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WikiProject VideoWiki
CategoriesWikiProject Videowiki, Videowiki scripts
Wikimedia CommonsCommons:Category:VideoWiki VideoWiki
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Welcome to WikiProject VideoWiki. We are a group of editors interested in working on collaboratively created videos, with the goal of bringing multimedia video summaries to mediawiki. While the ideas date back to before Wikimania in South Africa in 2018, this WikiProject was born in 2019. The VideoWiki tool auto-generates videos based on wiki-scripts. A detailed description of the project can be found at the Meta page.


About a billion people worldwide are illiterate, and increasingly, they are online.

Videos can be an effective way to learn content, at every level from early childhood to post-secondary. Their efficacy is improved by same-language subtitles, even for highly-literate viewers with good hearing and language skills.[1] Wikipedia's lack of audio and video content makes it uninteresting to many.[2] Some internet users, both literate and illiterate,[3] prefer or need to learn from videos. Youtube should not be their only option.

Hundreds of millions of people can't read. Many desperately want to learn to read, and to speak English; it's a route out of poverty,[4][5] in countries with both a high[6] and low rates of literacy.[7] Increasingly, these illiterate people are online.[3] We need to give them access to Wikipedia content.

Captioned videos are an effective way of learning both language and literacy,[1] especially if the syllables change colour as they are read.

In a Wikimedia Foundation 2015 strategy consultation "rich (multimedia) content" was the second most requested thematic category after improves mobile and app functionality.[8]

How to create

A VideoWiki script looks very much like a conventional Wikipedia article. Each section has the usual descriptive header, followed by a modest amount of text and a link to a Commons media item (image or video clip).

Every section corresponds to one segment of the generated video: the body text below the header is "spoken" by a voice synthesizer while the media item is displayed. The video generator seamlessly stitches together the segments to produce the final product. The resulting video has a slideshow-like appearance when playing segments that have still images, and a more dynamic look when playing segments that have video clips.


  1. Create a new script page as a subpage of Wikipedia:VideoWiki. For example, if the topic is "ears", create a page at
  2. Add to the top of the new script page:
    <!-- Punctuation in this script is used to control text-to-speech pauses. Please change punctuation only for voice control. -->
  3. If the script is derived from an existing article, copy and paste the introductory section from the article and note this in the edit summary. For example:
    copied from [[Ear]]
  4. Click Publish to create the new script page, and then Edit to resume editing
  5. Split the script into short sections and give each section a unique, descriptive header such as
    ==Ear wax==
  6. At the bottom of each section, add a link for the image or video that is to be displayed, followed by {{Clear}}. For example:
  7. The script will now look something like this:
    <!-- Punctuation in this script is used to control text-to-speech pauses. Please change punctuation only for voice control. -->
    The ear is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance.
    ==Ear wax==
    The skin around the ear canal contains glands that produce protective ear wax.
  8. Click Publish to save the script
  9. Hit UPDATE to upload to Commons
  10. Add the video to article pages as appropriate (we suggest under the introduction). For example:
    [[File:Wikipedia-VideoWiki-Ears.webm|thumb|Introduction to ears ([[Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Ears|script]])]]

Additional functionality

  • Custom audio track. You may create your own audio and use it in the generated video in lieu of automatically-generated, synthesized voice. To do this, use {{ReadShow}}.
  • Subtitles. A subtitle is automatically created for each video segment, consisting of the body text in the associated script section. You may modify subtitles by editing the auto-generated .SRT (SubRip format) file.


You can experiment with the tool in the Video:Sandbox.


VideoWiki currently works on MDWiki and 13 languages of Wikipedia.[9]

Press coverage



Add yourself if interested!

  1. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:17, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
  2. Ian Furst (talk) 00:17, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
  3. Pratik.pks (talk) 03:43, 2 May 2019 (UTC)
  4. Theklan working and interested in the Basque TTS. - (talk) 11:49, 16 February 2022 (UTC)
  5. Suyash.dwivedi (talk) 14:59, 30 October 2022 (UTC)

Tech side



See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gernsbacher, MA (October 2015). "Video Captions Benefit Everyone". Policy insights from the behavioral and brain sciences. 2 (1): 195–202. doi:10.1177/2372732215602130. PMID 28066803.
  2. [1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Agarwal, Ipsita (September 18, 2017). "The Intrepid Teachers Bringing Internet Access To Women In Rural India". Smithsonian.
  4. Kothari, B.; Takeda, J.; Joshi, A.; Pandey, A. (2002). "Same language subtitling: A butterfly for literacy?" (PDF). International Journal of Lifelong Education. 21: 55–66.
  5. Masani, Zareer (27 November 2012). "English or Hinglish? India's choice".
  6. Bynner, J. (2004). "Literacy, numeracy and employability: Evidence from the British birth cohort studies" (PDF). Literacy & Numeracy Studies. 13: 31–48.
  7. Unesco (2006). "Education for All Global Monitoring Report" (PDF).
  8. "2015 Strategy Consultation Emergent Themes Analysis July 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  9. "Template:Videowiki". Retrieved 6 May 2024.