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DeakinAir is an online video platform based on the renowned Kaltura application that allows you to browse and contribute video to teaching sites in CloudDeakin.

Although contributing and managing content is not supported on mobile devices, browsing and playback is still available.

Conditions of Use

DeakinAir is made available to Deakin staff and enrolled students for educational use only and not for personal or commercial use.

You must not use DeakinAir for any purpose or upload any content to DeakinAir that is illegal, unlawful, confidential or in breach of Deakin University's legislation, policies and procedures, including but not limited to Deakin's various Information Technology Use policies and procedures and the Conditions of IT Use.

You must comply with all applicable international, Commonwealth, State and local laws and regulations.

You must comply with the DeakinAir Copyright and Privacy Statement

Deakin reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of these Conditions. Deakin may, in its sole discretion, remove infringing content from DeakinAir, provide warnings to you, or suspend or terminate your access to DeakinAir.

Limitation of Liability

Deakin is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness or intellectual property rights of or relating to content posted to DeakinAir.

To the extent permitted by law, Deakin University is not responsible for any loss or damage of any nature whatsoever arising as a direct or indirect result of accessing DeakinAir, or its content, or the uploading or downloading of any content to or from DeakinAir. Where Deakin University is unable to exclude liability, it shall not be liable for any special, indirect or consequential loss.


You agree to indemnify Deakin from any claims, losses, or damages, including legal fees, resulting from your violation of these Conditions or your posting of any content to DeakinAir, and to fully cooperate with Deakin University in defending such claims. Without limitation, you agree to indemnify Deakin from and against any and all claims, losses, actions or demands brought by or against Deakin alleging with respect to you

  • breach of intellectual property rights
  • interference with privacy;
  • defamation, libel, slander, obscenity, pornography; or
  • offensive, harassing or illegal conduct.

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To make video accessible for individuals with disabilities, transcripts or captioning is needed. DeakinAir does support closed captions.

A caption file contains both the text and information about when each line of text should be displayed. A caption is synonymous with subtitle and is usually displayed at the bottom of the screen. SubRip file format (SRT) is the text file formats that is supported by DeakinAir. It contains captions; including the time each subtitle should be displayed followed by the text of the subtitle. If the caption includes non-dialog text, the file is considered a closed caption.

To generate the SRT file, go to the DeakinAir Captioning site.

Once you've downloaded the SRT file, contact IT Help to associate the SRT file with the video. Please provide the SRT file as well as the URL to the video.


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DeakinAir is Deakin's new video portal, kind of like an internal YouTube service where you can browse "public" video content. At the moment it is seeded with "public" content as seen on the Deakin YouTube channel. You can also make short, snappy webcam recordings that may introduce new topics to your students, offer reflections on topical interests, or simply provide updates as the teaching cycle unfolds.

DeakinAir is based on the renowned Kaltura video platform. Essentially this new service allows you to very easily browse and contribute video to teaching sites in CloudDeakin and other web-based products including our internet and intranet pages and social software sites (Web2.0) both internal and external to Deakin.

If you have existing video that you would like to share with your students, peers, colleagues, DeakinAir can help by offering an easy and intuitive interface by which to browse existing video content or upload your own, including the ability to make a quick and simple webcam recording! The underlying DeakinAir platform transcodes your original video and streams it out in various flavours that are compatible across multiple platforms including iOS devices (iPhones and iPads).

Browsing Content

  1. Go to the DeakinAir web site.
  2. The home page, containing "hero videos" loads. Simply select the Play button hovering over the image to play the video (either via Flash or HTML5 depending on your platform). Content is streamed direct to your browser, with optimal bitrate being automatically selected for your viewing pleasure.
    Note: Displayed content is tagged as "public" and is accessible to all users of the site.
  3. To navigate within DeakinAir, simply click on a video thumbnail from the same page or traverse the default categories that have been setup for the initial configuration.
  4. Some of the categories also contain sub-categories that assist with the logical sorting of public content.

Adding Content

There are two principal approaches to be able to contribute content to DeakinAir, the primary of which is via the DeakinAir interface itself (Media Upload), the second is via a webcam recording.
Follow the instruction below for both, selecting your chosen method after step 4:

  1. Go to the DeakinAir web site.
  2. Navigate to and select the Login link.
  3. You must agree to the Conditions of Use (As shown above) by selecting the I agree to these Conditions of Use button in order to be authenticated in the system.
    Note: The Conditions of Use agreement leverages cookie functionality whereby a cookie is installed on your computer, enabling cookies will prevent this agreement page being displayed again, until such time as the cookie expires (currently to 120 days), if cookies are not enabled on your browser, this page will display every time you attempt to login to DeakinAir.

