DeakinAir

Mobile Supported

Deakin have recently deployed an online video platform called DeakinAir. Essentially this new service allows you to very easily browse and view video, relevant to your learning at Deakin.


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

DeakinAir is the 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.

Your unit chair may encourage you to create a video as part of an assignment or assessable item - – DeakinAir provides a neat mechanism for you to contribute your own video content to teaching sites in DeakinSync and other web-based products. You can make short, snappy webcam recordings that you may be encouraged to introduce yourself to your tutors or lecturers, offer reflections on topical interests, or simply deliver video assignments as the teaching cycle unfolds.

If you have a video assignment that you need to share with your tutor or lecturer, DeakinAir can help by offering an easy and intuitive interface by which to upload your own content, including the ability to make a quick and simple webcam recording! This will be compatible with multiple devices including iPhone and iPad.

A number of user guides for DeakinAir are available via the links below that may guide you in your use, providing a media-rich experience for your studies.

Conditions of Use of DeakinAir

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. The videos stored in DeakinAir will be stored by Kaltura on servers in the United States.

You must comply with the DeakinAir Copyright and Privacy Statement, please see below.

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.

Indemnification

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.

[ ] I agree to these Conditions of Use

Before you start creating a video:

  • If recording with a phone, please hold the phone sideways. 
  • Record your video in mp4 (H264) format if possible and at max 720p (720p because of final file size). 
  • Use Windows Movie Maker (Windows Live Movie Maker) or iMovie if possible to edit the video. 
  • Export/Save you edited movie in mp4 (H264) format if possible. Windows Live Movie Maker will export as WMV. 
  • Always use as many default settings as possible. Changing video settings can easily result in corrupted videos.

Before uploading to DeakinAir:

  • Ensure that you check your Internet speed. Your Internet speed will determine how long it takes to upload your video. For example at 1.5Mbps it takes about 9 minutes to upload 100 MB, about 52 minutes at 256Kbps to upload 100MB file.
  • If your Internet speed is slow, consider to try:
    • a different (faster) internet connection/network e.g. Deakin On Campus or local library,
    • reducing the size (dimensions) of the video and re-encode (export/save/convert) the video, see details below.

Note: If your upload speed is below 1Mbps, we recommend that you only upload up to 200Mb per video.

Software to convert your video:

If your video did not process/convert after successfully uploading to DeakinAir, use the following software to convert your video.

  • Download Macroplant Adapter, a free to download software.
  • Use Macroplant Adapter to re-encode the video in mp4 format.

Browse

  1. Go to DeakinAir web site.
  2. The home page will load. You should be automatically logged in via Deakin’s single sign-on system. If not, navigate and select the Login link under the Guest icon in the top tight-hand corner of the Home page. Once logged in use the same drop-down menu to access My Media.
    Note: Displayed content is tagged as 'public' and is accessible to all users of the site.
  3. Click on the thumbnail image of the relevant video. Select play.
  4. Some of the categories also contain sub-categories that assist with the logical sorting of public content.

Contribute content

Students who are enrolled in units that are participating in the trial will be able to login to the system and contribute content. Your tutor or lecturer will discuss this further with you.

All content that you contribute to DeakinAir will appear as private by default. These videos are not searchable or discoverable, until you choose to share the URL or embed code of your video content.

  1. Go to DeakinAir web site.
  2. Select the Login link located at the top right hand corner.
  3. You must agree to the Conditions of Use 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.
  4. Select the Choose a file to upload icon. Media Upload allows you to browse to a file on either your device or a network share, by selecting the file.
  5. 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. 
  6. A progress bar will indicate your file being uploaded and confirm when it is finished.
    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 (separated by comma). DeakinAir's in-built search tool hunts for the keywords used in the video asset's tag field.
  7. Fill in the metadata required for each video.
  8. When metadata has been added select the Save icon at the bottom of the page. You can view your video by using the Go to Media icon or go to a list of your videos by using the Go to My Media icon.
  9. Alternatively you have the option of saving the file and uploading another file.
  10. DeakinAir confirms the action and also generates a unique URL to this file. (for PC: CTRL + C , for Mac: CMD + C) and paste this into a website, your DeakinSync Portfolio or a dedicated Assignments folder setup for your video assignment.Embed code
    Note: The embed code is 'context sensitive' i.e. depending on the type and size of player that you select, the embed code will automatically adjust accordingly. There are 3 types of media player available:
    (i) basic streamed format with no download option (default)
    (ii) basic streamed player with download option
    (iii) basic streamed player with Copyright 'bumper video' that is automatically added to your video in the event that you have included any 3rd party or broadcast content.
    Please take direction from your tutor/lecturer as to their preference for receiving your video content.

Note: If you're sharing your video via your Portfolio, use the following steps:

  1. Click on Portfolio from the navigation bar and click on My Items.
  2. Click Add then select Web Document.
  3. Click on the Insert Stuff button then select Enter Embed Code.
  4. Paste (for PC: CTRL + V , for Mac: CMD + V) in the embed code of your video in the field.

Contribute content via a webcam

If you have a webcam built into your notebook, or as a peripheral to your desktop PC/MAC, or even your iPad, you'll have the ability to create a very short, introductory video 'on the fly'.

  1. Go to DeakinAir web site.
  2. Login to DeakinAir using your normal Deakin credentials.
  3. At the top right-hand side of the screen click on Add New and select CaptureSpace.
  4. In the Launch Application box click on OK.
  5. Choose whether you wish to use your webcam and microphone only, record your screen only, or a combination of the two. Recording will start automatically in 5 seconds.
  6. Use the recording timer to keep track of how long the recording has been going. When you have finished select Done.
  7. You will be given a preview of your recording. In this section, you can Trim and Chop the video, as well as adding Titles and Credits. Click Done.
  8. Fill in the relevant metadata for the video. Use a descriptive file name. Check with your Faculty teaching and learning team for Faculty file naming conventions. Enter a description of the video, tags which will be helpful for searching and grouping like videos together. You can select Upload, Preview or Save, and your recording will be saved to DeakinAir.
  9. You can then view your video in the My Media section of DeakinAir.
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