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Help - Median on Mobile Devices

Median automatically transcodes all videos up to four times, depending on the bitrate of what you uploaded. One of these is a mobile-ready version, which is low quality for easy playback over cellular networks and small screens. By default, when you view a video on Median on a desktop/laptop computer, you are viewing it via a Flash-based player. This ensures that you are streaming the video content rather than downloading it (which is how YouTube works). Streaming ensures a level of security and affords easier dynamic switching to higher-quality versions of the video. Some Android phones have built-in support for Flash, so you can view videos on them the same way you could on the desktop. Currently, only iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) are treated differently for mobile playback, since iOS has no support for Flash.

When viewing videos on iOS, you must actually be downloading the video for it to work correctly. This presents a security problem for videos that are restricted to the Emerson community, or are otherwise restricted to classes or certain users on Median because of copyright concerns. Therefore, you cannot view any non-public video on an iOS device.

If you have uploaded a video of your own creation and you'd like to make it iOS-accessible, you must set your Privacy & Ownership settings like so:

  • The entry's License Type must be Creative Commons or Public Domain, or you must be the owner of content and then you can make a Copyrighted work public.
  • The entry's Restricted To field must be set to Publicly Accessible. This option is only available if the above condition is met. You cannot make an entry publicly accessible if it is a copyrighted work that is not yours.
  • The entry must not be restricted to a class or group, and must not be password protected.

If your entry meets the above requirements, it will be 100% mobile-accessible via the HTML5 video tag, which is supported on most major mobile browsers.

Note: the above settings also apply to audio entries that you'd like to make mobile-ready.

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