Digital Media

August 10, 2015

Make Your Videos Accessible With Able Player

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Ensure your videos are accessible with the open-source Able Player, a fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player originally developed by UW-IT’s Technology Accessibility Specialist Terrill Thompson. Now available free from GitHub, Able Player supports closed captions, audio descriptions, interactive transcripts, chapters within video, variable playback rate and synchronized sign language.

July 9, 2015


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Are you a Puccini fan? Or perhaps Wagner is more your style. Whether you prefer Madama Butterfly or Don Giovanni, you can have the Metropolitan Opera right in your living room. Met Opera on Demand pro­vides stream­ing online access to over 500 Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera performances. Brought to you by UW Libraries.

June 15, 2015

UW Students and Faculty See a Place for Social Media in Learning

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UW students and faculty are interested in the potential use of social media as a learning tool, even as they worry it may be a distraction in the classroom, according to a 2014 survey about technology experiences at the UW and other universities.  The survey is conducted every spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT, and findings help inform UW-IT’s plans for improving the teaching and learning experience.

March 8, 2015

Creating Accessible Videos at the UW

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The benefits of adding captions to videos are highlighted in a new eight-minute UW-IT video featuring UW professors, students, and accessibility and IT specialists sharing their experiences. The video, Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education, shows that captions not only benefit those who are deaf or hard of hearing, but also help students for whom English is not their primary language, as well as support video search and interactive transcripts. Watch Captions and get more information about creating accessible videos.

February 9, 2015

MediaAMP Media Manager for Canvas Coming in March; Info Session Feb. 23

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UW instructors who use the Canvas learning management system for their courses will soon have more options for integrating audio and video content by using fee-based MediaAMP, the cloud-based content-sharing tool offered by UW-IT. This solution works well for people with existing media collections as well as for those who record content with Panopto, Camtasia, Mediasite and many other systems. For more information about MediaAMP Media Manager for Canvas, register for the Info Session on February 23 to see a demo of this and other digital media tools.

December 2, 2014

E-RESOURCE: Silent Film Online

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Love cinema? Then don’t miss the Silent Film Online database, which takes viewers to the foundations of modern cinematic technique and film theory. The more than 500 films in the database cover silent features, serials and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s. This e-resource is brought to you by University Libraries.

November 14, 2014

Get UW Computing Tips and More on YouTube

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A new two-minute video with tips on safeguarding your personal data and UW institutional information is now available on the UW-IT YouTube Channel. View the closed-captioned Top 12 Smart Computing Tips, created by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, for an entertaining reminder of how to keep your data safe. Note also two other videos on tech workshops and services specifically for UW students.

March 5, 2014

MediaAMP Offers Better Support for Online Courses

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MediaAMP, the UW’s cloud service for automating the management, storage and distribution of digital media, now offers even better support for online courses by working with UW lecture capture tools, the Canvas learning management system and UW NetIDs. UW Libraries is using MediaAMP to make its large video library of course reserves available for all three campuses, with UW NetID integration in the media player enabling restriction by course. Other UW academic units are turning to MediaAMP to manage their large collections of pre-recorded content that support online courses. MediaAMP provides FERPA and HIPAA compliance and now offers more detailed reporting and analytics.