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 is Minnesota State's 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.

A short video on accessing Minnesota State’s web conferencing system is available for viewing.

For additional questions, meeting help or a computer system check, see Web Conferencing Powered by Adobe Connect.

For other questions or for assistance with recording an Adobe Connect session, contact Reuben Wagenius.

Please note: Adobe Connect service will end May 15, 2020. Zoom will be available for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, both Adobe Connect and Zoom will be available to you. 

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. Health Services Clinic
  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.

Listed below are some helpful how-to videos provided by Kaltura:

For assistance, contact d2l@stcloudstate.edu

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 will be available for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, both Adobe Connect and Zoom will be available for use. Adobe Connect service will end May 15, 2020.

Check back soon for more details and online opportunities to learn about Zoom. 

Questions or demonstration requests can be sent to Reuben Wagenius.

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.)