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Re: accessible video hosting and video players


From: Marco Maertens
Date: Nov 24, 2010 10:57AM

Hi John,

The YouTube limit was increased this summer to 15 minutes (see this article http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/29/youtube-time-limit/), but I recognize that's not long enough to meet your needs. When I worked at a state university a few years ago, the recommendation, which I endorsed, was to keep videos down below 10 mins anyway. This was five years ago, though, and a lot has changed in online video since then. Is it not acceptable for the department to break the video up into 15-minute segments?


Marco Maertens
Web Developer and Accessibility Specialist
Empathy Lab

-----Original Message-----
From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of John P. Lee
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 17:30
Subject: [WebAIM] accessible video hosting and video players


I've been asked by a department on campus about accessible video hosting sites and accessible video players so that individuals off-campus can view their videos. The videos they are producing exceed the 10 minutes allowed by YouTube, so they are looking for video hosting site alternatives that permit longer video lengths (e.g., 20 minutes+). Their videos are currently hosted on Vimeo, which is not accessible (neither its website nor player).

I've come across several accessible video players such as JW Player (with accessible plug-ins), ccPlayer, and VideoLAN, though I haven't directly used any of them. There also appear to be some ways to allow them to play their Vimeo-hosted videos on JW Player. However, I'm wondering if anyone has experience or knowledge of an alternative to Vimeo as far as the video hosting goes. Again, they are not looking to host the videos on campus, as they want to enable off-campus folks to view their videos.

Any suggestions or input on accessible video hosting sites and players?


John Lee, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Assistive Technology Specialist
Disability Resource Center
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 93407
Phone: (805) 756-5972