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Media Services

Technical FAQ

Streaming Video over Zoom/Teams/Webex

Note that not all web browsers are compatible with with various streaming services. We recommend that you test stream any content well ahead of the scheduled class date to troubleshoot issues.

Remember to select the screen sharing options that allow for sharing computer audio and optimizing video. These appear when you choose Share or Share Screen and appear on the screen where you select the window to share.

  • Teams cannot be used with any platform or collection.
  • Zoom is the platform that works most consistently.
  • Firefox is the most consistent browser.

An alternative to live streaming is to share the link to the film with a start/end time, allowing the students to watch clips individually and then come back to the class for discussion. On a related note, in some cases the library can digitize DVDs for streaming purposes for you; see the DVD to Streaming Service page for details.

Please contact the Media Technician if you are unable to screen a video from the Library collection or encounter technical issues.

Note that none of the live streaming options are perfectly smooth. The combination of streaming collection, conferencing platform, and browser will affect playback, as will internet speed and computer specifications. Click on the Show full description link under each database in the A-Z database list for more detailed technical info about each one.