Video Posting

When you upload a video you "own" it. You can afterwards change the owner of a video. You can also give access to other people to edit your videos by adding "Collaborators", see How to Add Collaborators.


Before you make a video publically accessible please make sure you have the speaker sign a release form Download doc. You may upload this form and keep it with the video. It will not be shown publically (see step #10)

Uploading videos on the SEAS video portal

1. Contacy help@seas.harvard.edu to request an account. Go to https://video.seas.harvard.edu to access the SEAS video portal.

2. At the top right of the homepage click on Guest to login. Enter your SEAS username and password. Once you are logged-in, your name will appear on that button.

3. Click Add New and then Media Upload.

4. Click Choose a File to Upload. The file can be at your computer or in an external drive. NOTE : we request that you limit the size of your file to 3GB by compressing your video, if needed. If you need to upload a larger video please email help@seas.harvard.edu

5. Wait for your video to be uploaded (there is a progress bar)

6. Fill out the following fields in the appropriate formats :

  • Name (mandatory) : Category Speaker YYYY-MM-DD. E.g. : "AP Shriram Ramanathan 2014-12-23" OR  "IACS Chris Wiggins 2014-10-31". For space efficiency please use abbreviation for Colloquium name, e.g. EE for Electrical Engineering. We want the date and name to show for search purposes. 

Please do not use the file name (ending in .mp4) that came with the video, as it is not descriptive enough and is not suitable for search purposes. We are trying to use standards.          

  • Description (optional but very helpful) : e.g. EE colloquium title: "A soft approach to electronics: from energy storage to mobile healthcare". Please do not use <html> tags. They do not render in the editor.
  • Tags (optional) : AP..
  • Date of recording : same as in title (again, this is date of recording, NOT date of upload).
  • Presenter : name of presenter, same as in title.

7. Videos can either be Private (visible only by you), Unlisted (visible by anyone who has been given the link) and Published (visible by the public in your area's category). 

At this point you need to wait for the video to be transcoded to various "flavors" before you can publish it in your area's category. So you may do either of two things :

  • Wait on the page until the Published button becomes available. Choose Published and a menu will appear with the various categories. Choose the appropriate one and hit Save.
  • Hit Save and go to #8.

8. An alternative way to publish, is to go to the top at your name and choose My Media. A list of the videos you "own" will come up. Click on the name/link of the video you want to publish.  A page with that video's details will come up where you can click on the drop-down menu Actions and choose Publish.

9. Check the Published button. A list of categories will come up. 

10. If you have made the video publically available, you will also have a release form. You can upload this and make it part of the video. A way to do this is : do #8 but on the Actions menu choose Edit. On the Edit page choose the tag Related Files. There you will find an Upload File button. Click on that, select File Type : "Documents" and click on Browse to choose a file in your computer.

A Note on the Unlisted button : choose this if you do not want your video to be public but to be seen only by people who have a link to it. After you choose Unlisted, a URL will come up and this is the one you need to distribute to the viewers.

For more detailed instructions please see the Kaltura User Manual.

If you need help contact help@seas.harvard.edu

How to embed videos from your Kaltura instance to Facebook 

1. Click on the video you wish to embed.
2. In the entry page underneath the player, click on share button. (See attached image)   
3. Copy the link to your clipboard. (See attached image)  
4. Post to your Facebook wall.

Bandwidth is monitored across all platforms wherever a Kaltura video is embedded, however it cannot be specified from where the bandwidth is coming from.

Editing Videos

Computing does not provide assistance with editing videos. Usually when you receive a video from Computing or the DCE or MTS it will be properly trimmed.

- Trimming inside the video.seas. portal

You can do basic trimming inside the video.seas. portal to the videos you own. 

1. Go to https://video.seas.harvard.edu to access the SEAS video portal.

2. At the top right of the homepage click on Guest to login. Enter your SEAS username and password. Once you are logged-in, your name will appear on that button.

3. Click on your name and then My Media. A list of the media you own - usually the ones you have uploaded - will appear.

4. Choose Edit next to the video you want to trim.

- Trimming with external tools

One tool for editing videos is MPEG Streamclip. All you need to do is import your video on the program, let it run, find your start point, and press "i" for in-point. Then, you want to find the desired end for the video and press "o" for out-point. Then go to "Edit" --> "Trim". That's it! Don't forget to "Save". You can also do some basic editing using this software.

MPEG Streamclip is available at : http://www.squared5.com

Converting videos from one format to another (no need if you are using video.seas.)

If you need to convert your video from one format to another, e.g. from flash to .mp4, one useful and easy tool is HandBrake. 

Handbrake is available at : http://handbrake.fr/

Embedding videos from our portal video.seas. to your webpage

There are two ways you can access videos that are stored in video.seas.harvard.edu from your website :

1. Provide a link to the video

1. Go to https://video.seas.harvard.edu to access the SEAS video portal.

2. At the top right of the homepage click on Guest to login. Enter your SEAS username and password. Once you are logged-in, your name will appear on that button.

3. Click MyMedia and then look for your video in the list.

4. Click on the video to bring it in a new page. On the bottom of that page is the Share button. After pressing that button, choose Link To Media Page and copy the link. That link you will then insert into your site as a regular link.

2. Embed the video

1. Go to https://video.seas.harvard.edu to access the SEAS video portal.

2. At the top right of the homepage click on Guest to login. Enter your SEAS username and password. Once you are logged-in, your name will appear on that button.

3. Click MyMedia and then look for your video in the list.

4. Click on the video to bring it in a new page. On the bottom of that page is the Share button. After pressing that button, choose Embed and copy the chunck of code (iFrame). Then proceed to enter the iFrame into your page. For help with that please contact your website administrator. 

It would look like this (if you cannot see anything, don't panic, just reload the page) :

PLEASE NOTE : We are not endorsing or providing assistance with any of the above tools. We have listed them here as a way to help you.