Mediasite & My Mediasiteget help

What is Mediasite?
Mediasite is the platform used by SFU to automate scheduled recordings in supported rooms. Recordings are captured based on your SFU Course Outline information and can be distributed through Canvas. A browser-based video editor is also available to make your own adjustments to your recordings.

What is My Mediasite?
My Mediasite is a Content Management System available for you to view and manage your class recordings. It allows you to make changes to your videos, control their visibility and create playlists of other videos from your library that you can share with other SFU users. MyMediasite can also be integrated into your Canvas course.

My Mediasite also provides access to Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) to record your lectures ahead of time for delivery to your students.

If you are a faculty or staff member at SFU, you can access the My Mediasite application at

Having trouble using Mediasite? Click here and head over to the FAQ to see if your question has been answered.

Getting Started with My Mediasite

Recommended File Formats (Video & Audio)


Recommended settings for Video Files

  • Container Format: MP4 
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (1280 x 720 is also recommended)
  • Video Codec: H.264
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Frame Rate: 24 frames per second (if you are only recording your slides, set this to 15 fps)
  • Duration: We recommend keeping individual videos to less than 3 hours
  • File Size: A one-hour video should not be larger than 2 GB. (Please compress the video if it is unusually large)
For faster processing, make sure your video contains the following properties:
  • A Keyframe Interval of less than 6 seconds
  • An Aspect Ratio that uses Square (1:1) pixels
  • A bitrate of 1.5 Mbps or less
  • Audio tracks with a 44.1 Khz sample rate

Required settings for Sound Files

  • Container Format: MP3
  • Bitrate: 128 kbps or less
  • Sample rate: 44.1 khz (48 Khz will also work)

Record your Desktop from home

My Mediasite provides users with access to Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR). This software will allow you to record presentations on your own computer and upload them automatically to your MyMediasite account. The recording software can be installed on either Windows or Mac OS.

To learn more about how to install and use MDR, please follow the MDR Quick Start Guide.

Record your lecture in a room on campus

All three SFU campuses feature lecture theatres with built-in lecture recording devices.

If you would like to record the performance of your lecture on campus, please fill out a request for an On-Campus Recording.

Teaching a live course online? Use BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra to record your class

ITS and CEE recommend making use of BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra for any interactive class sessions. This solution also allows you to record your sessions so that they can be watched again by students in Canvas. Optionally, you can download these recordings for long-term storage or upload them to MyMediasite.

Learn more about the options available for your class: