Test Drive # 6: Videos Online

Online video has improved in leaps and bounds in the last few years - there's more of it and the quality is much higher (bigger screen sizes, fewer pauses when watching). This change is largely about improvements in technology - digital video cameras are much more common (including on standard digital cameras and mobile phones), high-speed internet access is more common (important for watching videos but also for uploading them to the internet), and video editing software has become far less expensive (often free online or pre-installed on newly purchased computers). Another major reason is that online storage (server space) has dropped dramatically in price. Because of this companies like YouTube and Google Video are able to host videos from millions of users without charging them.

The (relative) ease of creating video, uploading it to the web, and storing it in an easy-to-access environment is starting to impact the way our society gets its news. Think about it - anyone with a mobile phone can capture a news event and save it to an online video account.

The two best known video sharing sites are YouTube and Google video. However there are many other video hosting sites available on the web. Examples are listed below.


YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. Unregistered users can watch videos, while registered users are permitted to upload. Videos have a 10 minute cap.

Embedding Video

All YouTube videos offer a code that allows you to embed a video (it doesn’t have to be yours - you can embed any video you find on YouTube) on your website or blog.

YouTube has a help page that has a selection of videos in multiple languages that provides tips and advice to users. Go to to find out what you need to know.

Google video

Although Google now own YouTube, they still host their own video sharing website and video search engine called Google Video. Unfortunately users can no longer upload content to Google Video.

Other video hosting websites

YouTube is the best known video website. There are several other video hosting websites available. Two you might like to explore are:

Dailymotion – based in Paris, France, this site hosts a range of video sharing sites in different languages. Users must register to upload.

Vimeo - this site only hosts videos created and uploaded by users. No commercial videos are allowed. Users must register to upload.


Try searching these examples in YouTube , Google Video or one of the other video sites shown above

  • “Masterchef”
  • “Queensland dust storms”
  • “Library 2.0”
  • “Powderfinger”
  • “State of origin 2009”


Find out how libraries are using videos online.

  • Q150 mosaic art project: Curator Sam Di Mauro talks about the genesis of the Q150 mosaic art project and the challenges involved in arranging the 150 tiles created by communities all across Queensland.

  • Staff Training : Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) administrators came together in Cairns, Australia to share their experiences and learn new skills.

Blog about your discoveries. What are the possibilities for your organization using online videos?


Find a YouTube video you like and embed it in your blog.

Here are the instructions:

1. Go to and

find the video. Look for the box to the right of the video (see the example below).

2. Copy the code in the box marked Embed (make sure you have all the text – it is a long line).

3. Log into your blog and compose a new posting.

4. Click on the Edit Html link.

5. Paste in the code you copied from the YouTube Embed box in step 2. (hint: make sure that you are on “Edit Html” and that you don’t switch back to the “Compose mode).

6. “Publish” your post.

7. Click “View blog” to see your video.

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