Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Getting started with MyMediasite
Managing and publishing presentations
Getting started with MyMediasite
How do I access the MyMediasite portal from within Canvas?
Navigate to the desired course in Canvas.
From the left course navigation menu, select MyMediasite.
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.
How do I navigate the MyMediasite portal interface?
Consult the MyMediasite documentation to learn about the different components of the MyMediasite portal.
Video: Mediasite navigation overview (3:14)
How do I record my PowerPoint or other content on my screen?
Use a companion application called Mediasite Mosaic to capture your computer's desktop. Freely available for Windows or macOS, Mediasite Mosaic enables you to capture any combination of your computer's application window or full display, your webcam, and/or your microphone.
Get started using Mediasite Mosaic
Can I record my webcam?
Yes, you can record your webcam using the free Mediasite Mosaic app. Mediasite Mosaic can record any combination of your computer's screen, webcam, and/or microphone.
Get started using Mediasite Mosaic
Can I edit my video in the MyMediasite portal?
Yes, with the web-based Mediasite Editor, you can easily trim or delete portions of your presentation and perform other simple edits like adding chapter markers.
HOW TO: Edit your presentation's content
Mediasite video editor product documentation
Video: How to use the Mediasite video editor (3:37)
How do I upload a video file to Mediasite?
In addition to video content created within the Mediasite Video Platform, you can also add videos created outside of Mediasite by uploading them through the MyMediasite portal.
HOW TO: Upload an existing video
Video: How to upload an existing recording (3:34)
What if I need to upload many videos?
The free Mediasite Mosaic app, available for Windows and macOS, allows you to upload an entire folder of videos to Mediasite. You can also request administrative assistance with a bulk upload of videos.
Import videos using Mediasite Mosaic for Windows
Import videos using Mediasite Mosaic for macOS
Can I record my classroom lecture automatically?
Several on-campus lecture halls, labs, and other facilities are equipped with Mediasite recorder appliances to enable automated, schedule-based recording using Mediasite. Mediasite recorders enable seamless, hassle-free lecture capture, where the finished recordings are automatically uploaded to Mediasite and available within minutes for instructors to use within their Canvas course, and for others to easily share their presentation online. Request a recording schedule for these Mediasite-equipped spaces, or use Mediasite Record Now to record on the fly.
Learn more about Mediasite's automated recording solutions at K-State
Managing and publishing your presentations
What is a Mediasite video collection?
Mediasite video collections are searchable, online albums of your presentations with details about each presentation and a link users can select to watch the presentation in the Mediasite player. User-created Mediasite channels are a type of video collection, as are channels administratively created from Mediasite shared folders. Video collections are automatically updated as you add or remove content to/from the associated folder.
Example of a Mediasite video collection
Video collections are most often used in Canvas courses to make content publishing easy. Instructors insert a Mediasite video collection into their Canvas course, and as they add content to their Mediasite user channel or shared folder, the content automatically appears in the Canvas course.
How do I create a channel?
Use the MyMediasite portal to create your own Mediasite channels. You can create multiple channels in your MyMediasite portal - perhaps one channel for each academic course, for example - 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. Follow the step-by-step instructions to create a channel in Mediasite.
How do I edit an existing channel I created?
Once you have created a channel, you can subsequently edit it. Follow the step-by-step instructions to edit or delete a channel in your MyMediasite portal.
- Deleting a user-created channel will also delete the video content stored in that channel.
- Mediasite administrators can also create channels from shared folders. To make changes to these channels, please contact your Mediasite administrator.
What is the difference between a user-created Mediasite channel and a Mediasite shared folder?
Both are similar forms of Mediasite video collections. Think of user-created channels as personal folders - they help you organize your presentations, and while it is possible to share your channels with other Mediasite content authors, user channels are best suited to your own individual use. You have the ability to create your own channels in your MyMediasite portal.
Shared folders are designed to allow multiple instructors and other Mediasite content contributors to collaborate within the shared space. 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 and appropriately secured.
Webinar: Mediasite channels and shared folders (33:04)
How do I request a shared folder?
Shared folders are a great way to collaborate with other Mediasite content creators. Before you can start using a shared folder, you must request a Mediasite administrator create it and configure its permissions. Submit a request containing information about the purpose of the shared folder, like the associated course name/ID, as well as a list of K-State individuals who should be allowed to manage content in the folder.
How do I add a video to a shared folder?
