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Launching: Video on Wikipedia – Fighting back for open codecs!

March 17th, 2010 by Nicholas Reville

let's get video on wikipedia

Today we’re launching a project with the Open Video Alliance to promote video in Wikipedia articles. It’s called:

Let’s Get Video on Wikipedia!

This is a concept that I had thinking about and trying to nudge towards reality for a long time; I’m thrilled that we’re finally there. There’s a bunch of interesting aspects, but perhaps the heart of it is a chance to bring open video to mainstream users and strike a blow for freedom.

Wikipedia is the most popular site in the world that posts video exclusively in open formats (specifically, theora). The steadfast commitment that the Wikimedia Foundation has to open information, tools, and formats, is amazing. They truly put their values first.

By encouraging more people to post videos in Wikipedia articles, we can bring theora video played in html5 to a very large audience. Currently, there are very few wikipedia articles that have videos (here’s one that does: Polar Bear). We hope that this campaign will bring thousands more to the site and show people how great theora can be. HTML 5 video, which plays without Flash, is a wonderful step towards a more open web– but if it depends on proprietary codecs like h.264, we will still be stuck with a gatekeeper for online video.

What else makes this a great campaign?

1. Having a video in a Wikipedia article can bring topics to life in a way that photos and text alone can’t do. It’s an incredibly engaging medium. Think about the difference between reading about a cheetah’s top speed and actually seeing it run.

2. We’ve worked hard with folks at Wikipedia to simplify the process of posting video to Wikipedia and we’ve got it down to 5 pretty simple steps. So now, for the first time in a truly human-usable form, here is: how to post a video to Wikipedia.

3. Shhhhh. If you look around that site, you’ll notice a reference to a new Miro product that is in a usable beta form but not quite ready for a full launch. Look for a launch announcement very soon.

4. If you watch a video on a Wikipedia article but you aren’t on a browser like Firefox or Chrome, it will play in a Java player (it’s pretty awkward) but it will also point you to Firefox, so that you can get a better browser. Another win for openness!

5. We’ve created a nice gallery of videos that are being submitted to Wikipedia in a Wikipedia Miro Community site so you can see what people are posting.

There’s a lot more to come from this campaign, so make sure to follow Open Video Alliance on twitter and become a fan of the project on facebook.

21 Responses to “Launching: Video on Wikipedia – Fighting back for open codecs!”

  1. [...] to Theora, the open format used by Wikipedia. Participatory Culture Foundation, makers of Miro, are unveiling a free conversion app for Mac and Windows. Watch the PCF blog for an official [...]

  2. Ahem, Opera 10.50 supports Theora (and only Theora). Just thought I’d let you know :)

  3. [...] average internet user to have a truly free and open video experience. The campaign seeks to ‘strike a blow for freedom‘ against a wave of h.264 adoption in otherwise open HTML5 video [...]

  4. [...] exclusively in open formats,” the organization’s co-founder Nicholas Reville wrote in a blog post, adding: “By encouraging more people to post videos in Wikipedia articles, we can bring [...]

  5. Digitivity says:

    This is a great idea, a kind of “reverse lock-in”. Except that we’re not really locking anybody in, because they don’t have to pay anything for Theora, or Ogg.

  6. Matthew says:

    Cheers for Miro and getting behind the push for Open Video!

  7. [...] They’re working with Participatory Culture Foundation to release a free video conversion app for Mac and Windows. [...]

  8. Gabriel says:

    This is great news. Will the converting software be open source too? Any possibility of a Linux version?

  9. Gabriel says:

    The ‘Roadmap’ link leads to an empty webpage.

  10. [...] videos to theora; it’s not ready for launch yet, but it will be very soon. From their blog post:“Shhhhh. If you look around that site, you’ll notice a reference to a new Miro product that [...]

  11. [...] aufgezeigt, wie man ein Video auf Wikipedia veröffentlichen kann. Und mit einer kostenfreien App für Windows und Mac können zudem alle User kinderleicht ihre Videos in das Format Theora [...]

  12. [...] videos to Theora; it’s not ready for launch yet, but it will be very soon. From their blog post:“Shhhhh. If you look around that site, you’ll notice a reference to a new Miro product that [...]

  13. coldbrew says:

    Gabriel: Why not just use Handbrake? I haven’t used it to output Theora, but it does list support for it.

  14. [...] testing a free service which would make it much easier to convert videos to Theora.  In a recent blog post, the Miro says, “Shhhhh. If you look around that site, you’ll notice a reference to a new [...]

  15. [...] el sitio que verdaderamente impulsará más la experiencia de video libre. La campaña busca dar un gran golpe en favor de la libertad y en contra de la adopción de el formato h.264, el cual algunas compañías pretenden se utilice [...]

  16. [...] 動画をTheora(Wikipediaが使用する動画のオープンフォーマット)にコンバートするのに苦戦しているユーザにとっても嬉しいニュースもある。Miroはそのブログポストで、動画をTheoraにコンバートする無料製品を試験中だという。 [...]

  17. [...] converting videos to Theora; it’s not ready for launch yet, but it will be very soon. From its blog post: “Shhhhh. If you look around that site, you’ll notice a reference to a new Miro product that is [...]

  18. [...] sin fines de lucro dedicadas a la distribución de vídeo e intercambio de conocimiento libre: Miro, un reproductor de video y cliente BitTorrent: Open Video Alliance, promotora de tecnología [...]

  19. [...] with Mozilla Drumbeat, the Participatory Culture Foundation (makers of the Miro video platform)[1], and Wikimedia New York. Erik Möller welcomed the initiative on behalf of the Wikimedia [...]

  20. mysoogal says:

    more, and more and more stupidity i just cant believe this crap anymore, what is wrong with the open source community I’ve been emailing so many developers I’m starting to believe there is a conspiracy that they all can not compile the videolan player so it only supports theora, I’ve tried it my self but failed so many times, getting help from videolan is a massive failure as the developers are such bastards not one of them will take the time to build that freaking web vlc plugin only for theora there is already massive support for the javascript by revolunet, not to mention getting help from theora is like asking Jesus to heal your dick after your crazy girlfriend chops it off

    what is the point in developing another theora encoder ? there is the official version, then there is ffmpeg, then there is so many others, I’m just so pissed of nobody is developing a theora video plug-in using the vlc plug-in, all this talk about open standards while adobe is ripping the crap out of everybody and flash on Linux ? you must love those garbage quality that YouTube provides.

    if you open source retards really want to change something, GO and build the freaking web video delivery plug-in, then talk about crushing adobe and that forsaking adobe flash player on linux.

    what most of you people forget is that, we already have theora, that is open source we can mess with it and everybody can do the same, what we do not have is a video plug-in that is easy to install and use, something as the divx player would be just perfect but for theora .

    ps,you can email all your hate email to contactATmysoogalDotCom

    adobe should burn in hell

  21. Vasily says:

    Yo Yo super post

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