Publish & distribute video

Once you've made your video you need to make sure it's seen. This section will take you through how to prepare your video for both online and offline distribution, how to license it, where you can publish it and how to distribute your video online and offline.

Production and distribution need to work hand-in-hand. The type of film you make, its length, subject matter and style, will influence how you distribute it. The type of distribution you are planning can also affect how you make your film.

To create an effective plan for distributing video, first read the Planning your Video section on this site (Read more). The more clearly you have defined your audience, messages and campaign goals, the more effective your video will be.

Publicise your video

Remember that you will need to promote your video after you have decided how to distribute it. From email campaigns to posters, you can work your way around Message in-a-box to make your promotional plan. Think of it as a mini-campaign and do a simple promotional plan to decide what to do.

Bigger does not necessarily mean better. As in all communications, the important issue is quality rather than quantity. Making sure your message seen and heard by the right people is more important than reaching absolutely everyone.

Video via internet

The opportunities for sharing your videos have never been greater, but because millions of videos are uploaded online each day, with content ranging from dog tricks to documentation of human rights abuses, your video will be a drop in an ocean of media unless you have a strategic distribution plan.

To use internet distribution strategies, which can be extremely effective, you will need some technical understanding of how to create videos that stream or download easily. Find out more about how to do that in our Tools for Video Publishing, where we show you step-by-step how to compress and embed videos in a range of ways (Read more).

If you think your audience won't have enough internet access to watch video online, you might need to think again. In Africa, for example, internet access has increased tenfold in recent years, and the internet is predicted to become an increasingly powerful tool for people communicating in developing countries, including rural areas. Nevertheless, less than 10% of the population of Africa and less than 20% in Asia currently have internet access. See internet world statistics for more details.

Where on the internet you chose to upload your video and how you promote it will have an impact on all aspects of your work, from your rights with regards to your video to the audiences and communities you can reach online, to their ability to download and distribute your media offline. Ensure that your video is on a site that meets your needs and will help you reach your short- and long-term goals.

Tips for video dissemination & publicity:

Disseminate the same video on multiple online platforms. This is especially important now that sites such as YouTube are being blocked in many countries.

Video via DVD

Due to censorship restrictions and security issues, to poor internet access, or for other reasons, you may still choose to distribute your short or longer videos via DVD, either giving DVDs to people or organising screenings. One key benefit of screenings is that they are face-to-face, and can be a very effective way to build strong relationships and support between viewers, especially if you are viewing difficult or sensitive material. You can also use the events for fund-raising, to recruit volunteers, and to further other campaign goals.

Hybrid distribution – a bet both ways

Often, the best form of distribution, if the resources are available, is a hybrid of both online (internet) and offline (physical) distribution, ensuring that all of your key audiences get your messages.

News items can be posted on websites, with regular updates on a situation or topic. Short films can be posted on YouTube and on your own sites, redistributed and linked to. A video containing in-depth background or analysis might be more suited to a compilation with a particular theme, so that it sits alongside other videos that explore the same topic from different angles. It may be better to distribute a feature-length documentary on DVD, as audiences may be more likely to watch a longer-format movie on their television than on a computer, and downloading large files from the internet may be impractical for them.

Note: Be keenly aware of privacy and security issues when publishing. Be sure to read the Video Security section (Read more). Also, look at WITNESS's Things to Keep in Mind When Uploading Videos.

Making a strategic distribution plan

Strategic distribution of your video is the key to achieving positive change.

Videos can be distributed through:

Many successful campaigns use different video strategies simultaneously, so that one approach builds on another. For example, your video, in identical versions or in versions edited to suit each audience, might be released to:

You can consider the possibilities for these hybrid online/offline strategies while analysing the makeup of your audiences, what action you are seeking from them and what distribution methods are best to reach them.

Important questions

Publishing checklist

Once your video is online it will take on a life of its own. Ensure that your video is on a site where you can append information you want your audience to know: what the video is about, why it is important, who made it, how can they learn more and, if it is calling for an action, what actions they can take. If your video will be seen elsewhere; for example, embedded on another site or downloaded for offline distribution, make sure the essential information is available within the video itself.

Information you should include:

Title – give your video a clear, informative title (and subtitle if necessary). Attach a license and select a range of keywords that apply to it. This metadata is important to help your video come up in online searches.


