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Lecture Recording FAQs


How soon after the lecture will the recordings be available?

Recordings will usually be available within one working day of the lecture.

Where can I see the recorded lectures?

Look in the "Lectures" tool in the Vula site for the course.

Can I download the recording?

Yes, you can download audio only (MP3), and either the video or presentation materials (MP4). There is also a side-by-side option (MP4) which includes the video alongside the presentation materials. Click on the Download link when playing the recording.

Will the recording play on my smartphone/tablet?

Yes, the recording should play on most smartphones and tablets.

If I ask a question or make a comment during a lecture, will it be recorded?

Possibly. Depending on the type of microphone used in the venue, voices other than the presenter's may also be recorded. If you have concerns, check with your lecturer in advance about whether the lecture is being recorded. UCT's General Rules and Policies makes provision for the recording of lectures for teaching and learning purposes (p. 7, G16.1).


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How do I schedule a recording?

The course convenor or event organizer should complete an LR-1 or LR-2 form. These must include the signatures of all consenting lecturers who will be recorded, and emailed to Confirmation of the lecture recording will then be provided.

What happens if the class runs longer than the scheduled end time?

Recordings are scheduled to automatically capture for the length of time that has been stated in the LR form. Any part of the lecture that falls outside the time slot will therefore not be recorded.

Can I view the recordings before the students see them?

At present, no. Once the recordings are released from the hold/trim queue they will be published and visible to students.

How will I know if students are viewing the recordings?

There is an option below each video to see the statistics of the current recording.

Can I edit the content of a recording?

Not directly. If you need parts of a recording edited out, please email

What if I don't want a recording made available to students?

Please email as soon as possible if you do not want a lecture published or if you would like a published lecture removed.

Why has my lecture not been published?

Recordings may remain on hold or be removed for the following reasons:

  • If anyone not listed on the LR form has presented during the lecture (for example a guest , visiting lecturer or students), videos will not be released until the consent of the presenter(s) has been received. You will be contacted shortly after a recording with a request to obtain presenter consent, should this occur.
  • No audio. If a lecturer forgets to turn on their lapel microphone or replace flat batteries, no audio is recorded and the recording will be discarded.
  • If the recording includes third-party material (for example part of a video) where there are copyright concerns.
  • Technical glitches.

Course convenors will be notified when a recording cannot be published.

How long are videos placed on hold?

Videos will be removed from the hold queue and not published should relevant information (eg. completed LR forms) not be provided by the end of the semester.

Who do I contact to find out about lecture recording?

You can email the Vula helpdesk at or phone 021-650-5500.