Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I access the MyMediasite portal from within Canvas?
Navigate to the desired course in Canvas
From the left course navigation menu, click the "MyMediasite" navigation item
Your MyMediasite portal will load inside Canvas. While you access MyMediasite using the course navigation menu, your MyMediasite portal is not unique to each course. Accessing the portal from any course will take you to the same portal page where you can access all of your Mediasite content, regardless of the course from which you came.
Video: Mediasite Navigation Overview (3:14)
How do I navigate the MyMediasite interface?
Consult the MyMediasite documentation to learn about the different components of the MyMediasite portal.
Video: Mediasite Navigation Overview (3:14)
How do I download the desktop recorder software?
With your computer's camera and microphone, you can use the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) software to create high quality video and rich media presentations.
Video: How to Install the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (2:08)
Can I record my computer screen with MyMediasite?
The Screencast + Audio option will record your screen as full-motion video. You can use this option to record video or show mouse movement on your computer screen.
Can I use My Mediasite to record my PowerPoint slides?
The Slideshow + Audio option will record a snapshot of your screen whenever it changes, up to 4-5 frames per second. This is generally used to record PowerPoint slides as it does not require higher frame rate recording. This is also the lowest bandwidth video you can create with MyMediasite.
Can I record my webcam video?
This Screencast + Video option or the Slideshow + Video option will record your screen's content as well as your webcam video.
Can I edit my video in the MyMediasite portal?
With the Mediasite editor, you can easily delete portions of your presentation or update slides. To learn how to delete a section, update a slide, and insert a chapter, view the Editing Knowledge Base article.
How do I upload a video file?
You can easily upload your video to Mediasite and have it available in Canvas for your students or outside of Canvas for your professional presentations, promotion and tenure portfolio, or website.
Video: How to Upload an Existing Recording (3:20)
Can I upload a recording I made offline with the Mediasite Desktop Recorder?
Yes. If you recorded a video offline using the Mediasite Desktop Recorder, you can easily upload your video. Follow the step-by-step instructions to upload an existing desktop recording to a new presentation in Mediasite.
How do I create a channel?
User channels are self-created. You can create multiple channels in your MyMediasite portal and publish your presentations to the desired channel. Channels can be used to organize your presentations. You can also share the channel's URL or embed it in a Canvas course as a catalog. Follow the step-by-step instructions to create a channel in Mediasite.
Can I edit a channel?
Once you have created a channel, you can subsequently edit it. Follow the step-by-step instructions to edit a channel in your MyMediasite portal.
What is the difference between a user channel and a shared folder?
Think of channels as personal folders - they help you organize your presentations, but only you can publish presentations to your channels or modify them. You have the ability to create your own channels.
Shared folders, on the other hand, allow instructors and other Mediasite content contributors to collaborate within the shared space. Unlike user channels, they each can add, change, or remove content from the same shared folder. Shared folders must be requested from a Mediasite administrator so they may be properly organized within the system and appropriately secured.
One other important difference between user channels and shared folders is evident when using Mediasite catalogs to allow students and others to download presentations. A catalog resulting from a shared folder can be configured to offer links to download presentations; a catalog resulting from a user channel cannot.
Can I publish to a shared folder?
Yes. Shared folders are accessible to multiple users and allow you to share your recordings with other instructors. Shared folders are created by your Mediasite administrator and cannot be edited or deleted from within the MyMediasite portal. Follow the step-by-step instructions to publish to a shared folder in Mediasite.
How do I request a shared folder?
Shared folders are a great way to share your work and collaborate with other instructors. To request a shared folder, complete this form.
What is a Mediasite catalog?
Mediasite Catalogs are searchable, online collections of your presentations with details about each presentation and a link that users can click to watch the presentation in the Mediasite player. Catalogs are usually comprised of presentations stored within a particular user channel or shared folder and are automatically updated as you add and remove presentations from the channel or folder. Mediasite catalogs can be embedded into pages in Canvas, enabling your students to view all of the presentations in your channel or shared folder.
When you create a new user channel, an associated catalog is automatically created. Mediasite administrators usually create an associated catalog when they create a shared folder; however, if you are unable to find a catalog for a particular shared folder, you can request your Mediasite administrator create one.
Can I link or embed a Mediasite URL?
In Mediasite, a URL is created for your presentation. You can use the URL to share your presentation via email, website or social media.
Can I download a presentation?
Yes, you can download portable presentations using a feature called Publish To Go (P2G). The content for a Publish To Go presentation is the same as the original on-demand presentation, except interactivity is disabled. Each portable presentation contains a launch file (Default.html) and all files required to view them.
Who can watch my presentation?
Once a presentation's visibility status is set to Viewable, by default only individuals with a valid K-State eID and password will be able to watch your videos, provided they have access to a place where the presentation has been shared, such as a Canvas course, or if you have shared the presentation link with them directly. Optionally, you can configure a presentation to be accessible to those without an eID, in cases where public access is appropriate, such as when a presentation is embedded on a public website.
How do I view my presentation's analytics report?
In Mediasite, analytics are available for your presentation's performance data, viewing trends, top users and platforms used to view the presentation.
Can I track if my students have watched a presentation?
For each Mediasite presentation, you can view detailed analytics that will display viewing statistics. This data can be useful for discovering viewing trends, like which portions of a presentation are most often viewed, and which portions of a presentation are viewed least. Analytics are also helpful in gauging the level and quality of student interaction within the online learning environment.
Important Note: While Mediasite gathers a significant amount of viewing statistics and is reasonably accurate, the completeness of the data can sometimes be influenced by certain browser configurations and online privacy tools like ad and script blockers. For this reason, we do not recommend using Mediasite analytics to assign a participation grade. Rather, we suggest the analytics be used in a more general manner for assessing and improving online student learning in a course.
Can I download Mediasite's analytics to an external report?
Yes, you can download the analytics report as an Excel or XML file. For step-by-step instructions, view the Download Report Data guide.
For additional help with Canvas, visit the Canvas FAQ website.
How do I upload a video already on my computer to Mediasite?
You can easily upload your video to Mediasite and make it available in Canvas for your students or outside of Canvas for your professional presentations, promotion and tenure portfolio, or website.
Video: How to Upload an Existing Recording (3:20)
How do I embed or link to Mediasite content in a Canvas module?
There are two options for adding a Mediasite presentation to your course in Canvas: one by one, or as a catalog listing.
How do I embed a video into a Canvas assignment?
To embed a Mediasite video into an assignment, follow the step-by-step instructions to embed a Mediasite video into a Canvas assignment.
How do I embed a video into a Canvas quiz?
To embed a Mediasite video into a quiz, follow the step-by-step instructions to embed a Mediasite video into a Canvas quiz.
How do I embed a video into a K-State Canvas page?
To embed a Mediasite video into a page, follow the step-by-step instructions to embed a Mediasite video into a Canvas page.
Can someone help me upload a large number of videos into Mediasite?
Instructors with 10 or more large videos to upload into Mediasite can enlist the help of Electronic Media Services to perform a batch video upload. Please complete this form to request a Batch Video Upload and a Mediasite administrator will contact you to make arrangements.