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UVM Streaming Media

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About UVM Streaming Media:

The UVM Streaming Media website is a video sharing tool similar to YouTube. The previous tool, Media Manager, is being phased out and new videos should be uploaded to the Streaming Media website, instead. This new tool provides a layer of copy protection and password protection, and integrates smoothly with BlackBoard and WordPress.

  • You can upload videos, add a title, tags, and assign categories to them.
  • It accepts (most) avi, flv, mov, mp3, mp4, rm, wmv files.
  • It automatically transcodes to mp4 (as YouTube does) to help ensure consistent delivery across all devices.
  • You can choose to hide videos or require a UVM login to view.
  • You can add captions by uploading .srt files.
  • You can search for videos, share, and embed them into BlackBoard, WordPress, or other webpages.
  • Videos can be uploaded and watched with mobile devices.
Usage and Privacy settings:

Anyone with a UVM NetID can upload videos. Anyone (in the world, that is) can browse and view videos. However, the owner of the video files can restrict viewing to UVM eyes only, requiring a person to log in with their UVM NetID to view the video.


Each Fall and Spring semester, the CTL will present a workshop on how to use the UVM Streaming Server. Faculty and TA's may write to or visit the CTL's Doctor Is In program to get help.

An Overview of the Interface:

  1. Log on with your UVM NetID and password (same as for Blackboard, Webmail, MyUVM, etc.) Login is necessary to view UVM-restricted videos or to upload a video.
  2. Search for videos by owner’s name, NetID, video titles, tags, or descriptions. Search will not find videos flagged as UVM restricted if you are not logged in. Search will not find any videos flagged as private.
  3. Browse videos: if you are not logged in, only videos not flagged as UVM restricted or private will be visible. If logged in, all videos not flagged as private will be visible.
  4. Browse contributors: if you are not logged in, this feature displays a list of users who have uploaded at least one video not flagged as UVM-restricted nor private. If you are logged in, it displays a list of users who have uploaded at least one video not flagged as private.
  5. Upload a video.
  6. Slideshow cycles through public videos flagged by system administers as ”featured.“ Suggestions welcome!
  7. Shows the 6 most recent public videos.
  8. Submit bug reports, comments, and suggestions.
  9. “Documentation and help” brings you here.

HOW TO: Upload your videos.

  • Title: (required) An expressive title helps viewers find videos and decide what to watch.
  • Tags: (required) You can provide a comma-delimited set of keywords. You may wish to add related course numbers (e.g. BSAD001) or just department codes (e.g. MATH, CHEM).
  • Category: (required) Select from drop-down list of all majors, minors, and graduate programs.
  • Description: (required) Like the title, an expressive description helps viewers find videos and decide what to watch.
  • Disable Embed: (not recommended) This option prevents videos from being embedded on any website, including Blackboard.
  • Restrict to UVM via NetID and password: (optional) This means the video can only be viewed by UVM affiliates who are logged in. It will appear in search results if the viewer is logged in, but not in public search results.
  • Private: (optional) The video can only be viewed by you or anyone with the exact URL.
  • Close Comments: (optional) This prevents comments to be posted to video.
  • Submit: Continue to the next step.
  • Browse: click to find the media file on your computer or device. Note the format and size restrictions: 10240MB is 10 gigabytes, which is big. When uploading, it's best to go somewhere with a good connection (such as campus).
  • Upload Video: Start upload. (To cancel, click the red X)
Tips about File Size

Every video uploaded to streaming is automatically transcoded into at least two and sometimes three resolutions defined by their bitrate:

  • High: 3000 kbps, 720 x 1280
  • Medium: 1000 kbps, 360 x 640
  • Mobile: 600 kbps, 300 x 480

No High version will be generated for files submitted below 3000 kbps.

For best results, the uploaded file should be at least 1280x720, 3000kbps. If using iMovie, these settings work well:

Or these

HOW TO: Upload captions

You can attach captions to your videos by editing the video and uploading a caption file. Both SRT (.srt) and WebVTT (.vtt) are accepted.

After uploading a video, Click on My Videos in the upper right menu

Find your video, click on Edit Video

  1. Browse your computer for a .srt or .WebVTT file
  2. Click Update Video

HOW TO: Share your videos.

Find a video to share and view its 'play' page.

  1. Click the share button (note: if the video is marked as private, the embed code can only be seen by the owner)
  2. Copy this code to embed in Blackboard, WordPress blog or other webpage
To Embed the media in Blackboard:
  1. Go to your Blackboard content area page (with Edit Mode on)
  2. Click Build Content, choose Item, and enter the title of the media, e.g. Lecture 1
  3. BEFORE you paste the embed code which you copied in step 2 above, you must toggle to the HTML view (See image below)
  1. Paste the embed code you've copied into that window
  2. Click Update
  3. Click Submit
Embed the media in a WordPress post on

Paste the code directly into blog post on a line all its own (See above)

Like magic, the video appears (see below)

Special Magic
Wherever you use the ‘embed’ URL, for example,
add the suffix ‘?a’ to make the video auto start: e.g.,
add the suffix ‘?r’ to make the video repeat: e.g.,
add the suffix ‘?r&a’ to make the video auto start and repeat: e.g.,

HOW TO: Make Playlists

Another way to organize content is to group two or more videos into a playlist.

First find a video to start the playlist. Click on the Add button. If not already logged in, click Login. The Playlist menu appears.

  1. Name your playlist
  2. Make it public or private
  3. Click Create Playlist

Find another video. Click the Add button. In the Add To box, click the blue + to add this video to that playlist. If you see a green check rather than a blue +, then this video is already in that playlist.

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