At Vidutopia we strive to provide the most user friendly customer experience with easy access to high quality
educational videos at a reasonable price. In the following sections we will describe in detail the four quick
and easy steps necessary to purchase educational videos through the Vidutopia website. But before jumping into
the details we wanted to provide you with a short description of the overall process and advantages of using the
Vidutopia website. If you still have unanswered questions after reading through this tutorial please feel free
to check out our FAQ and Forums
sections or e-mail customer support at
The first step in our process is to Create Your User Account.
This is step is very quick and easy and takes only a few minutes. Any videos you purchased (even those purchased in DVD and Blu-ray
format) will also be made available online in streaming form through your user account. Additionally, your user account gives you
access to the Forums where you can post requests for specific educational
video content and interact directly other members of the Vidutopia community.
Once you have created your user account you can then begin Browsing
Vidutopia's Educational Video Library. Our library of educational video content is always growing and we use both fully searchable
text and keyword sorting features to make finding the right educational content quick and easy. You can sort videos by their,
category, sub-category, popularity, length, date uploaded, or whether or not they offered free in streaming format.
As you are browsing through our selection of high quality educational video content you can begin Selecting Videos for Purchase
using our shopping cart feature. Simply select the video and delivery format (i.e. Online Streaming, DVD Disc + Streaming, or Blu-ray Disc
+ Streaming) you would like to receive by clicking the Add to Cart button next to the desired format for a specific video. This allows you to
create your own customized DVD and Blu-ray Discs containing only the content you want. You can also mix and match videos and delivery formats
within the same individual order. Vidutopia is one of the only sites on the web that offers customizable DVD and HD Blu-ray educational content
from a variety of authors and sources. You no longer need to buy an expensive box set or complete video series just to obtain 2 or 3 video segments
of interest. Now you can pick and choose only the videos you want and create your own personalized DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.
Once you have added all the videos and delivery formats desired to your shopping cart the final step in the process is to
Checkout. Vidutopia accepts all major credit cards and uses a secure and encrypted website portal to process all credit card
transactions. DVD and Blu-ray Disc orders typically take 7-10 business days to delivery. Additionally, videos purchased as
streaming only can be purchased as DVD or Blu-ray Disc within 30 days of purchase at a discounted price. Once you have
checked out and purchased your videos access to streaming versions of purchased videos is available immediately in your
|STEP 1: CREATE YOUR USER ACCOUNT
Your membership account holds the key to every bit of your participation in the Vidutopia community and website. On the top
right hand corner of the homepage you will find a link entitled "Sign up/Log In". If you are a new user click on the words
"Sign up" to create your new account. When signing up for the first time you will simply be required to choose a username and
and Privacy Statement before creating a new account. Once you have entered all the necessary information and clicked "Sign me up!"
you will then receive an e-mail at the e-mail address you provided during the sign up process. Please click on the confirmation
link provided in this e-mail to complete the validation of your new Vidutopia membership account. Once completed you will then
have access to all the features of the Vidutopia website and will be able to upload and sell your own content as well as download
and purchase others content. Once you have completed the sign up process you can then access your membership account area by
simply clicking "log in" at the top right hand corner of the website. Additionally you can also click on the "My Account" icon on
the tool bar at the top of the website. These will take you to your membership account area which will look similar to the image
As you can see in this image nearly all of the details of your VIdutopia membership account and ID as well as any purchased
and/or uploaded videos can all be accessed from you member account area. To examine the features of the membership account
area in more detail we have split the above page into three separate sections which are described below.
Button Features – On the right hand side of the page are three blue buttons labeled, "Upload Video", "Browse Videos" and
"Invite Friends". Clicking the "Upload Video" button will take you through the steps required to upload your own educational video content
onto the VIdutopia website. For more detailed information on this process and how to become a Vidutopia contributor please click on the
following link Become a Contributor. Clicking on the
"Browse Videos" button will take you directly into the Vidutopia educational video library where you can begin searching for and
previewing educational content. Finally, clicking on "Invite Friends" will bring up an online form which allows you to enter your name and
the e-mail addresses of friends that you would like to invite to join Vidutopia.com.
Welcome Section – The welcome section in the center of Vidutopia membership account page has links which allow
you to view and manage any information associated with your membership account. The first item listed is the e-mail address used
to create your account. This is also the e-mail address that will be used in correspondence between you and the Vidutopia staff.
Clicking the "Upload Photo" button will allow you to upload a personalized avatar or image that is associated with your user
account. IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD OR USE LEWED, PORNOGRAPHIC, OR OFFENSIVE IMAGES AS THIS WILL RESULT IN THE TERMINATION
OF YOUR ACCOUNT AND DENIAL OF ACCESS TO THE VIDUTOPIA WEBSITE. Clicking "Contributor Account Details" or "Purchasing Account
Details" will allow you to enter information such as shipping and contact details that will be required to provide you with
royalties earned on the sale of your video content (Contributor Account) or for billing purposes when purchasing content
(Purchasing Account). Clicking "Previous order(s) details" will bring up a list of your recent video purchase orders. Finally,
clicking "View Revenue Report" will bring up a detailed report of any and all royalties earned to date on the sale of your
education video content through the Vidutopia website.
