Manuel Schneider | 18 Nov 00:09 2014
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[Wikivideo-l] Videos for Wikipedia Articles - Ongoing vote! Who will win?

Dear all?

disclaimer: This is a german-speaking project. I thought I should share
this with you anyway, due to your affinities.

"videos for wikipedia articles", short "VWA", is a project which runs
for almost one year.
The efforts of "primary public service 2.0" (incubator of Leuphiana
University), WikiTV and the science year 2014 (digital society) have
been combined. The result was a project supported by Wikimedia
Deutschland and the federal ministry for education and research to
foster videos in Wikipedia:

* video competition on the creation of videos in the context of "digital
society" for Wikipedia

* workshops to train and support future video producers

* intensive advertisement and outreach via banners on Wikipedia,
mailinglist posts, international discussions like the video lunch at
Wikimania etc.

The workshops are all over now and the submission deadline for the
competition is past - now it is your turn!

Which videos should win? You vote!

There are 44 videos in three categories, you have ten votes which you
can distribute freely:

(Continue reading)

Greg Grossmeier | 14 Nov 18:00 2014
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Help on Bug 69362: Files disappear and give 404's for the full resolution, please

https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=69362

It looks like Aaron was/is/did write a script to find disappeared
files but there hasn't been an update for a while.

Help?

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Andrew Lih | 13 Nov 17:03 2014

[Wikivideo-l] VP9 discussion on Bugzilla

FYI,

Some of you interested in VP9 might find this discussion thread on Bugzilla useful.


-Andrew 

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Roan Kattouw | 13 Nov 01:18 2014
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Re: IE & Wikipedia [Microsoft] (Ref# 741977)

Actually copying in the multimedia mailing list correctly this time.

Note: this mailing list is open to the public, and any emails you send
to it will be publicly archived forever at
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/multimedia . This is standard
fare for Wikimedians, but the Microsoft people on this thread may not
be used to this.

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM, Roan Kattouw <rkattouw <at> wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Copying in:
> * Multimedia team because this concerns video playback
> * Oliver because he maintains ua-parser
> * Erik Z because he maintains browser statistics
> * Timo because he cares about browsers and relationships with the browser
> communities
>
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 6:42 PM, Rob Macias (Axelerate)
> <v-romac <at> microsoft.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hello All,
>>
>>
>>
>> As you may have heard, we rolled out a new Windows 10 preview build with
>> significant IE interoperability updates and wanted to make sure our
>> Wikipedia partners are in the loop. A major part of this update is the
>> “Edge” mode platform, which seems to affect how IE is being detected – this
>> is leading to Video playback errors when visiting the wikimedia.org domain.
>> More info on ‘living on the edge’ exists here
>> http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/11/11/living-on-the-edge-our-next-step-in-interoperability.aspx
>>
>>
>>
>> To our Wikipedia folks:
>>
>> Mind taking a look at this? Bug detail has been pasted below including
>> steps to reproduce and developer notes. If you aren’t already a member of
>> the Windows Insider Program, we recommend doing so OR you can download
>> RemoteIE, which provides another option for testing your site in the latest
>> version of IE.
>>
>>
>
>
> I'm not aware of us being a member. Timo, could you look into whether we
> are, and whether we should be?
>
> RemoteIE looks really useful. It doesn't seem to be available for Ubuntu
> though? Our engineering staff is split roughly 50/50 between Mac OS and
> Ubuntu / other Linux flavors, so if RemoteIE is only available for Windows
> and Mac OS on desktop, then it's only useful for about half our staff. But
> that's still a heck of a lot better than passing a Windows laptop around the
> office :)
>
>>
>> (Bug Specs)
>>
>> Reference #: 741977
>>
>> Description of the Problem: commons.wikimedia.org: Video is not being
>> played
>>
>> Steps to Reproduce:
>>
>> 1. Navigate to URL: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page.
>>
>> 2. Scroll down to video window
>>
>> 3. Invoke Play button to play video/ audio on the page.
>>
>>
>>
>> Actual Result:
>>
>> Video is not being played only black screen is displayed and instead of
>> playing video, it is asking  to save the file.
>>
>>
>>
>> Expected Result:
>>
>> Video should load and play properly.
>>
>>
>
>
> Multimedia team, could you guys look into this?
>
>>
>> Developer Notes:
>>
>> With the introduction of the Edge mode platform, the site needs to account
>> for the latest UA string changes. See below:
>>
>>
>>
>> Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.4; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko)
>> Chrome/36.0.1985.143 Safari/537.36 Edge/12.0
>>
>>
>>
>> These changes help prevent IE from being (incorrectly) identified as an
>> earlier version.
>>
>>
>
>
> Thanks for letting us know that the UA string changed.
>
> Timo, Oliver and Erik Z: you guys should know about this UA string change.
> It'll affect jquery.client, ua-parser, our browser stats, and probably other
> bits of code here and there that will presumably identify this UA as Chrome
> 36 rather than IE 12.
>
>>
>> Please let me know if you have an estimated timeframe to address this
>> issue, and if our team can further assist in this process.
>>
>>
>
>
> Most likely, someone on the multimedia team will file a ticket for this in
> our public bug tracker, which you can subscribe to.
>
> Roan

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Ralph Giles | 12 Nov 22:20 2014
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Re: [Wikivideo-l] Mox file format

On 2014-11-10 11:37 AM, Brion Vibber wrote:

> Dirac-in-MXF might be wise for the future.

FWIW, Brendan confirmed he was interested in Dirac for lossless support.
Although he also cited speed as a reason not to use VP9...

https://groups.google.com/a/webmproject.org/d/msg/webm-discuss/V2cf-fEV7_o/Tsetr-WsmlQJ

 -r

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Andrew Lih | 12 Nov 20:47 2014

[Wikivideo-l] Formats for multilayer graphics/alpha/lower thirds in video?

