UCL mediacentral



Mediacentral is UCL's enterprise media portal, helping users to share and stream their content to enhance learning, teaching, research, promotional activities, training and improve communications.

Mediacentral News

Mediacentral to the Cloud - January 2023

The service was migrated successfully on 17th January 2023. As expected there were short outages of the system as the final changes were implemented and as with any application we discovered a few minor bugs - all these have now been resolved and users should be experiencing a faster upload and processing time for their files.

For now, we are keeping the current look and feel. However, some new features will be implemented in the following few months.

If you have any problems using the system please contact the team via our email address. 

We welcome feedback and would be grateful if you wish to do this by completing the online feedback form.

Mediacentral to the Cloud - January 2023

We are making final preparations for our move to cloud services, in order to facilitate this there will be a planned outage of Mediacentral for uploading any new content between:
12:00 noon on Sunday 15th January to 5:00pm on Monday 16th January 2023.
Please note: In order to undertake full testing of the system there will be a series of short outages of Mediacentral during the early evening of 17th January 

Screenshot of outage image from the Mediacentral portal


Give Feedback - December 2022

We have a new link on the Mediacentral landing page to offer users of our service to give some basic feedback. 

Image showing the feedback text link on the bottom of the Mediacentral landing page

Please would really appreciate users to follow the link and help us shape the future direction of this service 

Mediacentral to the cloud - November 2022

We are getting close now to lauching the Mediacentral service based on cloud computing

Please note Mediacentral is not used as a repository or as a storage facility, it is for the delivery of media content through UCL's VLE, Drupal and external sites.

Any content you may have uploaded to Mediacentral which has not been viewed or used since November 2020 will be archived separately to the system, this is in line with our policy for all content. Do not be alarmed will keep a copy as per UCL's wider data retention policy and it is not our intention to delete your media.

If you have any concerns regarding your media please contact the team via mediacentral@ucl.ac.uk

THE retention policy In Brief

Mediacentral content not used in the past 24 months will initially be stored offline, we will then sift and move student created content to an offline repository for 6 years - assumption being staff will already have their personal files saved elsewhere.

In order to do this we will need to archive some legacy content that is no longer being viewed, we will be contacting users whose media falls outside of our retention policy in the coming weeks and be moving media to safe storage. Any content can be restored if required for reuse.

We also urge all users who are trialing Mediacentral and create test files to delete these once their test has been completed. Please note that test files are not archived and will be deleted in the monthly housekeeping processes

Blackboard Collaborate at UCL is now decommissioned - July 2022

The use of the Blackboad Collaborate service was finally brought to closure. The video content has been archived, however, if you had not downloaded your content in the decommission phase, you can request a copy and then upload this to Lecturecast. Where there is a requirement for sharing with externals, or make the content publicly available to anyone, then Mediacentral is suggested as the preferred system.

Information on how to:

Anyone wanting to add their Blackboard content into UCL Moodle for internal use can see information on the adding content to Lecturecast pages.

For users requiring external access to the content then you should upload their videos using the Upload feature and you can follow the instructions here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mediacentral/upload-mc 

To share the video content users can use the Share link, information is found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mediacentral/share-mc

For further information regarding the decommission of Blackboard Collaborate, read the story here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/news

What is Mediacentral

Screenshot of the Mediacentral landing page
Mediacentral is the UCL online video portal, helping users to enable collaboration by sharing video and audio content through a streaming system that works flawlessly behind the scenes and allows you to Create, Manage, Deliver and View all your content within an all-inclusive solution. 

The system delivers 'Video on Demand' content directly to your audience whether they are on a mobile or a desktop device and works locally and internationally.

Mediacentral takes the difficulty out of streaming content, whilst giving more control, more engagement, and new ways to communicate – all with less work.

Launch Mediacentral


Upload your UCL content

If you are a UCL lecturer, researcher, student, administrator, communicator, or entrepreneur, Mediacentral is for you. Everyone at UCL has access to upload their media content to Mediacentral.

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How to upload your content


View great UCL content

Mediacentral allows you to view your content anywhere, at any time. On all devices, a connected tablet, mobile, or desktop device - or download to view offline at your convenience.

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How to view your content


Share your UCL content

Mediacentral allows you to add your media to websites, social media, or send links to colleagues.  If you are having any issues with sharing or embedding your content please contact the team.

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How to share your content