1 – Apple’s iTunes program (current version as of this post, version 12) – download here
1 – An Internet website that has a podcast feed
Navigate to the website that has a podcast feed. This type of site would not be the norm, so this is likely a site that makes it very obvious that there is a podcast associated with it, or a site that was recommended by someone you know. An example would be the NPR Podcast Directory.
Look for an icon somewhere on the webpage (not the one in the web address field) that looks like this: or better yet, a button that says iTunes
If you don’t see that icon, look for some text that mentions “subscribe to feed”, “subscribe to iTunes or “RSS“. Linked text that reads “Entries (RSS)” is a common way the feed for a WordPress blog is encountered, usually near the bottom of the screen.
If you need to manually subscribe, you can right-click on the icon or text link and choose either Copy Link Address (Chrome) or Copy Link Location (Firefox), or Copy Shortcut (Internet Explorer).
Alternatively, you can click on the icon or the text and it should lead you to a page with a few options to subscribe to the RSS feed. You’ll need that link address so that you can paste it into iTunes.
Start the iTunes program.
Click on the File menu and choose Subscribe to Podcast…
Paste the link shortcut into the box labeled URL:
Click the OK button. This will add the podcast to the iTunes Podcast library and will start to download the latest podcast from the site. If you wish to download other, earlier podcasts, you can click the Feed button on the far right of the Podcast header (next to the Unplayed button). Then click one of the cloud icons to download the episode of your choice.
Clicking the Refresh button while viewing the Podcast listing will check the site for the most recent podcast. To access it, click the “ellipsis” icon and then choose Refresh (as pictured below).
Start Final Cut Pro X. It will be in your Dock or in the Applications folder.
Note that in the top left, the Event Library, you have at least two drives listed, your Macintosh HD and your external drive (with the name you gave it). When Final Cut Pro X is started for the first time after it is installed, it creates a new event library.
In the lower left is the Project Library, again with at least two drives listed.
In either the Event Library or Project Library, if there are small arrows next to the drive names, that means there are Events or Projects on those drives. Clicking the arrows will reveal the Events and Projects.
Now, you can either create a new Event, in the Event Library, or a new Project, in the Project Library by clicking on the appropriate button.
In the example we create a New Project on the external drive. We give it a name and click OK.
Next we create a new Event Library by clicking the Import Media button.
This is where we will import clips from your media card. Select your clips and click the Import Selected button.
Create a new Event. Make sure to select the external hard drive from the Save to: drop-down. Adjust the settings if desired and click Import.
You can view your progress by choosing Window > Background Tasks from the menu bar. Once it completes you can edit your footage.
You can continue working until you need to quit. Final Cut Pro X will automatically save your progress (unless your in the middle of something that needs to finish). Your work will be saved automatically and you can start Final Cut Pro X again and pick up where you left off.
You can move events or project from drive to drive within Final Cut Pro X by dragging and dropping.
You can view the files on your external hard drive by looking in the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders. ONLY MOVE OR DELETE EVENTS OR PROJECTS WHILE IN FINAL CUT PRO X. Don’t move or delete these files while viewing your hard drives or it will affect your projects in potentially disastrous ways.
From the Menu bar at the top click the Create button, or under the My Recipes area click Create a Recipe.
From here on you will follow IFTTT’s prompts. Your first step is to create what is know as a Trigger ( a “this”). Pick from the services available, in this example, YouTube. If it is the first time using YouTube as a trigger, you will need to authorize IFTTT to use your YouTube “channel”. Just follow the prompts.
For the action, we’ll use the “New favorite video” trigger.
The next step is to create an action ( a “that”) channel. We’ll choose WordPress. Again you’ll need to authorize IFTTT to use your WordPress account.
Choose the Create a post action.
Choose Video URL as the YouTube ingredient, and select Publish Immediately from the Post Status area.
Next, click the Create Action button.
Finally, click the Create Recipe button. Now you can “Favorite” a YouTube video and see how it works.
“How we used to post screencasts at Digital Media Cookbook” – So, we need to give this post a new title. Something like “How to post screencasts using Screencast.com”. We are beginning to change over how we implement screencasts here at DMC. We’ll be using the Vimeo Hosting service. I think we’ll be doing an updated screencast and recipe soon.
1 – A place to publish the HTML code from Screencast.com. We use a site on a WordPress multiuser installation.
This process assumes that you have created a screencast in Jing, which is a free program to create screencasts. I use the Pro version of Jing to get an MPEG4 version, which I later upload to Blip.tv for the iPhone version.
After the screencast has been completed, you have the option to save your video to several places, one of them being Screencast.com. Clicking on the Screencast.com button starts the upload process within the Jing program. It will notify you when your video has finished uploading.
Once your video is uploaded you can navigate to Screencast.com, login and find your video. If you used Jing, it will be in a Jing folder (you can also use Camtasia Studio with Screencast.com)
Click on the Jing folder and find the thumbnail icon for your screencast. Click on the Share button next to the thumbnail icon.
In the Share Content window, look for the Embed on your page: area and click in the field with the “embed code”. Copy this, by selecting Edit>Copy from your browser menu, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-c (PC) or Command-c (Mac).
