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Using Streaming Video Course Reserves

A guide for instructors using the UWF Library's Streaming Video Course Reserves service

Get to know Streaming Video Course Reserves



What Streaming Video is:

‘Streaming’ video is essentially online-accessed video that plays directly from its host source without need for the user to download any sort of file. In the past Streaming content could be complicated by the user’s need of a particular player type on her local machine.

Thus, a standout feature of the Library’s Streaming service is that delivery is format-agnostic: it matters not whether the student uses Mac or PC-based equipment, laptops, iPads, or smartphones of various manufacture.

This wide delivery spectrum is made possible by the self-contained video player that launches the moment the Streaming Video Reserves file is clicked. Thus the student need not have any pre-existing video software installed on her particular machine or access device.

At the encoding stage, compression parameters have been finely customized to provide optimal playback quality on nearly every device presently on the market. UWF Library IT staff constantly refine the encoding process to keep pace with continuing development and innovations in platform technology.


What Streaming Video Course Reserves can do:

The applications of Streaming Video Course Reserves to instructor academic support are practically limitless. From access to video material that complements coursework, to delivering recorded lectures for online learners-- uses for Streaming Video Reserves media have just begun to be explored.

Since the formal debut of the Library’s Streaming Reserves capability, instructors from over half of UWF's 29 academic departments have utilized the service in various ways. Novel applications of Streaming Reserves are constantly being devised, showing the dynamic flexibility of this kind of technology across widely varying academic disciplines.


Due to the complex and detailed nature of specifying excerpts in video material, it is urged that instructors come in person to discuss Streaming requests with Course Reserves staff.

 At the Reserves area of the Circulation desk in the Library there is a request form that covers all Course Reserve material types.

This document records the instructor’s necessary contact information, course title, course number, semester, etc. This form also informs the Reserves staff of whether the course is an eLearning class or not, critical deadlines, as well as any other special handling considerations.



What can be streamed:

Sources of video material to be streamed can be either instructor-owned or from the Library’s extensive video holdings.

Video for Streaming can originate from many different formats: DVD, VHS tape, flash media such as SD cards and thumbdrives, as well as data stored on portable external harddrives.

In addition, audio materials can be streamed as well. Your Reserves Coordinator will be happy to discuss audio-only possibilities with you.


Note: Instructors having original materials on older/obsolete formats (Beta, Laserdisc, Hi8, Digital 8mm, MiniDV etc) will need to provide a playback device for the older format—this would typically be a VCR or camera in the older format. As long as the playback device has video and audio outputs, digitization and capture is possible. See Reserves Coordinator for details.




 Copyright for Streaming:

The Library’s Streaming Video Course Reserves services are consistent with evolving applications of the Digital Millennium and TEACH Acts, Library of Congress-decreed copyright exceptions, and Fair Use considerations. We take steps to address copyright holders’ interests while at the same time providing instructors with as unfettered streaming support as possible for their active courses.

All online Reserves materials (Streaming included) require Nautilus card login authentication to obtain access. Thus the general public is excluded from unauthorized access


Ownership of source materials:

Instructor-provided materials of commercially-available films cannot be homemade duplications, except in very rare circumstances. In general, any item that is available in the commercial marketplace must be submitted as a store-bought, official, ‘factory’ version of the work.

Conversely, material that the instructor has produced and owns copyright to (lectures, etc) is not effected by any copyright concerns and can be streamed without limitation.




With the desired content specified by the instructor via the Request Form, the requested material is digitized, captured, or copied from the source video, depending on its original format requirements. The material is then taken into the nonlinear video editing environment for any necessary trims, image/audio cleanup/repair, subtitle creation, and general inspection.

Once the clip has been trimmed and any additional adjustments made, a title card is added to the start and end of the video. The title card identifies the title of the item, as well as the instructor’s name and course number.

Here is an example:



At this point the video is properly packaged and ready for encoding to a highly-compressed file optimized for streaming. The resultant file is then placed on the Library’s dedicated video server.




Access within an eLearning course:

Reserves staff process the video as described above and can either directly insert the Streaming material in your eLearning course, or we can email you the relevant URL for you to place into your course yourself. This is the exact same manner in which electronic print reserve materials (ie PDF’s) are handled by Course Reserves.


With the video item inserted into the eLearning course module, this is what the student will see in her eLearning course's ‘Content’ tab area:


 The individual hyperlinks indicated in red above are clicked, the Streaming self-contained player launches, and the videos play in a new tab/window:



In-class projection:

Streaming Reserves can also be shown in-class, provided the classroom is fitted with ‘Smart Podium’ computer, projector, and audio equipment. The instructor in this case would login to eLearning and click the relevant Streaming hyperlink from the instructor’s eLearning course module.




Thank you for learning about the Library’s Streaming Video Course Reserves service. We are excited about the evolving possibilities the service can offer to instructors and students at UWF.


Questions? Course Reserves coordinator Michael Pace can be reached at 857-6162 or

Call, write, or stop by the Circulation desk anytime with questions, comments, and especially suggestions for making the Streaming service work for you and your courses.