Video capture has been a requirement for Stanford University School of Medicine since the 1970s. It started with tape-based formats and in 2010, the school created its own custom lecture capture system. But it deprecated a year after it was complete. The school needed to more efficiently meet demand.
The school fast-tracked a replacement solution and assessed a number of different vendors before it ultimately chose Mediasite, finding it to be, in their words, “The perfect fit.”
“We did a bakeoff between all the vendors, who each brought their solution on premises. We captured all the content with all the different systems, including our own system as a comparison. Mediasite had all the features, the quality and all the end user tools that we found was necessary to replace our system,” said Trent Tanaka, the AV technology expert who ultimately chose Mediasite.
Mediasite is both a lecture capture tool and a video asset management platform for the school. They capture all the core required courses with Mediasite. Students, staff and faculty can interact with the video on their iPhones, iPads and Android devices, which is enabling them to be more mobile.
Mediasite is also integrated into the scheduling system. A small staff of five manages Mediasite in five different buildings, so the school uses Mediasite’s API to automatically gather the schedule from the scheduling system.
“Our students demand lecture capture. It’s one of the highlights of coming to Stanford University School of Medicine. The students use the content to study, review and interact with each other with some team-based learning. It’s really critical for the medical school curriculum that we have at Stanford,” Tanaka said.
The school plans to expand Mediasite to a number of different facilities through the School of Medicine, as well as off-campus.
“If you’re not using Mediasite – the hardware and software solution – you’re not preparing yourself for future needs. You may be stuck with a solution that will be outdated after you deploy. The developers are very forward-looking with Mediasite, and I like that,” Tanaka said. “Mediasite is scalable, innovative and extensible. There are a lot of different capture platforms out there. What sets Mediasite apart is really the innovation. They’re going to be here for the long haul.”