Lancaster eStream is used for hosting and streaming online videos, and is integrated with Moodle. To access eStream, go to estream.lancaster.ac.uk and log in using WebLogin.


Training videos

It's really important to remember privacy when screen recording in eStream and other tools that support this functionality. Remember - when you record your screen - everything that appears on your screen is recorded and will be visible to people who watch that video. Best practice is to ensure you close down other apps, particularly Microsoft Outlook, other email and messaging apps, to ensure no private correspondence or other private data is recorded

Accessibility

To add captions to an eStream video, you can either use the audio transcription service, or upload your own SRT file - see instructions below.

 Adding captions to eStream

eStream now allows you to submit your video to audio transcription services to automatically generate captions. To do this:

  1. Go to the uploaded video on eStream which you have captions for and click on it.
  2. Go to Manage Subtitles then click Submit to Audio Transcription Services
  3. The video will be sent to Mozilla for transcription, after which your captions will be ready for use. The process can take up to 2 days.


You can also manually upload captions to your video. To do this:

You will need a .srt file to upload captions (subtitles) to your eStream video.

  1. Go to the uploaded video on eStream which you have captions for and click on it. Go to More > Manage Subtitles > Upload Subtitles (.srt).

  2. Find your saved captions(subtitles) on your computer and click Choose.

  3. Your captions are now saved and will appear on the video (even if the video has been previously embedded or linked elsewhere).


Captions can be edited if required in the Manage Subtitles area by selecting Go to Subtitle Editor.


Frequently asked questions

 How do I upload videos to eStream?

  1. When signed in to eStream and on the home page, on the top bar, click Create > Upload.

  2. Click Upload Video or Audio Files and choose the chosen file to upload (or simply drag the video from your desktop/folder).

  3. Enter the details for the video before upload (name, description). You can also make the video private by ticking the Private box (making it invisible to the public on the eStream homepage).

    eStream Upload page
     
    1. If you are uploading a recording from Zoom, choose Alternative (for videoconference recordings) as the Media Profile.
    2. If you are uploading for international use,choose Medium as the Media Profile.



  4. Click Select Categories and choose a relevant category for the video.

  5. Click Confirm Selection > Confirm and select Start Upload.

  6. Once the upload is complete, a link will appear taking you to the video.




 How do I embed eStream videos on the web?
  1. Find the video you wish to embed on eStream.

  2. Go to Share > Share by Embedding.

  3. If you wish to embed to the video in an email, or just as a link, on Create Web Link, simply copy the link provided and paste it wherever you wish.

    eStream embed options

  4. If you wish to embed the video as a ‘frame’ so it can be viewed within a web page, click on Create Embed Code and copy the line of code that starts with <iframe> and ends with </iframe>. Feel free to edit the resolution of the video (size), but the default resolution is usually fine.

  5. Now go to wherever you wish to embed the video (for example, the Lancaster University CMS). Find the page you want to embed the video on go to Contents.

  6. Scroll down to where you can see the page content and click Edit HTML Source (or any other button to access the page in HTML format).

    CMS content editor
     
  7. Once the HTML Source Editor is open, choose where you want to place the video and paste the embed code from the eStream page.

    HTML Source Editor in CMS

  8. Click Update and save the changes on the CMS page as you normally would, and your video will appear on the site on the CMS’ regular refresh cycle.

    Embedded video in CMS 




 How do I add subtitles to eStream videos?

eStream now allows you to submit your video to audio transcription services to automatically generate captions. To do this:

  1. Go to the uploaded video on eStream which you have captions for and click on it.
  2. Go to Manage Subtitles then click Submit to Audio Transcription Services
  3. The video will be sent to Mozilla for transcription, after which your captions will be ready for use. The process can take up to 2 days.


You can also manually upload captions to your video. To do this:

You will need a .srt file to upload captions (subtitles) to your eStream video.

  1. Go to the uploaded video on eStream which you have captions for and click on it. Go to More > Manage Subtitles > Upload Subtitles (.srt).

  2. Find your saved captions(subtitles) on your computer and click Choose.

  3. Your captions are now saved and will appear on the video (even if the video has been previously embedded or linked elsewhere).


Captions can be edited if required in the Manage Subtitles area by selecting Go to Subtitle Editor.

 How do I monitor engagement with eStream videos?

Lancaster eStream has statistics for each video available through the eStream portal. Navigate to the video and click Item Stats. This will then take you to the stats screen for that video.

Screenshot showing item stats option

If your video is shared using Moodle, it may be more accurate to report through Moodle activities rather than the video on eStream, as ‘embedded content’ does not always register the username of the viewer (rather ‘guest view’).