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A commencement ceremony

The Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) extends our heartiest congratulations to the graduands of 2016.

NUS Commencement 2016 was a special occasion for the graduates and their families as well as CIT.

We have been recording and streaming NUS Commencement ceremonies since 1999. This year was the first time that CIT streamed all 23 ceremonies live on the Internet in high definition (HD).

His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore and NUS Chancellor confers the Honorary Doctor of Laws on Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of the Singapore Parliament

Streaming in HD on the Internet posed many challenges. Each ceremony lasted well over two hours. So, CIT had to cater for multiple redundancies for its recording equipment and streaming infrastructure.

HD allowed friends and family to witness this event anywhere in the world in high clarity. This is invaluable and memorable for those who live overseas or could not attend the event in person.

Over 7,000 viewers watched Commencement 2016 live on the Internet.

Commencement venue - University Cultural Centre (UCC)

CIT also pre-recorded congratulatory messages from Deans and Professors in HD before Commencement. The messages were played back during Commencement 2016 ceremonies. The videos allowed Deans and Professors to deliver their wishes to the graduates and their families.

This year, 10,395 students graduated from NUS. Commencement signifies the beginning of new chapters in their lives. It also marks their status as NUS alumni.

Once again, congratulations to the Class of 2016!

CIT's staff in the UCC Control Room

Central Webcast Control Room

Central Webcast Control Room

A new centralised webcast lecture recording facility was launched in 1 November 2011. This new facility consists of 10 high-end recording stations which allows remote camera control and archiving operations. The stations can handle more than 80 hours of recorded webcast lectures per day.

Prior to the launch of this new facility, CIT was recording from a few satellite sites located at the Faculties and Schools. This new centralised recording room will help CIT to manage manpower more effectively and streamline its recording workflow.

U@live was the first live event to be made available via webcast streaming on mobile at NUS

U@live was the first live event to be made available via webcast streaming on mobile at NUS

CIT launched live event streaming on mobile devices. This was in conjunction with the U@live series. Previously, live event webcasts could only be viewed on desktop or laptop computers. With the launch of live event webcast streaming on mobile devices, the NUS community is truly untethered. Users can watch live event webcasts on iOS and Android mobile devices.

This semester, Chinese New Year will result in two days of lost lectures. This need not be the case. Using tools made familiar to you during previous eLearning Weeks, you can record lectures which your students can view at their leisure.

Pre-record a webcast
The simplest option is to pre-record your webcast. You can use the webcast request form to arrange to have your lecture recorded before the holiday and have it made available for viewing during and after the holiday.

Use Breeze
If you want to do-it-yourself, you can use Breeze (creation on Windows and PowerPoint only, viewing on Win/Mac/ Linux with the Flash Player plugin installed) to create standalone online presentations with audio narration, simple quizzes and interactivity. This will be available online to your students as a Flash-based presentation.

Use screen recording
Not using Windows or PowerPoint? Need to display a website or to demonstrate software? You can use screen recording software instead. Think of it as a virtual camera pointed at your computer screen. CIT provides Camtasia Relay and Ink2Go! for screen recording purposes. Both allow you to record your screen while you narrate. Camtasia Relay creates an online video while Ink2Go! creates a video file which should be uploaded to the Multimedia Bank in IVLE.

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NUS Galleria? NUScast? NUS YouTube? All of them deal with streaming video, so why are there three different services? This guide features each service and highlights the most appropriate uses for each of them.

NUS Galleria | galleria.nus.edu.sg

What is it?
NUS Galleria is a digital media repository which allows individual departments to permanently store and tag digital media assets such as corporate and informational videos and photographs. The aim of NUS Galleria is to keep a permanent record of digital media assets for NUS.

When to use it?
NUS departments should use NUS Galleria when they have good quality digital media assets that they will feel will be of value to NUS in the future.

NUScast | nuscast.nus.edu.sg

What is it?
NUScast is NUS’ webcast channel that streams live and recorded events, public and private seminars and webcast/podcast lectures.

When to use it?
If you have an event or seminar recorded and would like to stream it to NUS staff or students, then consider using NUScast service. All webcast lectures also come under NUScast.

NUS YouTube | www.youtube.com/nuscast

What is it?
NUS now has an official channel at the popular video sharing site YouTube. NUS YouTube is used to promote important events and seminars at NUS to all users and potential students.

When to use it?
If you want to generate more visibility to your organisation world-wide and have a constant stream of good quality events and seminars then you can consider using NUS YouTube.

To create your presence at NUS YouTube, you will need to seek CIT’s help.

Please note the comments function in NUS YouTube is switched on, so there may be comments on the videos.

All three media repositories work together to achieve specific objectives while at the same time providing flexibility to NUS stakeholders.

For a summary of these services, please download the video streaming services table.