University Presses on YouTube

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Princeton University Press (PUP) has a YouTube channel at

Does PUP control the Princeton University channel or does the University control it itself?

The press's YouTube site is separate from the university's, and their video efforts are also disparate. However, PUP and the university did do one joint project video together—Banner's Calculus workshop (92 million hits last year).

The PUP YouTube site in their experience doesn't get enough traffic on its own to devote too much effort to it.

>Is this where you house the PUP website videos or do you also serve PUP videos off your own server?

The Banner Calculus traffic pushed us beyond where our own server could handle the load. Fortunately, the university has a load-sharing system that we were able to hook into. (The "coblitz" piece, if you look closely at our links.) I think putting clips on YouTube or Google, and copying the snippits to your own site, makes good sense for most presses. Relieves your own server of a lot of bit-pushing.

>If so, what’s the server hardware/software needed for this delivery (Flash server, right? Etc.)

No, nothing fancy. The Flash is all progressive download. And we don't run it through coblitz. It's just incredibly efficient.

>You’ve got more videos listed on your home site, but looks like you’re also including lectures, not just interviews here, yes? Why host them at all on the University server, why not put them all on YouTube? For better control? Too long for YouTube?

The Bartels "Unequal Democracy" panel with Paul Krugman was another joint effort, so to speak. All major public lectures at Princeton are videtaped via remote camera systems these days (sacrifice some quality to save labor) and mounted on the university's website. But I brought two of my own cameras to the Bartels panel, so I could get better close-ups--and I also took advantage of the university's tape, which is all you see on the university's site. Then I did a three-camera edit. Extravagant, but this show got over a million hits--with coblitz's help--during the presidential campaign.

We don't go to that degree of effort for most of the lectures given by our authors at the university. I'm content to link to what the remote cameras recorded at the university's site. But some of our authors give lectures at the Princeton community's public library, and I sometimes tape those.

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