Publish video online

Online (internet) distribution platforms vary in their nature, specifications and requirements. Some of the possibilities are:

Commercial video-sharing Sites

There are hundreds of commercial sites which allow you to publish your video online. Below is an overview of five popular sites. Be aware of security issues when publishing on commercial platforms. One of the major disadvantages of many commercial platforms is that ads are placed next to your video. Many of these sites operate as online social networks.


YouTube is the biggest video sharing site in the world, so it's a fantastic way of reaching a large audience. Ensure that you have a promotional campaign to direct people to watch your video. Additionally, remember that as there are so many videos on YouTube, it might be harder to reach and engage an audience there than in other spaces.

Some of the problems with YouTube: it can be hard to link people back to your site, and YouTube have used their Terms of Service to remove campaigning videos like those of Wael Abbas in Egypt. In some places YouTube is often blocked.

Time Limit: 10 Minutes (with basic account)

File Size Limit: 100MB (1 Gig with multi-file software)

Videos Embeddable: yes

Mobile Phone Uploads: yes

Non-Flash Video Formats: no

Videos Downloadable: no

Open Content Licensing: no

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: no

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, no enclosures

Region and/or Issue Based: no

How to upload a video to YouTube:

Helpful article on uploading videos to YouTube

YouTube video tutorial

YouTube Help Centre is the most flexible of all the commercial platforms, and has the fewest limitations on how and where your videos are presented. It also presents your video at a much higher quality than YouTube.

Time Limit: none

File Size Limit: 1 Gig

Videos Embeddable: yes

Mobile Phone Uploads: yes

Non-Flash Video Formats: yes

Videos Downloadable: yes

Open Content Licensing: yes

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, with enclosures

Region and/or Issue Based: no


Vimeo  has a slick user interface and does a great job of streaming higher quality video. However, it falls severely short in terms of how the videos can be exported and displayed on external sites' aggregators, and of search-friendliness.

Time Limit: no

File Size Limit: yes (500MB per week, total)

Videos Embeddable: yes

Mobile Phone Uploads: yes

Non-Flash Video Formats: user option

Videos Downloadable: user option

Open Content Licensing: no

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes, Flash player only

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, Flash player only

Region and/or Issue Based: no


If you are already running a campaign using Facebook, then sharing video on the site can be very powerful. The videos you post on Facebook are, however, largely limited in availability to the groups or campaigns you're connected with on the site.

Time Limit: 20 minutes

File Size Limit: 300MB

Videos Embeddable: no

Mobile Phone Uploads: yes

Non-Flash Video Formats: no

Videos Downloadable: no

Open Content Licensing: no

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: no

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: no

Region and/or Issue Based: social network based

Non-profit video sharing sites

There are a number of non-profit video sharing spaces focussed on social justice, environmental or human rights issues.


The WITNESS Hub is an online video community for human rights where you can upload, watch and share human rights-related videos, images and audio files in a variety of formats. With each media item you upload, you can provide detailed context and link to information resources, events and actions that users can take to protect and promote human rights. It is a free service designed to serve, connect and mobilise individuals, groups and organisations working to protect and promote human rights worldwide. WITNESS also offers training, support and resources, plus RSS feeds and a large and growing archive. In English, French and Spanish. The Hub also has a toolkit section that features video animations about how to incorporate video into your campaign work and best practice when filming and distributing your video.

Time Limit: no

File Size Limit: 100MB

Videos Embeddable: yes

Mobile Phone Uploads: yes

Non-Flash Video Formats: no

Videos Downloadable: yes

Open Content Licensing: yes

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: coming soon

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes

Region and/or Issue Based: yes (Global, Human Rights) contains thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to videos of every genre uploaded by users. All of these movies are available for download, often in very high resolution, and are freely licensed, so it's also a great place to find footage for use in production. doesn't focus specifically on social change issues but it is a key space used by many advocates and free culture enthusiasts.

Time Limit: no

File Size Limit: none

Videos Embeddable: no

Mobile Phone Uploads: no

Non-Flash Video Formats: yes

Videos Downloadable: yes

Open Content Licensing: yes, Creative Commons or Public Domain

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: no

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: no

Region and/or Issue Based: no


EngageMedia is a non-profit collective providing media tools to activists, campaigners, communities and citizen journalists. You can upload and view videos about social justice and environmental issues. Their primary focus is on the Asia-Pacific region, but video from other places is also welcome. EngageMedia aims to create an online archive of independent video productions using open content licenses and to form a peer network of video makers, educators and screening organisations. Materials are mostly in English, with some in Asian languages.

