Video hosting at the University of Melbourne

An overview of video hosting options for University of Melbourne staff.

Kaltura is the video management system for the University.

Kaltura should be used by departments for most teaching and learning purposes. Other options are listed below depending on the circumstances.


Television broadcasts, films and education videos can be sourced online and securely embedded into the LMS as streaming videos delivered from the Kanopy streaming platform.

Requests for films or television programs can be made via Collection Development.

Other examples of videos streamed through the Kanopy system can be found by visiting the Library Catalogue and searching for 'Kanopy'.

If you have an older existing off-air broadcast on VHS or DVD that can't be sourced from a streaming service then the video will need to be format converted (see below).


YouTube is a free video hosting platform that verified users can upload videos of many hours and GB's in size. Many faculties and departments are already using YouTube as way of promoting their area or distributing information to a public audience and can be found via the social media directory. The University's YouTube channel is used for hosting videos of official public lectures, special events and promotional videos.

YouTube should not be used for the delivery off-air television recordings, licensed educational videos or content that the user does not hold copyright. Even an 'unlisted' video on YouTube can still be seen if the URL is distributed which will often contravene copyright or privacy issues.


Vimeo is 'freemium' hosting platform that offers increased privacy options such as domain specific and embedding restrictions that can be utilised for content that needs to be kept behind University authentication systems. There are three tiers of pricing: free, Vimeo Plus and Vimeo Pro, the differences explained in the Vimeo upgrade page. In most cases, Vimeo Plus should suit most needs but heavy uploaders (up to 20GB/week) may need Vimeo Pro. Both Vimeo Plus and Vimeo Pro provide domain level security, such as allowing videos to be embedded only within secured pages hosted at the University.

Format conversion

Any VHS or DVD that has had copyright clearance and is required online for teaching and learning needs to be converted to a digital file and uploaded to an appropriate hosting platform for online delivery. Learning Environments provide either format conversion only or assist with hosting via a fee-for-service facility. They can also assist with older analog transfers such as 16mm film, video and cassette tape.

This page was last updated on 06 Jul 2021.

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