Now we create a new post in our WordPress blog. In the HTML editor (don’t use the Visual Editor to paste the code) we paste the code by choosing Edit>Paste from your browser menu, or by pressing CTRL-c or Command-c
Next, we need to make some modifications to the code to fit it in the blog post. Depending on what size video you recorded, you will probably need to scale the video down in size to fit it in the blog post. There may be some trial and error here but you need to find the right pixel dimensions for the video. In our example we have a 1280×720 video. We scale it to 560×315. Different WordPress blogs have different spaces for posts. Starting with a 450 pixel wide setting should be good and you can adjust later.
Depending on the aspect ratio of your video, the size that you scale your video to may vary. Let’s say we start with 1280×720, and we want to scale to a width of 450 pixels. Use the Aspect Ratio Calculator site to determine what the ratio should be. If the width needs to be 450 then the height needs to be 253 to maintain the 16:9 ratio.
Now you need to change all of the occurrences of the 1280 width to 450 (there will be 3 of them), and all of the 720 height to 253. UPDATE – HTML5 code has no been added to the embed code for the screencasts. Whereas there used to be 4 places to update the dimensions, there are now 3.
Make sure to give your post a title and then publish the page. You should now be able to view the page and watch the screencast from within the blog.
Here is a video screencast overview of what the Digital Media Cookbook web site is and where to find a few things. Again, it is a companion to the UMW New Media Center site that has numerous articles on a wide range of new media topics. The DMC site is the place to go for getting instructions, and instructional videos, on how to preform various technology tasks. The site offers recipes for managing, creating, and producing digital media. We hope you enjoy the site and find it helpful. We would appreciate any feedback regarding the site and the videos.
1 – A Computer with a DVD-ROM drive running a Windows operating system.
1 – The VLC Program* (unfortunately this feature is only available in the Windows version of VLC).
1 – A DVD (most DVDs will work including commercial ones, but be aware of copyright issues).
Insert into the computer the DVD that has the video segment you wish to use.
If you have a default DVD player program installed on your computer, close that software. Open the VLC program.
In VLC choose Media>Open Disc…
For Disc Selection choose “DVD” (you may need to click the Browse button and select the disc).
The disc should begin playing (you may need to choose “Play” or something similar from a disc menu). If you haven’t already, select View>Advanced Controls to make the Record button available.
Navigate to the start of the segment you want to record. While the DVD is playing press the Record button. Press it again at the end point of the segment you want.
Repeat the process if there is more than one segment that you would like.
Recordings will be located in the My Documents (or Documents in Vista and Windows 7) folder and the file names will begin with “vlc-record…”
These MPEG2 files are now available to convert/edit into the appropriate format.
* – I have discovered that VLC for the Mac CAN record segments from a DVD. It is a “hidden” feature, but can be accessed by using the keyboard shortcut “Shift-Command-r”. Press the shortcut once to start a recording, press it again to stop the recording. Files are saved to the “Movies” folder.
These directions will assume you have a Flickr account as well as the Picasa and Flickr Uploader tool already installed.
Visit the Picasa2Flickr page and click on the link labeled picasa2flickr button. The latest update is 20 January 2009.
If Picasa is not currently running, a small window should appear asking which application to launch. Choose Picasa and click OK.
When Picasa is running you should see a question “Launch Picasa and import buttons?” – Choose Yes.
You should now see the Configure Buttons window with a “Send To flickr” button under the Available Buttons.
Click Add>> to move it to the Current Buttons listing, and then click OK.
Now you can select a photo in Picasa and click the “Send To flickr” button in the bottom of the Picasa window.
Before you can upload photos to Flickr, you will need to Authorize the Flickr Uploader program. If you have already done this, you will see an Upload button. Fill in the fields provided and you can upload your photo or photos.
If you have not authorized the Flickr Uploader program, you will see a Sign In button. Click Sign In and a Flickr page will open in your web browser asking you to sign in, or if you are already signed in to Flickr, present you with the authorization page. Click Next in the box with the text “If you arrived at this page because you specifically asked Flickr Uploadr to connect to your Flickr account, click here:”
On the next page you will see “Flickr Uploadr wants to link to your Flickr account.” Choose “OK, I’ll authorize it”
Return to the Flickr Uploader program and click the Ready button. Now you can proceed with uploading photos.
These directions will assume you have a working WordPress installation with the Flickr Album Plugin already installed.
Login to the Dashboard for your WordPress site.
Click on the Plugins link on the left-hand menu.
Locate the Flickr Album Plugin in the list of plugins. Click the Activate link.
You should see a link to go configure the plugin.
To use the Flickr Album Plugin, you need to have what is known as a Flickr API key. Follow the links to apply for one.
Once you have obtained your Flickr API key (and Shared secret key), enter them into the appropriate fields and click the Next button.
On the next page there are two steps. Step 1 is to click the button to Retrieve Flickr Permissions. This tells Flickr that your site will use the API key.
The next step is to apply those permissions. Click the Apply Permissions button.
If all went well you should see the Flickr Settings area where you can choose how you want images and albums to behave on your blog. Below that you should see some of your photos and/or albums appear. Make any changes you wish and click the Save Settings button.
When you start a new blog post, you’ll see a new blue and magenta button above the editing window that allows you to add any Flickr images from your account. Basically you choose an image, select a size (medium works well), and click the button to “Insert Into Post”.