Time Limit: no

File Size Limit: 300MB

Videos Embeddable: yes

Mobile Phone Uploads: no

Non-Flash Video Formats: yes

Videos Downloadable: yes

Open Content Licensing: yes

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, no enclosures

Region and/or Issue Based: yes (Asia-Pacific, Social Justice and Environment)

Estudio Livre

Estudio Livre  is a collaborative environment focussed on the production and distribution of media created independently with free software. Estudio Livre allows any user to create a live audio or video streaming channel.

Time Limit: no

File Size Limit: 200MB

Videos Embeddable: no

Mobile Phone Uploads: no

Non-Flash Video Formats: yes

Videos Downloadable: yes

Open Content Licensing: yes

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes, see this example 

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes

Region and/or Issue Based: yes (Brazil, Activism and Free Software)

Commercial or Non-commercial: non-commercial


Politube is a video and audio sharing website that distributes media from independent media outlets and activists on politics, society and the environment. In English.

Time Limit: no

File Size Limit: 200MB

Videos Embeddable: yes

Mobile Phone Uploads: no

Non-Flash Video Formats: yes

Videos Downloadable: yes

Open Content Licensing: yes

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: no

Region and/or Issue Based: yes (World Politics)

World Social Forum TV

World Social Forum TV offers hosting for material relevant to global social movements.

Time Limit: no

File Size Limit: 150-200mb

Videos Embeddable: yes

Mobile Phone Uploads: no

Non-Flash Video Formats: yes

Videos Downloadable: yes

Open Content Licensing: yes

RSS 2.0 with Enclosures: yes

RSS 2.0 Search Feeds: yes, no enclosures

Region and/or Issue Based: yes (social movements)

Preparing video for the internet

Once you've finished editing your video you'll need to compress it, or reduce its file size, and encode it into a format that is viewable online. Files from your editing application are far too large to transport on to the internet or to be placed on a DVD. It is necessary to compress these video files to make them smaller so they can easily be uploaded and downloaded.

Video files originating from mobile phones or digital stills cameras will be much smaller than video files from a DV camcorder, but for certain camera settings you may still need to compress the footage for distribution online.

On the Message in-a-Box website under Video we look at applications you can use to prepare your video for online distribution, specifically Avidemux for Windows and Linux and iSquint for Mac (Read more about our video tools) You can also do simple exports to the internet using Windows Movie Maker or iMovie. Features to look for in these applications include 'batch encoding' so you can line up many files to encode at once, with settings you can save and re-use. The more support for various codecs and formats you are able to offer users, by encoding your video in different versions, the better. Here is a resource containing guides for encoding from videohelp.

Compression is always a compromise between the size of the file and the quality of the video. High quality = large file and vice versa. How you compress your video is really a question of who your audience is, how you intend them to watch it and what you hope they might do with it. If your audiences have good internet connections, you might choose to make a large, high-quality version available for download. If your audiences have more limited net access, you should probably consider making a lower-quality version that is easier to download or stream.

If you have multiple audiences, consider a variety of types of delivery; this will entail compressing your video in different ways: a large version for screenings, a Flash version for distributing online, another version for distribution as a DVD etc.

Offline distribution

Television, DVDs, VCDs, screenings and passing files face-to-face are all important distribution mechanisms you may consider. While there might be a lot of hype these days around online video distribution, offline methods remain extremely effective and should not be underestimated. The vast majority of the world's population doesn't have internet access, and only a small minority have access to the broadband connections required for publishing and receiving video online.

This section will take you briefly through creating DVDs and VCDs, putting on community screenings and ways in which you can combine online and offline distribution to reach the right audience. 

DVD & VCD Distribution

DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc. DVDs can be burned in many different formats and used to store any kind of data. They can have a single layer of information burned on one side of the disc (single-layer), two layers of information on one side (dual-layer) or have information on both sides (double-sided). Each layer or side can contain up to 4.7 Gigabytes of video or other data. DVD-Video discs contain video encoded in the MPEG2 format.

DVD-Video discs are designed to play back in hardware DVD players or using DVD playback software on computers with DVD drives installed. The video is compiled along with graphics and sound for interactive menus into the DVD-Video format during the DVD authoring process.

VCD stands for Video Compact Disc and is basically a CD containing up to 74 minutes of video, in a format both hardware VCD players and most DVD players can play back. The video on a VCD is encoded as a standardised form of MPEG1, an older video compression format that requires less computing power to play back than many of the newer and more sophisticated codecs that are available. In terms of image quality, MPEG1-VCD is comparable to viewing a VHS video tape.

