Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Do you have enough bandwidth???

An interesting statement from

Today the Internet bandwidth per student
is 2.90 Kbps (or kilobits per second per student) according to the survey.
Furthermore, schools say they will grow this to 9.57 Kbps per student by 2011—a
3.3-fold increase. But the ADS 2006 team believes that as much as 40 Kbps may be
needed in five years. As the number of computers in schools increases
and the ways in which students use computers change, more and more
bandwidth will be needed.

It is unlikely, however, that many schools
are budgeting for a 14-fold increase, although technology directors are
generally aware of the challenge. The hard costs of the bandwidth required
to support the growth in online learning, home connectivity, and ubiquitous
computing are unknown and likely to require additional research.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Some issues trying to get MovieMaker to work with the Casimir Sony Handycam

  • Files (non finalized) exported from the handycam are MPEG2
  • Moviemaker has issues with MPEG2 files!! (see here )

  • the issue should be resolved if the correct Codecs are on the given computer.
      • While experimenting Mick Prest found that using two different computers with identical settings that Moviemaker could handle the same file on one computer and not the other!!!
      • This is documented and it seems as if Moviemaker can be hardware specific!! (Much more detail! See Importing Video Sources/Introduction)

  • Tho only solution offered is for you to convert the video from MPEG2 to something that MM2 (MovieMaker 2) likes better.
  • Mick used three different converters and converted to many different formats and found that only this one worked
    • Converting to WMV (Highest quality) using Replay Media Converter
    • The hassle is that this might only work for the hardware on Mick's laptop!!!
  • Mick is going to check if it will load straight onto a mac!!

Lots of help for MM2 here and don't forget Atomic Learning

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Converting Google videos all the way!!

  • Of course, the framerate et al is not good for importing into the standard editors. I run the file through Canopus Procoder 2 and save them in a .avi format.

  • This will load into Premiere Pro (or even Microsoft Moviemaker) for editing and playing with.

  • I run this through Flash Video Studio which will put it into Flash if I want to put it back on the web. Blogger just takes the .avi's anyway.