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The Difference in Publishing (Video/Audio) Options

There are several options for you to publish your recorded content, each with different advantages.  You can use Blackboard Courses, Video Content management - Ensemble, Mediasite, Podcasting and iTunes U.

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MediaSite is a lecture capture tool that allows faculty to publish their classroom recordings for students to reference. This lecture capture tool can be used to simultaneously capture the video/audio in the room and the presentation on the computer. Here is an example.

MediaSite creates an interactive experience that allows students to watch the video and slides together or choose to watch just the slides or the video.

MediaSite is currently available in Coronado 102, Hahn School of Nursing Room 106, The Law Library room LRC132 and Serra 205. Contact Media Services at to find out who your area booking manager is or ask your local IT representative.

If you would like to see if your lecture can be recorded in another room, please fill out a video production request and we will respond within 24-48 hours with an update to let you know if your lecture can be filmed with our mobile MediaSite unit.

MediaSite also allows for streaming within the USD campus from one location to another. For example, a lecture happening in one building can be streamed to another class in real-time. Additonally, MediaSite can accomodate streaming in real-time to distant locations for online learning.

About Mediasite

View Tutorial on Mediasite and Medisite Desktop Recorder

Video Content Management - Ensemble

The Ensemble Video Server is our ‘in-house’ location for streaming media and is the most secure of all the publishing options as the presentation is streamed, rather than downloaded as a file. Another feature of the streamer is that you may publish large files that are then compressed and optimized for you.

Within each video, you also have the option of adding links to multimedia files, a description of the video, and chapter markers annotations to highlight key sections for easier navigation. Here is an example.

The staff member or professor is in full control of what and when is published. Videos can be published to a link as a single video or a playlist with multiple videos that can be posted on a web site, as an email link, or securely embedded inside Blackboard.

About Video Content Managment - Ensemble

View Tutorial about Ensemble

Podcasting Server

The Podcasting Server is our ‘in-house’ location for publishing podcasts.  The professor is in full control of what s/he uploads and when and can choose to publish the link to a single file, his or her/entire library or a ‘channel’ which could be just one topic or a course.  You may then take these links and place them on your own web site, email them to students or create a web link within a Blackboard course. Files must be in Mp3, Mp4 or pdf.

About Podcasting

iTunes University

Perhaps the greatest advantage of the iTunes U is that it can be made public to the world, or to just people at the USD.  Subject areas, courses and advanced search functions all lend ease of use and attractive design for this option.  As well, professors who request iTunes U courses can also request a student ‘drop box’ be created within the course for students to upload their own casts.

While the benefits of iTunes U are many, there is less instructor control.  Files to be made public on the iTunes U site need to be approved and uploaded through the respective department.  Contact your department for details. Files must be in Mp3, Mp4 or pdf.

About iTunes University

Streaming Server

The Streaming Media Server is a self-service resource that is designed to house and distribute both audio and video files.  The server accommodates Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media, and Real Player files and makes them available on-demand via a link.  The user interface is Web based, simple to use, and provides dependable service to your end users. Faculty and staff can upload and manage their own files and distribute links via Blackboard, Web site or email and the audience can be either open to all internet users or restricted to the University of San Diego community.

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Blackboard Video Everywhere

Video Everywhere is a feature of the Content Editor Building Block (inside your Blackboard course). Once installed and activated, a new icon is added to the Content Editor that controls a user’s webcam. When activated, users can record video and upload it directly to YouTube. The feature provides the ability for faculty and students to:

  • Record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions, and feedback through the content editor.
  • Reuse previously recorded videos by choosing from one’s own “library” of videos.

About Video Everywhere

View Tutorial on Video Everywhere

PowerPoint Voice Over

Many faculty have requested a tool to quickly record a PowerPoint with a voice over so they can archive or reuse their teaching material in online format. We have recommend faculty to prepare a script for their slides prior to hitting the record button. Please contact iTeam at for an individual consultation on the best match for your project needs