I'll admit I don't often read documentation, and discovered this quite by accident, but if your school uses Google Apps for Education, your users can created a YouTube account with no time restrictions on videos. YouTube restricts standard users to 15 minute uploads, but your users can use their institutional Apps/Gmail username and password to set up and access a connected YouTube account. One additional authentication step - requiring a device capable of phone texting - is necessary but easy. Here's how to set it up:
Faculty can use this to upload lecture videos, use the webcam option to record right at their desktop, or upload any other legal content. Students can do the same, useful for class assignments using video, recording and sharing sermon assignments in homiletics, etc., and in all cases by using the settings above will restrict viewing to only those who have the URL. YouTube can convert most video formats, so Mac and Windows users can create and share videos, and since files are streamed, not downloaded, users watch the videos without downloading and in browser ready Flash or iOS compatible HTML5. One of these file formats will work with pretty much any Windows or Mac machine, and YouTube does the conversion. Uploading large non-compressed files can take a long time, best to use a file format like MPEG4 or other compressed format.
Have you used YouTube for Google Apps. What to you think? How do you use it in teaching and learning?
Talked one of the LTSP faculty through this for a specific use. I mentioned above that YouTube does machine transcriptions - which can be very good, and do not require training and special devices like commercial products. The faculty member is going to do an interview, record it on video and then move the video to YouTube, where she will have both the audio and the transcription (which can be downloaded as a text file, edited and uploaded - important when you get deep into theology or church history, for instance, where the words may be beyond Google's ability to understand much less transcribe properly. She plans to use the transcript to help in writing an article so the doesn't need to transcribe the whole file manually. Yes, the same voice technology is in Android, but she's not an Android user. Besides, with the video she has a reference and a transcript.