Software and Tools

When developing and presenting your digital semester projects, you can make use of numerous tools and applications that are made available through the Service Centre for Computer Systems and Communication (SCC), the eLab of the Center for Institutional Development, the faculties or the University Communication. We try to update or extend this list regularly.

Using existing software

The Service Center for Computer Systems and Communication has made numerous software programmes available on its website. These programmes are released for use within the university network and can be used by students and teachers of the university, typically free of charge. You can find a detailed overview with a description of the areas of application and the applicable conditions of use as well as contact information here:


Video Conferencing | Streaming | Chats

Telephone and video conferencing systems with numerous other functions can be used to communicate with fellow students and lecturers while working on your project, or to enter into a live chat with guests or to give lectures. Depending on the equipment, these systems also allow the streaming or recording of events. 

1. Telephone conferencing
via the university telephone system with a maximum of 6 to 8 participants, depending on the device

2. Video conferencing via DFN-conf
Conferences with streaming option for a maximum of 23 participants with camera, chat and recording function.
The system is provided by Deutsches Forschungsnetz für Videokonferenzen and is unobjectionable under data protection law. Invitations to the system can only be issued by employees of the university.
Contact: nutzerservice[at]


3. Video conferencing (local) via moodle
Within the learning platform moodle different solutions are provided. For example, with the web conferencing solutions BigBlueButton or Adobe Connect, you can use audio, video, slides, whiteboard, chat and screen in real time. You can also let other participants join the conferences with their webcams or invite guest speakers. Both systems have a recording function.
Contact: moodle-support[at]




Exchanging data and work together

You can exchange data and work collaboratively with up to 25 GB of data within the German science network using the cloud service Nextcloud. Information on how to use this service can be found on the SCC website

Contact: nutzerservice[at]


Designing websites

If you are being supervised by a professorship who is responsibile for content and technology, you can conclude a project agreement with the SCC which allows you to use the following services:
Web presence with your own page within
With the help of the content management system TYPO3, content such as texts, images or embedded Vimeo videos can be stored on your personal pages while conforming to the university's corporate design.
Web server for static content
A personal page is automatically available for you on the university's web server where you can create static HTML pages with JavaScript or CSS.
Contact: nutzerservice[at]

>>> ><username>

Web server for dynamic contents
Upon request by a member of the university staff, you can also use the web server for dynamic content e.g. databases and programmatic solutions such as WordPress.
Contact: nutzerservice[at]

>>><project name>

Individual virtual web server with custom configuration (exceptional case)
In exceptional cases, an individual web server with a responsible range of integrated functions may be used. For these cases, a separate application describing the scope and sustainability of the project as well as a briefing are require.
Contact: nutzerservice[at]

>>> <project name>


Creating videos

There are many ways to create videos, the selection of which depends strongly on the desired size, content and result. With a digital camera or smartphone, you can record short videos yourself and, if necessary, cut and edit them. There are numerous freeware tools for this purpose, such as the VSDC Free Video Editor, SimpleVideoCutter or Windows Movie Maker

The university offers several applications for recording explanatory videos or lectures

Video recording (= screencast)
Lectures or conversations can be easily recorded from home using the video conferencing systems Adobe Connect, BigBlueButton and DFN-conf and, if necessary, edited with an editing program. Lecture recording can also be done using MS PowerPoint.
Contact: nutzerservice[at]



Camtasia is another application for which limited licenses are available.
Contact: elab[at]



Hosting videos

Please provide videos about the »Vimeo« platform. These can be embedded in the university's website in accordance with data protection regulations. If you do not yet have a »Vimeo« account, you can become a member of this video platform free of charge. This opens up the following possibilities:

  • 500 MB weekly storage space for uploading, up to 5 GB storage space for the entire account
  • Download converted video files
  • Password protection and other default privacy settings for your videos
  • Upload up to 10 videos per day
  • Create 1 channel, 1 group, and 3 presentations

Please note that the upload volume is limited to 500 MB per week. So be sure to finish your videos in time if a staggered upload is required for capacity reasons.

You can find more information about »Vimeo« on the following page:

For data protection reasons, »YouTube« videos cannot be embedded on the pages of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. However, you have the possibility to link videos provided on »YouTube« via a text on the University's website. Please indicate in the text that the link leads to the platform »YouTube«.  

Due to the limited upload volume and legal restrictions, the use of the university's »Vimeo« channel is only possible in exceptional cases and after approval by the University Communication. 
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Request eTutors

Last year, numerous student assistants were trained as eTutors by the eLab team. They have the technical and didactic knowledge to convey content using the systems available at the university. On request, the eTutors will be happy to support you in creating your presentation for summaery2021. Please ask your dean's office who is an eTutor in your faculty.