We’ve put together some commonly-asked questions to give you more information about Learning Capture and YuJa software.
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Learning Capture & YuJa
YuJa desktop software and microphones are installed in all centrally-owned classrooms at Whiteknights and London Road, as well as many departmental classrooms. You can now also connect your University laptop to YuJa in the classroom via the installed multiway adapters.
Please refer to the list of Learning Capture Rooms to see which rooms have capture technology and multiway adapters installed.
The teaching spaces on the Learning Capture room list have been upgraded with specialist ceiling microphones designed for classroom capture (in a few rooms, these microphones are located on the wall or are lapel mics).
You will also be able to access the YuJa software on the tech table PCs in these rooms. This software enables you to make your recordings.
Please note that cameras have not been installed in classrooms as part of the Learning Capture project.
- TEL offers dedicated learning capture staff development sessions. Visit UoR Learn for current dates (opens in a new tab)
- Support articles are available on TEL's YuJa Help Page to guide you through recording and publishing videos.
- TEL's Learning Capture homepage contains help and information on all things learning capture.
With YuJa, you can upload your existing MP4 video files which you exported from PowerPoint. These can be uploaded either directly to YuJa, or via the Blackboard integration so you can publish them to your modules.
There is no need to re-record your PowerPoint, unless of course you wish to make changes to the content.
You may prefer to update PowerPoint-recorded videos in PowerPoint. You can re-record the audio just for the slide with the new information, re-export as a new MP4 file, and then upload to YuJa. For more-detailed information on repurposing your screencasts each year, see our blog post Repurposing screencasts for teaching and learning.
For information on how to move content between Stream and YuJa, see our help guide, Transitioning from Stream to YuJa.
For guidance on what content to move from Stream to YuJa, see our blog post, Moving content from Microsoft Stream to YuJa.
We have also put together a guide on Reusing video content in 2022/23.
If the old module convenor is still at the University then they will be able to transfer ownership to you with either MS Stream or YuJa videos.
If you are unable to have the videos transfered to you by colleagues, please raise a ticket requesting the transfer of the videos to your ownership.
YuJa requires third party cookies to be enabled for content to be viewed. If using a Mac/IOS device/Safari, then cross-site tracking also needs to be enabled. Otherwise it is likely you will receive authentication errors and have issues loading content. Students will need to enable third-party cookies once on their device in order to watch recorded sessions.
See the DTS article 'Can't view videos (authentication error/3rd party cookies' for steps on how to enable cookies on different browsers.
Once you stop your recording, your video will upload to the YuJa servers. You can log off during the upload process, however it is recommended to let the progress bar fill and show 100% before logging off. This should not take more than a few seconds on a campus connection.
Your video will then go into a processing state. This can take a while, depending on the length of the recording, however you can play back your video and make certain changes while it’s processing. We recommend allowing 24 hours for videos to process which includes compression, the generation of a closed caption file and relevant transcript. If after 24 hours your video is not ready, please submit a ticket so we can look into it for you.
When starting your recording, it's important to make sure you have the correct audio inputs selected. In the classrooms this will usually be the specialist learning capture microphones, called Dante USB Receive. Please see in-classroom guidance for the microphone for your teaching room.
For personal capture, choose the microphone you're using - headset mics work best as they target your voice and supress ambient noise.
If you have chosen the correct microphones and are still experiencing problems with the sound in your recording, please raise a ticket so we can take a closer look.
After resuming recording a session your Power Point slides, can sometimes appear to be frozen.
The cause of this is that by pausing YuJa you have effectively moved the classroom PC to another window. You are still in that YuJA window when resuming the recording.
To resolve the issue click on to the slides and this will allow you to move back to Power Point as the window in use,. You can go to your next slide using the keyboard, mouse or clicker.
No, this is not necessary and you can continue to move around the room as you normally would. Classroom capture-enabled teaching rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art microphones, designed for capturing teaching. These units contain further smaller AI microphones which 'follow' the lecturer around the room. They are calibrated to predominantly capture the front of the classroom, but will pick up your voice as you teach dynamically around the teaching space.