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  4. Login to DeakinAir using your normal Deakin credentials.
  5. Please select your Upload method:

Media Upload

  1. Click on Add New and select Media Upload.
  2. Media Upload will allow you to browse to a file on either your local workstation or a network share, by selecting the + Choose a file to upload button.
  3. Browse to the file you'd like to upload, select it and click Open.
    Note: If you're uploading a huge file, please ensure that you've a good Internet connection. Best end-user experience will be on-campus via wired network or off-campus via ADSL.
  4. A progress tab will indicate your file being uploaded to the DeakinAir server (hosted at Deakin's Waterfront campus).
    Note: The file upload limit is 2GB. For optimal end-user experience you might like to consider a maximum of ~ 20 min videos. If necessary, playlists can easily be created to segment longer video sequences or group similar subject matter.
    DeakinAir accepts all common video, audio and image formats in all resolutions. For best results with video, we recommend preparing videos in 1280x720 pixels and using the H.264 video codec at about 4000 kb/s.
    File properties (metadata) - it is important to give your video file a logical, meaningful name, who created it, a brief description and very importantly, some logical, meaningful tags (comma delimited). DeakinAir's in-built search tool hunts for the keywords used in the video asset's tag field.
  5. A progress tab will confirm your file has been uploaded to the DeakinAir server.
  6. You have the option of saving the file and associated metadata, or uploading another file.
  7. DeakinAir confirms the action and also generates an unique URL to the file.

Webcam Recording

  1. Click on Add New and select Webcam recording option.
  2. A new DeakiAir interface will load with a dialogue box requesting your permission for the application ( to use your camera and microphone.
  3. Click Allow and DeakinAir will initiate your camera showing you a self-view of what you are about to record.
    Note: You may like to familiarise yourself with some basics of video production e.g. lighting, framing, optimal audio etc. before you start making video recordings, Deakin has some great resources in iTunes-U for this.
  4. Once you're ready, simply click on the frame to start recording. The flash-based interface has a little timer in the top-left corner that will indicate a recording is in session and how long you've been recording.
  5. To stop recording, simply click in the recording frame.
  6. DeakinAir will give you the option to either save the webcam recording, or resume recording, before doing so, please ensure that you populate the necessary fields with some file properties before saving the file.
    File properties (metadata) - it is important to give your video file a logical, meaningful name, who created it, a brief description and very importantly, some logical, meaningful tags (comma delimited). DeakinAir's in-built search tool hunts for the keywords used in the video asset's tag field.
  7. Once you've populated the various fields, click Save on the image frame, your file will be uploaded to the DeakinAir server and you've be given a progress bar and confirmation once this actions is completed.
  8. By selecting the Go to media page link, or browsing to the My Media link in the navigation menu. You'll be able to go to the webcam video you've just submitted and get either the URL or embed code for the video asset as per instructions below.

Creating a Playlist

On occasion, it may be advantageous or desirable to create a "playlist" for your video content, scenarios might be if you have a series of similar videos that you'd like to group together, or you have a longer video piece that could be segmented for improved usability/viewability in an online environment.

As per your content in DeakinAir, any playlists that you create are by default "private" and not searchable or discoverable, it is only accessible by you, until such time as you choose to share any resultant URLs or embed code for your video playlists.

  1. Go to the DeakinAir web site.
  2. Login using your standard Deakin credentials.
  3. To create a playlist, browse to a piece of "public" content in DeakinAir, or go to My Media and select the Add to Playlist function.
  4. In the Add New Playlist field, enter a name for the playlist you wish to create and click Add.
  5. DeakinAir confirms creation of the new Playlist.
  6. You have the option of browsing to another piece of video content and also adding this to the newly created Playlist by selecting the checkbox for the Playlist.
  7. By clicking on the Manage Playlists link, you'll be directed to a new page in DeakinAir where the various videos you've associated with the Playlist, and the Playlist itself can be configured further. You have the option of ordering which video appears first in the playlist as well as aligning the other video thumbnails adjacent to or below the "hero" video.
  8. Once you're comfortable with your selection, you can select the embed code for the playlist and subsequently use this downstream in other web-based applications or in your Portfolio.
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