MADISON, Wis. — April 19, 2016 — Sonic
Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions, today
announced its partnership with the California State University System (CSU) to
offer a robust and cost-effective video management system to its 23 campuses.
The CSU system and Sonic Foundry
have signed a Master Enabling Agreement naming Mediasite Video Platform the
preferred video management solution for its 470,000 students and 47,000 faculty
and staff. Mediasite is added to the existing family of system-supported
network applications available to campuses. Participating campuses will either
host their content on-premises or in Mediasite Video Cloud.
“Video has become a central part
of teaching, learning and communication. We are seeing rich media play a huge
role in how the 21st century student learns and a big increase in
the demand for video,” said Jean-Pierre Bayard, CSU director of system-wide
learning technologies and program services. “We needed a secure system that
would be able to control who has access to the content, and Mediasite by Sonic
Foundry provides that best.”
Regardless of its source,
Mediasite ensures all video has a secure, central home. It streamlines the most
time-consuming steps of uploading, encoding and organizing every video asset so
that it can be easily watched and managed with the click of a button. CSU
campuses will be able to import video recorded with any device, user-generated
content and web conferences into Mediasite Video Platform.
Currently, eight of the 23 system
universities use Mediasite for video management, as well as to record lectures,
trainings and special events on campus. Under the new agreement, more
universities will have access to Mediasite.
“When you have the combination of
a quality product that people want at a price that they can afford, like Sonic
Foundry does, it’s a no-brainer for the universities. They’ll want to join in,”
“Sonic Foundry is thrilled
to expand on our long-term relationship with the California State University
system,” said Gary Weis,
CEO, Sonic Foundry. “As academic video needs grow to include
user-generated content, flipped learning modules, student assignments and more,
it is increasingly important to choose a strategic technology partner who can
support the expansion of multi-campus video initiatives. The selection of
Mediasite Video Platform not only provides a unified, integrated platform for
managing video, it drives economies of scale as campuses are served with a
streamlined, vetted and competitive solution.”
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in
the country, with 23 campuses, 47,000 faculty and staff and more than 470,000
students. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality,
affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of California. Connect
with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
(NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted global leader for video capture, management and
webcasting solutions in education, business and government. The patented Mediasite Video Platform
transforms communications, training, education and events for more than 3,800
customers in over 65 countries.
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