Video documents

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This page is in development and will eventually contain information about supporting Video documents in EPrints.

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Video Transcoding by EPrints/FFMPEG

Are there particular video codecs/containers recommended for the streaming/seeking to work (H264 in MP4 container)? EPrints performs the following tasks when generating "thumbnails" for videos, using FFMPEG:

  • generate an image thumbnail
  • transcode video to ogg container
  • transcode video to mp4 container

Video Document Integration

Should the video player be integrated as an iframe embed code, document "preview" or as a part of the eprint_render? Most recent version of EdShare generates a video player directly on the abstract page, rather than a document "preview". It is also possible to embed a video player (typically with an iframe) to stream content from another site, like YouTube and Vimeo.

Video Players

Depositors can upload video documents. Since EPrints 3.3, there is a lightbox/flowplayer in EPrints, under /lib/static/. However, EPrints does not embed any video player as a "preview" thumbnail or on the abstract page. To generate a video player for a document in EPrints, the Kultur plugin ( can be used to extend the preview with a video player.

Video.js Integration

One solution is to integrate video.js with EPrints. Following these instructions: Integration involves adding the following to the <head> of the template (globally, in /archives/ARCHIVEID/lang/LANGID/templates/default.xml)

<link href="" rel="stylesheet"/>
<!-- If you'd like to support IE8 -->
<script src=""></script>

and the following right before the last closing </body> tag:

<script src=""></script>

Generating the video player can be done in, as follows:

... code under review...

Server Settings

The following file should contain a path to ffmpeg and ffprobe:


ffmpeg should be installed on the server. On some servers (Ubuntu), 'libx264' needs to be installed for the H264 codec.