Media format conversion and reproduction
At Learning Environments, we can convert media to and from a number of different formats, helping University staff give their students better access to educational resources.
We currently offer the following services:
- Video to digital media: We can capture most video formats and transfer to digital formats.
- Audio to digital media: We can transfer audio content from analogue to digital formats.
- Video and audio duplication: We can duplicate all video formats and standards (PAL, NTSC, SECAM) and all audio formats.
If the program you want to convert or reproduce has been broadcast on commercial television, there may already be an existing digital resource that you can use. See TV and radio recording below for more information.
These services are available to any authorised University of Melbourne staff member. You will be asked to supply a Themis code, and must comply with copyright legislation and guidelines.
Availability is subject to our staffing and resources.
Learning Environments operate an on-demand music streaming service for teaching and learning use by the Faculty of VCA and MCM. The service makes use of the University of Melbourne’s music license by providing streamed and downloadable music over the intranet to staff and students.
Staff from the Faculty of VCA and MCM who want to have CDs available online can contact their local representative librarian for help via the following emails:
Accessing via the web
From on-campus computers:
- Open streaming.unimelb.edu.au in a web browser.
- Enter your unimelb user name and password.
- Select the appropriate subject or playlist from the left hand side menu.
Embedding playlists in the LMS
Course coordinators can create and embed playlists from the streaming service in the LMS:
- Click on a playlist on the left hand side frame or create your own from the collection.
- In the bottom frame there is a dropdown list labelled More Actions. Select Share from the list.
- Copy and paste the URL provided. It will be in the form http://unimelb.subsonic.org/share/xXxXxx.
- In the LMS, from Build Content, select URL.
- Enter the name of the link and paste the URL provided.
- Enter a description if required, leave Open in New Window unchecked and Submit.
Because folders are regularly archived, your LMS link will only be accurate for the current semester. You will need to recreate the link if you want to use it again.
Accessing via mobile devices and third party applications
There is a wide range of free and paid apps from the Subsonic Apps page. The recommended iOS app for Subsonic is iSub, which works over UniWireless. It is currently not possible to connect via UniWireless on Android devices.
Questions about music streaming
- Why was music streaming set up?
To make better use of the tertiary music license, allow for greater access to the music reserve collection, and reduce the number of over-the-counter transactions for staff.
- Can I make suggestions for improvement?
We welcome feedback on services or improvements we may be able to offer.
- Is the service available 24/7?
While we aim to make it available 24/7, it is sometimes unavailable due to maintenance or technical issues. The current scheduled maintenance window is 5am to 7am. Average uptime for the service is 99.9%.
- Can the service host videos as well?
No. Although the Subsonic software can host videos, the University’s server hosts music only.
- Can I create my own playlist?
- Can I listen to music offline on my mobile device?
Many mobile applications for Subsonic have an ‘offline mode’, allowing you to listen to previously played songs when not connected to the internet.
- Can I change the look of the interface?
Users can change the look of the web interface under Settings > Personal.
- Can the entire music library collection be made available online?
Our current priority is digitising the highest use CDs from the library reserve.
- Can I share songs on Facebook or send links to my fellow classmates?
No, our license doesn’t allow that.
- Can I download music?
Yes, however due to the way this is implemented in Subsonic, it may take new users a few weeks before they see the download option appear.
TV and radio recording
Television broadcasts, films and education videos can now be sourced online and embedded into the LMS as streaming videos.
These sites can be searched for off-air programs, films or educational video:
If a program you require is found on either of these sites (or even if it is not), then a request can be made via email to Collection Development . If your request is approved, they will license the video and send you the HTML code for embedding into the LMS. Please allow up to two weeks for requests.
If you are currently using an off-air broadcast recording or commercial program from a VHS tape and want to use it online or play in a teaching space that has no VHS player, it needs to be first determined if an alternative digital source already exists. You can either search for it from the sites above, or contact Collection Development to assist with the search.
If an alternative digital source cannot be found and the item is an off-air broadcast recording recorded after 1990, the tape should then be delivered to the Video and Media Production team to perform the format conversion (charges may apply). The converted video file will then either be sent directly to the requestor for playback in class, or if intended for LMS delivery, sent to Collection Development to be uploaded to the Kanopy streaming system and incorporated into the library catalogue. There is no need to contact the Copyright Office as the Part VA licence allows format shifting from VHS to digital for recordings after 1990.
If an alternative digital source cannot be found and the item is either an off-air broadcast recording recorded prior to 1990 or a commercial program then Collection Development will contact the Copyright Office to determine if the item can be converted under a provision in the copyright act or if permission is required from the copyright owners to make a digital copy available. Once the Copyright Office has advised that the item to can be copied, the tape should then be delivered to the Video and Media Production team to perform the format conversion (charges may apply). The converted video file will then either be sent directly to the requestor for playback in class, or if intended for LMS delivery, sent to Collection Development to be uploaded to the Kanopy streaming system and incorporated into the library catalogue.
Please allow up to two weeks for recently aired programs to be made available online. For programs that require format conversion from VHS tape or additional copyright approval, this process may take longer.
All AM or FM radio recordings are done by specific request.
Australian podcasts and webcasts can be copied for educational purposes if they were originally ‘born’ as free broadcasts. See here for more information.
We offer media format conversion and reproduction.