DVD & VCD - Advantages & Disadvantages

The advantages of distributing your video on DVD over VCD are:

  • Quality – DVD uses a more sophisticated and better compression standard and can also hold a lot more data than VCD.
  • Interactivity – the ability to create complex menus, subtitles and simultaneous video streams for additional camera-angles etc.
  • Familiarity – audiences in some parts of the world are much more at ease with DVD technology.

The advantages of distributing your video on VCD over DVD are:

  • Cost – blank CDs are less expensive than blank DVDs.
  • Distribution – as CDs are an older technology, many more people have CD players installed in their computers than have DVD players.
  • Ease of copying – many more people have access to a CD burner than a DVD burner and can therefore copy your movie for others themselves.
  • DVD player compatibility – the majority of hardware DVD players will play back VCDs and in many areas of the world VCD players and the VCD format in general are so popular that they are more widely available than DVDs.

There are various options for distributing your video on DVD or VCD:

Making a DVD

Making a VCD


There are some tools in the realm of Free and Open Source software for creating DVDs and VCDs. These are adequate but not brilliant. If you want to make a professional quality DVD with advanced menus and graphics we suggest you look at proprietary software such as:

If you can't get these tools, or have more modest requirements, you might find these useful:


Screenings can be a great campaigning tool. Because they bring people together they can be used to get people to take action. You can also use screenings to raise money for your cause and to sell copies of your video.

Advance planning

Venues & schedules

Check what is available at potential venues in terms of:

Other considerations

It may take months to get a slot and to be included on the venue's calendar, advertising, website and other outreach. If that's not so important to you (although good advertising greatly improves attendance), maybe you can negotiate to put a show on sooner, on an off-night when a cinema, community centre or club has nothing else scheduled.

Find out the deadline by which the venue will need the final description of the show for use in their calendar, publicity etc. Include at least one compelling graphic (often a still image from the video).

Consider serving refreshments if none are going to be available at the venue. Make contact with a local and supportive caterer: this can be another way to raise money, if you charge for drinks or snacks. Discuss how any arrangement will work, financially and logistically.

Publicising the Screening

Design a flyer, using a description and graphic as a minimum (Read more).

Write a Press Release explaining the 'who, what, where, when and why' of the show, and suggesting how your screening is connected with political actions or events, thus helping the media to find an 'angle' for coverage. Send the press release plus flyer to your local media.

Planning your screening

Hybrid distribution

Publishing videos on-line is a great way to make content available to the whole world. But sometimes you can't rely on internet access: poor connectivity, lack of local internet providers and censored network connections are common obstacles. When that is the case, there are some alternatives. Distributing digital files is not only about using the internet. Portable digital storage devices such as CDs, DVDs, USB memory sticks, memory cards and even mobile phones allow content to be saved and then circulated physically from person to person. Other options include public screenings (discussed above), the use of low-power TV transmitters or the creation of distribution points with burn stations (computers configured so that anyone can make copies of digital content).

This section explains how you can download videos that have been published on online video websites and convert them to formats for distribution offline, as well as providing links to sites explaining more advanced methods of hybrid distribution. 

USB memory sticks, memory cards & mobile phones

USB memory sticks are very effective portable media storage devices that are becoming increasingly cheap. Memory cards can be found inside digital cameras, mobile phones and other equipment. They can be accessed by dedicated memory card readers or by connecting the camera to the computer with a USB cable. Usually, USB memory sticks, memory cards and some mobile phones are recognised by any operating system as removable devices and can be used like any other media: drag files to the appropriate folder in your computer, eject the device and you are ready to go. Your content can be brought or sent virtually anywhere in the world.

Some mobile phones offer also Bluetooth wireless connectivity: you can transfer files to and from an enabled computer, or directly between mobile phones. 

Local video distribution: Burn stations

A 'Burn Station' is a computer configured to record selected digital content to CDs, DVDs or other digital media. They can be used as distribution points for digital content. Some projects offer users a dedicated interface for browsing, selecting and saving or burning files, but you can accomplish basically the same results on any PC which holds your data files and has a CD or DVD burner.

Such a station means individuals don't need to have their own high-bandwidth internet connections in order to access new video content. Files can be loaded onto the burn station by hand from other computers, DVDs or USB memory sticks, or if you have a fast net connection, downloaded for redistribution.

Micro TV transmitters

Low-power video transmitters can be a good way to mobilise a local community and offer an alternative to mainstream TV channels by showing citizen media. One successful initiative is the Telestreet movement in Italy. Assembling a TV transmitter requires a little bit of technical know-how. Depending on where you are, there might be legal issues as well.


