is currently out of reach
far as digital delivery. On the other hand, licensing ONLY those items=20
which are immediately needed to support curriculum has its drawbacks,
in terms of long-term collection development needs.
We also intend to begin digitizing stuff for which we believe we have=20
Section 108 preservation rights. These will be limited to
IP addresses (although, if I were putting my money where my mouth is (cf
recent diatribes on videolib re 108 rights), I'd make these more broadly
available to UC users both on campus and off. I'm still too chicken to
this, I think.
I've decided to go the DIY route for a number of reasons: it's clear to
that remote access to video via remote vendor's server simply isn't=20
satisfactory in terms of image resolution and size and network=20
efficiency. I really like Films Media's little front end (which allows
user to define clip sequences and to create learning objects), but the=20
image via FM's server just doesn't make it.
We're doing the encoding in-house because, frankly, our Library Systems=20
Office is clueless and unwilling or incapable of taking this on. Campus
computing and our Educational Technology guys are similarly completely
of the question in terms of economics, willingness, and corporate=20
culture. So...we're biting the bullet and trying it ourselves.
We get the hardware in a few weeks. Stay tuned.
At 08:12 AM 6/12/2007, you wrote:
>I've been talking to CDIGIX about licensing some of our videos to
>out and authenticate through Blackboard.
>QUESTION: What are your experiences with streaming videos from your=20
>collection, other vendors, any thoughts or comments on this topic will
>Dept. Head, Digital Media Center
>Florida State Libraries
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>VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of=20
>issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic
>control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in
>libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will
>as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel
>communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video=20
>producers and distributors.
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presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles."
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issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic
control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats 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 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 =
them on a Quicktime server. Also each file is prefaced by licensing =
and a copyright disclaimer. I get a sense that we're one of the few =
that isn't using a third-party vendor to manage this kind of thing but =
found one that I felt could deliver videos simply via the catalog. =
Our=20 selection of the inaugural titles was based on a list of releases, dated = 2000 or=20 newer, ranked by circulation. It seemed like the best method to test = first.=20 Despite our promotional efforts I don't expect user habits to adjust to=20 streaming video for at least a couple more years but hope that by then = we have a=20 decent core of titles waiting for them.
I'm not holding my breath = for=20 streaming feature films though and expect to be buying DVDs for at least = several=20 more years.
Media Librarian/Acting Assistant = University=20 Librarian for Information Services
American University=20 Library
"Never write when you can talk. Never = talk when=20 you can nod. And never put anything in an e-mail." - Eliot Spitzer on = Secrets of=20 Success
"=20 src=3D"cid:951194318@12062007-01C1" width=3D16 border=3D0>Gary Handman=20 <email@example.com>
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