Wikivideos

Wikivideos is the wiki for collaborative educational videos. Videos are created with pure wikitext, using a syntax very similar to galleries. For example, the following wikitext:

This is a proposal for a new Wikimedia sister project.
Wikivideos
Wikivideos Logo.svg
Status of the proposal
Statusunder discussion
Details of the proposal
Is it a multilingual wiki?See #One wiki or many?
Potential number of languagesSee #One wiki or many?
Proposed taglineCollaborative educational videos
Proposed URLhttps://wikivideos.org
Technical requirements
New features to requireExtension:WikiVideos
Development wikihttps://wikivideos.org
Additional project settingsWill use files from Commons, but may require local files too.
<wikivideo width="300">
File:Old pond.jpg | Old pond
File:Frog leap.jpg | frog leaps in
File:Water sound.jpg | water's sound
</wikivideo>

will output the following video:

This is just a simulation, see https://wikivideos.org for the real thing.

Essentially the algorithm shows one image after another while an automated voice reads the text aloud. However, the syntax can be extended and complicated endlessly, with support for different file types (including other videos and perhaps even other wikivideos), as well as parameter=value pairs (again similar to the gallery syntax) specifying things like different voices for different images (to simulate dialogues), moments of silence, background music, etc. For an up-to-date wishlist, see https://wikivideos.org

The project is based on the recent (2022) Extension:WikiVideos that adds the <wikivideo> tag. It's still new and unstable, but already supports not only video generation, but also automatic captions, automatic chapters for navigating the videos, multiple voices in many languages using Google's text-to-speech service, and other features. See https://wikivideos.org and Extension:WikiVideos for an up-to-date list of features.

Related projects/proposalsEdit

  • VideoWiki - The algorithm for generating videos seems conceptually similar, but the implementation is very different. Aims to add a visual layer to Wikipedia, while Wikivideos aims for an independent project.
  • Wikispeech - Wikimedia text-to-speech initiative.
  • Wikistories - Concept to stage Wikimedia content for posting in other social media platforms.
  • Wikimedia Commons - Hosts videos, but they cannot be edited except by downloading, editing and re-uploading.
  • Commons:Sequencer - Sequences of media without a text-to-speech feature. Currently broken.

Domain namesEdit

One wiki or many?Edit

At first glance, it may seem like this project may require one wiki per language, like Wikipedia. However, having multiple wikis is extremely inefficient in that templates, support documentation and almost everything else needs to be recreated (and maintained!) dozens or even hundreds of times, by often scarce volunteers that retrace and redo the same work again and again. This is currently the case for Wikipedia and many other Wikimedia projects, but even though the Wikimedia Foundation is still unable to deliver a solution, it's not the year 2000 anymore. Nowadays we have Extension:Translate and automatic translators like Google Translate that can greatly help us to avoid such inefficiencies while collaborating across languages.

One upcoming feature for the Extension:WikiVideos are automatic translations of wikivideo captions using Google Translate, and then automatic translation of video voices using said translated captions. This will allow us to script videos in English (or any other language!) and have them autogenerated in every other language. Automatic translations are not perfect but again, it's not the year 2000 anymore. For some language pairs they are just amazing and are always getting better. Looking 10 years ahead, automatic translations are the future and in any case, we can always fallback to some system to override them when a volunteer feels like doing a manual translation.

In conclusion, at least I (the proposer) strongly favor one multilingual wiki. We'll figure out the details along the way. Sophivorus (talk) 04:02, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Sophivorus: I would prefer one wiki per language, because Google Translate is a very bad automatic translator. If you can implement one that gives more faithful and sensible translations, such as Deepl, I will be ok for one wiki. --Hérisson grognon (talk) 11:17, 24 August 2022 (UTC)

People interestedEdit

DiscussionEdit

  • This is a cool concept; however, I’m concerned about the practicality here. Going by the example, it seems like the highest quality level is going to be extremely low, and the level of potential enthusiasm here is probably low. Going by that, I’d say Oppose as impractical and not filling any serious niche. Dronebogus (talk) 08:16, 12 August 2022 (UTC)
    @Dronebogus Hi! I just made a video on Malaria based on the original VideoWiki version. There's still a long way to go but I trust this can prove that higher quality videos are possible! Sophivorus (talk) 23:29, 25 August 2022 (UTC)
  • Note, there was a previous similar idea implemented that never really went anywhere - commons:Commons:Sequencer, although perhaps the bugs were not sufficiently worked out of the software to give it a chance. Bawolff (talk) 05:55, 25 August 2022 (UTC)
    @Bawolff Thanks, I just added it to the list of related projects. Sophivorus (talk) 23:30, 25 August 2022 (UTC)