Rob Thomas, Streaming Ltd.


  1. The “chapterization” feature…

The HML User Guide Version 2.5 from April 2013 says:

Using the chapter points feature –

To create a chapter point click on the Chapters button underneath the clip. Click on Add Chapter.

Set the clip playing, and when you reach the part where the chapter point should start, click Add Start Time. Let the clip continue playing (or seek to the point where it should finish) and then click Add End Time.

When the start and end time are set, give the chapter point and title and description then click Add Chapter.

Points of interest can be set on a clip in the comments section. If you like a specific part of the clip you can enter a comment along with the time of the part you like written as follows: @00:00:35. This will create a hyperlink which when clicked will take you to the 35th second in the clip and carry on playing it from that point.

The HML can now will create an embed code for just a chapter. Especially good news if it’s a long video.

2. Sub categories…

Really useful to know that Helix can do stats too. An institution can use this to see who’s watching which training videos. A Google Analytics code can also be entered into Helix. Go to Settings > Google Analytics then paste in the tracking code.

3. Online Sharing

There’re also social media sharing button for public access videos:

Helix 2013

4. Featured Media…

When uploading a video, an administrator has the ability to set a clip as “Featured” (which means it will be added to the carousel/coverflow on the home page). Adding Media > Details then select “Featured” from this tab.

Technology Update

Rob Thomas, Streaming Ltd.

Helix Webcaster allows for synchronisation of different sources into one video. Might it be a good lecture capture solution?  (Allows for archiving too. Can be streamed live at the same time…?)

Helix are working on a response to Blackboard’s “Video Anywhere”; web cam capture through a browser in Q3-Q4 2014. An end to YouTube/Google owning lecturer produced content in Blackboard!


It is important to try to submit issues to the Streaming team because the more people that say they want something the more likely Helix are to implement it.

(Apparently stenography is the art or practice of adding subtitles…)

Rob gives Flash years before it’ll fade away but it is “…dying a slow death…”

VLE integration is going to lead to “mushrooming” of video uploads and possible scalability issues…

User Presentation (or “How to get a black belt in origami”)

Nuala Davis, Newcastle University

Nuala said Newcastle’s policy isn’t to place the university’s Helix account in competition with the Vimeo and the YouTube account, in a sense this wouldn’t be helpful.

Nuala said that Newcastle had a bunch of .mov files that needed batch uploading and developed a XML script that allowed for this.

Helix Media Library Version 3 + New Blackboard Integration

Chris Dowlen

  1. Camtasia Relay…

Camtasia Relay is sold as a site license so available on all machines. Helix has a Camtasia Relay integration! It’s really useful for filming feedback. It’s possible to publish directly from Camtasia Studio (but only via Relay).

There’s also a mobile app which would help lecturers get module recorded content on to the HML more quickly and simply.

  1. Blackboard Integration (Building Block)…

The new building block can insert a custom ERA license notification as a caption on all OneLan recorded clips (there will also be support for radio recordings soon also).

There will soon be the ability to upload directly from Safari when using iOS devices, getting clips filmed directly on the device on to the server.

Camtasia Relay materials will soon be able to go into specialist categories so as to be previewed…

Students will soon be able to upload privately and securely to a designated lecturer as a Blackboard video assignment submission, without necessarily having a Helix account. The student is just required to create an account inputting their details this one time only.

HML now accessible from the MASHUPS BUTTON IN THE RICH TEXT EDITOR via LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability), and the student will be able to upload in the same way, not by selecting from existing videos (like the staff member can) but locally from their own device, either pre stored or from them recording footage using their device.

The lecturer can then view the video from the existing assignment file viewing pane, from the grade centre.

User Presentation

Phil Vincent, York St John University


Phil explained that YSJ have created an placed a range of support resources for students on the TEL website divided into four categories: planning; producing; making and sharing. These resources are comprised of good links to the JISC website and basic tutorials on how to use Windows Movie Maker, iMovie etc.

YSJ have also bought in and administer a range of iPad Apps including

  • Fuse
  • Coach’s Eye (Techsmith)
  • Explain Everything
  • Animoto
  • GoAnimate

Notes compiled by James Leahy VLE Content DEveloper – Regent’s University London.