Hi folks,

Wondering if anyone has addressed the issue of Commons-friendly formats for exchanging on-screen graphics or lower-third graphics with alpha channels for video?

Seems like the .xcf format used by GIMP is the way to go, and it's supported in Commons, but I'd like to find out if anyone has any experiences with this.

-Andrew

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Lydia Pintscher | 12 Nov 15:45 2014
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next IRC office hour about structured multimedia data

Hey folks :)

We'll be doing another office hour to answer all of the questions
about structured data for multimedia files. We'll try...
It'll happen on November 20th at 19:30 UTC in #wikimedia-office on
freenode. See http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=19&min=30&sec=0&day=20&month=11&year=2014
for your timezone.
Hope to see many of you there!

Cheers
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Basil Mohamed Gohar | 10 Nov 20:43 2014

Re: [Wikivideo-l] Mox file format

On 2014-11-10 02:37 PM, Brion Vibber wrote:

Yeah I'd recommend simple MJPEG/PCM for now as something that "works as-is" with some limitations[1], but investing a little time and effort on things like MOX or JPEG2000-in-MXF / Dirac-in-MXF might be wise for the future.

[1] no 4:2:2, 4:4:4, or alpha; highest qual settings are still much lower bandwidth and presumably quality than the ProRes generation. Probably still suitable for many purposes though.

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I'm joining the list a little late and in the middle of this discussion, but have there been requirements defined and if so, can someone point me to them? What are the guidelines that make one existing option better than another? Are looking for lossless-only sources? What is the target material, because not all material uploaded IS lossless. I am sure these have been answered, but I am not yet aware of them.

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Sebastiaan ter Burg | 4 Nov 12:17 2014
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[Wikivideo-l] MOX file format

Hi everyone,

any thoughts on this IndieGoGo campaign? 

I'm a sucker of supporting this kind of projects (I also backed the openshot 2 kickstarter), but I'm not sure if this initiative could fill the gap we experience in sharing high quality footage. What do you think?

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Andre Klapper | 3 Nov 14:10 2014
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Google Code-In 2014: Become a mentor and add tasks!

Hi,

Google Code-In (GCI) will soon take place again - a contest for 13-17
year old students to contribute to free software projects. 

Wikimedia wants to take part again. 
Last year's GCI results were surprisingly good - see
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in_2013

We need your help:

1) Go to 
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in_2014#Mentors.27_corner and
read the information there. If something is unclear, ask!

2) Add yourself to the table of mentors on 
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in_2014#Contacting_Wikimedia_mentors
 - the more mentors are listed the better our chances are that Google
accepts us.

3) Please take ten minutes and go through open recent tickets in
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org in your area of interest. If you see
self-contained, non-controversial issues with a clear approach which you
can recommend to new developers and would mentor: Add the task to
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in_2014#Proposed_tasks

Until Sunday November 12th, we need at least five tasks from each of
these categories (plus some less technical beginner tasks as well):
* Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
* Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
and helping others learn more - no translation tasks
* Outreach/research: Tasks related to community management,
outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
* Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of
high quality
* User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user
interface design and interaction

Google wants every organization to have 100+ tasks available on December
1st. Last year, we had 273 tasks in the end.

Note that you could also create rather generic tasks, for example fixing
two interface messages from the list of dependencies of
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=38638

Helpful Bugzilla links:

* Reports that were proposed for GCI last year and are still open:
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/buglist.cgi?quicksearch=ALL%20whiteboard%3Agci2014

* Open Multimedia tickets created in the last six months (if I got your
products and components right):
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=UNCONFIRMED&bug_status=NEW&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=[Bug%20creation]&chfieldfrom=-6m&keywords=easy&keywords_type=nowords&resolution=---&product=MediaWiki&product=MediaWiki+extensions&product=Wikimedia&component=UploadWizard&component=TimedMediaHandler&component=File+management&component=Uploading&component=PagedTiffHandler&component=GlobalUsage&component=CommonsMetadata&component=MultimediaViewer&component=ImageMap&component=PdfHandler&component=Score&component=VipsScalar&component=Media%20storage

* 16 existing Multimedia "easy" tickets (are they still valid? Are they
really self-contained, non-controversial issues with a clear approach?
Could some of them be GCI tasks that you would mentor? If so, please tag
them as described above!):
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=UNCONFIRMED&bug_status=NEW&bug_status=REOPENED&keywords=easy&keywords_type=allwords&resolution=---&product=MediaWiki&product=MediaWiki+extensions&product=Wikimedia&component=UploadWizard&component=TimedMediaHandler&component=File+management&component=Uploading&component=PagedTiffHandler&component=GlobalUsage&component=CommonsMetadata&component=MultimediaViewer&component=ImageMap&component=PdfHandler&component=Score&component=VipsScalar&component=Media%20storage

Could you imagine mentoring some of these tasks?

Thank you for your help in reaching out to new contributors and making
GCI a success again! Please ask if you have questions.

Cheers,
andre

PS: And in a future Phabricator world, Bugzilla tickets with the 'easy'
keyword will become Phabricator tasks with the 'easy' project.
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quiddity | 31 Oct 20:41 2014
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Less intrusive video player icon

interesting short thread/idea here, regarding the "play icon" overlay on video thumbnails.  To somehow make it less dominating:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_%28idea_lab%29#Less_intrusive_video_player_icon
I think this has been discussed before, but I forget where. Perhaps someone here could summarize the options and pros/cons, or can find links to older threads?
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