This article gives a high-level overview of the differences between Mediasite (the software which runs the Lecture Capture and Media Management service) and Microsoft Stream.
Please note: the features listed in this article are subject to change.
The Lecture Capture and Media Management (LCMM) service allows staff and students to create, edit and share digital media in a secure way. It is powered by Mediasite (developed by Sonic Foundry) which allows users to capture, edit, share, search and manage videos in one secure place.
Microsoft Stream is part of the suite of Microsoft 365 applications. It is an Enterprise Video service where people in an organisation can upload, view, organise and share videos securely.
The primary difference between the two applications is that Mediasite allows the creation of automatic Lecture Capture recordings in teaching rooms (as well as the ability to store, share and playback videos) whereas Stream is designed as a video playback solution. It would not be able to link with the hardware in the teaching rooms.
Please see the table of features below and which system supports the function:
|Feature||Mediasite (including Lecture Capture)||Microsoft Stream|
|Automatic Lecture Captures linked with the University timetable||Yes||No|
|Ad-hoc recording in teaching rooms and physical recorders in teaching room.||Yes (via Record Now)||No|
|Edit content before publishing/sharing||Yes||No|
|Create screencasts and podcasts for free (University staff and students)||Yes (via Mediasite Mosaic)||Screencasts with a 15-minute time limit|
|Upload video files||Yes||Yes|
|Upload audio files||Yes||No|
|Share files with members of the University (staff and students)||Yes||Yes|
|Share files with people external to the University||Yes||Feature coming soon|
|Live Streaming.||Not currently enabled at Leeds||Yes|
|Automatically (and manually) link Mediasite content to Module Catalogue areas in Minerva.||Yes.||No|
|Automatic Closed Captioning (and basic transcript)||Yes||Yes|
|Control playback speed||Yes||Yes|
|Insert chapters into videos||Yes||No|
|Download videos as MP3 (audio) and MP4 (video) files||Yes||MP4 only|
|Detailed analytics and content reports||Yes||No|
|Create quizzes in videos||Yes||No|
|Embed with Microsoft applications (e.g. PowerPoint, OneNote, SWAY)||No||Yes|
More information about Mediasite can be found on Sonic Foundry's website.