Record from Webcam: End of Support for YouTube Webcam Recording

Video Everywhere in Blackboard

Bulletin/Advisory Information:

Google has announced that the webcam capture feature will not be available on YouTube after January 16, 2016.  Some users have reported that there are already issues with this tool not working properly in YouTube.  This will have an impact on Blackboard Learn’s Record from Webcam (Video Everywhere) feature, which uses YouTube’s webcam capture feature.  While users will be able to launch the Record from Webcam tool, they will be unable to directly record new videos from their camera within the Content Editor.

Users will still be able to choose recorded videos from their YouTube libraries and add them within the Content Editor after launching the Record from Webcam tool.  To do so, they should click on the “Browse” tab.  YouTube videos already embedded into a content item with the tool are unaffected by this change.  This change affects only the Record from Webcam tool in the Content Editor; the YouTube Mashup tool is not affected.  Blackboard is investigating additional solutions to address this change.

Workaround #1:

There are still a number of ways to upload video to YouTube for use within the Content Editor. 

Windows 8+ Users:

  1. Record video using the Camera Application
  2. Upload to YouTube

Mac OS X Users:

  1. Record video using Photo Booth
  2. Upload to YouTube

iOS and Android Device Users:

  1. Open the YouTube app from your device
  2. Record video
  3. Upload to YouTube

Once uploaded, a video can be selected for embedding into the Blackboard Learn Content Editor with the Record from Webcam tool by clicking the “Browse” tab.

Workaround #2:

  • Users using the Bb Grader app for iOS are still able to add video feedback when grading because the app does not use the YouTube Webcam Capture features.

More Information 

TechSmith Relay: Chrome Web Browser Warning

TechSmith Relay requires the Silverlight plugin within your browser for captioning and proper video encoding.   The Chrome web browser on both the MAC and PC no longer allows the Microsoft Silverlight plugin to run.     When you logon to TechSmith Relay many users report that some content is missing or that the Install Microsoft Silverlight badge is displayed. When you reinstall Silverlight in the Chrome browser, the issue still occurs.

More Information about Silverlight and Chrome.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3058254

Recommended Web Browsers for TechSmith Relay.

The following browser are recommended for TechSmith Relay and will allow the Microsoft Silverlight plugin to run.

  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari (latest version)
  • Microsoft Edge (latest version)

Contact me if you have any questions.

Karen Korstad
Faculty Technology Specialist
kkorstaed@miracosta.edu

TechSmith Relay: YouTube Video Captioning Alert

It has come to our attention that videos that were captioned with TechSmith Relay and published through the profile ‘Caption and Publish to YouTube.com – MCC’ do not publish to YouTube with the captions attached.  TechSmith is working to resolve this issue. We will update you again in January with further information as it becomes available.

If you captioned a video with TechSmith Relay between September 1, 2015 and today, and do not see your captions attached to your video in YouTube, contact me.  I may be able to extract the captions from the Camtasia Studio file that gets stored on the Relay server for your presentation in the .SRT format.  This file then can be attached manually within YouTube to your video.

Workaround Options

If you are creating a presentation with TechSmith Relay and plan to publish to YouTube you can use the following workarounds.

  1. Record your presentation as normal, and then caption it within TechSmith Relay.  Publish to YouTube.  If the captions do not appear, contact me with the name of your presentation and date of your presentation.  I will be able to retrieve the .SRT caption file for you to upload manually to YouTube.
    (Note: I will return from winter break on January 4, 2016 and will complete your request upon my return).
  2. Record your presentation as normal, and then log on to TechSmith Relay.  Click on your presentation and then click on the Preview and Submit tab.  Your captions will appear.  Click the Publish button without editing the captions.  You presentation will publish to YouTube.   Now you can add and create your captions directly in YouTube.
    1. Edit Captions in YouTube
    2. Creating Closed Captions in YouTube

Contact me if you have any questions.

Karen Korstad
Faculty Technology Specialist
kkorstad@miracosta.edu

Spring 2016 Blackboard Course Shells Available

Spring 2016 course shells are available on Blackboard at MiraCosta College.

As students enroll in your course on SURF they will appear in Blackboard within 1-2 hours Monday through Saturday.   Whenever you are ready, make your course available for student access. Course Availability.

Additional resources and information is available on the TIC Website.

Karen Korstad
Faculty Technology Specialist

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