learningCloud FAQ - Best practices managing videos on our LMS/LXP
As a result of inquiries referred by our customers about uploading videos in our Pack LMS and learningCloud products, from Netex we want to inform that LMS/LXP are not designed to serve high quality videos. The reasons are explained below:
- The quick improvement of video capture and recording technology results in the use of large, bit-rate multimedia resources. This makes us dependent on the technology and bandwidth with which we are viewing the video. Using Starbucks wifi to watch our high quality training video is a bad idea, because we will be dependent on the use of other customers' downloads and the establishment itself while we make our training experience worse.
- LMS/LXPs are not adaptive streaming platforms like Youtube or Vimeo etc. that solve the problem of students watching high quality videos at the same time.
- Serving video intensively from an LMS/LXP overloads the service and will penalize other less demanding resources.
- The visualization of multimedia resources will not be optimized for different types of devices or consumption profiles, causing buffer storage and bad visualization experience.
In conclusion, an LMS/LXP is crucial in an organization's learning programs but, unfortunately, it is not the solution for distributing and serving high-quality multimedia content. But there are alternatives and solutions that complement the LMS/LXP for this specific purpose.
- Modern and scalable video CMSes manage to solve this problem by advanced server and browser caching, taking advantage of CDN or 'streaming' files.
- CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) are essentially a top-level cache of your video, so you don't have to contact the server to get what you want. The streaming works by delivering the video bit by bit (streaming) instead of a whole file.
If you use a service such as CMS or CDN, you can add a link directly to an Activity in our LMS/LXP.
- Avoid uploading videos to the LMS/LXP and replace those videos with links to Youtube, Vimeo, Microsoft Video, Google Drive.
- If videos are to be uploaded to the LMS/LXP, use bit-rates ALWAYS below 400 kbps and do not exceed 100 Megabytes.