Information Technology Services

Media & Video

Many services are available to assist you with building more media-rich content for the classroom, web site or other marketing needs.

Conferencing and Sharing

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect services will end May 15, 2020, upon expiration of the contract. The new video and web conferencing services solution, Zoom, is available now for all Minnesota State employees and students. During the 2019-2020 academic year, both Adobe Connect and Zoom will be available to you and we encourage you to begin using ZoomFor information on using Zoom, see the Guide to Zoom Web Conferencing.

Any recordings that are stored in Adobe Connect that you want or need to keep should be downloaded before May 15, 2020.

Adobe Connect help:

Digital signage

Login to Digital Signage

(Users must have an assigned account in order to login.)

Digital signage replaces traditional signs with electronic signs such as LCD or plasma panels.

  • Content can range from campus-related information, announcements and entertainment to upcoming events.
  • Content can be scheduled and updated.

Screen Locations

  1. Administrative Services
  2. Atwood Memorial Center
  3. Halenbeck Hall and Pool Area
  4. Centennial Hall
  5. ISELF
  6. Wick
  7. Education Building
  8. Performing Arts Center
  9. Stewart Hall
  10. Stewart Hall TV
  11. Brown Hall
  12. Medical Clinic and Pharmacy
  13. Res Life, Case Hill
  14. Res Life, Mitchell
  15. Res Life, Shoemaker
  16. Res Life, Sherburne

Users/Requests

Those without RealEyes accounts and wanting to post information using digital signage should submit a request via the University Communications Digital Signage Request Form. Fill out the “General Information” and “Design Services Needed” sections of the form.

Users that have a RealEyes account can login at https://www.realeyesdisplays.com/wordpress/client-login/ with their assigned ID and password and create slides using the RealEyes software. After creating the slide, they must use the University Communications Digital Signage Request Form to begin a workflow for getting the slide reviewed and posted to the screens. Fill out the “General Information” and “Slide Review: RealEyes User Account Required” sections of the form. For RealEyes software training, contact digitalsignage@stcloudstate.edu.

Make posting requests at least one week in advance. Please plan accordingly. Direct questions to digitalsignage@stcloudstate.edu.

Content Guidelines

  • Advertised events must be open to all of the SCSU community.
  • Content must be directed to the St. Cloud State University community and have a named campus sponsor.
  • One slide per event or notification displayed at a time.
  • Messages promoting weekly or monthly meetings are not permitted.
  • Messages promoting events at bars or promoting alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Audio is not available.
  • Do not use video or animation.

Specifications

  • Use a minimum of text/information as the slide is displayed for 10-15 seconds. Include only brief pertinent information: what, when, where, admission cost, sponsor, etc.
  • Signage design must be:
    • Proportions of 16 x 9 (widescreen)
    • LANDSCAPE orientation
    • JPG, PNG or GIF file types can be uploaded to Image Catalog to be used as visual assets when creating slides (logos, graphics, photos) or for slides created in applications outside of RealEyes.
    • Include sponsoring department logotype
    • Follow St. Cloud State University Brand Guidelines.
    • Name the slides with reference to the university department and the end date for when the slide should no longer to be displayed. Example: “honors-promotion-10may2017”.

Slide Examples

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Best Practices

What does the viewer absolutely need to know?

  • Content must be simple, bold, legible and brief.
  • Use simple, concise text for quick comprehension.

Choose simple fonts.

  • Select large, bold fonts that can be easily read from a distance.
  • Use all caps for emphasis only.

Use vibrant color!

  • Dark backgrounds are easy on the eye.
  • Outlines or drop shadows can increase readability.

Contrasting colors!

  • Using contrasting colors make the message pop.

Let the image do the talking.

  • “Reading” graphics takes less concentration than text.
  • Graphics minimize language barriers.

Questions/Assistance

Contact digitalsignage@stcloudstate.edu.

MediaSpace

Kaltura MediaSpace is a cloud-based web service that converts and distributes video, audio, and other media formats. MediaSpace includes Kaltura Personal Capture, a desktop recording and capture tool, and Kaltura REACH, a free machine-based captioning and editing tool.

Upcoming transition to Minnesota State version of Kaltura MediaSpace:

In the continued effort to align services within Minnesota State, St. Cloud State University will soon be transitioning to Minnesota State’s version of Kaltura MediaSpace. St. Cloud State’s version of Kaltura MediaSpace is still available. We expect that D2L will integrate with Minnesota State’s version in early fall 2019. Initially, we expect minimal impact to users and will communicate when we have more information. We encourage you to start using Minnesota State’s version of Kaltura MediaSpace.

To access St. Cloud State University’s version of MediaSpace, go to: https://scsu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/ (login with StarID and password)

How to guides from SCSU:

How-to videos provided by Kaltura:

MediaSpace help:

Skype for Business

Skype for Business is a web conferencing tool available through Microsoft Office to faculty, staff and students. It supports collaboration between up to 250 people for IM, voice, or video calls on a variety of computing devices. You can present your screen or give control to others to share their screen.

For more information, see Microsoft’s online Skype for Business training.

Zoom

Zoom is Minnesota State’s new online web conferencing system and collaboration tool open to students, faculty and staff. It provides multimedia capabilities that can be used for many activities such as interactive classes, group work, online office hours and meetings.

You can find self-service guides at the Zoom Help Center or watch some of the Zoom Video Tutorials. If you need something more directed, attend one of live training sessions provided by Zoom. Pick a date/time that works for your schedule at https://zoom.us/livetraining. Additional training opportunities are listed on St. Cloud State University’s knowledgebase article on Zoom and will be communicated monthly through SCSU Announce.

Zoom Help

Production Support

Graphic design/multimedia

Designers work with faculty and staff to create graphics for courses, publications, presentations and poster sessions along with developing electronic presentations and PowerPoint.

For assistance, contact web@stcloudstate.edu.

Video and media production

The Media Systems team provides technical and production support for instructional applications of video and graphic needs for faculty and staff.

Requests are subject to availability of personnel and equipment and require lead time before the event:

  • Single-camera recordings: 3 working days
  • Multi-camera recordings: 10 working days

Signed release forms are required for all presenters and speakers that will be recorded.

Contact itsworkeffort@stcloudstate.edu for video project requests and release forms.

Video/audio captioning

Captioning of video/audio materials is necessary to make content accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. Captions are text displayed on the screen to represent what is being said, as well as important sound cues.

To see if your video already has a captioned version available, contact Rachel Wexelbaum in the Library's Collection Management area.

If a captioned version is not available:

  • For instructional audio/video materials, captioning support is available. Submit a request for captioning.
  • For general campus and other non-curricular web videos, Kaltura MediaSpace has machine captioning available. (See MediaSpace section above.)