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CIT can broadcast your seminar, conference or meeting live to a world-wide audience over the Internet as a real-time streaming video. The event can be recorded and made available for viewers to watch at their convenience as an on-demand video or a downloadable podcast. CIT can also broadcast NIH-only or HHS-only content.

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ
Creating a VideoCast FAQ

What is NIH VideoCast?

The Center for Information Technology (CIT) makes special NIH events, seminars, and lectures available to viewers on the VideoCast web site. VideoCasting is the method of electronically streaming digitally encoded video and audio data from a server to a client. Streaming files are not downloaded, but rather are broadcast in a manner similar to television broadcasts. The videos are processed by a compression program into a streaming format and delivered in a staggered fashion to minimize impact upon the network and maximize the experience of the content for the viewer. When users request a streaming file they will receive an initial burst of data after a short delay (file latency). While content is being viewed, the streaming server machine and software continues to "stream" data in such a manner that the viewer experiences no break in the content.

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How can I fix “Error Loading Player"?

Chrome, Firefox and Safari disable Flash by default. Adobe Flash must be enabled in your browser, so if you have a problem use a different browser which has Flash enabled or update and enable Flash player. You can verify your installation of the Flash Player and get instructions on how to Enable Flash Player in your Browser here.

Image showing Adobe Flash player error

Figure 1. Adobe Flash must be enabled in your browser. Chrome, Firefox and Safari disable Flash by default.
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Who do I call if there is a problem?

Call the NIH IT Service Desk at (301) 496-4357, toll free (866) 319-4357 or use NIH IT Service Desk.

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How do I know if my device can play a VideoCast?

Test video, plug-in, browser, java, firewall and bandwidth before watching a live presentation.

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Video quality is degraded

Video quality can degrade on a wireless connection. To improve performance, switch to a wired LAN connection. Select a specific bit rate such as 1840K, 512K or 225K depending on your actual network speed. Switch from full screen to normal or HD to SD. If necessary, re-boot and try again.

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I'm not getting sound

Check your speaker volume and mixer settings. Make sure sound is not set to mute. Check to see if the VideoCast is on a break and wait for the event to resume.

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The event has started but I don't get a link

Live VideoCast events will automatically generate a "Click to Watch" link a few minutes before the actual start time. Please wait until the actual start time and if necessary, refresh your web browser to get the link.

Click to Watch button

Figure 1. Refresh browser if you do not get "Click to Watch" video link.
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NIH-only and HHS-only Events


All VideoCasts are world-accessible except for NIH-only and HHS-only which can only be seen from computers on NIH and HHS networks. Teleworking staff must use VPN to access NIH-only and HHS-only VideoCasts.

Image of VPN software for NIH teleworkers

Figure 1. NIH VPN software is the only supported solution for teleworkers to watch NIH-only and HHS-only VideoCasts from a home network

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Does my network firewall block NIH VideoCasts?

Flash Player uses RTMP at ports 80 and 1935 (UDP and TCP). These ports must be allowed through your firewall to connect to our events. NIH VideoCast IP host address and subnet are 128.231.124.000 255.255.254.000. The VideoCast Test page will check your firewall port settings.

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Can I download a VideoCast or a transcript?

All world accessible VideoCast and Podcast files can be saved to disk. You cannot download NIH-only or HHS-only VideoCasts. CIT also attaches caption text to VideoCasts for download.

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Are all VideoCasts added to Past Events?

All VideoCasts are added as quickly as possible, usually within a few days after the broadcast. All-day conferences can take longer. On occasion the archive copies are made from backup recordings, which will delay this process.

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Share or embed a VideoCast past events

In the video player menu at top left, select share video to send email or copy syntax to your site, blog or profile.

The sharing tab in the VideoCast player

Figure 1.  Image shows menu option to share or embed a VideoCast.

There are additional options you may use in the embed url.

  • h: height of the player
  • w: width of the player
  • start: start offset in seconds
  • stop: stop video after x seconds
In this example:
https://videocast.nih.gov/embed.asp?file=19112&w=640&h=360&start=600&stop=610
Event 19112 is embedded in a player that is 640x360. It will start at 10 minutes into the video (600 seconds) and will stop 10 seconds later.

Each Videocast has a permanent link assigned to it. You may place this link on your webpage if you desire. The permanent link for an event can be found at the "more info" page for the event. You can use the permanent link if you need to future-proof the URL. 

The permanent link data

Figure 2.  The Permanent link at the bottom of the description can be used if you want a long-term URL.

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Can I get CME credits watching a VideoCast?

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is the accredited provider for NIH CME activities. For more information, please visit https://hopkinscme.cloud-cme.com and contact CME tech support directly from this page.

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How do I setup a VideoCast?

Contact NIH Events Management (301-435-2208) for an estimate and work order number so they can provide room support and send CIT live video and captions for the VideoCast.

Schedule at https://videocast.nih.gov/info Provide event details such as the title, description, date, time and access control.
(HHS clients ask NIH Events Management (ORS) staff to schedule upcoming VideoCast events.)

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Is there a fee to have my event VideoCast?

ORS - Camera and caption rates are at https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/emb/multimedia/Pages/Multimedia-Services.aspx.
Please call 301-435-2208 for an estimate and work order number so ORS can send CIT live video and captioning for the VideoCast.

CIT - There is no fee for NIH customers requesting live VideoCast encoding and archiving. Optional services such as YouTube uploads, chapter marks and custom edits have CIT fees.

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Can viewers send comments during a live VideoCast?

CIT has developed a live event feedback form that can forward requests to a specified email address. Messages can be retrieved in real time at your event with your notebook or wireless handheld.

Image of Live Feedback form

Figure 1. A sample live event feedback form sends comments to a specified email address.

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Do I need captions?

VideoCasts require captions for Section 508 compliance.

§ 1194.24 Video and multimedia products.

All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.

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Can I get statistics?

If you need to know how many connections a VideoCast had, you can view the numbers posted next to the event.

Image of VideoCast stats

If the event was prior to October 2011, contact the NIH IT Service Desk.

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