To order or inquire about this service, please contact the NIH IT Service Desk.
Service Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM to 5PM
CIT can broadcast your lecture, seminar, conference, or meeting live to a worldwide audience over the Internet as a real-time streaming video. The event can be recorded and made available for viewers to watch at their convenience as an on-demand video or a downloadable podcast. CIT can also broadcast NIH-only or HHS-only content.
VideoCasting is the method of electronically streaming digitally encoded video and audio data from a server to a client. VideoCasting is often referred to as streaming video. Streaming files are not downloaded, but rather are broadcast in a manner similar to television broadcasts.
The videos are processed by a compression program into a streaming format and delivered in a staggered fashion to minimize impact upon the network and maximize the experience of the content for the viewer. When users request a streaming file they will receive an initial burst of data after a short delay (file latency). While content is being viewed, the streaming server machine and software continue to "stream" data in such a manner that the viewer experiences no break in the content.
Broadcast to a world-wide audience over the Internet • Broadcast options also include NIH-only or HHS-only • Provide on-demand video or a downloadable podcast • Live broadcast with optional feedback to presenter • On-demand video playback in past events section • Podcasting video-to-go for portable media players • Self-service statistics on the viewers for a VideoCast (total viewership numbers, viewers by country, etc.) • Intelligent search feature allows searching audio portions of videos in the database.
Although many VideoCasts are accessible to the global audience, some may be restricted to NIH or HHS audiences only.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to watch a VideoCast?
A: Adobe Flash Player is required to watch VideoCasts. Adobe Flash Player is already installed on most computers. If for some reason you do not have Adobe Flash Player installed on your machine, simply submit a service request with the NIH IT Service Desk.
Q: How quickly are new VideoCasts added to the archive?
A: New VideoCasts are added as quickly as possible, usually within a few days after the broadcast. On occasion the archive copies are made from backup tapes, which will delay this process. All VideoCasts are archived for on-demand playback. Video archives are not removed unless requested by the event coordinator.
Q: What if my presentation/event includes slides or other supplemental materials? Can that be added to the VideoCast?
A: Yes. Slides, agendas, and supplemental materials can be added to both live and on-demand VideoCasts and will appear in a separate window as side-by-side slides next to the video window. This ensures that your slides will be higher definition and therefore easier to read than if they appeared just within the video window.
Q: How do I know if this service is right for my specific event?
A: To find out which of the CIT Video Services best fits your event, use the CIT Video Decision Tool at http://video.nih.gov/decisiontool/index.aspx. After you answer a few questions about your specific event, the decision tool will recommend the CIT Video Service that best fits your needs.
Q: Can I see some statistics on the viewers who access my VideoCast?
A: Yes. VideoCast service includes a Self-Service Statistics feature that allows you to view statistics on your viewership quickly without having to request them from CIT. The feature offers the following viewer statistics:
Views—Provides the total number of views (live and on-demand) a video has received. On the CIT VideoCast website, these statistics appear below the video and are labeled “Views.”
Extended Statistics—In addition to the total number of live and on-demand views, this feature shows the number of views a video has received broken down by country, month, and year. To see these statistics, click the Extended Stats button below the video.
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