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Getting It Out There

One of the most important parts of creating video content is how you will get your presentations out to your viewing audience.  There’s no point creating videos if no one knows they exist!  Luckily Mediasite offers a variety of options for sharing content.

Direct Links

This one is nice and simple.  You can take the link to your presentation and email it to viewers, add it to a website, post it to social media or include it in a document.  A Mediasite URL is like any other website URL, meaning this is the easiest and most versatile way to distribute a video.  It’s also the most convenient when you only have one or two presentations to send out.

You can access the link to your presentation in the Management Portal by going to the Share tab in the presentation’s summary page.

Embed Codes

Similar to getting the direct link out there, you can use the embed code to have your presentation play within your website or learning management system, rather than adding a link that will open in a new page.  Embedded presentations are great to include on training pages where there may be several videos on the same topic, or even as a promotional video on your website’s home page.

Embedded videos can also be popped out to play full screen if the viewer prefers.

Embed codes are also accessible in the Share tab.

Showcases

A Showcase is a great way to present a larger library of content, or content related to the same topic but has different sub-categories, to your audience.  You can highlight selected videos in the Spotlight, and group videos together in channels, making it easier for viewers to find content relevant to what they want to watch.

You can draw attention to the most recently uploaded videos or even the most viewed, with users having the ability to add comments to presentations within a Showcase, adding to the long list of interactivity features available in Mediasite.

A showcase can be created by going through the Publishing tab in the Mediasite Portal.

Channels

A channel is like a mini Showcase.  Where a showcase can have multiple Channels for different topics, a Channel will display all videos together making it the perfect distribution method for a smaller number of presentations or presentations all related to one area.  Like Showcases, you can also add comments within a Channel.

Channels are located on the Publishing tab.

Catalogues

A Catalogue is similar to a Showcase, but it has the added advantage of being able to display presentations in a folder hierarchy, making it simple for people to navigate to the folder their content is in.  A Catalogue is easier to set up than a showcase, however it does have less options in terms of how it looks visually and there isn’t the ability to add comments.  However, if you need a quick and easy way to share your content, whether it be a few videos or a lot, a Catalogue is the best way to go.

Catalogues can be created by either going to the Publishing tab or right clicking on the content folder and selecting Create Catalogue.

Vodcasts, Podcasts and RSS Feeds

You can create a vodcast and / or podcast of your presentation for people to download, whether it’s to watch while they’re offline or so that they can be uploaded to another location.  You can also set up an RSS feed for your vodcasts and podcasts so that viewers know when new content has been added.

You can add an RSS feed to a Catalogue as well, which is another way to let people know that you have been creating new videos.

Vodcasts and podcasts are created by going into the Edit tab on the presentation’s summary screen and selecting Delivery.  RSS Feeds can be set up under the Publishing tab.

LMS Integration

If you have a learning management system you can use the Mediasite integration tools to have presentations automatically be ingested into the relevant course pages.  You can also integrate My Mediasite and allow teachers and students to create their own content without having to leave the LMS to do it.  Many LMS integrations now include a feature that allows for video assignments to be directly uploaded, with other new features being added in the future.

LMS integrations can be set up through the LMS Integration tab in the Management Portal.

Media Export

Mediasite offers you the option to export your presentations to either YouTube or iTunes U.  This can be handy if you already have other content on these platforms and want to keep everything together.

You can export your presentations by going to the Publish tab of the presentation’s summary page.  Note that you can also use Publish to manually publish a single presentation to a pre-existing Showcase or Catalogue.

If you’re still unsure of the best way to make your presentations available to your audience, or you’d like training in any of these Mediasite and My Mediasite tools, make sure you get in contact with us!

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