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 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.