Video On Demand (VOD)

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          General Information on the Video on Demand System

          Access the Video on Demand System here. This is a password protected site. You must have a UC Hastings username and password to enter the Video on Demand system.

          If you do not have this information, contact your professor. The Media Services video recording space is located in the 198 Building, Room 307D. This space is reserved for videotaping of Negotiation/Mediation/Arbitration and Roles & Ethics classes and is open during normal business hours. Holiday hours are usually posted on the front doors of the 198 building.

          1. All video recording of student negotiations will take place in Room 307D.
          2. Professors are not required to reserve blocks of time in advance through Media Services.
          3. Scheduling the room is self-service. A blank schedule divided into one-hour increments is posted on the Room 307D door. Students sign up for the room using this schedule. Scheduling is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and is done solely on the honor system via this sign-up method.
          4. Video recording is self-service. Media Services has posted detailed recording instructions in the room. The camera and microphone are mounted and set, so students are only required to log on to the Video on Demand server and recorder system (using the provided PC) and input their data into the appropriate fields, and then click the Record button (detailed instructions are included at the end of this document). A campus phone is located in the room for consulting Media Services in the case of equipment problems.
          5. Students do not need to use videotapes - Media Services has just installed a new Video on Demand server system. The VCR's located in the rack are for emergency/back up use only. Students will record all exercises to the Video Server, and download to their computer for viewing. Detailed instructions for students will be posted in the room.
          6. Viewing of recordings by professors for teacher/student conferences:
            Recordings can be viewed by downloading the video file to a computer from the CNDR webpage. The instructions below on how to view recordings can be distributed to your students.

          Instructions for Viewing Videos on the Video Server

          The Video On Demand [VOD] system allows students to record simulations and then automatically download the recording from the Hastings website from any computer with Windows Media Player. It is better to download files from the VOD system during off-peak hours.

          1. Things you will need to play the files:
            • A computer with a soundcard connected to speakers or headphones. If you have a notebook computer, turn up your speaker or use headphones by plugging them into the headphone jack. On a PC, make sure your speakers are connected.
            • The latest version of the Windows Media Player. It can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft website.
          2. To access the files:
            • Navigate to the CNDR webpage, and click on the VOD Downloads link.
            • Enter in the User Name and Password information
            • Videos are sorted alphabetically (ascending) by instructor name. You can search for the video you want by using the CTRL-F command in your browser.
            • When you find the video you want to watch, you can either download it to your hard drive or watch it directly using a media player - the latest version of Windows Media Player is recommended (Real Player will also work, but not as well).
          3. To download the video:
            • Right click on the link and select the "Save Target As..." option.
            • Choose a location on your computer, and rename the file so that it makes sense to you (the file name will be a string of numbers). Files will be fairly large, so it is recommended that you download during low network traffic times: after 4pm weekdays and weekends.
            • You can now open the file with Windows Media Player and view it.
          4. To watch the video directly:
            • Left click on the link. If your media player is set-up correctly, clicking it should launch the Windows Media Player and start playing the video as soon as it loads enough of a buffer - this usually takes about 20 seconds, depending on available network bandwidth. Again, it's better if you use the network during off-peak hours (see above).
            • If your browser doesn't automatically launch the Windows Media Player when you left-click on the link, you'll need to associate the .wmv file type with the player. This is a two-stage process. First you have to tell the player to play the file, and next you have to make sure the file is selected to launch the player.
          5. To set up your Windows Media Player for watching the video directly:
            • Launch Windows Media Player
            • Right click on Now Playing
            • Select the Tools drop-down menu
            • Select Options
            • Select the File Types tab
            • Make sure the check box labeled Windows Media Video file is selected (it should have a checkmark), if it isn't, check it by left-clicking
            • Click OK
            • When you've completed these steps, try clicking on the file again.
          6. If it still doesn't launch the player, proceed to the next steps:
            • Search you hard drive for a .wmv file. Do this by launching Windows Explorer (right click the Start menu and choose Explore), select the search function and type in "*.wmv" (leave out the quotations) in the file name box
            • After finding a .wmv file, right click on the file and select the Open With pop-up menu
            • If the Windows Media Player icon isn't visible, you'll have to select Choose Program ... and select it in either the Program window or browse for it by hitting Browse
            • Hit OK after selecting the program

            Windows Media Player should now launch automatically when you left-click on the link.