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Overview

The University of Windsor has created a system called uView to help you upload, convert and stream videos to be used within CLEW or other university Web sites.

Go to the uView Web site

Registering as a uView user

To upload videos into uView, you'll first need a registered account. To register, contact the uView Team. Once you have been registered, you can then log in using your UWin ID at the uView Web site.

Copyright

Copyright permission is vital to this process. You should not upload or convert any material that you do not have permission to use. For more information on copyright, please see the copyright support Web site at the Leddy Library.

Once you have determined that you have the appropriate permission to use the video(s), the following instructions will get you started on adding videos to your CLEW site.

Video sources

uView can accommodate videos created from a variety of sources, including video cameras, Webcams, DVDs, screen capturing software (e.g. Camtasia) and others. Most of these video sources will produce a "video file" which can be directly uploaded into uView; but some of them (DVDs, VHS tapes, older video cameras) must first be converted into video files from their original format.

If you're not sure how to convert your video for upload into uView, please contact the uView Team.

Uploading videos

Video Submit Menu

Here is a short video on how to upload a video to UView approximately 8:22. It is best to view in full screen and select the HD option.


  1. From the menu across the top, select Upload.
  2. Click on the Browse button, and find the video you want to upload.
  3. Provide a title for the video. (If you skip this step, the name of the video file will be used as the title.)
  4. Repeat the steps above for each video.
  5. Complete by clicking the Upload files button located at the bottom left of your screen.
  6. Please wait until the upload is complete before leaving the page.
Video encoding job screen

Waiting for encoding

After you've uploaded your video, please wait for it to be encoded (converted into a format suitable for Web viewing). The longer your original video, the longer it will take to encode it.

Low and high quality

For most types of video, we encode two versions of your video: a low quality version, suitable for playback over wireless and other slow networks, and a high quality version suitable for full-screen playback over a faster network.

The low quality version will encode fairly quickly; the high quality version takes more time. As soon as the low quality version is complete, you'll be able to view and share your video. (Once the high quality version is ready, your shared video will automatically become available to viewers in both qualities.)

Sharing your videos

Sharing by URL

The easiest way to share your video is simply to share the URL for the video. We offer two URLs for the video:

  1. the public viewing URL can be viewed by anyone who has the link; no login is required.
  2. the login-required URL requires the viewer to log in with a UWin ID and password.

Which one you choose is up to you; but typically, the public-viewing URL is the appropriate choice.

You can share this URL by creating a link in your Web site to it (see Adding videos to CLEW below) or even by emailing it to someone: simply paste the URL into your email message.

Sharing by embedding

You can also embed your video into a Web page. The video plays in the context of the page; the viewer doesn't have to leave your Web site to view the video. In Blackboard, this HTML embedding option is visible from the Content Editor, when selecting the HTML button on the third row of features.

Advanced Option with Embedding
If you are comfortable with html code, you can even embed a viewer size by using the width and height attribute in the
tag, or a auto-start feature. Not all options need to be specified (width, height, autostart). See example below for coding.

Before

<div id="vidcat13275" width="600" height="400">
<a href="...">Loading video, please wait...</a>
<script type="text/javascript" src="..."></script>
</div>

After

<div id="vidcat13275" width="600" height="400" autostart="true">
<a href="">Loading video, please wait...</a>
<script type="text/javascript" src="..."></script>
</div>

For help with embedding, please contact the uView Team. If you're embedding your video into a Drupal site, please contact Help Desk for further support.

Adding videos to CLEW or Blackboard

Copy the link from uView

  1. Visit the "My Videos" page on uView. Find the entry for your video, and click on it.
  2. Look for the public viewing URL near the bottom of the page. Copy this URL to your clipboard:
    1. Select the text with your mouse, right-click, and choose Copy.
    2. Or, right-click on the "preview" link immediately below the URL, and choose Copy Link Address.
Public Viewing URL screen for video link

Method #1 CLEW: Paste the link directly to the left-hand tool menu

  1. Log into your CLEW site and select the course you want to add the video too.
  2. Select Site Editor which is located along the left side under Site Management.
  3. Select Edit Tools just below the Site Editor title.
  4. Click the second last checkbox labelled Web Content and click the Continue button.
  5. Fill in the title field, this is the name that will appear under CONTENT on the course site in the left menu with the other course tools.
  6. Copy the full link from the public viewing link (described above) and paste the link into the Web Content text field.
  7. Click the Continue button once complete.
  8. Click the Finish button to make the change.
  9. You should see that the link has been added to the CONTENT section and if you click on the link you should see the first video start playing in the playlist.
Adding web content tool with video link to your site's left menu

Method #1 Blackboard: Paste the link directly to the left-hand tool menu

  1. Ensure Edit mode is "ON"
  2. Click the "+" to add a menu item
  3. Select the Web Link option
  4. # Copy the full link from the public viewing link (described above) and paste the link into the text field for the URL. Provide an appropriate name for the video link
  5. Ensure the link is selected to be Available to Users
  6. Click Submit to complete

Method #2 CLEW: Paste the link into your Resources tool

Follow the directions about adding a link within your Resources tool by selecting Adding a web link.

