Adding Multimedia Content
Adding multimedia content to your website can make your site more interesting and engaging for end users.
If you have suitable content and you are an advanced University web author you can add multimedia content to your site yourself. If you would like to discuss the most effective way to use multimedia content, or you would like assistance in adding to your site, please contact the Web Team.
All content placed on your website, whether it is text, multimedia or interactive, needs to comply with copyright and privacy legislation. This means that permission needs to be obtained from the lecturer or presenter featured in podcasts, audio or video content just as it does for images. The copyright & release form used may be based on the form used by the Marketing & Communications Office or you can contact the Web Team for further information.
If you have audio recordings of lectures or presentations, they can be added to your website as streaming audio or downloadable podcasts. Please contact the Web Team to discuss the options available.
Depending on the copyright implications, and quality required for the video there are several ways in which it can be added to a website. Video content can be included on your website either by hosting it locally on the University media servers or or remotely by using a hosting service such as YouTube. It is not recommended that video files be placed on the main University web servers as they are not intended for hosting multimedia content, therefore if you would like to host the content within the University rather than using a remote hosting service such as YouTube or blip.tv , please contact the Web Team to discuss the options available.
- Advantages of using an external hosting site are:
- the servers are optimised for streaming video content
- file formats and compression are handled automatically when uploading video content
- specialised software is not required to edit and upload content
- specialised plug-ins are not needed to view the video
- Things to consider with off-site hosting are:
- the content is not located within the University
- the University and yourself do NOT hold first publishing rights if you publish your files off-site before or instead of to the University media server
- video quality may be degraded by automated compression
- videos may be limited to a maximum of ten minutes.
Externally Hosted Video
Putting the video onto blip.tv or YouTube and embedding the hosted video content into the site is the simplest method for adding videos. These external hosts maximise the number of users who will be able to see the video as the site is widely used and users do not need specialised plug-ins to be able to see the content.
Visit the blip.tv site for instructions on uploading and embedding videos into your site.
To upload your video to YouTube and embed it into a University webpage:
- Upload your video to YouTube
- Log in to YouTube (registration is free, ensure you create a generic account though for your area or speak with someone from the webteam. If you are not putting many videos up, it may be better for us to host it on the University's YouTube channel).
- Upload one or more videos to the YouTube site.
Remember to provide a link to your site for users who find your video on YouTube.
- Copy the embed code displayed alongside the uploaded video.
Note: It is really important to use the following settings when embedding YouTube videos, do NOT use the default iframe embed code provided as it will not work in IE7, nor will it work in some versions of Firefox or even current versions of IE within the Uni network. Please use the old embed code and settings below (width can be modified).
Embed Settings: Use HTTPS, Use old embed code, custom size set to 600 (full content zone) or 415 (if a widget zone is present).
- Embed the video on your site
- Go to your site on webdev and edit the page where you want to embed the video.
- Click on the "HTML" icon to display the code for your page.
- Find the location in the page where you want to embed the video.
- Paste the embed code into the page
- Save the changes and Preview and Save the page.
Video files should not be uploaded to your website as the main servers are not setup to stream audio/video files. Local video should be hosted on the University media server which allows files to be streamed. This option is appropriate for audio/video which the University should maintain FULL ownership and first publisher's rights to and does not have approval to be hosted elsewhere. Please contact the Web Team to discuss your requirements and the options available.