Viewing Requirements for Recorded Lectures

CourseCast lectures can be viewed on a number of computers and browsers including Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X (Intel only), and IE, Firefox and Safari browsers.

You should install Microsoft's Silverlight plugin before you view a CourseCast lecture.

How-To Video:  Viewing Overview (watch video)

Logging In


You will be required to log into CourseCast using the class username and password provided by your instructor before you can view a lecture.

You may choose to have the brower remember the login credentials by clicking on the "Remember me next time" box.

Students who are unable to view lectures after installing Microsoft Silverlight and verifying the course username and password provided by their instructor may cal the ITS Student HelpDesk at 704‑687‑6400 for additional assistance.


The Viewer Screen

(This is a sample of what the viewer may see. This view can change, depending on the sources used in the recording, to optimize viewing.)

1. Page Title

The page title is comprised of the class name and the lecture title. If the viewer has a number of lectures bookmarked this can help them quickly determine which lecture they are watching.

2. Primary Video

The primary video is the full motion video as captured by the videographer. It is also the only video in a recording to have audio. The video window may appear very large in recordings with no secondary sources and may not appear at all in audio-only recordings. Double-Clicking on the video or the right section of the screen (desktop capture or power point capture) will put the view in full screen mode. To get out of full screen mode press the escape key.

3. Contents Tab

If present, the contents tab can help the viewer navigate through a video by selecting the title they wish to see. The contents of each tab is often determined by the title of the PowerPoint slide being displayed at the time it was being recorded. If PowerPoint was not used the contents may be blank, or in some recording circumstances may not appear at all.

4. Notes Tab

The notes tab will allow the viewer to take notes that are in sync with the rest of the lecture recording. The viewer may choose any name they like and there is no password associated with this name. The name can be shared with any other CourseCast user who has access to the lecture and those viewers will also be able to view and edit those notes.

5. Search Tab

The search tab allows the viewer to search through your own notes, the notes of others (if they know the CourseCast notes name to search through) or for any text appearing in a PowerPoint slide. Once the viewer see results they can click on the title to be taken to that point in the video.

6. Thumbnail Tab

Scrolling through the thumbnail tab will allow the viewer to more easily seek for a slide that they are interested in. Clicking on the slide will take the viewer to the point in the video where the slide was being displayed.

7. Secondary Window

The secondary window is where the viewer can view all of the secondary sources captured during a lecture recording. These sources can be PowerPoint, additional cameras, capture devices or screen capture from the presenting computer.

7-a Secondary Source Selector

Above the secondary source window will be tabs for all available secondary sources as they are available. Some sources may only have been recorded for only a portion of the overall recording and may not always be available.

8. Enlarge Button

The enlarge button will allow the viewer to remove the thumbnails from the thumbnail area of the screen, thus enlarging the secondary window for more optimal viewing. (Say a lecture has PowerPoint slides with fine detail in them, clicking the enlarge button will allow the viewer to better see those details.)

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