Method #2 Blackboard: Paste the link into a Content Area

  1. Select the Content Area. For example, Resources is the name of the default Content Area in auto-generated course shells.
  2. Click Build Content
  3. You can choose Web Link and follow same instructions as #Method_.231_Blackboard:_Paste_the_link_directly_to_the_left-hand_tool_menu indicated above, or
  4. Embed the video by using the insert web link icon in the content editor when creating new content such as an Item, or Blank Page.

Note: Avoid trying to embed the video by using the Insert / Embed video links, because this option does not work with uView content

  • If you do use the embed video option, select the iFrame type of video (not Flash that is the default) to embed the player into your Item, or choose to embed the HTML code (advanced function).

Creating a playlist

Playlists let you present a series of related videos in a single video window, by providing a built-in "menu" alongside the video display.

To create a playlist, please contact the uView Team. Please indicate the name of the playlist, and whether you want the menu to appear at the right side of the video, or below it.

Adding a playlist

Playlist Example with 5 videos in list
Playlist example with 5 videos in list

It is the same process to at a playlist into your course site as adding a single video. You need to copy the public viewing link and at it using the web content tool in CLEW, or into the Content Area or Menu Link in Blackboard.

You can retrieve the public viewing link in uView by selecting your playlist in the playlist menu at the top. Once you click on your playlist title you will see the public viewing link below the playlist preview. Right click and copy the link address which will need to be pasted into the applicable text field.

Adding videos to your playlist

  1. Once your videos are done encoding go to uView. You should see them at the top of the list.
  2. Click on the name of the video and it should start to play.
  3. On the right hand side click on Add to Playlist and in the list select your playlist name. The system will automatically add the video to the top of the playlist and it will become immediately available on your course site.
  4. Repeat these steps for each of your videos.
  5. Tip: Try to add your videos in reverse order. New videos are added to the

top of the playlist; so the ones you want at the bottom of the playlist should be added first. (You can also re-sequence the videos after you have added them to the playlist.)

Captioning

Why captioning?

The primary goal of captioning is to improve the accessibility of your videos. We have a moral and legal obligation to make information accessible to our clients, regardless of their disability, and providing captioned video is one way to meet these obligations.

For more information on the Ontarians for Disabilities Act, visit Making Ontario Accessible.

Captioning uView videos

You can provide captions for your videos by providing a caption file after the video has been encoded. A caption file contains all of the captions for your video, along with their timings. It has a very specific format; if you open a caption file in a text editor, it will look something like this:

XML code generated to embed a video

In uView, you can upload this caption file, and it will be automatically associated with your video.

There are three main ways to generate a closed caption file:

  1. uView Caption Tool (a work in progress, not yet ready for use).
  2. A desktop or online captioning tool.
  3. A captioning service company.

uView Caption Tool

  • Note: the uView caption tool is a work in progress, and is not yet ready for public use. We anticipate it will be ready by September 2012.

Description: uView Caption Tool is an integrated system that allows the person uploading a video to create and add captions to their videos from within the uView system. Since it runs in your browser, you will not have to install additional software on your computer.

Benefits

Overall this method is a good choice for those users who:

  • do not have a budget for closed captioning,
  • prefer not to have to learn how to use special programs, ,
  • don't mind spending the time to do the captioning themselves, and
  • are not looking to customize the look of the captioned text.

Drawbacks

Things to consider with this approach include:

  • can take your time to do properly, and
  • captioning cannot be customized.

A desktop or online captioning

There are a large variety of programs and online tools to create closed captioned files. To see a list of programs and online tools available, please visit Caption It Yourself.

Benefits

Some of the positive aspects of using a third-party type of captioning software includes:

  • the ability to provide precise control of caption timing, and
  • the ability to customize the look of the text.

Drawbacks

When considering using a desktop or online tool, you may want to consider the following drawbacks:

  • not many of these tools support all operating systems,
  • they can have a steep learning curve, and
  • they support a fairly limited number of video and audio formats, which may require you to convert your video before you are able to caption it.

After creating the caption information you will need to export a timed text XML file, which you will need to open in a text editor. You will need to copy and paste this information into the caption text box within uView.

Captioning service companies

The final option is to use a caption service company who can create a transcript of the video and the caption file. There are a lot of companies who will do this for you but the one we use in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Windsor is call Automatic Sync Technologies. Their price is under $3 for each minute of video with approximately a $15 dollars minimum charge. This is the best price we have found for educational clients.

Automatic Sync, like many of these companies have moved their services online. This means that you must submit a smaller file size version of your video, usually less than 1GB, through their web interface. This may require you to transcode your video to get it under the file size restriction. Once they get your video and create the caption file they will either email or make it available to you through their web interface. You will than need to open it in a text editor, and copy and paste the information into the uView caption text box.

Benefits

The positive aspects of this process include:

  • you do not have to caption the files yourself,
  • you will likely save time on preparing the captioning,
  • good caption companies have an accuracy of over 98 percent, and
  • captioned files can be customized to meet your needs.

Drawbacks

The down side of using these services is:

  • the cost of having to pay someone to do it for you, and
  • you lose some control with customization.


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