Introducing… The ‘Faculty Showcase’ and some new posting tips

We consider everyone who passes through the EdMedia program (EMP) to be ‘faculty’, so in this case we are referring to all our participants who have completed an Educational Media project with us, whether they be faculty, staff or students. The “Faculty Showcase” is a new page on the site that will feature all the Open Educational Resources (OERs) that have been created in our program.

The showcase gathers all the posts on this blog that use the category “OER” and displays them on a ‘pinterest like’ grid that can be easily scanned. As I was going through our existing content it was apparent that in order for these posts to look their best, it would be helpful for authors to follow some simple steps to guide their work.  These tips are relevant for all posts and pages on the site.

How to post your content to the Faculty Showcase.

  1. Make a “New Post” and select “OER” as the category
  2. Upload and insert an image of your content into the post.
  3. Embed your media
  4. Upload and set a ‘featured image’
  5. Publish

Well that is the point form version of the steps, but I will add some more details below. Continue reading “Introducing… The ‘Faculty Showcase’ and some new posting tips”

Adobe Premiere Pro Editing Made Easy…A beginner’s guide.

Screen Shot EMP_PP sheet1 PREMIERE PRO Cheat Sheet1

For those of you daring enough to embark on a journey towards EXTREME VIDEO EDITING!!!!  I have prepared a few cheat sheets to make the process a little less, well, extreme.

With these three simple documents you should be on your way to editing your video project in Adobe Premiere Pro.  So don’t be intimidated, be invigorated! And get cutting!

PREMIERE PRO Cheat Sheet2

PREMIERE PRO Cheat Sheet3

 

Please, add content here.

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TITLE
Make is descriptive, meaningful and conversational. Google loves titles and the more keywords you can pack in there the easier it makes it to find later. And for people too!

IMAGES/PLAYERS
Always lead your post with a full width Image or Player window. The player should have a splash page if possible, but at least not a black box with a play button. Also a good idea to check across platforms and devices occasionally to make your technique is working out. When you add you image or media to the library try to fill out he metadata even though it seems redundant. This all aides usability later on.

BODY
Each post must have a short description in text. Its always a good idea to add any extra links as icing as long as they are relevant to the post and add extra value. If possible, tell a story! But at the very least dont be shy about letting a little of your personality in your writing.

CATEGORIES
Choose only one of these

TAGS

  • Add as many of these as you can think of with the following exceptions
  • Lower case only NO CAPS
  • Dont use categories as tags
  • No Dates
  • No Names

 

How to Screen Capture with Audio from your Computer.

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Recording a video that is playing on your computer can be tricky, especially if you want the sound from the video to be recorded. Suppose you have a video you have made and want to play the video and also talk over it, to provide more information or context. By default you can’t do this.  Below are a couple of quick and relatively painless solutions to help you do this.

1)   Camtasia http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html

Camtasia for both mac and PC has educational pricing, see website for specifics. Generally, this program is quite easy to use and allows you to:

  • Record your screen to capture PowerPoint slides, software demos, webpages, and more
  • Edit your screen recordings and camera video by cutting, splicing, and combining clips with the powerful, yet easy to use, video editor
  • Import camera video, music, photos, and more to truly enhance your screen recordings
  • Customize your screen recordings and videos with ready-to-use media themes, animated backgrounds, graphics, callouts, and more
  • Create interactive videos with clickable links, table of contents, search, and more
  • Easily share videos that your viewers can watch anywhere, on nearly any device —Camtasia website

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2)    Quicktime Pro + Soundflower (MAC only)

Quicktime Pro is available for approx. $35 from quicktime.com. Among many of its features it allows for you to make audio, video and screen recordings. However, if you want record the audio of a movie playing on the computer instead of recording your voice for example, you will need to also download Soundflower.

  • Once you have installed Soundflower, you will need to go into SYSTEM PREFERENCES and change your audio input to Soundflower. This will redirect your system audio to play and be recorded.  Without this, the audio you hear on the computer will not be recordable, only the video.