Written by Dave Carroll, Senior Product Manager
D2L is deprecating the Legacy Brightspace Capture tech stack with a target date of Fall/Winter 2023. This move ensures that the resources required to maintain the aging Legacy platform can be reallocated to continue to innovate and improve the value of the Brightspace product offerings. For more information about the end-of-life of Legacy Capture, see Intent to End-of-Life Legacy Capture technology.
With the help of the D2L Media team, clients currently using Legacy Brightspace Capture (9.5 or earlier) can migrate their content from the old tech stack to the Brightspace Media Library for use with Capture X (Capture 10).
Legacy Capture: The tech stack housing Brightspace Capture 9.5 and previous versions, including Brightspace Capture Portals.
Capture 9.5 or Capture v9.5: The final version of Brightspace Capture on the legacy tech stack
Capture 9.x or Capture v9.x: all versions previous to and including Capture 9.5
Capture X or Capture v10.0: initial Capture version housed within Brightspace's tech stack
Migration Plan for Content
D2L teams assist you to move content from your existing Capture portal to the Brightspace Media Library, migrating content at off-peak times to maintain performance of your Brightspace implementation. The following content is migrated as appropriate for your content:
- S3 files (bypass transcode) and caption tracks
- Thumbnails are not moved; however, you can create newer versions in the Media Library
- Ownership of all videos is assigned to the Brightspace Administrator role after the migration
- Folders are not moved, as there is no Media Library equivalent; however, information is appended to the description information of the video
- Uploader, owner, and presenter information is not moved; however, the information is appended to the description information of the video
- Content in restricted access folders is migrated, but it is only visible to Brightspace Administrators. Any links to the content formerly in restricted access folders that appears inside courses continues to be available and function as expected.
- Password-protected presentations are not migrated unless the passwords are removed.
After the migration is complete, the Switch from Portal to Media Library flags are updated, indicating that the clients are ready to use Capture X.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we making this move, we have some very longstanding Capture clients who like the Product?
D2L is committed to innovation and creating a platform that enables inspired learning experiences. Unfortunately, legacy technology can slow advancement. Legacy Capture (versions 9.5 and earlier) provides clients with a non-LMS environment (Capture Portals) to create, store, publish, and manage video presentations, but the older infrastructure is not optimized for current video file storage and publishing demands. When development resources can focus on a single codebase, it allows for greater advancement of the audio-video suite within Brightspace. For more information, see Intent to End-of-Life Legacy Capture technology.
I have password protected content in Capture 9.5. Will that be migrated?
Unfortunately there isn't a match for this feature in Capture X. In anticipation of the migration, consider whether you want the content to remain password protected (and not migrated to the Media Library) or you want to remove the passwords (and migrate the files).
What happens to file ownership when files are migrated?
The Media Library is not structured the same way as the Legacy Capture file system. Files are moved into Media Library under the ownership of organization level Brightspace administrators. They can search all the Media Library files for an Author name and can reassign that content to the author, if applicable.
My organization doesn't want to move all our old Capture files. What happens now?
The Media team can exclude certain files from migration. D2L recommends you follow this article in order to be notified when more details become available.
My organization doesn't want to move our Legacy Capture content to Capture X. What other options do I have?
Unfortunately the legacy stack must be replaced. If you don't want to move your content, D2L will work with you to ensure your content is moved to a new location via secure transfer.
Can Capture X clients share content with non-Brightspace account holders like they could with previous versions of Capture?
In Capture X, that feature is not supported.
Can I continue to live stream content in Capture X?
In Capture X, live-streaming is not supported. If you want to propose this for future development, please submit a Product Idea Exchange request.
Some of my content is very dated. What happens to those files?
D2L is unable to move some older file types stored in Legacy Capture, such as files using FLASH. We will make recommendations for alternative options for affected clients.
What happens with Caption Tracks associated to videos that are migrated?
Caption Tracks are migrated and are available inside Brightspace Media Player.
What are the long-term plans for the future of Capture?
Capture is not going away, we are making this move to evolve in a better environment. We are always looking for ways to grow our products and that is the goal of 'replanting' Capture.
Questions or Concerns?
New information will be added to this article as it becomes available. To help provide the most current information about the End of Live and migration of Capture content, D2L recommends you follow this article.
Contact your Customer Success Manager, Technical Account Manager, or leave a comment on this blog article.