The collected wisdom: Media Content Management System (CMS) discussion on the ALT mailing list

As Diana Laurillard commented at the ALT committee meeting last month, there had been interesting discussions on the ALT mailing list. This is the first of ‘The collected wisdom’ series to capture and share the knowledge generated by the community  widely.

Note:  this is a simple summary of what discussed amongst the members. I have kept the suggestions anonymous. If you prefer to be named, just drop me a line.

Question asked by an ALT member:

Can you recommend some Media CMS platforms? Particularly if they can be integrated with Moodle and/or Mahara and work well for hosting images, audio, and video files accessible in a variety of formats and supporting different devices?

Suggestions made by six ALT members :

  • Member A: We looked at Kaltura and was impressed by MediaSpace, but it is too expensive. At the end Planet E-Stream was chosen, particularly for the ability to upload direct from a mobile device. It has the ability to host audio/video/images, provides embedding using html but the ability to be able to download original file, VLE integration, digital signage, lesson/lecture capture with dual capture, EPG with scheduling and series link, recording of all Freeview channels  and radio stations, HTML5 mobile delivery.
  • Member B: Planet eStream:  You can embed videos and playlists in web pages, does well with different video formats and works very well on mobile devices, not to mention off-air recording and a side line in lecture capture.
  • Member C: Helix Media Library: It doesn’t do images, just audio and video streaming, it integrates with Camtasia Relay for lecture capture (and mobile upload via Fuse app), it also has off-air TV and live streaming capabilities.  An examples of local installation:
  • Member D: This might be useful to read
  • Member E: Oxford University has a good resource which includes kaltura on  JISC Digital Media has written about many of the issues too at  The key is to establish the workflow which will help rule out some options and make others stand out.  Finally we used Media Core for a recent project and it was pretty good.
  • Member F: I’ll second the suggestion of JISC Digital Media ( The online guides are very detailed and useful, and Jisc also runs workshops on multimedia techniques.

The Media CMS links:

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