Emerson IT Help Desk

What is Median?

Please note: Emerson has partnered with Panopto, a comprehensive media hosting platform. During the 2017-18 academic year, ITG will support both Median and Panopto. After the 2017-18 academic year, Median will be phased out of use and will no longer be supported. Be on the lookout for emails announcing Panopto training sessions! Please contact itg@emerson.edu with any questions or to set-up a one-on-one training. You can get started by checking out these Panopto tutorials.


Median allows you to upload videos, audio clips, or images. You can share it with the general public, the Emerson community, or restrict to specific users (such as a class!), but you always retain your copyright. Median also hosts live streams of events. Video files (MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPG), audio files (MP3), image files (JPG, GIF, PNG), and document files (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PDF, TXT, RTF) are all accepted.

How do I log into Median?

Go to median.emerson.edu and log in with your Emerson username and password. (Note: If you are already logged into Canvas, Word, or Google @ Emerson, you will automatically be logged into Median.

How do I learn more about Median?

Documentation on how to use Median can be found on Median’s Help page at the following link: http://median.emerson.edu/help/

You can also schedule a one-on-one training with ITG. To do so, contact us with your availability at itg@emerson.edu or at 617-824-8090.

If you need help with Median here is a list of what's supported: 


  • Uploading video, audio, or documents.
  • Organizing entries by course, group, category, playlist, event, or user.
  • Sharing entries via embeddable HTML code.
  • Restricting entries to course, group, or user.
  • Live streaming events.
  • There's a lot more.

Best Effort:

  • Outside service integration via Median's API.
  • Special uploading workflows based on curricular or extracurricular need.
  • Internet Explorer works for most of Median's functionality, but not all.
  • Playback is supported on mobile devices for certain entries.
  • Uploading content via mobile device.

Not Supported:

  • Video that is encoded using proprietary formats like XDCAM, ProRes, etc.
  • Users are encouraged to use the Fair Use Utility to ascertain whether their content follows copyright restrictions and fair use guidelines.


Also see:

Encoding with Handbrake for Median

Embedding Median Videos in Canvas

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