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Audio and Video Stream Service

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 8:00 am

What is Stream?
Stream is the College’s streaming server for delivery of many different audio and video file formats.  Stream allows users to stream (or immediately play) various audio and video formats via a link or embedded player.  Unlike YouTube, you will be able to show a video in class or on OAKS without waiting for it to buffer. It does not require download or an account but does require an Internet connection.

How Do I Access Stream?
The College requires the use of Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to connect to Stream.   Unlike FTP (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP encrypts your username and password – protecting videos during transmission over the network.  While there are several SFTP programs available, the College recommends FileZilla because it is free, reliable and works on multiple platforms. Because Stream requires the use of SFTP, you can only access Stream from on-campus. (See below for a step-by-step tutorial). If you need an off-campus video solution, please check out Kaltura MediaSpace at

Acceptable File Types
Stream supports most audio and video formats:

.mp3 – audio
.m4a – audio
.mp4 – video
.m4v – video
.mov – video (must use .aac audio encoding)
.flv – video
.3gp – mobile phone video

How Can I Get Started with Stream?
For an overview of stream, visit: Faculty can access instructions and explore possible uses at

If you have any questions, please contact


Media Sharing Matrix

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 11 November 2013 | 9:34 am

The College of Charleston provides multiple ways for faculty, staff and students to share media with others.  With so many to choose from how do you know which is right for you?  Teaching, Learning and Technology created an informative matrix that includes an overview of the different media services offered by Information Technology.

Below is a preview of the matrix. Click on the image below to access the full media sharing matrix.

Media Sharing Matrix




New Media Service for Faculty

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 8 November 2013 | 8:00 am

IT has implemented a new academically focused media service (Kaltura) that will give you (faculty) better options to deliver audio and video content while making the process of uploading, publishing and sharing media easier!

What is Kaltura?Kaltura Library Image

Kaltura is a new media service that functions much like YouTube and is available for College faculty. It offers four ways to record and publish media:

  • Media Upload – upload a video or audio file that already exists on your computer
  • Webcam Recording – record a video using a webcam connected to your computer
  • Video Presentations – sync a video and file available in your Kaltura library to create a cohesive presentation
  • Screen Recording – record a screencast that will capture everything occurring on your computer within a designated area including audio and/or video.

Possible Uses:

  • Upload tutorials and online lectures
  • House student created media projects
  • Embed videos in OAKS (Learning Management System)
  • Share links to videos for student viewing


  • Easy interface (similar to YouTube)
  • Simple video management (organize your content, search media, moderate comments, create playlists)
  • Accessibility and closed captions features (supports playback with ADA/508 compliant video players)
  • Options for privacy (set videos to be private, by invitation only, or public)
  • Easy sharing options (share link or embed video)
  • Discussion features (enable/disable comments linked to video)

Get Started

Logging in to Kaltura

All College faculty already have a Kaltura account.  Just open a web browser and go to Sign in using your Cougars username (without the ‘’) and Cougars password. Students can also access Kaltura to upload videos for your classes. However, students will need to first login with their Cougars username and password in order for an account to be generated.

Training & Tutorials

Visit to access the Kaltura tutorial created by Teaching, Learning and Technology (type Kaltura in the search box or access the tutorial directly at

Video Overview

Sound too good to be true? Well, watch the quick (3 minute) overview video that covers the simple steps to upload, publish and share a video.


For questions or feedback contact Please note that copyright protected material cannot be uploaded to Kaltura MediaSpace.

Attention ‘Lemon’ Users

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 7 November 2013 | 9:54 am

The Lemon media service will be decommissioned on January 1, 2014

With the addition of new media services like Stream and Kaltura, Information Technology will be decommissioning the legacy streaming server, Lemon. IT has copied all media content from Lemon to Stream. So any media content (videos) that you had uploaded to Lemon is now available on Stream. However, any URL links or embed codes that points to the Lemon server will no longer work once the Lemon server is decommissioned.  For example, if you have old links or embed codes in OAKS and they point to your videos on the Lemon server, they will not work. You must update the links and embed codes to point to the new Stream or Kaltura server for the videos to work properly.

Please take the following actions:

Please diligently go through your material (i.e. OAKS content, blogs, web pages, etc.) to find any embed codes or URL links that point to the Lemon server. Next, be sure to re-path your media files to the new location of the media file (Stream or Kaltura) by January 1, 2014.  Many faculty have already worked with or are currently working with your Instructional Technologist to identify and re-path your media files. If not, please contact Your instructional technologist is happy to work with you. You can view a tutorial at Staff can contact the Helpdesk for assistance. In addition, if you have videos uploaded to your People Server account, please move those videos to either Kaltura or Stream.

For information regarding Stream or Kaltura, visit: If you have any questions please contact

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