Law Media Center Procedures for requesting and viewing videos of law classes and other events

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About the Law Media Center

The Media Center of the law school offers a variety of audiovisual/computer services (materials, equipment, recording, playback, editing, document/file conversion and compression, etc.) for the law school community. Email lawmedia@wlu.edu, call 540-458-5870 or come see us for any audiovisual technology classroom needs. Our office is located in Lewis Hall 301, down the hall from the circulation desk.

Viewing Instructions for Videos Online

After logging in to the online portal, choose "All Videos" to see a list of videos you have access to. Note, the default limit may list only 10 per web page, but you can increase that number to view a larger list. Another method of finding a particular video is to use the Search function, located to the right of the "All Videos" icon. Click in the box and type the file name or a portion of the name.

Note - you must login once prior to us being able to record a video specifically for you. That is, the system won't know your username until you do.So logistically, the very first time you request a recording (and only that first time) it will be more efficient for you to login to the portal - then make the recording request.

Select a video by clicking the icon associated with it. For computers, the system uses the Adobe Flash player. If it is not on your computer, you should be prompted to download it from the Adobe website. Be careful to uncheck any add-ons Adobe may try to include, if you don't want them. Ipads, IPhones, Android players all use their native h.264 players - no add in should be required.

Note well. The search function will find a video from any tab, but to browse for all videos you have access to be sure to choose the "All Videos" tab. However you can (and you will) restrict the search to any particular 'category" you may have selected. Also note, the metadata information for the file date is the date the file was added to the system or the latest date some change was made to the file. For example, a file may be edited and the date will indicate the edited date, not the date of the recording. Most video file dates are included in the title - that is if the title is "VideoFile_14_08_15" it means the file was recorded on August 15, 2014.

Finally, you should be aware that any clips you create from or comments you make to a video file will be visible to all viewers who have permission to view the original file.

Class recording policy

Law Media has recorded classes in the law schools since 1976. The policy is that professors either give permission to have their classes recorded, or they require students to seek permission for each class recorded.

If permission is required, you must make the request to the professor and be certain to have that professor inform us by phone 540-458-5870 or email Lawmedia@wlu.edu to record the class for you. If you copy lawmedia on the request, we'll record the class but hold the release of it subject to approval unless the professor has instructed us not to do that.

When you make a class recording request, you'll need to be specific - what, when, where. If you are making a request on behalf of an event, we need to know if you want the recording restricted to a certain person or group.

Note - you must login once prior to us being able to record a video specifically for you. That is, the system won't know your username until you do. So, the very first time you request a recording (and only that first time) it will be more efficient for you to log in to the portal (you can then logout, you don't have to stay logged in) - then make the recording request.

How to Obtain Services

Reservations for media services should be placed with the Media Center: by email (lawmedia@wlu.edu), in person, or by phone (540-458-5870).

Media Services requiring an operator or set-up of equipment normally will be available during regular hours only. The requester is responsible for reserving the room or location where the event will be held.

Law Media is able to record in a variety of formats with various playback options. When you make a recording request tell us, or discuss with us, the kind or kinds of playback options you have in mind. If the recording is to be available to the public, a copyright release may need to be obtained. Unless you've advised otherwise, the recording will be a digital video covershot of the room with standard audio pickup. and placed in a location that is restricted to the law school community.

Finally, unless you let us know in a timely manner if additional media support is required, we may not be able to accommodate those needs, or the support will be less than satisfactory to all of us.