Videos Section – If you become a Vidutopia content contributor videos that you have uploaded or submitted will
be made available for you to examine in the Uploaded Videos section of the membership account area. Once you have purchased videos
through the Vidutopia website the full online streaming version of those videos will be made available to you in the Purchased
Videos section of the membership account area. A button entitled "View Full Video" will appear under the video’s image which you
can then click to view your purchased content.
|STEP 2: BROWSING THE VIDEO LIBRARY
Once you have creating your user account you can then begin browsing Vidutopia's library of educational videos. Our library of
educational video content is always growing and we use both fully searchable text and key word sorting features to make finding
the right educational content quick and easy. There are multiple links and buttons that can take you to the Vidutopia video
library as well as short cut links to some of the more popular presorted versions of the library. From the user account the
"Discover" link in the upper tool bar will take you to the main page of the Vidutopia Library, while the "Popular, Recent, Length,
and Free" links under Videos at the bottom of the page will take you to various presorted versions of the video library. These
same links are available on the Vidutopia homepage as well. The image below is a representative example of the Vidutopia video
library main page.
To examine the features of the Vidutopia library page in more detail we have split the above page into three separate sections
which are described below.
Categories Section – Across the top of the library page and directly underneath the "Discover" tool bar is the
categories section of the page which lists all of the currently available video categories. In this image the "All Categories"
button (shown in bold black letters) is selected which means that all videos in all categories are being displayed. Clicking on
any of the available category names will then select that category and restrict the list of displayed videos to just that selected
category. This will also cause the selected category name to appear bold indicating that it has been selected. This function
allows you to quickly and easily narrow down the list of displayed videos based on the category in which they have been classified.
Search Features Section – The search features section of the library page is located on the right hand side
of the page underneath the "Video Search Features" title bar. This section allows you to further search and sort videos based
on a variety of criteria. The first item in this section is the "Search Keyword(s)" function. This section allows users to
search and sort videos based on the relevancy of the video's title and description in comparison to the term(s) used in the
keyword search. This can be done across all videos or across only a subset of videos. The second item in the search features
section is the "Sub Categories" sort function which allows the user to further limit the videos displayed based on the
classification of videos into certain subcategories within the broader categories. For example with in the broader category of
math videos the sub category of Algebra could be selected to ensure that only videos pertaining to Algebra were displayed. The
third item in the search features section is the "Sort Videos by" function. As the name implies this function allows you to
sort videos based on different criteria, including Upload Date, Popularity, Video Length, and Relevancy (as it relates to
keyword search term). The fourth and final item in the search features section is the "Video Type" function which allows you to
sort selected videos based on whether access to them in streaming form is free or requires payment. Some content providers
elect to have the online streaming version of their videos available free of charge while others require a nominal charge to
purchase. Regardless of whether or not the online streaming version of a video is free or paid, standard rates apply for the
purchase any video in hard copy DVD and HD Blu-ray Disc format.
Display Results Section – The display results section of the library page is the located to the left of the search
features section and below the categories section. This section displays the videos that were identified within the video library
that match any searching or sorting functions that have been selected. For instance in the image above all videos in all categories
are currently being displayed in order from newest to oldest based on upload date because this is the sorting criteria that has
been applied. This is also the default sorting criteria that is applied whenever the "Discover" button is used to access the video
library. Within this section a small thumbnail image of the identified videos as well as a few details about each video are displayed
to help you quickly determine which videos are of interest. Underneath each videos image is its user rating (if available) from 0 to
5 stars. To the right of each video is the video title in blue letters, followed by its category in italics, and finally the username
of the content provider in bold. Each video thumbnail image is a clickable link to that specific video's detailed information page.
Therefore if you see a video that looks interesting and want to learn more about that video or view a clip of that video you can
simply click on the video’s image which will then take you to that video's detail information page.
|STEP 3: SELECTING VIDEOS FOR PURCHASE
Once you have identified a video(s) that you might be interested in purchasing the next step is to examine those videos in more
detail and determine which video(s) and in what format(s) you would like to purchase them. To do this you simply need to click
on the thumbnail image of the video of interest and this will take you to that video's detailed information page. An example of
a detailed information page is shown in the image below.
To more easily describe the features of the video detail page we have split it into three separate sections which are described below.
Video Details Section – Directly underneath the "View details for …" title line on the left hand side of the page
is the video details section. This section contains more detailed information about the video of interest including its title, a
description of the video, its duration, upload date, and the number of times it has been purchased. The video description field is
used by the video's creator to describe their video's content in more detail and can also be useful in helping you determine
whether or not a video might suit your needs.
