Off-air TV & radio broadcast recordings
- What is an off-air?
- Request a recording
- Request a preview tape
- Request an off-air to be included into the collection
- How to borrow
- Streamed recordings
- Television and radio broadcast recordings:
- Television and radio program guides
What is an "off-air"?
An "off-air" is a recording made from broadcast television or radio. The University of Melbourne is able to record off-air broadcasts under provisions of the Copyright Act by being a member of Screenrights.
Digital Media Services records off-air television and radio broadcasts for inclusion into the Media Collections. Recording may be requested by academic staff of the University for either preview or inclusion into the collection.
Items are recorded either on academic request, or by selection by Media Collections. Only items which are likely to have subsequent use will be recorded.
Previews can only be used for appraisal purposes and are not to be used in a class situation. Previews can only be made within 14 days of the date of broadcast.
- It is appreciated that staff could ensure that the programs requested are worthwhile additions to Media Collections, as there is a significant workload required in making these programs available.
- For reasons of Copyright, Off-Air Recordings may only be viewed or listened to by University of Melbourne Staff and Students.
Requesting off-air broadcast recordings
University of Melbourne academic staff may request off-air recordings of television or radio broadcasts, preview them and request a copy for the LMS :
- Complete the request form (Use your browser's back button to return to this page)
- Late requests (i.e. less than 48 hours notice) please enter details via the online from and then telephone Digital Media Services staff on 8344 4527.
- They cannot guarantee to act on late requests made outside normal office hours
University of Melbourne students may suggest that a program should be recorded. They can do this by contacting email@example.com
Radio and television program guides
- ABC Radio
- ABC TV - http://abc.net.au/tv/guide/
- SBS - http://www.sbs.com.au/whatson/
- General TV - http://www.ebroadcast.com.au/tv
- General radio - http://www.geocities.com/radio1600/
Requesting a preview tape
Previews for staff :
Previews are made available to academic staff on request. Requests can be made via the request form (Use your browser's Back button to return to this page).
Previews are supplied for loan lecturing staff within 14 days of the original broadcast date. Loan periods are generally 7 days but may be less if the program was broadcast earlier.
Previews are only to be used for appraisal and cannot be used in a class situation. If an off-air recording is required for use in a class that program will need to be incorporated into the Media Collection.
- Previews are made free of charge to The University.
Previews for students
Previews of off-air recordings by students cannot be deemed to being used for appraisal for inclusion therefore previews will not be made available to students.
Students can suggest the incorporation of any item recorded by Media Collections into the Library collection. These suggestions can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If the requested program is required for the collection, a copy will be made and incorporated into the collection. If the item is required urgently for course delivery then the item will be provided prior to being catalogued.
Requesting an off-air to be included into the collection
Academic staff can complete the request form (use your browser's back button to return to this page) or e-mail email@example.com to request that an off-air recording be included into the Media Collection for subsequent use.
How to borrow off-air recordings
Off-Air recordings can only be borrowed by University of Melbourne Staff and Students.
Except where off-air recordings are located in reserve media on a short term loan all off-air recordings are available for a 7 day loan with 1 renewal.
Off-Air recordings that have been catalogued can be found on the library catalogue. These items are located according to their call number and format within the video DVD or CD collections. Some of these resources are also available online via streaming.
- For off-air videos that were recorded recently or which have not been catalogued, see requesting a preview tape for information on borrowing these recordings.
Media Collections has also made a large number of audio and video programmes available online via the web through streaming.
Advantages of streaming
- audio/video can be incorporated into lectures and webpages adding rich subject content
- digital media resources can be linked from reserve lists
- all resources can be accessed by multiple simultaneous users
- on-campus access to all digital media resources
- music and video resources can be accessed off-campus via broadband spoken word audio can be accessed off-campus via modem (28.8 kps or higher)
Digital Media Services can assist academic staff to create digital media resources from television or radio broadcasts either to be delivered via online, DVD, CD, or videotape.