Podcast Producer Media

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Previewing and sharing your media

At the top of the page you will see an area with links to your recording (click on the image below to view an example):

Key to Media Types and Embed Codes

Size 
Dimensions
Duration
Preview and Email Link
Plugin embed code for WordPress/Drupal
HTML embed code for static websites
Raw Content for Advanced Users Only
Small 
Dimensions in pixels (typically 320x240). Videos will be scaled-up to fit within a 320x240 box if the source is smaller than 320x240
Duration in minutes
Live link to the "Small" preview.
Right-click and copy the "Small Preview" link to use it in an email message.
Copy and paste the provided plugin code into WordPress or Drupal to display your video/audio. Please contact us to ensure you have the necessary Video For Everybody plugin enabled in WordPress or Drupal.  Copy and paste the provided HTML5 code into your website to display your video/audio.
Direct links to the Ogg Theora and MPEG4 versions of your media and to a PNG image of the first frame of your video. For advanced users only.
Large 
Dimensions in
pixels (typically 640x480). Videos will stay their original dimensions if the source is smaller than 640x480. 
Duration in minutes
Live link to the "Large" preview. Right-click and copy the "Large Preview" link to use it in an email message. Copy and paste the provided plugin code into WordPress or Drupal to display your video/audio. Please contact us to ensure you have the necessary Video For Everybody plugin enabled in WordPress or Drupal. Copy and paste the provided HTML5 code into your website to display your video/audio. Direct links to the Ogg Theora and MPEG4 versions of your media and to a PNG image of the first frame of your video. For advanced users only.

Your movie is available in two versions: Small and Large (please see the Podcast Producer Samples page for screenshots and live demos). The two versions are identical except for their dimensions and file size. The small version (typically 320x240 pixels) is smaller and thus best suited for embedding on a website or blog or as a link in an email message. The Largeversion is visually larger (typically 640x 480 pixels) but as a result is also a far larger file to download. The large version is still suitable for embedding in a web page, but if you don't need the higher resolution, use the Small version. The Large version is also best for portable media players, such as the iPod. Finally, an archival-quality 720p resolution version of the video is available for download from the link below the table. This version will be kept by Humanities Computing indefinitely.

Each version of the video (i.e. small and large) is in turn made available in two different file formats (Ogg and MPEG-4 - see below). If you plan to place your video on a website or link to it from an email you don't need to worry about this distinction. Your browser will interpret the embed code and HTML embed code associated with your video and automatically determine which format will work best for each visitor to your blog or website visitors. The details for each format listed below are thus intended more for advanced users.

If you submitted audio only to the Audio workflow, you will see only one type of media available for distribution.

Ogg Theora / Ogg Vorbis are royalty free, non-proprietary video and audio formats. Support for Ogg is built into current versions of FireFox - no additional third party plugins or software is required to play back Ogg based videos and audio. MPEG-4 H.264 and MPEG-4 AAC are standards based video and audio formats used commonly in Apple QuickTime-based products such as iTunes but also playable using current versions of Adobe Flash, RealPlayer or Microsoft Silverlight. Since MPEG-4 is also far better supported on hardware devices this is also the right choice if you need to download a version directly to your computer for offline access or on a mobile device.

If you are in doubt about which version to share with others please feel free to contact us for advice.

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  1. Jan 12, 2010

    abosse says:

    We need to think about our terminology - do we want people to also use the "prev...

    We need to think about our terminology - do we want people to also use the "preview" version for final delivery? If so, we need to call it something else. In addition, we need to direct people to which file to download for use on mobile devices (podcast/mpeg-4) and add a section about the RSS feed which will (optionally) also appear on this page (i.e. if the video is part of a published series). The danger of treating the "preview" version as a final version for delivery is that we are in effect committing to its use as a permanent resource.