Submissions:2015/Video in Wikimedia: Today and Tomorrow

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Video in Wikimedia: Today and Tomorrow
Tech and community
Type of submission
Panel and workshop
Andrew Lih, Brion Vibber
E-mail address
User:Fuzheado, User:Brion_VIBBER
American University, Wikimedia Foundation

Proposed panelists:

  • Andrew Lih, American University, Wiki Makes Video
  • Brion Vibber, Wikimedia Foundation
  • Mike Nolan, Mozilla
  • Jake Johnson, Internet Archive

SUMMARY: In this session we describe how after a long period of stagnation, video has made huge strides in the Wikimedia movement the past year. A visual content community has emerged with English Wikipedia growing to more than 7,000 articles with video through efforts such as Wiki Makes Video. In 2015, there have been big breakthroughs with the launch of ogvjs, a Javascript-based media player that allows for immediate Ogg Theora video playback in any modern browser (made live on Wikimedia Commons in August 2015). It also marked the creation of a "video editing server" prototype through efforts of the German chapter to allow uploads of video of a variety of codecs and containers for conversion to open formats. We describe the technical and cultural obstacles in incorporating more video in the Wikimedia movement and discuss plans for the future that include working with the Mozilla Foundation and the Internet Archive for achieving the holy grail of wiki video creation – a fully distributed collaborative video editing ecosystem where anyone with a web browser can participate in timeline-based editing of video.


  • Overview
    • State of open video standards - Overview of Ogg Theora and WebM
    • Community RFC on using MPEG-4 - January 2014 RFC on video standards adoption and using patent encumbered formats
    • Implications of open source requirements for users, creators and uploaders - formats, editing tools, browsers, codecs
  • Developments
    • Rationale, design and implementation of the German Schnittserver (editing server) project
    • Developing and launching ogvjs by Brion Vibber, a JavaScript media player using Ogg/Vorbis/Theora/Opus/WebM libs compiled with Emscripten source-to-source compiler
    • Overview of video content statistics and applications in English Wikipedia
    • Designing a fully distributed collaborative video editing ecosystem for the future
      • Partner: Mozilla Webmaker Popcorn - a browser-based multimedia assembly interface
      • Partner: Internet Archive for uploading, transcoding and storage
      • How to create a wiki-like workflow for distributed collaborative video production
        • What do video equivalents of edit history, diffs, recent changes, et al. look like?
        • How are functions like logging, storyboarding or script writing supported in such a system?
        • What additional tools might video makers need to collaborate?
  • Workshop (time permitting, or in the Unconference)
    • One goal is to get feedback from the audience on how to create a "concept video" that best illustrates how a final system might function (to be shown to potential funders)
    • What topic would be ideal to make a "footage call" so that anyone in the world could shoot video and contribute to a larger montage video?
    • What like-minded institutions or existing video communities should we be working with?
Length of presentation
45 to 60 minutes
Special schedule requests
Saturday preferred, for Brion Vibber's schedule
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