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Mediasite

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business utilizes the application Mediasite for recording lectures and presentations simultaneously. All Ross staff and faculty have access to Mediasite for presentations.

Mediasite involves 4 steps:

  1. Begin recording in the classroom
  2. Stop recording in the classroom
  3. Access recordings from your Mediasite account
  4. Sharing your Mediasite recordings

Please note that the Mediasite experience differs slightly between the Ross and Blau classrooms. These instructions have been separated to reflect these differences.

Begin Recording in a Ross Classroom:

  1. After logging into the classroom PC, set-up your recording:
    1. Press the "Recording" button on the classroom display: 
    2. This will bring up the Mediasite interface. Mediasite links with the room reservation system to auto-populate your login entry: 
  2. Line up the camera as needed:
    1. User Preset - An additional functionality that we plan to add in a later upgrade
    2. Writing Surfaces View - the camera zooms in on the audience left whiteboard
    3. Lectern View - the camera focuses on the lectern
    4. Wide Shot - the camera’s focus envelopes the lectern and first two rows of seating 
  3. Which projected image will be captured in rooms with multiple projectors?
    1. The center screen is the default for 3-screen rooms.
    2. If the Center screen is unavailable (or if the room doesn’t contain a center screen), the audience right screen is captured.
  4. Zoom in or out or use the directional controls to frame the camera (if needed)
  5. Select which camera to use for recording:
    1. The front camera lies in front of the classroom and records the audience
    2. The back camera records the presenter and displays the front of the room (see above picture)
  6. Audio considerations:
    1. For optimal audio quality on playback, we strongly encourage the use of handheld, lapel, or lectern microphones for all presenters.
    2. Both Ross and Blau classrooms and colloquiums contain one lapel microphone. If your event requires the use of more than one microphone, please contact Ross IT for assistance.
  7. Press “Recording”.
  8. Your recording is confirmed when you see the “Recording in progress…” notification on the Classroom Controls page: 
  9. You can control stopping and pausing the recording from this page as well: 

Stop Recording in a Ross Classroom:

  1. The recording stop time defaults to the room reservation.
  2. You may also limit the recording time manually by pressing the Stop button on the recording controls. 

Access recordings from your Mediasite account:

  1. Log in to Mediasite
    1. Use only your uniqname (ex: jsmith), NOT your full umich email address
    2. Your password is the same as your umich login password
  2. Retrieve your recording: 
    1. Your recordings are listed on your home page, most recent first by default

    2. You may sort the videos based on the title as well

Sharing your recording:

  1. Sharing Your Videos and Recordings so others can View them
  2. While logged into your Mediasite account, copy the link of the recording you wish to share
  3. Navigate to your Canvas class page:
    1. If your class has a front page on Canvas, click the "+Add link" and add the URL to the page
    2. If your class does not have a front page on Canvas,
      1. Click the "Modules" link on the left-side menu
      2. Post the link into the window

Mediasite Management Portal

If you want to create folders for your recordings, review the statistics of your videos, or utilize advanced settings available within Mediasite, log into the Mediasite Management Portal. The Mediasite Management Portal offers additional functionality not found on your account page. 

Mediasite Management Portal

Further Resources:

Mediasite offers a number of videos and knowledge base articles instructing users on completing basic tasks.


Begin Recording in a Blau Classroom:

  1. After logging into the classroom PC, set-up your recording
    1. Press the “Recording” button on the classroom display:  
    2. This will bring up the Mediasite interface. Mediasite links with the room reservation system to auto-populate your login entry: 
    3. Ensure the recording time matches the event time. For example, if your recording will consist of only 30 minutes of a two-hour reservation, you may adjust the recording start/stop times as needed: 
    4. Line up the camera as needed:
      1. Wide Shot - the camera’s focus envelopes the lectern and adjoining desk
      2. Lectern Shot - the camera focuses on the lectern
      3. Writing Surfaces View - the camera zooms in on one of the whiteboards
      4. User Preset - User-definable preset that is persistent with your PC login
    5. Which projected image will be captured in rooms with multiple projectors?
      1. The center screen is the default for 3-screen rooms.
      2. If the Center screen is unavailable (or if the room doesn’t contain a center screen), the stage right screen is captured.
    6. Audio considerations
      1. For optimal audio quality on playback, we strongly encourage the use of handheld, lapel, or lectern microphones for all presenters.
      2. Both Ross and Blau classrooms and colloquiums contain one lapel microphone. If your event requires the use of more than one microphone, please contact Ross IT for assistance.
    7. Press “Start recording”.

Stop Recording in a Blau Classroom:

  1. The recording stop time defaults to the room reservation
  2. You may also limit the recording time manually by adjusting the stop time 

Access recordings from your Mediasite account:

  1. Log in to Mediasite
    1. Use only your uniqname (ex: jsmith), NOT your full umich email address
    2. Your password is the same as your Umich login password
  2. Retrieve your recording:
    1. Your recordings are listed on your home page, most recent first by default
    2. You may sort the videos based on the title as well.

Further Resources:

Mediasite offers a number of videos and knowledge base articles instructing users on completing basic tasks.