Enhancements: Multimedia Technology: Video, Videocasting, Screencasting
Videos are a great way to engage users with your website content. However keep in mind that not all end users have the bandwidth to play videos effectively. Be sure to provide alternatives that allow those who don't have video capabilities to access the content another way.
In addition to creating links to videos or embedding videos, you can also create videocasts. Podcast, videocast, vidcast, and vodcast are all used to describe online sharing of video through a web feed. Learn more about video podcasts at wikipedia.
All you need is an inexpensive digital camera to create quality videos for your website. Although video editors can be used to create professional-quality videos, it's not necessary to do any editing. Most still cameras can create 30 second to 3 minutes videos.
Use your digital still camera to produce very short videos. Here are some ideas:
- Interviews with students and teachers about class activities
- Interview people at special events such as book, science, and media fairs
- Interview players at sporting events
- Short short clips from musical and drama events
- Create public service announcements
- Create book or movie advertisements
Screencasts involve capturing the action on the computer screen. These screen capture video recordings are useful for learning to use computer applications. Learn more about screencasts and screen recording software at wikipedia.
There are many sources for online videos. Use the Remote Video Clips page from Multimedia Seeds for lots of example videos. Try adding a video to your practice page. You can also find videos at our Naturescapes: Video & Images Starter Resources page.
Options for Inserting Videos
It's easy to embed a movie in Dreamweaver using the Insert>Media>Plugin option.
You can simply link to multimedia resources. For example, click Prairie Dogs to see a Quicktime movie of two prairie dogs playing.
<a href="http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/prairiedog/prairiedog1.mov">Prairie Dogs</a>
Embed in Page
You can also embed a movie on a web page by inserting the code yourself. For example, click Bears to view a page containing an embedded movie that automatically plays when the page opens.
<embed src="http://tipt3.utoledo.edu/starters/bears/grizzbear.mov" autoplay="true"> </embed>
It's important to make your pages accessible. Including some text between the object tags will help.
<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" style="width:450px; height:366px;" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/GsF1RzL1Ql8" >
This video contains important information.
<param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GsF1RzL1Ql8" />
Because of the storage and bandwidth necessary to house and access videos, many schools and libraries use online services to store video components. Keep in mind that although companies such as YouTube are popular, you lose some control when you don't house and serve your own videos. If you choose to use these services, follow their instructions for uploading and accessing the videos.
One of the problems with video and the web is finding place for storage. A number of websites now allow people to upload video. Keep in mind that these spaces are designed for children.
Read other options for Playing Videos in Browsers at W3Schools.
Skim Video from High Tech Learning for additional ideas and resources.