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.

 Direct Link

u:stream administration tool

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



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 and
  • whether you can download the recordings.

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.

Currently, different players with different technical requirements are being used. If you have problems with playing a recording, please check whether your device fulfils all the technical requirements under Playing a recording or live stream.

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.

Lecture halls with u:stream equipment

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

  • 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 1: Lecture Hall 1; Althanstrasse 14, 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 administration tool. 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

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.
  • Do not move outside the selected frame.
  • Do not turn off the lights in the blackboard area.

For further information, see the How-to videos in the relevant user guides.

Selecting sources

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

Recording lecture series

The streaming service is available for lecture series without any restrictions. For further information, see the user guide Anmeldung und Verwaltung (Registration and administration, in German).

Creating chapters

u:stream will automatically create chapters allowing the viewers to jump back and forth in the recording. For further information, please see the user guide Wiedergabe (Play, in German).

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 the link to the recording manually

u:stream will send you a link to every recording via e-mail within 24 hours at the latest. This link takes you to a website with the recording. 

You have to make the link available to your students manually after every teaching unit. For instance, you could publish it on the e-learning platform Moodle. By clicking on the link, students can then listen to or watch the audio or video file. However, they cannot download it.

For further information, please see the user guide 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).


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.