What is it?

Re/Play facilitates the creation, editing, automatic captioning, publishing and management of audio-visual content. Re/Play is currently operational in 125 lecture rooms and we now cover all centrally managed teaching spaces with 30 or more seating capacity. Whilst enrolled at UoB, students can access recordings of their unit lectures via Blackboard.

Screen capture software is used to record anything you can see on your screen with corresponding audio and, if chosen, video from a webcam. The software then automatically uploads to the lecturer's My Re/Play area, which allows them to edit and control the visibility of their recordings or if they wish, allow the process to complete automatically. 

Re/Play is managed by the Digital Education Office in partnership with IT Teaching Learning and Collaboration Team. Support for automated capture and using the Desktop recorder can be found through a dedicated Re/Play help section on Blackboard, and web based FAQs. For ideas on how this technology can be used, please see Media in Teaching.

Once created, the recording is available to students approximately two working days after the lecture. The content creator can access analytics on how the video is being used, for example how much of the video their students are watching, which areas they focus on and the number of views.

Getting help

See the Digital Education Office Blog for help, advice and the latest news from our Digital Education Office, including known issues and service announcements.


Why use Re/Play?

  • to make recorded information available to students prior to the lecture. This practice is commonly termed flipping. These resources can be reused across courses and/or academic years.
  • to provide clarification to students post lecture or seminar.
  • to create audio-visual content to incorporate into online learning materials using tools such as Xerte or Blackboard Learning modules.
  • provide personal feedback to students by using a combination of audio and annotation captured using the desktop software.
  • Create videos with inbuilt MCQs, Polls and annotations on the video timeline.


The desktop recorder is available for staff to download on Windows 10 machines and Macs. The following examples, show materials published using Re/Play. If you wish to discuss any of these further, please email

What support is available?

Read our uploading and captioning videos guide first. The Digital Education Office can talk to you further about using audio-visual content in your course.

If your teaching has been recorded using the automated Lecture Capture system and you would like to talk about the analytics or discuss further opportunities to use the technology, we can also provide support.

You can also learn and share tips on current practice at Bristol by joining the Media Community of Practice. If you wish to join, please go to Yammer (if you have an account) and join the Media in Teaching Group. If you are new to Yammer, support is available from Microsoft.

The Digital Education Office offers Media Workshops, which can be modified or amended to align with discipline or practice requirements. Please contact to discuss.

For further assistance with using or creating educational media, please email: