video sharing / hosting

5 Aug 2009 - 8:46am
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Sam Menter
2008

Hi IXDA

I'm about to start work on a concept for a video sharing site to sit
behind a corporate firewall and I'm looking for examples of best
practice. I'm currently looking at what works well / not so well in
YouTube, Vimeo, iPlayer, Ted.

What advice would you give me? Has anyone carried out research into
video sites and how people use them?

In an ideal world we'd carry out extensive research ourselves, but in
this case there isn't time / budget unfortunately.

What do you think works well in the current video sites? How would you
redesign YouTube or Vimeo?

Thanks for your thoughts!
Sam

www.pixelthread.co.uk
www.onebigfield.com

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5 Aug 2009 - 9:09am
Mike Myles
2009

Being a corporate video site I'd presume the requirements are
considerably different than a public one.

What sort of quantity of videos are you considering? Certainly not
YouTude scale, I would think.

Will they fall into clear categories? Training, Corporate Messaging,
Company Meetings, User Research, etc.

Will uploads come from many sources in the company, or all through
one, or a small group of people?

Can they all be available to anyone with network access, or do some
need tighter security on some files because of sensitive information?

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5 Aug 2009 - 11:08am
Sam Menter
2008

Hi Mike -
Not hugely different requirements, but definitely lower quantities!
Categorisation will probably be done through tagging, and videos can
be uploaded by anyone and available to anyone inside the firewall...
Cheers
Sam

2009/8/5 Mike Myles <mmyles2001 at yahoo.com>:
> Being a corporate video site I'd presume the requirements are
> considerably different than a public one.
>
> What sort of quantity of videos are you considering? Certainly not
> YouTude scale, I would think.
>
> Will they fall into clear categories? Training, Corporate Messaging,
> Company Meetings, User Research, etc.
>
> Will uploads come from many sources in the company, or all through
> one, or a small group of people?
>
> Can they all be available to anyone with network access, or do some
> need tighter security on some files because of sensitive information?
>
>
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6 Aug 2009 - 4:54am
Grandin
2009

Hi Mike,

I'm a product manager at Dailymotion.com. We're certainly not the
prettiest of the VSS, but neither are we the worst. As you can
imagine, pushing through UX improvement on a site of our scale, with
all the competing developments and back-end work, can be difficult.
But we're trying.

I imagine your needs will be vastly different from that of the
regular video sites. At the root of everything, of course, is the
player and the player page. What you want users to be able to do with
a video will vastly effect the complexity of the player page. Will
they need to favorite? Simple enough. Comment? Add to a playlist?
Group? Share? Email?

Answers will depend upon what kind of videos you have. If they are
instructional or meant as knowledge management/tutorial tools,
allowing users to act upon or group their videos could be nice, but
you could just as well make admin-level groups for certain thematics
(setting up email and VPN; making day-off requests). If these are
promotional or product videos, say, and ppl will need to download
them for presentations, there's a whole other set of needs.

Defining what sort of actions are available on/around a video will be
an important bottom-level choice. From the top, that is, IA level, you
will have a whole other set of issues. If there is an existing
intranet with a respectably designed information architecture, I
recommend you take tips from that and build your internal video
portal to be analogous, or at least complementary. Tags alone are not
the way to go, unless you at least define some preferred and/or
required tags to act as a low-level category armature in the stead of
more structured content buckets.

Finally I think that, depending upon your needs, you may be better
off looking towards sites that don't permit (or at least deprecate)
commenting (NYTimes video, iPlayer, Hulu), to find cleaner, less
bloated IX models.

Good luck!

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6 Aug 2009 - 4:54am
Grandin
2009

Ach, sorry, "Hi Sam"

(Hi to you too, Mike ;)

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