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Video Content Management - Ensemble

What is Video Content Management - Ensemble?

streamerThe 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.

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.


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Why do I want it?

The Ensemble media server allows you to …

  • Enrich your course content with audio and video
  • Manage your media in one central location and distribute in a variety of ways
  • Add multi-media easily to your Blackboard online presence
  • Enhance your Web site with video of a class project
  • Upload student video projects for sharing

Ensemble at USD

Ensemble is used commonly by faculty who use audio and video as a part of their teaching materials. Class lectures, guest speakers, student presentations, projects and more can be housed here and links to the media can easily then be placed and distributed in a variety of ways, including via Blackboard, thus eliminating the need to upload the materials multiple times.

Special events and other campus coverage and highlights can be easily added to departmental Web sites by linking or embedding features.  Additionally, it is possible to arrange for live broadcasts by contacting Instructional Media Services, thus the capacity for reaching an expanded audience at a large live event.

How Do I get it?

Faculty and staff at USD already have access to this application.  Simply follow these easy steps and you will be on your way.

*Note: You are responsible for complying with all copyright policies and must agree to the terms and conditions set forth when uploading materials. Please be sure you understand what you are agreeing to.


Support and Further Information

Private Sharing

In both the Add/Edit wizard and the Publishing form you share with a specific user, then that user can view the video privately through the Ensemble Video portal once they log in. Read more on private sharing


What types of files can be placed on the streaming server?
• You can upload in any audio or video format and the Ensemble video server will convert the file to a web ready format.

How should my video files be prepared in order to upload them to the streamer?
- You can upload files up to 20 gigs. By default, Ensemble creates your videos in widescreen and optimized for playback on desktop and mobile devices. If your file is larger than 20 gigs, you have three options.

- Contact Instructional Media Services for assistance by filling out this Video Conversion Request Form

- By default, user accounts will create web ready files in widescreen. If you want to convert files on your own or have another size besides a widescreen video, contact to have custom upload settings created for your account.

- You can encode the video on your own to a high quality compressed file. Just download this free software called Handbrake and use the following settings.

Picture Settings: 1280X720p
Video Tab: 7000 kbps, 2 Pass Encoding, Turbo First Pass, Constant Frame Rate, Web Optimized
Audio Tab: 192 kbps, Stereo, 48k

How long should I expect the upload process to take?
We highly recommend uploading using the on campus network so your video can be uploaded in a few minutes. Otherwise, your video could take much longer to upload. When uploading your video, make sure the progress bar reaches 100% before selecting "Save & Continue" below the media.

Who will be able to access my materials on the streaming server?
You can restrict access to only have the viewed be viewed inside a Blackboard account, or you can send out a link to the video.The links are not searchable and URL’s do not contain stream titles so it would be rare for somebody to come across the link.

How can I add streaming media to my Blackboard class?
Once your video is published, just click on the video in the Media Library and you will be given the html code to publish inside your Blackboard course. You can also multiple videos inside a playlist so you can send one link to multiple videos.

Who can I contact if I need more help?
Please email email and provide as many details as possible in your email.