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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 CloudDeakin 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.

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.

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. Playlists can be created to segment longer video sequences.

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 Handbrake, a free to download software.
  • Use Handbrake to re-encode the video in mp4 format.
  • If video is very large (file-size) reduce the Avg Bitrate(kbps) and/or Target Size (MB) in the quality settings of Handbrake.
  • Do NOT change any other settings in Handbrake unless you know exactly what you are doing.

Browse

  1. Go to DeakinAir web site.
  2. The home page will load. Simply select the Play button hovering over the image to play the video. Content is streamed direct to you with optimal speed 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.

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.
    Conditions of Use of DeakinAir
  4. Login to DeakinAir using your normal Deakin credentials.
  5. Click on Add New and select Media Upload.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. A progress tab will indicate your file being uploaded to the DeakinAir server.
    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.
  9. A progress tab will confirm your file has been uploaded to the DeakinAir server.
  10. You have the option of saving the file and associated metadata, or uploading another file.
  11. DeakinAir confirms the action and also generates an unique URL to the file.
  12. By clicking on the Go to media page link, you'll be taken to the page and served the video you just uploaded.
  13. You'll have the options of:
    • viewing that video via the DeakinAir media player (simply click Play)
    • copying the URL for the video from the browser's address field, and sharing this with your tutor/lecturer or peers
    • selecting the Get Embed Code tab from below the video.
  14. From the Get Embed Code tab, you'll be able to get the embed code and paste this into a website, your CloudDeakin ePortfolio or a dedicated Dropbox setup for your video assignment.
    Get Embed Code tab
    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.

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. Navigate to and select the Login link.
  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. Login to DeakinAir using your normal Deakin credentials.
  5. Click on Add New and select Webcam recording option.
  6. A new DeakinAir interface will load with a dialogue box requesting your permission for the application (media.dekain.edu.au) to use your camera and microphone.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To stop recording, simply click in the recording frame.
  10. DeakinAir will give you the option to either save the webcam recording, or resume recording. Before doing so, please ensure that you complete the required fields with Name, Created By, Description and Tags before saving the file. File properties (metadata) - it is important to give your video file a logical, meaningful name, note who created it, a brief description and very importantly, some logical, meaningful tags (separated by a comma). DeakinAir's in-built search tool hunts for the keywords used in the video asset's tag field.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 above.

Create 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 DeakinAir web site.
  2. Login using your standard Deakin credentials.
  3. Click on My Playlists link in the navigation menu. My Playlists page will load.
  4. To create a playlist, browse to a piece of 'public' content in DeakinAir, or go to My Media and select the Add to Playlist button.
  5. In the Add New Playlist field, enter a name for the playlist you wish to create and click Add.
  6. DeakinAir confirms creation of the new Playlist.
  7. You then 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 CloudDeakin ePortfolio.
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