Fresno State Streaming Video Platform

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE STREAMING SERVER

LOGGING IN

  1. With any browser go to: https://publish.video.fresnostate.edu
  2. Login using your Fresno State username and password.

UPLOADING A VIDEO TO THE SERVER

  1. Be sure that your video is a correctly encoded in the Support Media Format with the required file extension of .mov or .mp4.
  2. Once logged in, select the folder where you will be uploading the video. If you would like to add another folder (you may want to have a folder for each of your courses) type the desired name in the Folder name: box and click create. This will add the newly created folder to the Folder: list where you can select it.
  3. Browse to find the video you wish to upload.
  4. Click Upload.
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SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE URL

There are two URLs to choose from: a ‘Protected URL’ and a ‘Public URL’.

A ‘Protected URL’ only allows viewing for those enrolled in the Blackboard course in which it is uploaded. This is good for copyrighted videos that only authorize educational viewing.

  1. Click the Protected URL link next to the video you want.
  2. A new window will pop-up showing you a short version of the URL. (If the new window does not show, try turning your pop-up blocker off in your browser.)
  3. Highlight this URL and copy it.
  4. Login to Blackboard (blackboard.fresnostate.edu).
  5. Go to the desired course and into the content area where you would like this video added.
  6. With Edit Mode On, click Build Content > Web Link
  7. Add a name for the link and paste the URL into the box. Do not have the video open in a new window as this will break the protected portion of the video link.
  8. Click Submit. The video is now available only to those in that particular Blackboard course.

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A ‘Public URL’ allows anyone given the URL to view the video.

  1. Click the Public URL link next to the video you want.
  2. A new window will pop-up showing you a short version of the URL. (If the new window does not show, try turning your pop-up blocker off in your browser.)
  3. Highlight this URL and copy and paste it where it is needed.

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A ‘Embedding Video’ allows anyone to embed the video in a webpage or blog post for public access.
Click the Embed URL link next to the video you want and follow the instruction to copy the HTML code to your webpage or blog post.

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SUPPORTED MEDIA FORMAT: MP4 H.264 (AAC or MP3)

The H.264 video format has a very broad application range that covers all forms of digital compressed video from low bit-rate Internet streaming applications to HDTV broadcast and Digital Cinema applications with nearly lossless coding.

The MP4 container format with the H.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec is natively supported by desktop/mobile Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome, but Chromium and Opera do not support the format. IE and Chrome also support the MP3 audio codec in the MP4 container, but Safari does not. Firefox/Firefox for Android/Firefox OS supports the format in some cases, but only when a third-party decoder is available, and the device hardware can handle the profile used to encode the MP4.

H.264 is also known as “MPEG-4 part 10,” a.k.a. “MPEG-4 AVC,” a.k.a. “MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding.” H.264 was also developed by the MPEG group and standardized in 2003. It aims to provide a single codec for low-bandwidth, low-CPU devices (cell phones); high-bandwidth, high-CPU devices (modern desktop computers); and everything in between. To accomplish this, the H.264 standard is split into “profiles,” which each define a set of optional features that trade complexity for file size. Higher profiles use more optional features, offer better visual quality at smaller file sizes, take longer to encode, and require more CPU power to decode in real-time.

The recommended encoding for the campus streaming system is 720p (1280px X 720px) of 16:9 aspect ratio. In general, your video needs to have the following settings:

  • Compression: H.264
  • Sound: AAC
  • Frames per second: 15 at least
  • File size: 512MB or less

TOOLS

You may need to convert your video to the correct settings. If you do not have a program that converts, you can find the following Free available applications:







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