Screen recordings from your office (My Mediasite)

My Mediasite is a part of the video solution Mediasite. My Mediasite lets you upload, administer, edit and publish videos, as well as record your desktop on your PC/Mac. The tutorials below offer a complete workflow for creating a desktop recording, while introducing you to the most important functions of My Mediasite. Get an account (Norwegian tutorial), and try it yourself.

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#1: Demonstration of My Mediasite

#2: Install Mediasite Desktop Recorder

  1. Log in at My Mediasite.
  2. Go directly to the download page.
    Click “Add media” (2a) and then “download the Mediasite Desktop Recorder” (2b)
    Add media, download the Mediasite desktop recorder
  3. Click “Download for Windows” or “Show me the Download for Mac”, and complete the installation process. 
    download for windows

#3: Activate Mediasite Desktop Recorder

In order to be able to record, you will need to have Mediasite Desktop Recorder installed, and connect it to your account (this passage).

  1. Log in to My Mediasite.
  2. Go directly to the download page.
    Click “Add media” (2a) and then “download the Mediasite Desktop Recorder” (2b)
    download mdr
  3. Below step 3 on the page, click the “Register”-button.
    confirm and register window mediasite
  4. Mediasite Desktop Recorder will start up on our computer.
  5. Check your connection by ensuring that your username shows up on the left of the Mediasite Desktop Recorder. 
    username mediasite window

#4: Create presentation

A Presentation is a container for a video. It includes the video file itself, information about who made it, and who may view it. Create a presentation, and then fill it with your video / your recording.

  1. Go to the main page of My Mediasite.
  2. Click "Add media".
  3. Click "I want to record my desktop now" (or "I want to upload..." if you already have a video file.).
    record my desktop mediasite
  4. Give the presentation a name.
  5. Set "Destination" to "My Drafts" (or find an existing Channel or Shared Folder).
  6. Click "Create and Launch".
    create and launch window mediasite

#5: Set up and start your recording

Before you can start a recording, you need to create a presentation. After you have clicked “Create and Launch” in the browser, Medisate Desktop Recorder will open, and you may proceed.

  1. Chose type of recording to make it turn yellow. Screencast is suitable for demonstrations (video). Slideshow is suitable for PowerPoint (without animations). Choose one of the “+ Video”-alternatives if you want to record your webcamera in addition to your screen. The tutorial below demonstrates “Screencast + Video”.
  2. Click "Next".
    screencast and video mediasite
  3. Set up your desired webcamera source under “Camera Input”.
  4. Set up your desired microphone source under “Microphone Input”.
  5. Set up the volume of your audio recording by clicking “Open Sound Control Panel”.
  6. Proceed by clicking “Next”.
    screencast settings
  7. Set up which part of the screen is to be recorded (Desktop, Window, Region).
  8. Proceed by clicking the green button with a checkmark.
    recording area
  9. When you are ready to start recording, click «Record». 
    record mediasite

#6: Pause and upload recording

This assumes that you have created a presentation and started the recording.

  1. (Windows) To pause the recording, click the red pause button in the system tray. Mediasite Desktop Recorder will appear.
    pause mediasite window
  2. (Mac) To pause the recording, click the red pause button in the menu bar. Mediasite Desktop Recorder will appear.
    pause mac
  3. To continue recording, click “Resume Recording”.
  4. To end recording, click “Finish Recording”.
    finish recording mediasite

After you have finished recording and uploaded it to My Mediasite, the video will be processed. This can take minutes or hours, depending on the length of the recording. 

#7: Set up the recording's metadata

While the video is being uploaded, you can adjust a few settings for the presentation.

  1. Go to the main page of My Mediasite.
  2. Open the presentation by clicking on its title.
  3. Click «Edit Details».
    edit window
  4. Change the Visibility-menu from "Private" to "Viewable".
  5. If the video is connected to a spesific class, add the class code as a tag under the «Tags»-field.
  6. Delete «Default presenter», and use «Add Presenter» to add the one/those who are presenting in the recording.
  7. Click «Save».
    edit presentation window
  8. Back at the viewing page, click «Edit Security».
    edit security
  9. A presentation will inherite the permissions of the folder/catalogue it is placed in. If you want to make changes for the presentation in question, uncheck «Inherit permissions from parent folder».
  10. Under «Add people or groups», search for «Everyone» if anyone with the link is supposed to see the video. Use «AuthenticatedUsers» to contain the audience to people at UiT (logged in).
  11. Set the dropdown menu to e.g. «Viewer».
  12. Click «Save».
    edit security mediasite window

#8: Open the editing tool

  1. Go to the main page of My Mediasite.
  2. Open the presentation by clicking on its title.
  3. Click «Edit Video». The editing tool will open in a new tab.
    edit video window

#9: Editing your presentation

The editing tool allows you to do simple edits to a video while you are working in a browser.

This assumes that you have opened the editing tool.

