Transition from LUTube to VideoLeeds - Frequently Asked Questions

LUTube has been replaced by a new service, VideoLeeds, part of the University’s lecture capture and media management system. This page gives you the answers to some Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is LUTube being retired?
LUTube has not been supported by IT since December 2013. It was developed in a programming language for which there is no longer any expertise in IT and is running on infrastructure which is shortly due to go out of support. Playback is not supported on mobile devices.

When is LUTube being retired?
On 28 September 2015 IT removed the ability for staff and students to publish new content to LUTube. The service will be fully retired on 12 September 2017, after which, videos accessed directly from LUTube or from other embedded links in the University websites or Minerva will no longer be viewable.

What is VideoLeeds?
VideoLeeds, the replacement for LUTube, is a portal for staff and students of the University to share audio and video content internally with members of the University and externally with the public. The service is part of the Mediasite lecture capture and media management system which enables staff and students to create, store, manage and publish audio and video content from a single place.

Has my LUTube content be migrated to Mediasite?
Content has been migrated to the lecture capture and media management system according to the agreed criteria below.

LUTube content migrated to Mediasite has not been automatically published to VideoLeeds.

The decision to publish onwards to VideoLeeds or to delete content from the system will rest with the content producer.

  • Staff, RPG and student content with 10 or more views since January 2016 has been imported.
  • Content belonging to a project account with 10 or more views since January 2016 has been imported.
  • Content belonging to staff and students who have left the University or retired has not been migrated unless requested. 
  • Content published under the ERA license has not been imported as views cannot be restricted according to the terms of the license.

Will embedded links to LUTube content be updated with the new location?
No, embedded links to LUTube content (such as Minerva) will not be updated with the new location in the lecture capture and media management system. 

My LUTube content has been migrated to Mediasite.  Where can I publish it to?
You can publish recordings to VideoLeeds and Minerva, share a link or embed a recording. See the quick guide to republishing LUTube content migrated to Mediasite.  

I uploaded videos to LUTube on behalf of another user.  Now they appear in my Mediasite folder. How do I transfer them to the original content producer? 
If the recording does not belong to you, please forward the email notification and the name of the original content producer to the IT Service Desk to request that the recording is reassigned.

What if my content hasn't been migrated to Mediasite?
If you have LUTube content that is still required but didn't meet the migration criteria, you can make a request to the IT Service Desk for it to be migrated to Mediasite. Please provide the video title and / or the LUTube link to enable the recording to be located. 

I have embedded other user’s LUTube videos on my website.  How do I find out the new embed code for the Mediasite version?
If the recording has already been published to VideoLeeds, you can copy the embed code from there.

If the recording hasn’t been published to VideoLeeds, you will need to contact the producer to make the recording available on VideoLeeds or provide you with the share link or embed code.

If you don’t know who the content producer is, please log a request to the IT Service Desk providing the LUTube link and video title where possible.

I link to a LUTube video belonging to a user who is no longer a member of the University.  How can I ensure the recording is migrated to Mediasite so it can continue to be used?
You will need to seek approval from your Head of School / Service for the ownership of the recording(s) to be transferred to another individual.  Please forward evidence of approval to the IT Service Desk and the recordings will be migrated. 

How can I create new content for VideoLeeds?
Content can either be uploaded into the lecture capture and media management system, created using the Mediasite Desktop Recorder software or captured in a teaching space using the ad hoc recording software on the podium PC.  Recordings can then be edited if required or published to VideoLeeds via the MyMediasite interface.

See the quick guide to republishing LUTube content migrated to Mediasite.

For further information, see the IT website