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What is Mediasite?

Mediasite is a rich media platform managed and fully supported by Information Services. It affords University staff the ability to create, manage and distribute video content, presentations and rich media anywhere in the world.

Whether you are creating content from scratch or sharing existing material, Mediasite can help. Integrating with learning environments such as QOL, Moodle or Canvas, Mediasite is a one-stop shop for all of your media content.

Self-service Mediasite

As a signed-up user to Mediasite, you have access to the following software:

Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR)

Mediasite Desktop Recorder gives staff the ability to generate content on their own computer, with minimal setup and equipment required, to allow fast and direct delivery of course materials to students. These videos are automatically uploaded to Mediasite, where the staff member can manage permissions, make basic edits if required and share with thir audience, either directly or by incorporating the video into a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) such as Canvas.

Recordings can be produced in the following modes:

  • Audio only
    Records only the feed from your microphone or other audio input device. This could be used to create podcasts.
  • Slideshow & Audio
    The simplest form of an audio-visual lecture or presentation. While recording audio from your microphone, this also records a chosen area of your screen as a series of static images. This is ideal for a PowerPoint presentation with static slides. When uploaded to the server, text from the slides is automatically made searchable, which is very useful for viewers in terms of functionality and accessibility.
  • Screencast & Audio
    This is similar to Slideshow & Audio, however instead of taking static images, your screen is recorded as a continuous video. This should only be used if you have video content in your presentation, as it provides less functionality to the viewer than Slideshow & Audio.
  • Video only
    Records only a camera feed, e.g. from your webcam, and audio from your microphone or other input device.
  • Slideshow & Video
    This is an enhancement to Slideshow & Audio; as well as providing the viewer with a searchable and accessible slideshow, the viewer will also see a camera feed of you as you deliver the presentation. This massively enhances the feeling of interaction and involvement between presenter and viewer, and is very important for adding to accessibility, as students who are for instance hard of hearing can watch you deliver the presentation and find it as easy to understand as if it had been delivered in person.
  • Screencast & Video
    Much like Screencast & Audio, this should only be used if your presentation contains video content, as it offers fewer features to the viewer than Screencast & Video.

MDR is installed on all PCs in centrally-booked rooms on the Queen's University campus, and is in the process of being rolled out to all shared computers across Queen's. Users with administrative privileges can install MDR on their own computers by downloading directly from My Mediasite.

My Mediasite

My Mediasite is the management platform that staff can use to manage their video content on QUB's Mediasite server. It provides a number of functions in an easy-to-use interface:

Edit your presentations

  • Perform edits to video content, such as redacting sections or adding fades;
  • Remove or replace individual slides (where the presentation has been recorded as a slideshow);
  • Add "chapters" in longer videos to aid the viewer in navigating;
  • Add a custom thumbnail to be shown wherever your video is embedded, such as on CMS or your VLE.

Manage access to content

  • Allow or deny viewing access for groups, such as all students, all staff, the world at large, or custom groups (contact the Mediasite team for information);
  • Allow editing access for individual staff members;
  • Move content into shared folders (contact the Mediasite team to set up) such as specific teaching modules or school CMS repositories;
  • Manage playlists (called "catalogs") of presentations, linked to these folders (contact the Mediasite team to set up)
  • Manage a personal channel (contact the Mediasite team to set up)
  • Share content by obtaining direct viewing links (URLs) and embed codes to insert into CMS pages and VLE courses.

General administration

  • Rename content and add further descriptions;
  • Provide bio details of presenter(s);
  • Add links to related material, to appear alongside the presentation.