What is Mediasite?


Mediasite is a hosted video platform integrated at a majority of the State System schools. Mediasite allows faculty to provide video content for students to watch outside of the classroom or for online courses. Presentations are uploaded to cloud stroage where editing, organization, and sharing is completed. Users can then watch the video on demand anytime, anywhere. Kutztown's Mediasite is managed collaboratively by Information Technology and The Office of Distance Education.



Mediasite is similar to other video streaming services such as YouTube or Vimeo, but has distinct advantages. Advantages of Mediasite include:

  • Compatible with PC and Mac.
  • Mobile-friendly (compatible with iOS and Android).
  • Video is delivered via streaming (no downloading required).
  • KU Single-Sign On Authentication (no third party accounts necessary).
  • Videos are (by default) private to KU users for privacy (videos can be made public if necessary).
  • If a viewer leaves a video, playback will resume where the video was stopped.
  • Videos can be organized into channels to be shared via a single link (via D2L or email).
  • Accepts many video files (flash, MPEG, AVI, QuickTime/MOV, and Windows Media).


IMPORTANT: Before you are able to use Mediasite, you must request that your Mediasite account is activated by IT. Please send an email to helpcenter@kutztown.edu and wait for confirmation before attempting to create a recording.


Suggested Uses

  • online video lectures (missed classes, flipped classes, introductory materials, follow-up information, etc.)
  • verbalizing project instructions
  • student presentations outside of class time
  • artifact demos
  • software demos


Mediasite Components

There are three components to Mediasite:

  1. Media Upload - Mediasite is a video hosting solution that allows you to share streaming videos with colleagues or students. This prevents large file attachments in email or uploads to D2L. If you already have a video file that you want to share, you'll use the media upload feature of Mediasite.

  2. Mediasite Desktop Recorder - The Mediasite Desktop Recorder, or MDR, is a simple desktop recorder application that offers a simple workflow for recording narrated screen captures (presentations or other computer-based demonstrations). These videos can include the presenter in a "talking head" format and is similar to screen captures produced by Camtasia, Captivate, Jing, but have no time limit, licensing fees, or third party accounts.

  3. Lecture Capture - Mediasite Recording Equipment for traditional lecture capture is available in Stratton Admin 200. For more information please contact helpcenter@kutztown.edu. To request a time to create a recording, please complete the request form.


Mediasite Web Editor

MyMediasite includes a web based video editing application. The Mediasite Editor provides basic editing functions for trimming unwanted segments of a presentation and adjusting slide content. To access the web editor, open the summary page of any presentation and click the "Edit Video" button to the right of the preview window. For more advanced video editing, you will need to download the video to your computer and use a video editing software (Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Camtasia, etc.).


Mediasite Links

MyMediasite - https://kupmediasite.passhe.edu/mediasite/mymediasite

Mediasite Desktop Recorder Direct Download Link - http://kupmediasite.passhe.edu/mediasite/desktoprecorder


Quick Guide to Getting Started with Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR)

Below are the basic steps to getting started with Mediasite. For more information on Mediasite, see the Mediasite support articles. For assistance with Mediasite Desktop Recorder, contact Jared Green in The Office of Distance Education.


  1. Email IT Help Center (helpcenter@kutztown.edu) to request your Mediasite account.
  2. Download and the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR).
  3. IMPORTANT! After installing the software, return the the installation webpage to register the recorder to your account.
  4. Create a recording.
  5. Wait for email notification that the recording has processed.
  6. Access the recording on MyMediasite.
  7. Set the video status to "Viewable."
  8. Share the recording via D2L or email.