Video-sharing websites allow users to upload and host their video – and sometimes audio – content for viewing by other users. Generally media is delivered as Flash media through these sites, but a wide variety of media formats may be uploaded.
MIT Video publishes key presentations by the MIT faculty and guest speakers who are shaping the future. These free, on-demand videos, available 24/7 to viewers worldwide, reflect and extend MIT’s educational mission -- to provide the best education in science, technology, and related fields -- to engaged learners anytime, anywhere.
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MIT’s branded channel is managed by MIT OpenCourseWare. The site showcases content from MIT courses, including full video lectures, faculty introductions to courses, and demonstrations of student projects. Because the agreement for this channel includes an indemnification clause, all content must be vetted for intellectual property prior to publication.
Apple has created a special free section of the iTunes store specifically for educational content. MIT’s iTunes U site is jointly managed by MIT OpenCourseWare and MIT World. Because the agreement for this channel includes an indemnification clause, all content must be vetted for intellectual property prior to publication.
A webcast is the distribution – live or on demand – of a single media file to many simultaneous listeners or viewers. Any format can be used for a webcast, but the most popular are Real Video, Windows Media and Flash.
Academic Media Production Services (AMPS) provides complete webcasting services.
Streaming video or audio is an on-demand stream of content from a server to remote users, often using progressive download (the entire file need not be downloaded before viewing can begin).
AMPS provides fee-based streaming services for a variety of delivery options. In addition, AMPS provides resources for Rich Media Capture (a computer-generated form of streaming media which shows a presented, his or her presentation slides, and audio of the presentation in a single view).
TheInternet Archive’s Moving Images librarycontains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. The site provides an alternative to the relative chaos of YouTube, and can host a much wider variety of media.
Podcasting is a non-streaming presentation of audio or video content that people can download and access from a mobile device such as an iPod. Podcasts are often release episodically, and users subscribe using RSS feeds. Sites such as iTunes allows anyone to create and distribute a podcast.
Videos may be hosted on a website (such as an Athena locker), but will rely on the browser to have the appropriate plugin(s) to play the video. Merely pointing to a video file using "http://" in front of the file path will make downloading the file easy, given sufficient bandwidth. Note that storage lockers have space limitations, and video files are generally very large.
Physical Media (e.g., DVDs, tape, blu-ray)
Videos maybe stored on DVDs, tape, blu-ray, hard drives, or other physical media. These can make a particularly effective strategy for Archiving.