Using embeddable video services

Notes for a presentation at Nottingham, 11 April 2008.

Following up on previous presentations about using commercial embeddable services, this focuses on the Economics Network‘s use of embeddable video.

A video is worth more than one thousand words: Folding a Collapsible Reflector (We wasted an embarrassing amount of time in the office before looking it up on YouTube). A more relevant example: Wikis explained in Plain English (embedded on EconomicsNetwork site).

All the more important for getting a message to digital natives where you have to beware the TL;DR issue.

Complaint that video sharing sites are “not intellectual” is a myth. Issue is filtering and in some cases making intellectual content. That’s where we come in.

Embeddable video has a future (although hard to say which specific services we’ll be using).

Which service?


Google Video:

  • Can accept bigger and longer videos, converting miraculously from almost any format
  • Still quite low resolution
  • Stats report is quite unreliable
  • Example: a 1-hour keynote speech with slides
  • Search engine finds video on YouTube and other sites and

  • Higher resolution – looks more modern
  • Seem popular with students, along with French site DailyMotion (NB not necessarily for educational reasons)
  • Not the cultural impact of YT yet, but that’s changing.

Resource implications of becoming a video provider:

  • about 50 quid for Camtasia editing software
  • some small amounts for shareware for video tweaking (EnhanceMovie has proved useful)
  • Laptop, camera, firewire interface, cables: 1.5K of kit fits in a shoulder bag and makes you a mobile filming/editing unit
  • Get a tripod: necessary if you don’t want to look like a home video
  • Editing can take a whole day for an hour-long video (including tweaking video quality, finishing, uploading)

Some non-embedded videos illustrating JISC-funded projects:

3 Responses to “Using embeddable video services”

  1. Paul Ayres Says:

    YouTube is in the process of rolling out improved video quality options at the moment. You may already see a video quality option if you have a YouTube account or try adding


    … to the end of any video to see if a higher quality version is available

    How this stacks up against the other sites you have listed, plus the video options available to FlickrPro subscribers, may be worth re-assessing in a few months time

    I have been getting into the community aspects of YouTube since the YouStage/UpStaged experience and probably need to write them up – perhaps it may be worth doing a YouTube for fun and education session in the next ILRT Staff Dev week?

  2. YouTube for fun and education « The Ancient Geeks Says:

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  3. Intute: Social Sciences Blog » Blog Archive » YouTube and Education Says:

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