At the beginning of the pandemic-related restrictions in March 2020, a workable solution for storing and retrieving lecture videos had to be created quickly and easily. With TUpeertube, a solution was found and set up in the shortest possible time, despite the most adverse conditions and all the limitations of the platform. However, videos with more sensitive content such as recordings of internal events, conferences or meetings could not find a suitable home there due to the lack of an authorization system.
It quickly became evident that a permanent and viable solution would replace the existing system in the medium term. And now the time has come: TU Wien has a new video platform called TUbe, which can be accessed at https://portal.tuwien.tv/, opens an external URL in a new window. Technically, it is based on the software Digital Media Library from Planet eStream and runs in the MS Azure Tenant of the TU Wien (Germany West Central). The platform can now be used by all TU members. You can log in at any time with your upTUdate login and view and upload videos - students can access with their TUmail and the associated password.
From very private to public
Depending on your permissions, you can share videos with individually selected users of the platform, make them accessible to the entire TU or share them with external - anonymous - users. Special macros have been developed for the platforms TU coLAB, TUwiki and for the TU website so that you can also embed and display your videos here.
Search and find
TUbe offers several ways to make your videos easier to find. For example, use meaningful metadata to facilitate searching for others. You can add private notes to your recordings and also comment on other people's recordings. Create playlists to group videos by topic. Chapters help to find your way in long videos. The assignment of your recording to one or more categories is automatically displayed in the respective overview pages.
Here's how we will proceed
In the next expansion step, TUbe should not only get a new look & feel, but also a publicly accessible area - so you can decide whether your media can also be viewed without registering, or should only be available within TU Wien. Extensions and features are planned in cooperation with other Austrian universities that use the same software. And the German translation of the interface is also being done together with WU Wien, opens an external URL in a new window, Vienna Medical University, opens an external URL in a new window and UWK, opens an external URL in a new window - the UWK is also already using the platform operated by the TU Wien as an inter-university shared service.
TUbe Support & Trainings
Due to the variety of options and features that are available to you with TUbe, training courses on different topics are offered on an ongoing basis. All dates can be found in the overview on TUbe training dates, opens an external URL in a new window. There is a separate channel in TUchat (#videodrome), opens an external URL in a new window where you not only get timely answers from the video team, but you can also exchange ideas with other users of the platform. We supplement the knowledge base, opens an external URL in a new window set up specifically in TU coLAB, which is constantly being expanded and updated, with English-language training courses, opens an external URL in a new window offered by the software manufacturer Planet eStream. If you have any further questions about the platform, please contact email@example.com, opens in new window.