External Media Ingest provides a simple way to include video and screen recordings capture with third-party tools in EchoSystem course delivery. This is quite useful for including field research recordings, chalkboard captures or professionally produced videos (among other cases) in courses. All media is processed into standard EchoSystem delivery formats and automatically published to RSS, iTunes U or the LMS.
External Media Ingest is available under certain license types. Please contact your account manager for further details.
There are three configuration options relvant to the use of this feature. Both are set at the System (Global Defaults) or Section level.
- Upload Quotas - Apply storage quotas to sections. Quotas limit the use of both External Media Ingest and Personal Capture if defined.
- Allow External Media Upload - Applies to Presenters. Allows user to access the External Media Ingest tab
- Configure Products - Applies to Presenters. Allows Presenter user to select which products to create upon upload (i.e. Vodcast, Full Rich Media). If not enabled the system will accept the section defaults.
Using the Feature
External Media Ingest is implemented as a web form on the Echoes > External Media Tab. Presenters and Administrators can use this form to select the section they want to process the media for, enter in some meta-data and then choose the file to upload. That's it! With 5 simple clicks the media will be processed and published. The documentation link below has a lot more detail.
The documentation includes a table of supported file types and formats. While EchoSystem may accept other file formats and "just work", formats not listed in this table are not officially supported. Over the next several months and subsequent releases we will be adding support for additional file formats. If you are using a format that is essential to your business and you don't see it listed here, please send us a sample. Likewise if you try out a format and want to report if it does or does not work you can do so by opening a support case.