Video services

The Unitube video service used at the University of Helsinki offers a large range of recordings of lectures, seminars, etc. Many courses offer recorded lectures or the option of following lectures and other events remotely online. In addition, you can utilise available services and manage meetings and workshops related to your studies online and share your recordings with others.

This page covers the following topics:

  • Recordings, events and meetings
    • Unitube Viewer
    • Zoom
    • Other videos
  • Producing and sharing videos
    • Unitube Uploader
    • Unitube studios and rooms

Recordings, events and meetings

Unitube Viewer

Designed for university staff and students, Unitube is a medium for watching and distributing videos. You can find the Unitube Viewer on the university’s open website at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/unitube. In Unitube, you can watch live and recorded lectures, teaching and instruction videos and other public recordings.

 

Videos are published as series in Unitube. Usually, the easiest way to find a specific video is by sorting videos according to series or faculty. Please note that the access rights of some Unitube videos have been restricted and can only be viewed by the participants of a specific Moodle course, for example. Such videos may not be displayed in public lists or search results.

Zoom

Presented on the previous page, the Zoom video communications service is perhaps best suited for scheduled meetings, webinars and teaching.

Zoom can also be used to record events, screen videos or almost any type of video content with either a phone or a computer application. The recordings in Zoom are saved as MP4 files on the computer. From there, they can be shared to other university staff and students through the Unitube Uploader, for example (see more details on the Uploader on this page).

In the image below, Raimo and Trälle are working on a presentation together through Zoom:

By using Zoom’s Outlook plugin, you can make and send easily clickable invites to Zoom events through the Outlook calendar. Find instructions to these and other basic Zoom functions on the Helpdesk site.

Other videos

Courses may also provide other videos. Some teachers may make videos available in popular video sharing services, such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Video materials may also be available as downloadable files in the AVI, MOV or MP4 file formats, for instance. You can open these file formats using player software, although you may also be able to watch the videos directly in your browser window. The free-of-charge VLC player is suited for opening video and audio files.

Producing and sharing videos

Unitube Uploader

Students and employees of the university can use the Unitube Uploader to share their own recordings and embed them for others to view on Moodle courses or the Unitube Viewer, for example. The Unitube Uploader can be found at lataamo.helsinki.fi.

In the Uploader, you can save videos or computer animations recorded using a tablet, a smartphone camera or a video camera, for example.

Unitube studios and rooms

There are lecture rooms and studios around the university with Unitube recording equipment. These so-called Unitube facilities can be reserved separately and used for filming and recording course videos, for example, directly into the Unitube Uploader with high-quality equipment and a suitable space. The equipment is handled with the control panel in the room. Find more specific instructions for the use of the Unitube Uploader and lecture recording equipment on the Helpdesk website.