  1. If the presentation includes recording from both your screen and webcamera, make the video from the webcamera visible by clicking “Video Source”. Afterwards, click “Right” (Video) and “Video 1”.
  2. To cut (remove) a part of the video: use the marker to select a part of the timeline. Click “Cut Time”.
  3. To make transitions smoother in segments where you have cut part of the timeline: click the triangle “Drag to move or click for options”, and choose “Fade”.
  4. To add a chapter: set the marker where the chapter is supposed to start. Click “Insert Chapter”. Set up your title, and click “Ok”.
  5. To undo a change: click “Projects” and then “Revision History”. Click “Restore” on the action you wish to undo. 
    edit video window

#10: Save your edited presentation

This assumes that you have opened the editing tool and edited a recording.

  1. When you have finished editing, click “Commit”.
    commit mediasite window
  2. Choose between “Commit to Current”, “Commit to New” and “Commit to Existing”.
    • «Commit to Current» means that you overwrite the original recording in the same presentation.
    • «Commit to New» means that you create a new presentation to save the edited recording.
    • «Commit to Existing» means that you save the edited recording in a presentation that you have created previously.

#11: Publish the presentation as a link

  1. Go to the main page of My Mediasite.
  2. Open the presentation by clicking its title.
  3. Click on the “Share Presentation” button down to the right.
    share window mediasite
  4. Copy the URL under “Quick Link” and paste it into an e-mail, Canvas etc.
    quick link mediasite window

#12: Publish the presentation on a page in Canvas

To post a My Mediasite presentation in Canvas, you can publish the link, or you can use Canvas integration to transfer the video directly to Canvas. This method makes the video a part of a content page in Canvas.

  1. Log in to UiT's Canvas.
  2. Find the page in Canvas where you wish to post the video.
  3. Edit the Canvas page.
  4. Click the Mediasite symbol.
  5. Choose “Autoriser” if you are asked about connecting your account.
    autoriser window mediasite
  6. Choose "Presentation".
  7. After a little while, your My Mediasite presentations will be visible.
  8. Click «Embed» on the presentation in question, and choose how you want it displayed in Canvas. We recommend that you use both «Player Only» and "Presentation link".
    embed window mediasite
  9. Save and publish the Canvas page when finished.

#13: Publish the presentation in Canvas via the class channel

There is an integration between Mediasite and Canvas that makes it possible to gather all videos for a class in one channel. This will desplay in the class in Canvas as «Mediasite kanal for video».

canvas mediasite channel window

«Mediasite kanal for video» is mainly for automated lecture capture, but you can add your own videos as well. E.g. flipped classroom videos that you have made in your office and saved in My Mediasite.

The process of adding a presentation to the Mediasite channel of a class has two parts. First, the channel of the class in Canvas needs to be activated. Afterwards, you edit the presentation in My Mediasite so that it is visible in the class channel.

Part 1 – Activate the class Mediasite channel

NB! You need to be registred as the class teacher in Canvas for this to work.

  1. Go to the main page of Canvas.
  2. Find the class in question.
  3. Click "Mediasite kanal for video" in the left-hand menu of the class. If it is not visible, you can make it so by editing the class navigations links.

Part 2 - Edit the presentation in My Mediasite

  1. Go to the main page of My Mediasite.
  2. Open the presentation by clicking its title.
  3. Click «Edit».
    edit mediasite window
  4. Under the «Information» tab, you will find «Modules». (Note: a Module in My Mediasite is not to be confused with Modules in Canvas).
  5. Click "Add Module".
  6. Choose the correct Module.  
  7. The list of available Modules depends on whether the “Mediasite kanal for video” of the class has been activated (check out part 1 above).
    add modules window mediasite
  8. Click "Save".

#14: Publish a presentation on Min side

Many lecturers makes video recordings of their own lectures. The presentations can be made available for students at Min side. This is achievable by using tags.

  1. Go to the main page of My Mediasite.
  2. Open the presentation by clicking its title.
  3. Click «Edit».
    edit mediasite window
  4. Under "Tags", add
    • class code: [your class code]
    • student publication: yes

The video will be available on Min side the following day. 

Remove a video from Min side

If a published video (as described above) is to be removed, you need to remove the tag «student publication: yes». The video will disappear from Min side the following day.

If you need to remove the recording immediately, you can log onto My Mediasite and set the presentation to Private – this ensures only the owner can view the recording. 

#15: Publish the presentation in a channel/catalogue you have created yourself

You can publish a set of presentations in a Channel that works like a playlist on YouTube. One advantage of channels is that you can set rights for the channel once, and it will apply for all the videos in the channel even if they are added at a later date.

The process below is for channels/catalogues you have created yourself. Channels that are connected to a class require a different process.

Put simply, the process is as follows:

  1. Go to the main page of My Mediasite.
  2. Click "Channels".
  3. Create a channel by clicking "Add Channel".
  4. Decide who is permitted to view the videos by clicking “Security”. “Everyone” means that anyone in the world can view the videos. “AuthenticatedUsers” requires a UiT-log in to view them.
  5. Move presentations from “My Drafts” to the channel by clicking the title of the presentation and then “Move to”.
  6. You can find the channel’s link by clicking “Channels”, your channel and then “View”.