Videos

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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 Blackboard 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 hosted by 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 Blackboard 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.)

  • When playing the video, you can activate the high-quality version by clicking on the "HD is off" button, which appears when you hover your mouse over the video. ("HD" stands for "high definition".)
  • Note that HD (high quality) is normally turned off when viewing videos from off-campus, or on wireless; from a wired computer on campus, HD is usually turned on, automatically.

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 Blackboard 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 an 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 submit a service request to IT Services Web Support.

Adding videos to 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. 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 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 Blackboard: Add video through text editor

  1. Ensure Edit mode is ON and you are in an editing window with the URL to the video copied (as mentioned above). Navigate to an item with Text Editor such as an Item or Announcement
  2. Locate the Insert/Edit Embedded Media button on the third row of the text editor
  3. Choose HTML5 from type dropdown
  4. Paste in URL in File/URL box. Accept the player settings, and click Submit to complete.
  • Locate and copy video URL
  • Choose Insert/Edit Embedded Media button
  • Choose HTML5 Video type and paste URL into File/URL box

Captioning

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 then need to open it in a text editor and copy and paste the information into the uView caption text box.

Another company that some other universities have used is Independent Reporters: http://www.broadcastcc.com

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 per cent, and
  • captioned files can be customized to meet your needs.

Drawbacks

The downside of using these services is:

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

Captioning a YouTube Video

Add YouTube Video with Mashup Tool
It is easy to embed a YouTube video into your Blackboard site. Use the "Mashups" tool found in the third row of tools within the text editor. From there, you will be prompted to enter search terms to locate a video on YouTube. Find out how about more details on this tool at the Blackboard article on Adding Social Media.

To caption the video on YouTube, review the step-by-step article on Adding your own subtitles & closed captions.

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