Using video

Video material can be used to enhance your teaching and help you to engage and connect with your students.

It has been shown that there are many benefits to using video for teaching, such as:

  • Supplementing text-based materials with visual material to help support different learning styles.
  • Facilitating a flipped classroom model to allow students to review course material at their own pace prior to class and enabling them to engage more deeply during class.
  • Allowing students to view demonstrations of complex concepts or procedures as many times as needed to assist with deep learning.


Copyright provides creators, authors and copyright holders with the right to determine when and how their works can be reproduced or placed online. Copyright legislation contains provisions for educational use and copying by students for research or studying purposes.

When showing commercial works in the classroom, such as film, TV programs and YouTube, it is important to be aware of the copyright requirements when the class activity is to be recorded by lecture capture, or placed online (including Blackboard).

RMIT has a Screenrights licence that allows RMIT staff to record from TV, cable and satellite programs for educational purposes. The Screenrights licence allows for short clips or snippets from programs to be used; there are no limits on what can be recorded but there are marking requirements [PDF, 55.7 KB, 2 pages]. The Licence also allows downloads of free-to-air broadcasts [podcasts] that have been made available online. Programs recorded or downloaded under the Screenrights licence can be uploaded to any of RMIT’s teaching technologies.

Permission from the copyright holder is required when creating short clips/snippets from commercially produced films, downloaded films, TV programs, clips ripped from DVDs or YouTube videos, unless the work is out of copyright or released under a creative commons licence.

When creating a video, you must ensure that no material used in the production of the video is in breach of Copyright law. This may require:

  • obtaining permission from the copyright owner to use their video, images, audio, or other intellectual property in your video production
  • using public domain or creative commons resources
  • creating your own images, music, sound effects and video recordings in your production

For advice and assistance contact:

Further information


Privacy is the protection of personal information, including personal information in the form of film or photographs.

It is important to read the privacy guidelines and obtain consent from any individual whose identity is apparent, or can be reasonably ascertained, in a video production using the consent to collect and disclose personal information (photographs and images of people) form [DOC, 242 KB].

When producing video, you must ensure that no material used in the production of the video is in breach of Privacy law. This may require:

  • letting people know you are filming them
  • obtaining the informed and voluntary consent of any identifiable individuals in the production
  • allowing people to opt out of being filmed in they choose to
  • letting people know the purpose of the production and where it will be published (e.g. a student assignment published publically on YouTube)

Further information

Video hosting services

RMIT supports several online technologies that can be used to store videos to share with your students, however, it is important to be aware of their limitations. You may want to consider who should have access to the video file; is this for use within RMIT only, or should users outside RMIT also be able to access the video?

Summary of services

EchoSystemGoogleDriveLearning RepositoryYouTube
File sharing
Restrict file access to RMIT onlyYesYesYesYes
Share publiclyNoYesNoYes
Share with individualsNoYesYes*Yes
File properties
Support for high definition video (1080p)NoYesNoYes
Support for large filesYesYesYes*Yes*
Student access
Blackboard integrationCourse videos available via EchoCenterShare via URLShare via URLEmbed using YouTube mashup tool
Global accessYesNoYesNo

*With some limitations


Echo360 EchoSystem allows you to access and manage your lecture capture recordings from lecture capture enabled venues and Echo360 Personal Capture. Additionally, stand-alone videos can also be uploaded through EchoSystem to a specified course and subsequently made available to students via the Blackboard course shell using EchoCenter.

Google Drive

Google Drive can be used to store video files that can be shared with staff and students. Video files can either be shared directly with individuals or by embedding the sharable link in Blackboard or within course content, which can then be viewed using the Google Drive video player. Google Drive also supports adding caption tracks to video files to support accessibility requirements.

Learning Repository

The Learning Repository is a digital content repository that hosts a variety of RMIT created and licensed resources. These resources can be made available for learning and teaching purposes and can be accessed by RMIT staff and students. To add learning resources to a collection, contact


It is important to be aware that while staff and students can now access YouTube as part of Google Apps for Education, any videos that are uploaded to this service are subject to YouTube guidelines and can be removed at any time by YouTube, even if a video is restricted to RMIT or private access.