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IHS.gov Video Standard

Standard:

All video presented on IHS.gov websites must be done using the IHS.gov YouTube streaming video player.

Requirements:

  • Video for the IHS Web must be provided to the IHS Web Team Video Specialist in one of the following formats: .MOV, MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, or .FLV.
  • Resolution of the streaming video must be 320x180 (16:9 Widescreen) Min and 1920x1080 (16:9 Widescreen) Max.
  • Video must be closed captioned in XML format synchronized with video in the DFXP Standard. Download an example caption file [XML - 7KB].
  • All streaming video must use the IHS YouTube Channel.
  • Video must have an appropriate title screen or must be supplied with a poster image that can be uploaded to act as a thumbnail for the video.
  • Videos that include live actors require the standard Public Affairs Release Form [Word - 38KB] to be filled out, signed, scanned and saved as PDFs on the FMS under the topic level folder in a subfolder called "Release Forms".
  • If the video displayed covers any medical procedure which should only be performed by a professional or content which may be viewed as disturbing or graphic you must provide a textual disclaimer. Wording should be discussed with the IHS Division of Legal Affairs.
  • Video file names need to be concise and represent the content of the video.

As a courtesy to our viewers videos should be kept to 10 minutes or less. Additionally a downloadable MP4 version and Mobile version of the video should be made available. Mobile versions are for cellular phones and are lower quality video. The link to the mp4 and/or mobile file is required to be located directly underneath the embedded video. Order of links should mimic the below example with a "pipe" in between each. These files do NOT have to be captioned.

Downloadable Video:
Format: MPEG Layer-4 (.mp4) format
Video Resolution: 320x240 (4:3 Standard) or 320x180 (16:9 Widescreen) Minimum
Downloadable Server: WWW (IHS Internet Web Server) or WEB-IHSHOME (IHS Intranet Web Server)

Mobile Video:
Format: Third Generation Platform (.3gp) format
Video Resolution: 320x240 (4:3 Standard) or 320x180 (16:9 Widescreen)
Downloadable Server: WWW (IHS Internet Web Server) or WEB-IHSHOME (IHS Intranet Web Server)

A transcript should also be provided for all videos embedded on www.ihs.gov. An example of the display is below. The transcript must be Section 508 compliant.

Example:

Click to Play Video: Pertussis PSA Pertussis PSA Information Video
Duration: 5:08

Justification and Reasoning:

This standard ensures consistency across all of IHS.gov and allows visitors to easily locate and navigate video as it is presented to them. Consistent version of the video player & video formats are ideal for end user interaction as well as standard video formats.

Exemptions:

None

All videos must have timed closed captions to ensure 508 compliancy. We've prepared a short tutorial to explain how to go about this.

Tutorial:

Click to Play Video: Captioning Tutorial Creating a Caption File
Duration: 2:06

Justification and Reasoning:

In order to meet the requirements of Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all video content must be accessible to users using alternate methods to experience it. In this case, the use of closed caption text.

Exemptions:

None.