Shared folders allow collaborators to contribute content to the same space in Mediasite. If you have been administratively granted permission to manage content in a shared folder, you can add a video by first browsing to the shared folder in your MyMediasite portal and then selecting + Add Presentation, or you can move an existing presentation to a shared folder.
HOW TO: Upload an existing video
How do I share Mediasite content with others?
Mediasite presentations and video collections can be shared to a Canvas course using the integrated LTI tools inside Canvas.
HOW TO: Add Mediasite content to Canvas modules
Content can also be linked or embedded on a website, distributed in an email, etc.
HOW TO: Share your Mediasite presentation with others
Can my Mediasite content be transferred to another person?
Every presentation in Mediasite has an owner, indicating who is responsible for maintaining the content. There may be situations where the ownership of the content should change, like if you leave the university, or if another professor takes over responsibility for a course where you had developed its content in Mediasite. To ensure proper data stewardship, it is important to maintain up-to-date ownership information.
To transfer your Mediasite content to another person at the university, submit an administrative request specifying which content to reassign as well as the K-State eID of the new owner. Please note the requests must be submitted by the current owner of the Mediasite content or their superior.
How do I download my presentation?
As a Mediasite content manager, you can use the MyMediasite portal to download a Mediasite presentation in two formats: an audio-only MP3 file (podcast), or a single MP4 video file (vodcast). These delivery methods must be configured for the presentation before it can be downloaded. Captions, if available, can also be downloaded from the MyMediasite portal.
Can I allow others to download my presentation?
There are several ways to allow others to download an audio podcast or video vodcast of your presentation, provided you have enabled the podcast and/or vodcast delivery options on your presentation. You can configure your Mediasite channel to allow these downloads, or you can configure your individual presentation to use a special player that enables the download option(s).
How do I prevent others from downloading my presentation?
If you configure your presentation with a podcast or vodcast delivery option, the associated Mediasite channel may display download options to the viewer. You can hide the download options in a channel by modifying the channel properties to disable "Allow Presentation Download" under Channel Functionality.
Who can watch my presentation?
A presentation's security settings determine who can view a Mediasite video. When you create or upload a video in Mediasite and it has finished processing, its visibility by default will be set to Private, meaning only you as the owner can watch it until you make it Viewable.
By default, once a presentation is made Viewable, whomever you share it with can watch it, but only if they have a valid K-State ID ("My Organization" on the Who Can View? slider in the presentation's properties).
If you set the slider to "Everyone," it removes authentication from the presentation's security, meaning people without a K-State eID can watch it without being asked to sign in. You should use this setting if you plan to distribute your presentation outside of K-State or embed it on a public website. You should also use this setting for sharing presentations in Canvas-Pro for noncredit course offerings, since the noncredit instance of Canvas does not use K-State eID authentication.
Note: When using Mediasite content in K-State Canvas courses, you should only use the built-in tools to add Mediasite content to Canvas coursework, and ensure the Who Can View? slider is set to "My Organization" (preferred) or "Everyone." The settings "Only Me" or "Only Shared Users" do not grant sufficient permissions to Canvas integration users.
HOW TO: Make your presentation viewable to others
Can I see who has watched my 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.
Can I download Mediasite's analytics to an external report?
Yes, you can download the analytics report for an individual presentation as an Excel or XML file. For step-by-step instructions, view the Download Report Data guide.
If you would like an analytics report for an entire folder of presentations without downloading them individually, you can submit a request for a Mediasite administrator to generate a larger report for you.
Using Mediasite in Canvas
For additional help with Canvas, visit the Canvas FAQ website.
Where can I link or embed Mediasite content in Canvas?
You can use Mediasite content in Canvas anywhere you see the Canvas Rich Content Editor, including announcements, assignments, discussions, pages, quizzes, and the syllabus. Just look for the tool icon.
HOW TO: Add Mediasite content to Canvas
Webinar: Using Mediasite in Canvas (36:55)
Can Mediasite's in-video quiz results populate the Canvas gradebook?
At this time, Mediasite in-video quiz results do not automatically appear in the K-State Canvas gradebook, but they can be manually entered, if desired. K-State plans to support gradebook integration in a future release of Mediasite, as its LTI integration matures.
Can I use Mediasite in noncredit Canvas courses?
Yes, but there are important differences in how you add Mediasite content to noncredit Canvas courses. Noncredit courses at K-State use a separate instance of Canvas that does not directly integrate with Mediasite, but it is still possible to include Mediasite content in noncredit course materials.