Wikipedia To Add Video

viyh writes “Wikipedia will be adding a video option within two or three months, according to the MIT Technology Review. ‘… a person editing a Wikipedia article will find a new button labeled “Add Media.” Clicking it will bring up an interface allowing her to search for video — initially from three repositories containing copyright-free material — and drag chosen portions into the article, without having to install any video-editing software or do any conversions herself. The results will appear as a clickable video clip embedded within the article.’ They will be requiring all video to use open-source formats. This is in hopes of getting content providers to open up their material to gain wider exposure on the Wikipedia website. There is also an in-browser editor that removes a lot of the headache often associated with any kind of video editing. With the new Wikipedia system, ‘people will be able to easily inject media into pages, in a way that wasn’t possible before,’ says Michael Dale, a software engineer from Kaltura, the company assisting with development of the tools.”

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