[EP-tech] Video Document Support in EPrints

Tomasz Neugebauer Tomasz.Neugebauer at concordia.ca
Wed Sep 28 17:34:58 BST 2016

Thank you, Denis, I would appreciate that very much.

I think we need a page in the Wiki for this topic, I created a place for it https://wiki.eprints.org/w/Video_documents , and parked my questions there for now.


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Hei Tomasz,

I handle videos in my new repository here:

In the repo, at the moment, there are no videos yet, but I can pass you all the configuration asap.



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On 28 Sep 2016, at 16:40, Tomasz Neugebauer <Tomasz.Neugebauer at concordia.ca<mailto:Tomasz.Neugebauer at concordia.ca>> wrote:

Hi everyone,

What is the best (current) practice for supporting video documents in EPrints ?

Is there a place on the wiki that would contain the relevant settings/options for supporting video documents in EPrints?  Video documents can be large (over 2 GB) and so not easily downloaded.
​My understanding is that there is a video player as a part of KULTUR plugin.  What video player is that?
Are there required settings in Apache to allow it to stream (play/seek rather than download full video)?  For example, these:
    # MIME types for Video
    AddType video/mp4 .mp4 .m4v .f4v .f4p
    AddType video/ogg .ogv
    AddType video/webm .webm
    AddType video/flv .flv
Are there other server settings required?
Are there particular codecs/containers required for the streaming/seeking to work (H264 in MP4 container)?
How does the video player (in KULTUR) relate to generating the "Document Preview" in EPrints?
In addition to whatever was done in KULTUR, there are also HTML5 video players that could be integrated into the abstract page display, such as this one: http://videojs.com/ , although EPrints isn't currently on HTML5 doctype (http://www.eprints.org/tech.php/21896.html)

Thanks in advance for any information and advice about best practices for streaming video documents with EPrints.


Tomasz Neugebauer
Digital Projects & Systems Development Librarian / Bibliothécaire des Projets Numériques & Développement de Systèmes
Library / Bibliothèque
Concordia University / Université Concordia​
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