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Frequently Asked Questions: Video Streaming (Academic Staff).

FAQ on the library video streaming service.

  1. What is video streaming?
  2. How do I know what programmes are coming up?
  3. How do I make a request?
  4. How much notice do you need?
  5. How do I know when my recording is ready?
  6. How do I search the library catalogue to see what is available?
  7. OK, I’ve found a programme I want to watch. How do I view it?
  8. Can students view the recordings off-campus?
  9. So I can’t download a recording and place it on Blackboard for the students to access?
  10. I only want to show a clip of a programme. Is there any way of getting straight to the part of the programme I want?
  11. How long are the programmes kept for?
  12. Can we convert an existing DVD into a streamed file?
  13. If I have missed a programme how can I check if anyone else has recorded it?
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1. What is video streaming?

The University holds an ERA Licence (Educational Recording Agency). The ERA Licensing Scheme permits us to record, for non-commercial educational purposes, programmes from terrestrial TV channels. The Library records programmes under the terms of the Licence that can be used by staff and students. These were recorded straight onto VHS, now onto DVD, and kept in the media collection in the Kimberlin Library. Video streaming allows us to record the programme straight onto a central server. The programme can then be viewed online by accessing it via the library catalogue.

2. How do I know what programmes are coming up?

In the Library we use the Radio Times, this is accessible online: http://www.radiotimes.com/. Alternatively, look on each broadcaster’s website e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/guide/

3. How do I make a request?

The Subject Librarians scan the Radio Times to identify programmes to record that they think would be useful for your courses. However, if you know that a programme is coming up that you would like to use in your teaching you can make a request for the programme to be recorded.


You can find information on this page:
http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Users/Staff/index.php?page=392


To make the request fill in the request form accessible from the page above or directly at:
https://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/MyLibrary/MediaRecording/


You will need your Staff ID number and your Library PIN number to log in. (If you have forgotten your Library PIN number simply send yourself a reminder from the follwing page: http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Services/Computers/index.php?page=407

4. How much notice do you need?

We need as much notice as possible, but as a minimum at least 24 hours.

5. How do I know when my recording is ready?

Your recording should be ready approximately 2 days after it has been broadcast so you can check the library catalogue after this period of time.

Alternatively we have a page that lists all new (streamed) off-air recordings:

http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Home/Librarynews/index.php?page=416&id=3468

Subscribe to the RSS feed - this will inform you when your recording is available (it's a list of all the latest recordings that have been catalogued, yours should show up here).

Highlight feed icon on new recordings page

Here is the direct link to the feed (paste this in your reader):
http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/XML/RSS/streamed.xml

6. How do I search the library catalogue to see what is available?

If you use the Advanced search option to look for the Classification ‘Streamed Video’ you will be able to browse through a list of all the recordings ever made: All Streamed Videos Highlight catalogue advanced search classification:Streamed Video
A more effective approach would be to use the keyword search (on the catalogue search page) to look for a topic of interest, for example ‘election’ and restrict the results to those form the ‘Electronic Resources’ catalogue. Highlight catalogue search Keyword/Electronic Resources Catalogue

7. OK, I’ve found a programme I want to watch. How do I view it?

You can stream the programme from within any browser that plays recent versions of flash (only available within the university).

The "Link: Click to view!" takes you to the streaming page - so any resource with one of these is available for streaming. **It is also the link you should use to reference the streamed resource.** Highlight Click to view on Electronic Resources Catalogue search

You have several options now to view at full or compromised quality. The programme will open in a new screen.

8. Can students view the recordings off-campus?

No. The terms of the ERA license state: ‘Digital recordings stored on-site, e.g. on an establishment central server, may only be accessed from on-site terminals.’ Therefore the recordings cannot be streaming off-campus.

9. So I can’t download a recording and place it on Blackboard for the students to access?

No, digital recordings stored on-site, for example on an establishment’s central server, may only be accessed from on-site terminals.  However, you can make a link on Blackboard to the appropriate pages on the library website and the students will then simply have to select ‘view’, to access the programme. If they are off-campus the programme will not play.

Use the link available on the library catalogue e.g. http://library.dmu.ac.uk/tv/1005_20101114195000

10. I only want to show a clip of a programme. Is there any way of getting straight to the part of the programme I want?

The simplest thing to do is to use the slider at the bottom of the player window to quickly get to any point in the programme. Hightlight slider on Flowplayer

If there is more than one clip from a programme you want to use in a lecture you can use editing software to extract the appropriate parts of the programme you want to show. However, programme material must be used as it has been broadcast, it must not be altered in anyway. 

11. How long are the programmes kept for?

Indefinitely - we are not deleting any programmes at the moment (although this may change).

12. Can we convert an existing DVD into a streamed file?

We do not offer this service.

13. If I have missed a programme how can I check if anyone else has recorded it?

Monitor the RSS feed or search the library catalogue (instructions for both above)