Preview and Rating Section – To the right of the video details section is the video preview and rating section.
Clicking on the "Preview Video" button in this section will launch a separate window in which a 30 second clip of the video will
play. This clip is a low resolution video at 320 x 240 and is only meant to give the viewer a better idea of what content is
provided in the full quality version of the video. Purchased videos are of a higher quality and resolution than preview clips and
the exact quality and resolution is determined based on the format that is purchased. Exact video quality and resolution details
are described in the table below. Underneath the "Preview Video" button use the current user rating for the video and any reviews
that have been posted. Clicking on the "more" button below the displayed reviews will open a new window in which all reviews are
listed. Additionally, once you have purchased a video you have the option to rate and review that video by clicking on the "Post
Your Rating" link.
||DVD Disc Quality
||HD Blu-ray Disc Quality
||640 x 480
||720 x 480
||1920 x 1080
Purchase Section – The purchase section of the video details page is located at the bottom of the page underneath
the video details and preview and rating sections of the page. This section details the cost and availability of the video in
various formats. If a video has not been provided in a high enough quality to qualify as HD for instance, then the option next to
"HD Blu-ray Disc + Online Streaming" would read not available and the "Add to Cart" button would be removed. Additionally if the
video's creator has elected to provide the streaming version of the video free of charge then the option next to "Online Streaming
Only” would read Free Video and the Preview Button below the video's picture would instead read "View Full Video". Once you have
determined which format you would like to purchase you simply need to click the "Add to Cart" button next to the desired format
and it will be added to your cart. From this point you have the option to proceed to the checkout or continue shopping for additional
|STEP 4: SHOPPING CART AND CHECKOUT
Once you have identified a video(s) and selected the appropriate video format(s) you would like to receive you are then ready to
proceed forward with your purchase and checkout. However, before we discuss the checkout procedure in detail let’s take a quick
look at the shopping cart and some of the unique features of the Vidutopia website. One of the unique features of the VIdutopia
website is that we allow customers the opportunity to create their own tailored DVDs and Blu-ray Discs by selecting the video
content that they wish to receive. Additionally, we are the only educational video sharing site that offers customizable DVD and
full HD Blu-ray Disc content. As you begin to select and add various videos and video formats to your shopping cart these different
options are pooled together and used to create your own customized DVDs and HD Blu-Ray Discs. As an example the shopping cart in
the image below contains two videos in HD Blu-ray format, two in DVD format, and two in Streaming online format. In this case the
user would receive one DVD disc (containing the two DVD quality videos) and one HD Blu-ray Disc (Containing the two HD quality videos)
in the mail. Additionally the user would also have access to all six videos immediately in streaming quality through their user account
for the next 30 days. This gives you the flexibility to pick and choose any videos in any format even within the same order and your
choices will be automatically sorted and provided in the appropriate format.
Each DVD and HD Blu-ray Disc can hold up to two hours of video, in its specified format, and for multiple video purchases totaling
over two hours in length clips will be arranged and provided across multiple discs in such a way to ensure that any individual
video segment is not broken up across multiple discs. In addition to these benefits the purchase of a DVD or HD Blu-ray version
of a video that has been purchased in streaming only format in the past 30 days will result in a discount on the purchase price of
that video equal to the cost paid for the streaming online format of said video. The quality and resolution limits required for
videos to be classified as streaming, DVD, or HD quality are describe in detail in the SELECTING VIDEOS FOR PURCHASE section of
this tutorial. A videos quality and overall length are what determine its cost and the table below details the costs of various
video options based on quality and length.
||Video Length in Minutes:Seconds
||0 – 10:00
||10:01 – 30:00
|DVD Disc + Streaming
|HD Blu-ray Disc + Streaming
Once all videos and formats for a particular purchase have been selected and added to the shopping cart you can then
proceed with the purchase of your selected videos by clicking on the "Checkout" button located in the lower right hand
corner of the page. After clicking "Checkout" you will be asked to provide you shipping address and information. Please
fill out this form completely and accurately as it will be used to ship any purchased DVD or Blu-Ray Discs. If you have
previously entered your shipping information then this form will appear with your information already entered in the
appropriate fields. Please check this information for accuracy and correct any mistakes or changes in your shipping
information. Once all your shipping information has been entered and is accurate you may then click the "Proceed with
Checkout" button to obtain your final bill including tax and any shipping and handling fees. After checking your bill
for accuracy you may then click the "Make Payment" button which will take you to a secure and encrypted page where you
may enter your credit card information and complete your purchase. Once you have completed your purchase you will receive
an e-mail confirmation and will also be able to immediately access streaming versions of your purchased videos through your
user account page. We appreciate your business and if you experience any technical difficulties with your purchase or have
any questions please feel free to contact our support staff at . Additionally, you can check our FAQ
pages for answers to some of the most common questions and requests. Thank you and we hope you enjoy viewing your selected