Case Study

Arup video portal

The Brief

Arup has a large and growing archive of video content covering everything from case studies to updates from senior management briefings. Arup required a better way to administrate their content as it was becoming logistically complex to manage the archive and publish it onto the main website.

They also needed to move from having a site which worked primarily on PC to a site which would work on a much wider range of devices.

The Challenge

The challenge was to create a site with a strong content management aspect which could be displayed on many devices and reduce the overall time required to manage video content.

Our Approach

Using Kaltura as the Online Video Platform (OVP), and based on designs created by Arup, we built a completely new section of the Arup website to house all video content.

We created a custom Arup player and a page look and feel based on the designs developed by Arup.

We then set up an uploader user account which enabled anyone within the Arup team or one of their third party video suppliers to upload video to the site. As part of this process data was added to the videos; such as title, description, category and participants. The system would then transcode the master file into all the necessary versions to support a range of devices including iOS and Android devices.

A moderator using a separate account could then approve the video and data associated with it and it would be published to the dynamic pages. These dynamic pages interrogate the OVP, and build the pages based on the information returned. Such information includes building category pages based on the classifications attributed to the video, generating playlists based on what users who view a particular video are likely to want to watch next, and showing a most recently added list.

Video content is restricted by IP address, so some of the categories are only available within Arup to allow the publication of confidential internal content.

To summarise the system delivers video content to the user on their preferred devices, whilst reducing the administration time required to publish the content.