There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"How To ... " videos from RT

For some reason, Sacramento Regional Transit expects visitors to its new "Try Transit" Web pages to download 9.5MB and 7.9MB files in order to view RT's "How to . . ." videos. Perhaps the people running RT's site are unfamiliar with the concept of embedding videos.

Here's the "How to ride light rail" video embedded on YouTube.

Here's the same video on Veoh:

Here's the video "How to use the light rail ticket machines" produced by student interns Christina Gonzalez, Cassandra Estrada, Taylor Cain and Jackie Williams on YouTube.

Here's the same video on Veoh.

At the end of the YouTube video, the player will display the html code for embedding the video and URL to play the video at YouTube. On the Veoh videos, while the video is playing, hold your mouse near the top of the video to reveal links to embed and email the video.

This is a much better solution than suggesting people download huge files.

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