Multimedia

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Structured Commons project launches in Berlin

How can we make multimedia data easier to use on Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia and sister sites? Today, information about media files on Wikimedia sites is stored in unstructured formats that cause a range of issues: for example, file information is hard to search, some of it is only available in…

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Help Test Media Viewer

Media Viewer lets you browse larger images on Wikimedia sites. We invite you to try out Media Viewer, a new tool for browsing multimedia content, which is now in beta on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites. Today, viewing images on our sites can be a frustrating experience for casual users:…

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RfC: Should we support MP4 video on our sites?

  A video of a cheetah, captured in slow-motion at 1200 fps. The video was released on Vimeo in MP4 format and converted to OGV format before uploading to Commons. It cannot be viewed in this format on most mobile phones and many web browsers. The Wikimedia Foundation’s multimedia team…

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A Multimedia Vision for 2016

How will we use multimedia on our sites in three years? The Wikimedia Foundation’s Multimedia team was formed to provide a richer experience and support more media contributions on Wikipedia, Commons, and MediaWiki sites. We believe that audio-visual media offer a unique opportunity to engage a wide range of users…

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Scientific multimedia files get a second life on Wikipedia

On Wikimedia projects, audio and video content has traditionally taken a backseat relative to text and static images (however, changes are underway). Conversely, more and more scholarly publications come with audio and video files, though these are — a legacy from the print era — typically relegated to the “supplementary…

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VipsScaler implementation by volunteer developer improves image handling on Wikimedia sites

A depiction of the Battle of Belmont, Second Boer War. This image is an example of image reduction in VipsScaler. The original file has a resolution of 52 megapixels Loading and resizing large images within Wikimedia projects has become faster and more reliable with the rollout of VipsScaler, a wraparound…

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Breaking through walls of text: How we will create a richer Wikimedia experience

Sorry, your browser either has JavaScript disabled or does not have any supported player. You can download the clip or download a player to play the clip in your browser. Wikimedia consists of many projects, Wikipedia most notable among them. However, the name “Wikimedia” suggests a world beyond text. Indeed,…

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Introducing Wikipedia’s new HTML5 video player

A new video player has been enabled on Wikipedia and its sister sites, and it comes with the promise of bringing free educational videos to more people, on more devices, in more languages.

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1 million media files uploaded using Upload Wizard

A year after its release, the Upload Wizard has been used to upload more than 1 million freely licensed media files, and has contributed to an acceleration of growth of the Wikimedia Commons community.

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