7. Uploading

How will people see my video?

Once your video is complete you will need to make it available to your students or audience. There are many video hosting options available. Some important questions to ask when choosing where to place your video

  • Who are my intended audience? Is it for a specific class or department? Do I want it made public?
  • Do I have permission to make all of the content public? (e.g. stock photograph copyright, waivers from anyone in the video, etc.)
  • How long does the material need to be available? A single semester? Indefinitely?

Hosting Options

SeneMA
  • Option of public or private (Seneca community only)
  • Accepts a wide variety of video formats (WMV, MPG, MPEG, AVI, MP4, FLV, MOV, etc.)
  • Adds Seneca watermark
  • Users can tag videos, add subtitles and create “Groups”
  • Not viewable on iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.) yet. However, this is currently being worked on.
Blackboard
  • Access is limited to your class
  • Accepts a wide variety of video formats (WMV, MPG, MPEG, AVI, MP4, FLV, MOV, etc.)
  • Choice of uploading directly or embedding from another source (e.g. SeneMA, YouTube)
  • Option of adding video transcripts
YouTube
  • Accepts a wide variety of video formats (WMV, MPG, MPEG, AVI, MP4, FLV, MOV, etc.)
  • Viewable on iOS devices
  • Users can tag videos and add closed-captions
  • Multiple privacy options (public, unlisted, private)

Privacy Options

YouTube has 3 settings for privacy, you can choose your privacy setting at the time of upload, or at any stage using YouTube’s Video Manager:

Privacy Settings for YouTube: Public, Unlisted, and Private

  1. PUBLIC – If you choose to make your video public, viewers around the world will be able to find your video through searches. Information from your username, video title, video description and tags will determine how the video is discovered.
  2. UNLISTED – When you upload a video and choose the “Unlisted Option,” the video is only viewable by people with the URL/link for the video. This allows you to tailor who gets to see your video and how they access it (i.e. via your website, blog, email, Blackboard, etc.) Unlisted videos will not show up in searches on YouTube, Google, or other search engines.
  3. PRIVATE – The Private setting allows you to give permission and access to specific people (group member, professor, etc.) to view your video by entering in their email address or username. Private videos will not show up in searches on YouTube, Google, or other search engines.

 

Other options…

Tags, Groups, and Channels

Hopefully you will build a wealth of video and screencast resources for your students.  However, this will mean that your students will need to navigate through the clips, wherever they are hosted.

One important way to do this is by adding “Tags” to your video. Tags are keywords that are relevant to the material. Some example tags:

  • Course Code
  • Your name
  • Content keywords from the video (e.g.Excel, Formula,Tax, HST)

In addition to adding tags, you can assign your video to a specific group (SeneMA) or channel (YouTube. This will direct your users to a limited choice of videos.

Students Submitting Video Projects

You have a couple of options for students to submit their video projects to you:

  • upload to YouTube as an “unlisted” video and then send you the URL
  • upload to Dropbox and share the URL with you
  • create a blog or wiki in your Blackboard course
    • students would create an entry or page for themselves, then attach their video file
    • all students could see all the entries/pages and submit comments on each other’s videos
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