Video

Are Videos in Spanish the Way To Go?

Sep 15, 2015 |

The answer may surprise you. It takes time, resources and actual money. Why prepare a video for something that can be written about and released in Read »

Trends on Tuesday: 10 Tips for Mobile Live Streaming

Apr 14, 2015 |

Mobile video is starting to hit its second wave for both consumption and creation, and government agencies can prepare now to ride this new channel for mobile and social engagement. Fueled by mobile bandwidth and cellular stability steadily increasing and consumers’ comfort Read »

Social Video: Making Sense of the Facebook and YouTube Platforms

Jan 30, 2015 |

Updated: Added link to Twitter’s blog post on direct video uploads. Around the time that Tim Fullerton of the Department of Interior delivered his webcast to DigitalGov audiences about publishing video content to Facebook, we at the Broadcasting Board of Governors were comparing the differences in user behavior on the Facebook and YouTube video platforms Read »

Promoting Women’s Health Through Dynamic Multilingual Content

Dec 5, 2014 |

Sonia stands at the pharmacy counter, flashing her most brilliant smile. Jorge, the handsome neighborhood pharmacist, dispenses his own easy smile as they chat. Sound like an ordinary soap opera? This telenovela is actually a tool to help Spanish-speaking women make smart medication decisions. The four Read »

Get More Health Content for Your Websites, Apps, and Social Media

Nov 10, 2014 |

Several federal agencies and offices have worked together to create a free and easy way for public health partners to incorporate our Web content, images, video, data, and infographics into other sites, apps, and social media. Through digital media syndication, the science-based resources of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Read »

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Tokens

Oct 28, 2014 |

Increasingly, we’ve noticed that our agency customers are publishing their highest quality images on social media and within database-driven multimedia galleries on their websites. These sources are curated, contain metadata, and have both thumbnails and full-size images. That’s a big improvement in quality over the images embedded within HTML pages on agencies’ websites. After some Read »

Recap of Social Digital Search Webinar

Oct 14, 2014 |

Content is no longer limited to .gov sites. As mentioned in a recent blog post, Sharing is Caring, Adding Social Media Accounts to Search, DigitalGov Search uses Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube to populate image and video search results. On September 30, 2014, I presented with Justin Herman from the Social Media Community of Practice about: What Read »

Multimedia Storytelling in Government: Ghazni Towers Documentation Project

Oct 3, 2014 |

“Content is king” is a generally accepted truth for those of us who produce digital media. But once you have compelling content, how to best present it to your audience becomes the next challenge. In recent years, Web innovators started emphasizing the effectiveness of “digital storytelling,” or content focused on individual, human experiences using compelling Read »

508 Accessible Videos—Why (and How) to Make Them

Jun 30, 2014 | , ,

Making Web content and video accessible to people with disabilities is the law. Ensuring a video is accessible requires planning. Taking steps from day one will save you time and money. To verify that a video is accessible you’d need to incorporate three elements: Captioning Audio descriptions An Accessible video player Why Accessibility Matters Many government Read »

508 Accessible Videos – Use a 508-Compliant Video Player

Jun 30, 2014 | , ,

When you watch a video on your computer, the window that displays your video is called a “video player.” It usually has start, pause, and other buttons. You might not be aware that you’re using a player at all—you just watch your video. A fully-accessible video player (e.g. Section 508-compliant) Read »

508 Accessible Videos – How to Make Audio Descriptions

Jun 30, 2014 | , ,

What are Audio Descriptions? Audio Description, also called descriptive video or video description, is an additional audio track that describes and gives context for essential visual information. Audio Description makes videos and multimedia accessible to people who have “low vision” (very poor vision), or who are blind, by capturing what Read »

508 Accessible Videos – How to Caption Videos

Jun 30, 2014 | , ,

What are Captions? In a video, captions collect all audio information and describe them using text. They include not only spoken content but also non-speech information such as sound effects, music, laughter, and speaker identification and location (for example, audio spoken off-screen). Captions appear transposed over the visual elements in Read »

Social Media: Accessibility Issues and Solutions

Jun 30, 2014 |

The more public information is digitized, the more it lands on or sprouts from social media channels. This is why there needs to be a greater level of awareness and consideration for those who can benefit most from that information—people with disabilities—since they have the least access to it. Like many websites, social media platforms Read »

Using Visual Content to Drive Engagement

Jun 23, 2014 |

You’ve probably noticed the trend toward more visual content being shared across social platforms—pictures, infographics and how-to videos seem to be popping up everywhere. We certainly noticed that trend across several government social media properties, so when Read »

Tips for Creating Great Video Interviews

May 23, 2014 |

At Kids.gov, we noticed a lot of our search terms were for different jobs: veterinarian, teacher, police officer. We offer links to these areas, but thought it would be great if we met and interviewed government employees in the Read »

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