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How can I reserve a room?

How can I play a video in my class?

How can I record my class/lectures/recitations/sessions and make them available to my students?

Can I webcast/stream/podcast/etc. my course?

Does MIT rent video equipment?

Where can I edit my video?

Why is there a charge for AMPS' services?

Can I publish my video on MIT OpenCourseWare?

Why can’t I publish to iTunes U?

What is encoding?

What is streaming media? How is it different from a webcast?

How is MIT TechTV different from AMPS streaming?

What is rich media capture?

 

 

How can I reserve a room?

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How can I play a video in my class?

Some classrooms are equipped with projectors. If no projector is available, you can rent one from Audio Visual Services. If you need assistance using the projector, AV technicians can help.

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How can I record my class/lectures/recitations/sessions and make them available to my students?

If you have a Stellar or course website, you can record videos yourself, upload them to a space like MIT TechTV and post them (embed or link) to your Stellar site. If you want someone to do this for you, AMPS has the ability to capture your lecture and can post a link to the streaming media file for your students to watch. AMPS can provide a variety of formats, depending on your needs.

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Can I webcast/stream/podcast/etc. my course?

A full menu of video delivery options is available in the Upload/Deliver section of this site.

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Does MIT rent video equipment?

Yes. Audio Visual Services rents equipment, or you can rent equipment from external services.

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Where can I edit my video?

The New Media Center offers free video editing stations for use by the MIT community.

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Why is there a charge for AMPS' services?

AMPS is a cost recovery department, and so must charge a fee to recover costs. These fees are below market rate and cover the AMPS operational costs.

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Can I publish my video on MIT OpenCourseWare?

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) publishes a select number of audio and video lectures each year. Courses are generally selected for publication through prior arrangement with OCW. If you would like to recommend your course for publication, email ocw@mit.edu.

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Why can’t I publish to iTunes U?

iTunes has created a special free section of the iTunes store specifically for educational content. MIT OpenCourseWare and MIT World jointly manage MIT’s iTunes U site. Because the agreement for this channel includes an indemnification clause, all content must be vetted for intellectual property prior to publication.

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What is encoding?

The term “encode” refers to the process of preparing video for delivery by digitizing and compressing it.

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What is streaming media? How is it different from a webcast?

Streaming media is video and/or audio delivered to your computer via the internet. Streaming media presents video and/or audio that has been previously recorded. It is available in a variety of formats, including Real Media, Windows Media, Quicktime, and Flash. A webcast is the transmission of a live event over the internet to your computer. For details on delivery methods like streaming and webcasting, see Upload/Deliver.

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How is MIT TechTV different from AMPS streaming?

Videos delivered by MIT TechTV use a technology called "progressive download." This effectively means that your video is downloaded to their computers (but not necessarily saved; most videos on MIT TechTV, however, are also offered for regular download). AMPS streaming does not allow a video to be downloaded to the viewer’s computer. Note that AMPS streaming is a fee-based service.

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What is rich media capture?

“Rich media capture” refers to the process of capturing both a presenter and output from the presenter’s computers, presenting these together for review. Rich media can be presented as either an on-demand stream or a webcast event. For details on delivery methods like on-demand and webcasting, see Upload/Deliver.

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