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The University of Helsinki's Center for Information Technology and the Center for Properties and Facilities have equipped some University facilities with DIY recording tools. These rooms are called UniTube Lecture Capture Theatres and they're available in the following lecture halls:

Please note: Due to updates in summer 2017 some of the touch panels in the lecture halls show wrong status for streaming (ON/OFF). Initially stream is off in all halls unless activated. When activated, it can be seen online.

New 3rd gen. Lecture Capture facilities (operated via touch panel, supports live streaming)

Old 2nd gen. lecture capture facilities (operated via lecture capture pc, no live streaming)

  • Meilahti Campus

    • Biomedicum BP36 - a 'mini-UniTube-Studio'. Reservations at O365.

  • Viikki

    • Biocenter 2 training pharmacy (for faculty of pharmacy -related usage only)


Before you start capturing lectures in 2nd gen lecture capture facilities

  • In order to be able to use the Lecture Capture Theatre's recording tools you need to have at least one existing series for your recordings! See the instructions for details.
  • Please note that UniTube services - including lecture capture - have a montly maintenance window during which uploading of videos is not possible. The maintenance window is last Tuesday each month, at 8.00-10.00 am.
  • Live streaming is possible from 3rd gen lecture capture facilities. There is no live broadcast capability in the 2nd gen UniTube Lecture Capture recorders.
  • The recording is always started manually by the teacher him/herself (the lecture capture recorders cannot be scheduled).


UniTube Lecture Capture Recorder's operating instructions (3nd gen)

The frist draft of the Guide is available here.

UniTube Lecture Capture Recorder's operating instructions (2nd gen)

The UniTube Lecture Capture Theatre's User Guide is a short, very important step-by-step guide for you to make recordings successfully. So, please read it carefully before you start!

Ethical and copyright matters regarding lecture capture

  • As a record maker you need to have acceptance from the members who appear in the recording for making and publishing the recording in Internet.
  • As a record maker you have responsibility to respect copyrights. If you present copyrighted material as part of the recording you need to have a permit to do so (e.g. video files, sounds files, images presented during the lecture).
  • The lecture capture system is designed to be used for U of Helsinki's educational, scientific and societal interaction purposes. The use for political or personal matters is not allowed.
  • The IT Centre reserves the right to remove recordings which violate general IT Centre's TOS or which technically impede the functionality of the UniTube system.
  • The IT Centre is not responsible for the content which a U of Helsinki staff member has published.


Question: why should I record lectures?
Answer: for a variety of reasons. Aducate Movie project (see references at the bottom of this page) has listed e.g. following reasons:

  • Students want lectures to be recorded
    • University of Eastern Finland has conducted a research survey according to which 80 % of respondents wanted to utilize lecture capture in their studies and 84% recommended lecture capture as an attendance method for other students as well!
  • Making better learning outcomes for students
    • Rehearsing matters to be learned
    • Clarifying unclear matters
    • Focusing to the lecture more thoroughly
  • Adding flexibility to studies
    • Overlapping lectures, falling ill, part-time jobs do not hinder studies as the lectures are served as recordings
  • Increasing interaction in teaching
    • Students don't need to put emphasis on notes during lectures.

Question: will the lecture capture make teachers unemployed?
Answer: it won't. It's important to note that the teacher holds the rights to the lectures he/she has created. The lecturer him/herself defines how long the lectures are available to public and into what extent the lectures are used. The lecturer can naturally also delete his/her recordings. The UniTube Service wants to respect the record owner's rights in every matter.


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