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IHS.gov Video Standard

Standard:

All video presented on IHS.gov websites must be done via the IHS.gov standard streaming video player.

Requirements:

  • The IHS.gov video module must be used. The module includes: CSS, links, icons, content and poster image. See example below
  • The IHS.gov custom Shockwave-Flash (.SWF) player must be used and is available upon email request
  • All streaming video must be in Flash Video (.FLV) format
  • Resolution of the streaming video must be 320x180 (16:9 Widescreen) Min and 640x360 (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.gov Adobe Flash Media Server (FMS)
  • A poster image, jpeg place holder, with play button overlay and same dimensions as the video, must be used on the webpage to launch 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.
  • Flash Video File (flv) names need to be concise and represent the content of the video. Folder names on the FMS will be identical to the name of the flash video file.

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.