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:
- Use the Advanced Search to find any video that is Close Captioned – it doesn’t matter which one
- Check the Enable Closed Captioning Box in the Media Settings Area
- 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)
- Save file in a Close Caption folder on your computer
- Once the files are downloaded open up your folder
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Make a copy of this template file and save it in your Close Caption folder
- Find ANY video in DE streaming and download it into your Close Caption Folder
- 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)
- 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
- Open up the .smi file with notepad and enter your own, or your students’ own words into it.
- Save this new file and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Hope this helps – thanks!