Mediasite is a secure video recording and delivery platform that is available to all faculty, staff, and students. It can be used to submit videos for projects, record lectures and even record training sessions. Mediasite serves three critical functions; classroom lecture capture in select classrooms, desktop recording via the Desktop Recorder application and video upload via MyMediasite. Videos created via any of these three methods can then be shared in Blackboard or with select colleagues.
You can share MP4s and Other Videos Via MyMediasite
To share videos, whether an MP4 or local Zoom recording, you should upload them through the MyMediasite Portal (https://vums-web.villanova.edu/mediasite/mymediasite). You can then share the link/s to the video via Blackboard or email. Specific information on uploading video files is at http://bit.ly/2vN40Oa.
Please note we strongly encourage you not to upload videos to Blackboard or share videos via Dropbox, OneDrive, email etc. You should upload videos to Mediasite for distribution. Using Mediasite to deliver videos improves the viewing experience. Streaming from Mediasite reduces the bandwidth needed to view the videos, making it easier for people on slower connections to view content. Additionally, Mediasite content is available and streams well via mobile.
Simple Video Editing of MP4s and Other Videos is Available on MyMediasite
Once uploaded to MyMediasite, you can use the Mediasite editor to do basic editing on your videos. The editing feature is useful not only for videos recorded via the Desktop Recorder but any footage that you would like to do basic editing on before delivering. Instructions on editing videos on Mediasite are at http://bit.ly/3awzRRX
Desktop Recorder is a Great Alternatives to Narrated PowerPoint Presentations
If you are recording narrated PowerPoints, please consider the Mediasite Desktop Recorder instead. Since students are viewing content online from varying systems, they may have issues viewing narrated PowerPoints. Recording lectures on the Desktop Recorder will provide a more consistent experience for their students.
You can record asynchronous lectures, slides, video, and computer (much like classroom recordings or narrated PowerPoints) using the Desktop Recorder (http://bit.ly/33fKXbP), Villanova's desktop lecture capture tool.
All students, faculty, and staff can use MyMediasite
All students, faculty, and staff can use MyMediasite to upload videos and the Mediasite Desktop Recorder. Mediasite is particularly useful for faculty who are looking to have students record presentations. Students can record videos on their phones, use the desktop recorder, or upload a video recorded in some other way.
You can record videos and upload them to MyMediasite from your phone
You can access MyMediasite (https://vums-web.villanova.edu/mediasite/mymediasite) from the browser on their phone and record or upload prerecorded videos to their account directly, similar to uploading a video to social media or YouTube.
Tips for faculty recording lectures and videos from VITAL
VITAL suggests that for asynchronous lectures, faculty keep them to about 15 minutes or less to maintain student attention. Consider chunking your material into multiple clips for longer lectures, as appropriate. Combine your lecture recording with follow-up activities that gauge students' comprehension and engage them with the content. Following the recording, you can upload videos in MyMediasite and share them with others.
If you're on Mac OS Catalina 10.15 and above you can't download Desktop Recorder
We are aware of an issue with the Desktop Recorder and specific versions of the Mac OS; it only occurs for those who have updated their Macs to Catalina 10.15 and above. The desktop recorder still works with older versions of the Mac OS. The vendor is working on a fix for Catalina, but currently, one does not exist, and those with Catalina will not be able to use Mediasite Desktop Recorder.
For now, we are suggesting that if you have Catalina you record lectures using Keynote and then upload those presentations to MyMediasite directly for delivery. Below are additional resources that are helpful for those of you working on a Mac with Catalina 10.15 or above.
Recording a presentation in Keynote - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6e2ZtHnimA
Uploading videos to MyMediasite - http://bit.ly/2vN40Oa