Online /Offline video site

How to create a VCD or SVCD

Burning VCDs with Linux

Video Syndication

Video Syndication is a great way to share and find content. Some internet TV shows have managed to use these technologies to reach massive audiences.

Syndicating your videos will help you to distribute your video widely, to reach your target audience reliably, and to present your videos in a high-quality manner. The key to syndication is having a media RSS feed, which is basically an up-to-date list of all of your latest videos. These feeds are also often referred to as video podcasts, or vodcasts.

Viewers who subscribe to your RSS feed will receive your latest videos as soon as you upload them; it's like TV over the internet. Search engines and websites love RSS feeds, because they're in a standard computer language. The simplest way to get an RSS feed is to sign up to a site that produces RSS feeds for you, or to start a video blog. 

RSS for Viewers

Individuals can subscribe to your RSS feed using an internet TV application, like Miro. When a user has subscribed to your feed, you know they're always getting your latest videos. 

RSS for your websites

RSS is also important for getting your feed published in aggregation sites, guides and search engines. If you have described your videos well, using accurate key words, people will be able to find them when searching for something on that subject. When other people publish video with RSS, you can subscribe to feeds of their videos, selecting by author or by search terms, and pull their videos in to your website automatically. 

How do I get my RSS?

Many video publishing services have an RSS feed associated with your username. Make Internet TV has a tool for finding your RSS feed. If you're not using one of these services, you can check the FAQ section of your video host. 

Further Resources

Create an online home

If you're using an online service to host your videos you might want to consider setting up a blog or website where you can compile them all. This will help people find your work and will also allow you to have more control over the space: you can add your own design, provide the most up-to-date information about your campaign and allow people to connect with you and get involved. This can also help people to find your work through search engines.

Video blogging

Video blogging, or vlogging, uses video as a medium for blogging. Video entries are made regularly and often combine internet syndication tools to allow for quick distribution of content over the internet using the RSS or Atom syndication formats.

Incorporating video into your blog and distribution strategy with syndication tools can be an good way to combine your regularly updated content online with your videos. For example, if you were able to produce and publish video on a regular basis, you could use it to point your audience towards your primary online presence (your website or blog), and keep them informed and engaged. By doing so, you can ensure viewers will see your video and also be able to see the essential information about your campaign and how to support it.

Elsewhere in this toolkit you can find out how to embed video in a WordPress blog (Read more) You could also look at Showinabox, a technology for setting up your own video blog. 

Video blogging case studies

Rainforest Action Network's Greenwash of the Week (funny & informative)

Each week, Rainforest Action Network produces a video blog highlighting the most disturbing Greenwash tactics from some of the world's worst corporate polluters (see the Understory blog for more information) 

Tibetan Uprising (timely & action-focussed)

Tibetan Uprising, a blog with regular videos from Tibetans living in exile in India, provides daily updates about activities ranging from their march to Tibet as part of the Tibetan People's Uprising Movement before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, to footage of the violence and crackdown within Tibet. Video plays a regular part in this blog, along with photographs, audio and daily updates and analysis.

Prisoners in Freedom City

From Beijing residents, human rights and blogging activists Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan, 'Prisoners in Freedom City' documents Hu Jia's time under house arrest, where he was barred from any and all contact with the outside world. Hu Jia was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for 'inciting subversion of state power'. He has repeatedly campaigned for the rights of people with HIV/AIDS, for religious freedom, and for Tibetan autonomy, as well as for the environment, free speech and the release of political prisoners.

More information on Hu Jia

Link to video 

Mizzima News (informative)

Mizzima News was established in August 1998 by a group of Burmese journalists in exile with the aim of spreading awareness about the situation in Burma and promoting democracy and freedom of expression in Burma by improving the flow of information in and out of the country and through advocacy and lobbying. Mizzima incorporates video into its posts on a regular basis, serving as a window through which the international community can peer into news-starved Burma. 

Alive in Baghdad

Alive in Baghdad provides a weekly video for global citizens interested in the real life political, military, economic and social situation in Iraq. Iraqi journalists produce video packages each week about a variety of topics on daily life in Iraq, bringing testimonies from individual Iraqis, footage of daily life in Iraq, and short news segments.

