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Video Management, Creation, and Publishing Options

The university offers a variety of solutions for media management, video creation, publishing. See a brief overview below on the page below or click on the icons below to get more details.



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 content on the computer.

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 comes in two formats:

  1. The ecture capture devices installed in limited number of classrooms along with a mobile unit.
  2. The Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) is a personalized desktop recorder on your desktop or laptop to capture tutorials or instructions by a faculty computer.

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.

Click here to learn more about Mediasite, watch examples, and how to apply for an account.

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Ensemble Video Content Management

The Ensemble Video Content Management Platform is the new USD hosted solution for streaming media that allows staff to upload video files to the web and share them with others.

This services is to provide the academic community with access to a powerful USD hosted streaming server.

* Licensing and storage fees may apply.

  • Self organized with each user in control of their own content.
  • Upload and compress video files to publish for secured private or public viewing.
  • Videos can be published as a single video or a playlist of videos.
  • Content can be posted on a web site, as an email link, or securely embedded inside Blackboard.
  • Ensemble supports multiple media formats and provides flexible video content publishing and sharing.

Learn More About Ensemble Video Content Management Account and Getting Access

Note: The previous Helix Media Server is decommissioned as of July 2015 for uploading any new video content. All the current content will still be available for managing and viewing your current content.


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

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Vimeo is a key player in the web based video hosting and sharing sites expanding the reach of our teaching, learning and research. The service is widely used in educational institutions and promotional context as well as a pedagogical tool.

  • Vimeo allows you to create an institutional channel with your own website URL/link.
  • Curate and managing videos within playlists and clean layout.
  • Set security options for public, unlisted, or password protected.
  • No video ads before or during your videos.
  • Branded options included for each channel.
  • Embed videos anywhere or use direct links.
  • Choose from free or pro plans ($199/year) based on how much you upload.
  • Here are examples of Vimeo in higher ed: and

We highly recommend the use of Vimeo by departments at USD.



YouTube is a video sharing website that allows you to upload any video file format from your computer or mobile device. Using privacy options, you can restrict you sees your videos. YouTube is used by academic institutions, faculty, and students for pedagogical purpose.

  • Institutions and departments can create a channel name along with uploading each video with a title and description for free.
  • Use YouTube to flip your class and create video playlists.
  • Embed videos anywhere or use direct links.
  • Students can upload reflective videos.
  • YouTube integrates with Google which means students can upload video since their account is linked to USD Torero Mail.

Many USD departments already use YouTube. If you have questions about channel creation or account setup please contact


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.

  • Students can hand in homework within specific assignments  
  • Students and instructors can mark up PDFs within iTunes U
  • Instructors can grade and track student progress in an integrated grade book
  • Instructors can have private, one-on-one discussions with students
  • Instructors can include multiple attachments per assignment        

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Other Lecture Capture Software

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. Please contact iTeam at for an individual consultation on the best match for your project needs.