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General questions regarding UniTube

Question: Who developed UniTube and what is the technology used to implement the service?
Answer: UniTube was developed by a project funded by the University of Helsinki’s IT Center in 2012–2014. The Opencast video server application was deployed as part of the project. This means that UniTube is a user interface that operates on top of the open source Opencast application. The UniTube user interface was implemented by the IT Center’s Software Development team, the video server solution was developed by the IT Center’s OTV team in cooperation with the server maintenance team and the UniTube user interface was designed by the IT Center in cooperation with the University of Helsinki’s Communications unit. The lecture recording rooms have been designed and developed by the IT Center in cooperation with the facilities centre (facility services).

Question: I am experiencing technical problems or I have development suggestions related to UniTube. How can I contact the developers?
Answer: You can contact the developers by sending an e-mail to unitube@helsinki.fi.

Question: Who developed UniTube and what is the technology used to implement the service?
Answer: UniTube was developed by a project funded by the University of Helsinki’s IT Center in 2012–2014. The Opencast video server application was deployed as part of the project. This means that UniTube is a user interface that operates on top of the open source Opencast application. The UniTube user interface was implemented by the IT Center’s Software Development team, the video server solution was developed by the IT Center’s OTV team in cooperation with the server maintenance team and the UniTube user interface was designed by the IT Center in cooperation with the University of Helsinki’s Communications unit. The lecture recording rooms have been designed and developed by the IT Center in cooperation with the facilities centre (facility services).

Question: For how long are recordings retained in the UniTube service?
Answer: No limitations on the retention of recordings have been imposed for the time being. This may be reassessed in the future depending on the service’s user volumes and the need for space.

Question: Why should lectures be recorded?
Answer: For a variety of reasons. The following reasons were listed by the Aducate Movie project (references are provided at the end of the list):

  • Students want to have access to recorded lectures.
  • In a survey conducted by the Aducate centre at the University of Eastern Finland, 80% of the respondents indicated they wanted to make more extensive use of recorded lectures in their studies and 84% of the respondent recommended recorded lectures as a method of participation for other students!
  • Improving students’ learning outcomes.
  • Reviewing learning material.
  • Clarifying topics that have been left unclear.
  • More in-depth concentration on the content of the lecture.
  • Increasing the flexibility of studies.
  • Circumstances such as coinciding lectures, illness or part-time work do not prevent studying when lectures are availableas recordings.
  • Increasing interaction in classroom teaching.
  • Students no longer need to focus on taking notes during lectures.
  • SOURCES:

UniTube and Moodle

Question: Can I use a mobile device to watch recordings on Moodle?
Answer: UniTube is mobile compatible.

Question: How can I link a Moodle-restricted video to my own Moodle course?
Answer: Please refer to the Moodle instructions on this page.

Question: Can I use the External Tool to link a single video to my Moodle course from a series that is protected?
Answer: Yes, by choosing the tool type "UniTube (single video from a series)" and changing the "series=” tag to "id=", followed by the video ID. To find out the video ID, go to the UniTube Uploader.

Question: Can I use the External Tool to link multiple series of videos to my Moodle course?
Answer: To add multiple series of videos to one Moodle course, follow the instructions for adding videos using the External Tool for each series you wish to add.

Question: Can I link recordings that I have published for a specific Moodle course to the content page of my Moodle course using the general embedding instructions (iframe embedding)?
Answer: Embedding protected videos in the ordinary content pages of Moodle courses is not currently possible (this may become possible in the future).

Question: Can I link recordings that are visible on to my Moodle course?
Answer: Yes, you can. To embed unrestricted videos in a Moodle course, follow the External Tool instructions above. If the series is configured to be “public”, you can embed it directly in Moodle without having to add the Moodle course information on Unitube Uploader.

Question: How do I link a UniTube recording to a Moodle course?
Answer: Please refer to the UniTube instructions and Moodle instructions: Moodle instructions.
 

UniTube Viewer

Question: What do I need to access UniTube Viewer?
Answer: All you need is a web browser. UniTube Viewer interfaces on public pages can be accessed from Windows, Mac and Linux computers and commonly used mobile platforms.

Question: Where can I find the UniTube user interface on the University of Helsinki’s public website?
Answer: The UniTube Viewer for the public website is available at
https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/

 

UniTube Uploader

Question: What types of files can I upload to UniTube using the UniTube Uploader?
Answer: You can upload video and audio files to UniTube. The supported file formats include, among others, MP4, AVI, MPG, MOV and MP3. If you edit your videos before uploading them to UniTube, you should save the video in MP4 format in HD. The UniTube system will automatically generate lower-resolution distribution versions of the uploaded videos.

Question: Why do I see the message “Video was not found” when clicking a link to a video?
Answer: Probably because the visibility setting for the series is “Hidden from everyone”. Unfortunately, the UniTube Uploader displays the link even when the recording it points to cannot be accessed.

Question: I uploaded a recording to UniTube but I can’t name it or edit it. Why is this?
Answer: It is not possible to rename recordings sent to the UniTube Uploader.

Question: Can I move recordings between series?
Answer: This is not possible directly via the UniTube Uploader. To move a recording to the correct series you need to e-mail unitube@helsinki.fi.

Question: Is it possible to edit videos via the UniTube Uploader interface?
Answer: UniTube does not support video editing. You need to edit your videos first and then publish them by using the UniTube Uploader.

Question: How many videos or other recordings can I upload to UniTube?
Answer: There are currently no restrictions on how many videos you can upload. If you have dozens or hundreds of video recordings you wish to upload to the server, please contact the UniTube administrators by e-mail (unitube@helsinki.fi) before using the UniTube Uploader to upload them. The administrators may be able to automate the uploading of large quantities of video recordings.

Question: Can I upload recordings from the Adobe Connect online meeting system to UniTube?
Answer: Yes, you can. To export recordings from AC and upload them to UniTube, navigate to the Meeting menu in the AC meeting room and choose Manage Meeting Information. In the window that is displayed, open the Recordings tab to see your recordings. Click the Make Offline link for the recording you wish to export and then click Proceed with Offline Recording. Enter a descriptive name for your recording, choose where to save it and then click Save. You can use the Export tool to create an FLV or MP4 recording (MP4 is recommended), which you can then upload to UniTube using the UniTube Uploader.

Question: What are the copyright consequences of uploading my video or audio recording to UniTube?
Answer: Use of the UniTube Uploader requires the user to accept responsibility with regard to observing intellectual property rights, among other things. The same applies to the UniTube system itself. The system is designed to support the intellectual property rights of all university staff and students who use the system. By accessing the UniTube Uploader, users agree to the terms of use of the service.

 

UniTube Studio

Question: Can I connect my laptop computer to the video capturing equipment and display material from my computer?
Answer: Yes, you can. The studio is equipped with VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort cables. Set aside sufficient time to connect your computer.

Question: Can the UniTube Studio be used for LIVE broadcasts?
Answer: The UniTube Studio can be used for live broadcasts by tapping the streaming button on the control panel.

Question: Can students book and use the UniTube Studio?
Answer: Students cannot book and use the studio without a booking made by an instructor.

Question: Can I use the studio to capture video on my own memory card in order to edit the video on my own workstation?
Answer: Recordings made in the studio can be downloaded as files from the UniTube Uploader. The files can then be edited and republished.

Question: What other facilities besides the UniTube studios are available for making video recordings on a self-service basis?
Answer: Please refer to the list of UniTube-compatible lecture recording rooms.
 

UniTube Lecture Recording Rooms

Information on the rooms, their booking status and the video address is available on here.