Streaming Media Server

Since January 2006, Academic Technology has operated a streaming media server for the ETSU community. It currently serves over 64 different campus units.

Materials submitted must conform to the university's goals, mission, and values, and comply with ETSU's acceptable use policy.

The media server is an excellent resource for online courses. Once we receive a video or audio file from an instructor and load it on the server, we send the link for accessing the file back to the instructor who then enters it into their online course. D2L's term for this is a "QuickLink". When students click on the link, the server then streams the audio or video content to their computer.

If you're interested in taking advantage of the media server, you can send us files by using the campus dropbox utility which you can launch by clicking here. The campus dropbox utility requires that you specify the recipient's email address. It's usually a good idea to send files to both Jim Fulbright (FULBRIGJ@ETSU.EDU) and Daniel Gibson (GIBSONDV@ETSU.EDU).

Of course, we're always glad to have people drop by our office in the Sherrod Library, Room 118, so feel free to come by and drop off your files on a CD or DVD.

The media server is a Windows server, which limits the types of files that it can work with. However, we understand that everyone can't typically send us files only in specific formats, so we commonly convert the files that we receive into the formats that the server will accept.

Most people send us audio files in .WMA, .WAV, or .MP3 format. The server wants to see audio files only in .WMA format, so we can convert the file into that format. Similarly, the server wants to see video files only in .WMV format, so if we receive .AVI or .MPG files, we can usually convert them as well.

Incidentally, many instructors use PowerPoint presentations in their classes, and they're very useful teaching tools. The server can't accept a typical PPT file, but we can convert either a narrated or un-narrated PowerPoint presentation into a video file that can be used in an online class, so this type of file can be used as well.

For people with Mac computers, you can usually access files on the media server with no difficulty by installing the Mac version of Windows Media Player.

If you need help with a streaming media file, click here.