Upload Video Files to Ares - allow for streaming
This has being coming up a lot of us recently where faculty are actively asking for streaming versions of things. The problem we face is that we don’t have a great place to host streaming files at the moment. We are mostly using licensed streaming content from Swank or Kanopy, but we have run into issues with things we need to host locally. We have used Avalon and Panopto as solutions for hosting streamable content, but neither solution are ideal for us at the moment. It would be great if we could upload streaming content to Ares directly, much like we do with scanned content.
Allen Jones commented
Jennifer Cotton commented
We're using Sharestream to host content that's encoded for streaming, but I'm not the biggest fan of the product. (My team inherited streaming media reserves from a different group, as it used to be run completely separately from the rest of course reserves.)
It would fill me with joy if there were a way to host streaming content in Ares (that would allow us to restrict the viewing to members of the course and to prevent downloads). Currently we've moved the requesting for streaming media reserves into Ares, because it's much easier for us and the instructors to track where things are in the process, and we're linking to licensed streaming content (e.g. Kanopy, Films on Demand, Alexander Street Press) in Ares. But for streaming material that we're hosting, the completed Ares requests just direct users to the separate streaming media module in the LMS. It's better than things were (at least instructors can see their in-process requests, and the students can see the listing for all the class materials in one place), but it's not as streamlined as I would like to see things, for us or our users.
Riha Prophet commented
If I upload a .mp3 file I don't want students to be able to download it.
Allen Jones commented
if there were conditional tagging on documentFormat or ItemFormat, we could launch specific players based on media type. it seems we should be able to check for more than just ISNULL or EMPTY, but should have some true conditional logic (<conditional if i.doucmentType = 'H264.Video'><player html></conditional>. this would be great for any rich media player OR object/embed tag for videos held at other content providers like alexander street press. we dont want to send users away from the course site to view content.