What does a Pittsburgh Primanti Sandwich and Technology Have in Common?

Well they both can be challenging to get your hands around, often have lots of components that, on the first thought, shouldn’t really go together, and are lots of fun to work with and/or eat.primanti-brother-sandwhich.JPG

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting AIU 3 and delivering a few presentations to 50+ Library Media Specialists from schools throughout the greater Pittsburgh, PA area.

And the day was even more special because I had help from three very good friends – DEN Stars Peggy Bargar and Jim Hopton, and the Director of Product Development, (magic maker) Shelley Santora-Jones. Peggy and Jim took time out of their own schedules to deliver their fantastic content – in fact they blogged about it too – check it out!

Thank you so very much Jim and Peggy – or JPEG as we affectionately call them- for all of your help!

Shelley Santora-Jones, a Pittsburgh native, also came back home to provide a sneak peek into what is coming down the pipeline. Thank you very much Shelley.

And of course I got to be a ham (hold the mayo) as always and talked about the Builders and 50_ways_to_integrate_unitedstreaming.ppt If you haven’t had a chance to check out these ppts – feel free to grab them now.

Ok one more quick tip that was shared that day is something that I just think is the coolest thing since – well since I found out that french fries on a sandwich could be a pretty tasty idea! Did you know that you can make any movie Close Captioned?

Yep that’s right you can make a close captioned template that will work with ANY video!

To do that follow the steps below.

Note this only works on Windows based machines. That means that if you have a Mac you need a machine that runs the Windows environment as well. I can hear the groans from here -sorry guys.

Without further ado follow these steps:

  1. Use the Advanced Search to find any video that is Close Captioned – it doesn’t matter which one
  2. Check the Enable Closed Captioning Box in the Media Settings Areamedia-settings.JPG
  3. Right-Click on the CC icon and either Save Target As (IE) or Save Link As (Firefox) or hold down Ctrl Key and click on blue download icon (Mac)
  4. Save file in a Close Caption folder on your computer
  5. Once the files are downloaded open up your folder
  6. Right-click on the .smi file and open with a text editor like Notepad (remember Mac users you can do this if you have a machine that has the Windows operating system as well).
  7. There you will see all sorts of code – erase any of the text that makes sense to you in English – i.e. “This is a shark about to bite a fish…” and not <ahref=> or some gobblety gook like that.
  8. Now you have a blank template that you can use to insert your own words where “This is a shark about to bite a fish…” once existed.
  9. Make a copy of this template file and save it in your Close Caption folder
  10. Find ANY video in DE streaming and download it into your Close Caption Folder
  11. Right-Click on the blue download icon and either Save Target As (IE) or Save Link As (Firefox) or hold down Ctrl Key and click on blue download icon (Mac)
  12. Once saved, take note of the file name, and change one of your CC templates to match the video file name – exactly as it is named. The only difference should be that the file extension remains .smi
  13. Open up the .smi file with notepad and enter your own, or your students’ own words into it.
  14. Save this new file and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Hope this helps – thanks!


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