Yes! Students can record videos using the classroom PC or using their own device logging into reading.yuja.com.
Students will have a student account which means they can record and edit, but not publish to any Blackboard module. There will also be no automatic captions created for their videos.
I want my students [individually / in groups] to record presentations and upload them to Blackboard for an assessment.
Videos can be recorded in or uploaded to YuJa for Assessment purposes.
Students can use the YuJa Media Chooser whilst submitting to a Blackboard Assignment. This will allow any video in YuJa to be submitted to an individual or group assignment, even if the video itself is still processing.
This process can be used for a Blackboard Blog or Journal submission as well.
If you have logged out and left the room without stopping/saving your recording, please double check your media management area in YuJa to see if the video is there. If not, please contact our Audio Visual team by completing the form here.
Please remember to inform them when the teaching took place - date and time.
Playing a video in your session will likely have a poorer sound quality in your recording.
The best way to do this might be to:
In class: pause the recording, play the video and resume recording when appropriate.
When Sharing the Video: add the link to the video description in YuJa and describe when it was played in the classroom.
Advice on student concerns around published video content is available in the Policy for the Recording of Teaching and Learning Activities. Section 12.5 addresses what to do if a student asks you to remove them from your video.
Please consult our Reusing Video Content page.
It is important to think through which content is most appropriate for use in your current Blackboard Module.
If your content contains previous students or content best covered in upcoming face-to-face sessions it is important to not share this.
If your content is transferable year to year, please upload to YuJa, and embed this in the relvent Blackboard area. This content will be copied forward each year.
I want to allow my students to download some videos - they need to use them for a piece of assesment
By default YuJa videos are set not to be downloaded. Anyone with a Univeristy of Reading account can watch videos you send a link to.
In certain circumstances, some of the sharing options might need or be desired to be changed so that students can download a specific video shared with them for an assignment or other work.
You can set a video to be allowed to be downloaded from media player and/or in the YuJa app. Use the video menu > More Options > downloads > Enable
When editing a recording or upload, you have the option to Save as a new video or overwrite the existing video.
If you overwrite an existing video, then this is a final action and cannot be restored.
In the other scenario you may choose to make a fresh copy of a video, for example to split a longer video up or trim a classroom recording down, and have saved as a new video. You have decided that the original video is not needed and so deliberately Delete the video, typing Confirm. This video is now in your recycle bin for 30 days but you may choose to do fresh edits, or to catalogue the video in your My Media area. You can always tidy this into a named folder for archiving purposes.
It is therefore possible to restore the video should you change your mind and wish access the original recording. Our guide shows you how.
Captions & Accessibility
YuJa has been designed with Accessibility in mind. Features include, captions, downloadable transcripts, caption font size and colour adjustment, keyboard navigation and video indexing. To learn more about these features, see our YuJa Accessibility page. YuJa's own support page, Accessibility Features in the Media Player, has further information on display settings.
YuJa should generate captions during the processing stage. If a video has not been automatically captioned however, there may be an issue with the audio. You can request automatic captioning on a video via the Accessibility tab by clicking “Auto Caption” and selecting a language before clicking ‘Send Caption Request’. For more information, see our help article YuJa Accessibility > Captions and Transcripts.
Yes you can. You'll need to manually upload your caption file to YuJa. Instructions for uploading captions are available on our YuJa Accessibility page > Manually upload captions.
Research around classroom capture shows that students see session recordings as a valuable study resource, rather than a substitute for attending their classes. Our article 'Does the availability of classroom recordings impact student attendance?' looks at the reasons students miss lectures, and recommendations for helping students get the most out of their session recordings.
Getting in touch
YuJa are keen to hear our feature suggestion and feedback. If you have a feature you think would improve the learning capture experience at Reading, please raise a ticket.
- To report any issues in the teaching room, including problems with the equipment, contact AV Support via the AV Learning Capture form. Please report issues with the equipment as you notice them, so they can be fixed as soon as possible. If you experience issues with any classroom capture equipment during a class, continue teaching and raise the issue at the end of the session.
- All other learning capture queries should be submitted via the DTS ticket system. The learning capture query form helps us gather the right information so we can help you more efficiently.