About Streaming Media
Streaming refers to the process of electronically distributing digital content over a network. The streaming process sends audio and video media which is stored on a server to a specified location at a specified time. This type of electronic delivery is referred to as synchronous streaming. Users may view the media files as soon as the data is delivered from the streaming server. Using streaming media, instructors can schedule viewing of a media title “on demand,” thereby eliminating the need for traditional video playback equipment to be physically delivered to the classroom.
Advantages of streaming media:
- Quick access – users can play the content almost immediately at their scheduled time.
- No video playback equipment (e.g., television, VCR, DVD player) is required.
- Users are not required to download files or install software.
- There is no local copy, so content cannot be saved and distributed without authorization.
- Media titles can be scheduled for back-to-back viewing, allowing greater access to audio-visual resources (especially for high usage titles).
Disadvantages of streaming media:
IMC Streaming Media Services
The IMC is responsible for the digitization and electronic delivery of selected media to the classroom, including video and audio on demand. The Instructional Media Center streams media in several formats based on the type and application of the audio-visual content. For more information on streaming formats please contact Multimedia Operations Specialist at 951-222-8883.
Media titles available for streaming can be found on the library’s web site at http://library.rcc.edu. A list of streaming materials can be found under Newly Acquired Materials or Streaming Media .
Media titles are added to the streaming materials list based on their usage rate in the classroom and the availability of digital rights. In the interest of Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code), every attempt is made to secure permission from the rights holder before media content is digitized and streamed to the classroom. This list of titles will be expanding as the necessary licensing and permission for streaming is obtained from the copyright holders. Please check this list periodically for newly added titles.
In order to find out whether a specific video title is available for streaming, go to the Library Catalog at http://library.rcc.edu and do either a “Title” or “Keyword” search (you can further limit your search by selecting “Video;Slide” as the “Material Type”). Once you have located the video look for a note that states, “Streaming media rights for synchronous delivery to the classroom.” If the video description contains this note, then the video can be requested in streaming format.
Working in concert with all of the college librarians, the Network & Multimedia Librarian is responsible for the development of the streaming media offerings. Faculty members are considered subject specialists and are encouraged to recommend titles for streaming that are routinely used in the classroom. Faculty may submit their recommendations by completing an “Audiovisual Material Request” Form for each title (forms are available at the library reference desk). Completed forms should be returned to the Network & Multimedia Librarian on the Riverside Campus at 951-222-8866.
The following hardware is required for accessing and viewing streaming media in the classroom:
- Connection to the district network;
- A computer workstation or laptop capable of connecting to an LCD projector;
- An LCD projector and a projection screen;
- Speakers/audio reinforcement.
The streaming media standard for the district requires Windows Media Player; however, depending on the type and application of the streaming content, additional software may be required. Contact the Multimedia Operations Specialist at 951-222-8883 on the Riverside Campus for more information regarding software requirements.