Submissions/Freedom in motion: the state of open video and audio at Wikimedia

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 5023
Title of the submission
Freedom in motion: the state of open video and audio at Wikimedia
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Brion Vibber
E-mail address
User:Brion VIBBER
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikimedia projects have held firm to the use of open, non-patent-encumbered Ogg and WebM file formats for audio and video content. I will explore some of the benefits and limitations of this policy on the landscape of media playback and contribution, and how things are going to get better for users in the future.

Seamless playback for all:

  • State of native WebM (VP8/VP9) on the web and mobile: "Where do we already work? Where will we work better soon?"
  • ogv.js, providing JavaScript or Flash-based playback of Ogg Theora and Vorbis media files for Safari and Internet Explorer
  • VLC player integration on iOS, or possible alternatives: "Legal said WHAT now?"

Making media contribution easier:

  • How do you make an Ogg or WebM anyway? "Doing it the hard way."
  • Presentation of on-web & mobile recording/upload experiments: "Doing it the slow way."
  • Plans for cross-converting media uploaded via other sites: "Doing it the outsourced way."

Beyond uploading clips:

  • State of on-wiki subtitling
  • Possibilities in collaborative editing and generation of video
  • Other potential media types: animated SVG, 3d models, and more
Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
File:Video and audio playback in a patented world.pdf
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