Recording courses – u:stream

Via u:stream, teachers can effortlessly record their courses in selected lecture halls at the University of Vienna or broadcast them live on the internet. Teachers can decide independently whether they would like to use u:stream for their courses and how they make the recordings available.

Students can watch recordings of courses anytime and anywhere (for instance, on Moodle) and attend courses via a live stream.

 Note

New in winter semester 2021

A modernised version of the u:stream web interface went online in the lecture halls on 24.09.2021. This resulted in the following improvements:

  • 2 additional streaming layouts are available in the lecture hall (Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture).
  • Personal Series replaces the ad hoc stream (constant web livestream link, automatic delivery of the recordings).
  • u:stream now also uses single sign-on.
  • In a part of the lecture halls with u:stream equipment, the u:stream camera can now also be used for video conferencing systems.

The visual appearance of u:stream has been modernised, but the most important functions and workflows remain unchanged. More information in the user guides (in German). A recording of a webinar on hybrid teaching with u:stream is available in the Moodle Newsroom.

You can find more information on how to use the u:stream camera for video conferencing systems in the Moodle wiki.

 Direct Links

u:stream web interface

Use the form Lehrveranstaltung aufzeichnen – u:stream (Recording courses – u:stream, in German)

Students

Check the online offer of a course (u:find, Moodle) or ask the teachers

  • whether and how u:stream is used in a course,
  • where the recordings and/or live streams will be made available.

The recordings are not published in a centralised manner.

To watch the recordings and/or live streams you require no additional software and you do not have to register for the service.

You can find more information on the availability of recordings in the u: stream FAQ (in German).

Using u:stream for a course

If you teach a course at a lecture hall with u:stream equipment, you can register this course for u:stream as a teacher.

Until now, u:stream equipment was mainly installed in large, busy lecture halls. The devices are permanently installed. Mobile equipment is not available.

You can find more informatin in the u:stream user guides.
 

Lecture halls with u:stream equipment

For the following lecture halls, you can register your course for u:stream at any time:

  • NEW in the WiSe 2021: Alte WU: Audimax, Lecture Hall 1; Augasse 2–6, 1090 Wien
  • NEW in the WiSE 2021: UBB: Lecture Hall 1, Lecture Hall 2, Lecture Hall 3, Exercise Room 1.1, Exercise Room 1.2, Exercise Room 1.5, Exercise Room 1.6; Djerassiplatz 1, 1030 Wien
  • Main Building: Audimax, Lecture Hall 2, Lecture Hall 3, Lecture Hall 5, Lecture Hall 6, Lecture Hall 7, Lecture Hall 21, Lecture Hall 32, Lecture Hall 33, Lecture Hall 41, Lecture Hall 50; Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
  • Boltzmanngasse 5: Lise Meitner Lecture Hall, Ludwig Boltzmann Lecture Hall; Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna
  • Campus of the University of Vienna: Lecture Hall A, Lecture Hall B, Lecture Hall C1, Lecture Hall C2, Lecture Hall D; Spitalgasse 2–4, 1090 Vienna
  • Centre for Translations Studies: Audimax; Gymnasiumstrasse 50, 1190 Vienna
  • Erwin Schrödinger Institute (ESI): Boltzmann Lecture Hall; Boltzmanngasse 9, 1090 Vienna
  • Juridicum: Lecture Hall U10, Lecture Hall U11, Lecture Hall U18; Schottenbastei 10–16, 1010 Vienna
  • Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG): Lecture Hall I; Universitätsstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna
  • Observatory: Littrow Lecture Hall Astronomy; Türkenschanzstrasse 17, 1180 Vienna
  • Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz: Lecture Hall 1, Lecture Hall 4, Lecture Hall 6, Lecture Hall 11, Lecture Hall 13, Lecture Hall 14; Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna
  • UZA 2: Lecture Hall 3, Lecture Hall 8; Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna
  • Währinger Strasse 29: Lecture Hall 1; Währinger Strasse 29, 1090 Vienna
  • Währinger Straße 38–42: Joseph Loschmidt Lecture Hall; Carl Auer von Welsbach Lecture Hall; Währinger Strasse 38–42, 1090 Vienna

Log in as a teacher via the u:stream web interface. You will automatically see a list of the courses you teach.

Select the course of your choice and register it for u:stream.

For further information, please see the user guide Anmeldung und Verwaltung (Registration and administration, in German).

Creating a recording or live stream


Selecting sources and streaming options.

Select the sources for the recording or the live stream.You can record the presentation, the lecturer or both at the same time. You can also make audio recordings. You can change the selected sources and the camera position during the lecture.

Then, select the desired streaming option(s). You can choose between: 

  • Recording
  • Web live stream
  • Room2Room live stream

For further information, see the user guide Streaming im Hörsaal starten (Start live streams in the lecture hall, in German).

Tipps

Start a recording or live stream. Use the user guide Streaming im Hörsaal starten (Start streaming in the lecture hall, in German).

  • Always use the microphone provided at the relevant lecture hall. If several microphones are available, you are free to choose any one. 
  • If you use a microphone that is mounted on the lectern, do not move too far away from it. 
  • Start and end your recording shortly before and after your lecture. 
  • Repeat questions and contributions by students to ensure that they are audible in the recording. 
  • Use the pause function in case of longer interruptions.
  • Use the cursor of the PC or laptop to make students aware of elements in your presentation. The cursors will be recorded, whereas laser pointers or the like are only visible for students in the lecture hall.
  • If you use the camera, do not move outside the selected frame and do not turn off the lights in the blackboard area.

For further information, see the relevant user guides.

Making a recording or live stream available

Lecturers have several options of making their recordings or live streams available. It is the lecturer’s responsibility to decide which option s/he chooses.

Publishing a recording

u:stream will send you a link to each recording by e-mail within a maximum of 24 hours. The link leads to a web page with the recording.

You have to make the link available to the students manually after each lecture, for example by publishing it on the Moodle e-learning platform. The students can view the audio and video files linked there online

Alternatively, you can also publish all recordings of a course in an activity in Moodle. To do so, you only have to set up the u:stream activity in Moodle once per course. The individual recordings of the lecture series are automatically published in the activity during the semester. 

You can find more information in the user guides Aufzeichnung veröffentlichen (Publishing recordings, in German)

Publishing a live stream

You can choose from two different types of live streams:

  • Web live streams: Broadcast courses via the Internet
  • Room2Room live streams: Broadcast courses from one lecture hall to another

To publish web live streams or Room2Room live streams, please see the user guide Livestream durchführen (Broadcasting a live stream, in German).

 Note

As soon as you make recordings available, students can watch them with a player. Downloads are not offered by default. However, students can generate downloads of the recordings easily with the right software. The ZID cannot prevent this technically.

Access to published recordings is not password-protected. There is no technical monitoring of users accessing a recording or a live stream.

Playing a recording or live stream

To play the recordings or live streams you require no additional software and you do not have to register for the service. A player is being used. For more information, see user guide Wiedergabe (in German). 

u:stream support

Phone number: +43-1-4277-14294, in writing via Servicedesk


At the beginning of each semester, at least one u:stream information event takes place.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers counselling regarding didactics and copyright for teachers.

On the intranet, you can find further information about e-learning as well as e-learning and copyright.