Video Sharing

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Video Sharing is one of the fastest growing activities online and involves the process of uploading, publishing and sharing video clips online.

Video Sharing sites like Youtube are extremely popular and attract content from users from around the world. Statistically speaking - users are watching approximately 2 billion videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos. In fact, every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.

This section is designed to support you in exploring how you can use Video Sharing tools in your classroom and includes the following resources:

  1. What is Video Sharing?
  2. Vodcasting
  3. What Next?

Activities for this topic


Learners who are completing the Social Networking Course should refer to the Moodle site for more information about the activities provided:



1. What is Video Sharing?

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Video sharing is making your videos available to others by posting to a video hosting service on an Internet website. The video host will then store the video on its server, and show the individual different types of code to allow others to view this video. The mass market for camera phones has increased the supply of user-generated video. Traditional methods of personal video distribution, such as making a to show to friends at home, are unsuited to the low resolution and high volume of camera phone clips. In contrast, current broadband Internet connections are well suited to serving the quality of video shot on mobile phones. Most people do not own web servers, and this has created demand for user-generated video content hosting. Common services include YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube, Google videos and blip.TV. If you are a teachers or student at SWSI you can also access SWSiTube. SWSI also has its own YouTube Channel. Contact Innovation and Technology Enhanced Learning (iTEL) for more information. Sites like YouTube also allow you to embed code into a webpage, blog, Moodle or wiki and there is a wealth of high quality resources that are available on video sharing sites. Watch the YouTube video to find out how to d it! SWSiTube also allows you to embed code into a webpage.

YouTube has just introduced a new privacy option for videos uploaded to the site, Unlisted Videos. The new option lets users post videos to the site and mark them as “unlisted.” Essentially Unlisted Videos are private videos that anyone can view if, and only if, they have access to the video URL. These videos will not show up on public pages, in search results or on user channels. There’s no limit on the amount of people who can view the video, and anyone can see it, regardless of whether or not they have a YouTube account.This new option is perfect for teachers, students, non-profits, organizations and anyone else who wants to upload a video to YouTube, share it, but not expose it to the world.
Mobile video hosting
A more recent application of the video hosting services is in the mobile web 2.0 arena, where video and other mobile content can be delivered to, and easily accessed by mobile devices. While video-hosting services such as YouTube have developed means by which video can be watched on mobile devices, mobile-oriented webbased front-ends for video hosting services that possess equal access and capability to desktop oriented web services have yet to be developed. A mobile live streaming software called Qik allows the users to upload videos from their cell phones to the Internet. The videos will then be stored online and can be shared to various social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Videos will be stored on the servers and can be watched from both the mobile devices and the website.

Further information: List of video hosting websites
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2. Vodcasting

Vodcasting (sometimes shortened to vodcast) is a term used for the online delivery of video on demand content via Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary (RSS). RSS is the connecting fabric of web2.0 services, providing the conduit for information flows between distributed networks.To find out more go to RSS and Syndication.

Vodcasting is the term used to distinguish between podcasts which most commonly contain audio files and those referring to the distribution of video where the RSS feed is used as a non-linear TV channel to which consumers can subscribe using a PC, TV, set-top box, media center or mobile multimedia device. Examples of Vlogging sites. Note: Podcasting - audio and vodcasting - video. The difference between video sharing and vodcasting (as with podcasting) is the use of RSS to syndicate the vod or podcast. For example an video recording in a webpage that does not have RSS is not a vodcast.
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7. What Next?

  1. If you are completing the Social Networking Course, visit the Moodle site and complete the activities for Topic 11 Video Sharing
  2. Check out the next section of the SWSI Social Networking Wiki - Photosharing .
  3. If you want to know how to shoot and edit a video do the iLearn course on Creating Video Resources. This is only available to SWSI Staff.
  4. If you are exploring Social Networking independently, check out the Social Networking Matrix and select the tools that will be using in your teaching practice.
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