Kaltura and Google Bring Enhanced Video Support to Wikipedia

by Michael Dale

Kaltura is happy to announce the deployment of a greatly enhanced video platform on the Wikimedia network of sites. Wikipedia has added support for enhanced video and audio capabilities using Kaltura’s player technology! Wikimedia sites include the English Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons media repository.

Wikipedia and its sister sites have enabled a new video player (using Kaltura’s HTML5 video player) with the promise of bringing free educational videos to everyone on any device in any language.

Video is an important form of information, and video based knowledge is rich and illustrative, and will add a lot to the already rich and amazing content that Wikipedia has. Kaltura is proud to have its open source technology and HTML5 video player deployed to bring video to hundreds of millions of Wikipedia users. Our mission has always been to enable any video to reach any user on any device. We have been doing this working with our educational, enterprise and media customers, transforming the way people learn, work and entertain with video.

How to post videos on Wikipedia and view them in the Kaltura player – Tutorial


After an extended beta, many infrastructure integration efforts, and review cycles, Wikimedia sites now feature the same Kaltura HTML5 player used within the Kaltura Open Source Platform. A critical feature for the foundation’s commitment to accessibility and support for many languages was multi-lingual timed text support. Leveraging the Kaltura technology, the shared media repository assets can easily be embedded into Wikimedia network of sites, while supporting captions per the local language of the wiki. This update also adds robust transcoding support, along with ingestion and delivery of Googles WebM encoded videos.

For more detailed coverage read the announcement on the Wikipedia blog.

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