Digital Content FAQ

Instructors may request to have their media class reserves encoded and linked on their course web page. This allows students to view certain titles on their computer when available, rather than having to go to the Media Lab to view materials in person or in class.

Many of our titles can be made available for the duration of the quarter in which they are assigned through secure course-management web pages.  They will only be accessible to students enrolled in the class in question, logging in to the UCLA course website for their class.

Instructors are urged to submit their requests as early as possible.  While we do our best to make these materials available as quickly as we can, there is always a backlog at the beginning of the quarter as many requests come in at the last minute. Titles are encoded in "real time" and are typically completed within a few days of the request. In order to provide equal access, the physical media will also be available for reserve viewing in the Instructional Media Lab

To request titles to be streamed on your course website, please contact the Instructional Media Collections & Services office at (310) 825-0755 or imlib@ucla.edu.   

Frequently Asked Questions:

I clicked on the link, but nothing happened.

The player application that launches when you click the link can take up to 30 seconds to launch.  Please allow some time before clicking again or going to another page. Slow internet speeds may affect loading.

Does this service work off-campus?

The streaming media is designed and meant for on-campus networks only. The media should be available via any network connection on campus, the classrooms and most dorms, including wireless networks. Off campus usage, while it may work in certain circumstances, is not dependable or supported. Many off-campus locations, including coffee shops and open wi-fi spots, will slow your connection intentionally and you may not be able to connect.

What software do I need to view video streams?

In order to view the video streams you will need have the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in installed. If you don't have the plug-in, your browser will usually instruct you to download the plug-in before continuing. Netflix uses Silverlight so if you have a Netflix account, it's likely you already have it. You can also get it directly at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/get-started/install/default.aspx.

I can't view any of the videos.

This can happen if your network is blocking certain ports needed to stream media to your computer.  If you are experiencing a wide outage across all videos you may need to use the UCLA VPN to ensure proper network configuration and authentication. You can find the UCLA VPN along with instructions for installation here: (https://www.bol.ucla.edu/services/vpn/)

I can only watch some of the videos.

Some browsers cache websites, which means it saves some files on your machine rather than re-downloading new links. If you see no links within the Video Reserves tab you may need to clear the cache of your web browser and try the link again. The following section has links on how to empty your cache/ delete your temporary Internet files:

Empty cache-Clear your temporary internet files:

For Internet Explorer users:

Internet Explorer also has the ability to force the browser to always check for the newest content. Make sure it's set to "Every time I visit the web page" or "Automatically". http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260897

For FireFox (Mozilla) users:

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Websites%20look%20wrong?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Web+sites+look+wrong#w_old-version-cached

For Safari (Mac) users:

http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24090

For Google Chrome users:

http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95582

Note that Google Chrome has recently released an update for Mac that doesn't work with an older version of Silverlight. You may continually be prompted to update or install Silverlight even though you think you have it. Chrome often updates without warning and creates unknown conflicts, and we suggest you open up a different web browser like Safari or Mozilla/Firefox to access the video content.

You can also open a different web browser.

Opening a different web browser and accessing the file from a different browser can also solve some issues.

If that doesn't work, try restarting your computer.

Simply restarting you computer can often solve many problems.

Who do I contact for help?

If your problem isn't addressed above, we will need information about your system to help further assist you:

•What platform are you using--Mac or PC?

•What OS are you using and what version (i.e., Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.10, etc.)?

•Are you having problems on or off campus (are you trying to connect at home, on-campus, dorms, etc.)?

•What internet browser are you using and what version?

•What course are you trying to access?

•Is this a new problem or does it happen frequently?

Please contact us by email at medialab@oid.ucla.edu.  We will answer your email as soon as possible.