Finding & playing video

Now that you've put your content out and told people about it they need to be able to find it and play it. In some cases this might simply be a matter of watching it embedded in your website, but they could also subscribe to your video podcast feed or use free software like VLC to play the videos they've downloaded. Elsewhere in this toolkit you can find out how to subscribe to video podcasts using Miro (Read more).

There are millions of videos online and thousands more added each day. How do people find what they are looking for or content that might interest them? Luckily this is a well-known problem so quite a bit of work has been done to make this easier.

The resources below will help you find footage to use in your own film, to aggregate videos from a variety of sources and to build up a broader picture of the issues you're campaigning on.

Aggregating Video

The Miro Player is a great way to subscribe to video feeds and to search channels for content. Because Miro is an aggregator it can bring together videos from a range of different sites all in one place. Miro also allows you to search for videos on popular sites by author, title, keyword etc, and to download them.

If people publishing their video have added enough information to describe their video accurately you should be able to find them.

You can also visit and search the big centralised video hosts like YouTube and Google Video for films referring to your area of interest. You should visit the various non-profit video publishers, where you can find an interesting range of material (Read more in our hosting & domains section.)

The new generation of video sharing sites do not oblige you to visit each of them in turn. Most video sites now will have an RSS feed of the content they produce which you can aggregate in Miro or subscribe to in an RSS reader such as Google Reader, Sage, Bloglines, etc.

You can also use 'Video Feed Aggregators', sites that pull together the most interesting videos from across the net, allowing you to search for material from a range of video publishing sites, then 'aggregate' them in one place, in your internet browser. Websites like Transmission  and  attract a range of critical media feeds, and search among all the content they discover across the net to display results according to your searches.

If you have a website of your own, you can use it to display other people's videos about the issue that you campaign on, or feeds specific to your region. You can use content management software like Drupal (Read more) or Planet to set up your own version of this free software tool, and aggregate or moderate video feeds to display a channel of videos that touch upon your own area of work and interest.

Click here for more information about using Drupal.


Make Internet TV

Make Internet TV is a step-by-step guide for creating and publishing video on the internet. The site covers shooting, editing, licensing, compressing, uploading and promoting video on the internet; it illustrates these topics with screenshots, photos, screencasts, graphics, text and more.


Witness works with with people who defend human rights, training them to use video for documentation and to create change. The website hosts news about campaigns, invites involvement by means of support and volunteering and contains valuable training material and resources on using video for advocacy. Its sub-project The Hub showcases human rights videos and campaigns from around the world.


EngageMedia is a video sharing site distributing works about social justice and environmental issues in South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific. It's a space for you to upload and find critical documentary, fiction, artistic and experimental works.


Transmission is a network of citizen journalists, video makers, artists, researchers, programmers and internet producers who are developing online video distribution tools for social justice and media democracy. Their objective is to make independent online video distribution possible (using FLOSS) by building the necessary tools, standards, documentation and social networks.

The Video Activist Network

The Video Activist Network (VAN) is an informal association of activists and politically conscious artists using video to support social, economic and environmental justice campaigns. The website is a collection of showcased videos, events like screenings, useful tutorials, how-to guides and other materials on video activism, including links to other video activism resources on the internet.

Floss Manuals

FLOSS Manuals is a site providing free manuals about free software. The manuals are intended to introduce you to software that you might find useful, software that is made available under licences that allow you to download and use them for free. Much of this software is extremely sophisticated but the basics are usually quite easy to grasp.

Streaming Suitcase

The Streaming Suitcase is a resource for those wanting to learn to stream. The material is all licensed under Creative Commons and is free to download and distribute. The manuals are all available online, and can be downloaded in PDF files, or in a print-friendly format. The manuals will also be updated periodically so check them for updates. You are also welcome to include the manuals page within a frameset in your own webpage.

Linux Multimedia Resources is a collection of links to various Linux resources available on the internet. The links are arranged under a long list of categories. The multimedia resource page has quite a comprehensive list of links to multimedia software projects. The site also has links to various other general Linux resources like tutorials and documentation.

Linux in Film

Linux in Film is a Wikibooks project that lists links to useful tools and resources for video production, from Storyboarding and Budgeting through to Authoring, for various media like the internet, VCD and DVD. It also has a lot of interesting links to professional filmmakers who use Linux for production, to other Linux multimedia resources and more.


dyne:bolic is a practical multimedia production tool for media activists, artists and creative people. It will help you manipulate and broadcast both sound & video and find tools to record, edit, encode and stream. Most devices and peripherals are automatically recognised: audio, video, TV, network cards, Firewire, USB and more; and all using only free software.