This version of ITS Streaming Service was discontinued in November 2016. Instructions no longer apply.

 

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About ITS Streaming

ITS Streaming is a service offered by Penn State that allows students and faculty to upload audio and video content for streaming online.

It is a convenient way for those within the Penn State community to share such materials, since permissions for an intended audience can be set to a course’s students, all Penn State users, or simply anyone with an internet connection.

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Open “Burned” Captions

The current ITS Streaming service does not support a separate caption file, but captions can be “burned” into the image of the video so that they are always visible. These are called open captions because the captions are always visible in the video and cannot be hidden.

NOTE: This guide requires the use of MovieCaptioner and QuickTime Pro.

Keep in mind that other captioning solutions do exist, such as the many captioning services employing human transcriptionists, but that these methods will incur additional fees. Captioning services may be ideal, however, when a quick turnaround time is necessary.

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Saving a Captioned Video File

  1. First, create your captions in MovieCaptioner. For instructions on using MovieCaptioner, see MovieCaptioner’s tutorial page or the “How to Use MovieCaptioner” PDF in the Applications folder on your computer.
  2. In MovieCaptioner, go to the Export menu and select Embedded Quicktime.
    Selecting the Embedded Quicktime option in MovieCaptioner's Export menu
  3. The video should open automatically in QuickTime. Once it does, go to the File menu and
    select Export.
    Selecting the Export option in MovieCaptioner's File menu
    NOTE: By re-exporting the video in QuickTime, you are essentially combining its video track
    and text (i.e. caption) track. These tracks need to be combined in order for the captions to be preserved in the streaming video.
  4. The Save exported file as… menu will open. Enter a new file name and/or location for the video
    (if you wish to change them from the defaults), and ensure that the Export drop-down menu has Movie to QuickTime Movie selected.
    Preparing to re-export a movie in QuickTime, with the Export option set to Movie to QuickTime Movie
  5. Click on the Options button next to the Export drop-down menu. In the Video section, select Settings.
    The Movie Settings menu, with which you can choose your movie's quality and its compression type
  6. Make sure that the Compression Type is set to H.264 and that the Quality slider (under the
    Compressor section) is set to High or Best. Likewise, make sure that the
    Encoding is set to Best
    quality (Multi-pass)
    .
    NOTE: These settings will optimize the video for the combination of the video and text tracks.
  7. Click OK. Back in the Movie Settings menu, click OK again.
  8. You will be returned to the Save exported file as… menu. Click Save.

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Uploading a Captioned Video

  1. Go to the ITS Streaming Web site and log in. You will be taken to the QuickTime Streaming Server Interface.
  2. Click on Upload Movie near the top of the page.
    The Upload Movie link in the QuickTime Streaming Server Interface
  3. Enter a title for your video in the Movie Title field, then find the video you just exported on your hard drive or server space by clicking the Browse button next to the Movie File field. If you wish, you can also enter a description for your video in the Movie
    Description
    field.
    Adding a title and description to the video
  4. Click Upload Movie. You will be given a message saying that the video was successfully uploaded, and that you’ll receive an email when the video is ready to view.
    NOTE: ITS Streaming will automatically create three versions of your video—one full size, one "blog" (i.e. medium) size, and one small size. Each version is particularly suited for certain purposes and/or audiences. For instance, the "blog" size is ideal for blogs, and the small size is ideal for viewers with slow internet connections.
  5. Assuming all of the steps were followed correctly, all three versions of the video should show up (with captions) in the Manage Movies section of the QuickTime Streaming Server Interface. View the videos to ensure that the captions were preserved in the uploading process.

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Setting a Video’s Permissions

By default, the videos you upload will only be viewable by you, but this can be changed to suit your specific purposes. To change a video’s permissions:

  1. In the Manage Movies section of the QuickTime Streaming Server Interface, select the video for which you’re altering the permissions with the Select Movie checkbox.
  2. In the drop-down menu at the bottom of the interface (which says With Selected Movies before you’ve made a selection) choose Change Permissions, then click Submit.
    Selecting the Change Permissions option
  3. You’ll be taken to the Change Movie Permissions page. In the drop-down menu labeled Make this movie available to, select the option that best suits your needs.
    Selecting to whom the movie should be available
    If you choose Selected Courses and User IDs, the interface will be expanded, and you can specify exactly who should be able to view the video.

    1. Instructors: You will need to choose the appropriate campus for your course(s), and will need to enter the Course Key and Section to specify which students should be able to view the video. Examples of each are provided on the Change Movie Permissions page. After entering the appropriate values in these fields, click Add Course. You can also use the Search for
      Courses
      option, which is positioned underneath the Add Course button. The sections you add should appear in the Pending Permissions field on the right side of the page.
    2. If you wish to allow specific users access to your video, enter their user ID(s) in the Additional User IDs field, then click Add User IDs. You can also use the Search for User IDs option, which is positioned underneath the Add User IDs button. The user IDs you add should appear in the Pending Permissions field on the right side of the page.
  4. When you’re finished choosing your video’s permissions, click the Apply Permissions button on the bottom of the page.

For more information and troubleshooting tips for the ITS Streaming service, see the ITS Streaming FAQ or support form.

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