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How to Organize and Tag Video Clips with iTunes

Below is a brief tutorial on how to organize your video clips using iTunes. We also have a PDF (with images) version you can download and print: How to Organize and Tag Video Clips with iTunes.

Getting Started

iTunes has the capability to organize your video clips. iTunes can only read videos that the Quicktime player can play (.mp4, .mov). You may need to either convert the file into a format readable by iTunes or install codecs that will allow Quicktime to play the other type of video files.
Adding Video Clips to iTunes

1. Open up iTunes
2. Click and drag the video clips into the Movies section of iTunes (upper left hand side).
Adding Tags to Video Clips in iTunes

1. Right click (control click or Apple key + I) on the video clip. Choose Get Info in the menu.
2.  Under the Comments section, type in keywords or tags you will use to label and find the video clips later.
3. Click OK when finished.

Creating a Smart Playlist to Filter Tags

1. Click on File and choose New Smart Playlist.
2. In the Smart Playlist info, under Match the following rule, choose
Comments, contains, and type in your tag. Click the plus sign to
add more tags to the list.
3. Check the box next to Live updating.
4. Click OK.

Viewing and Editing Your Smart Playlist

1. To view the video clips in your Smart Playlist, click on the list (tag) name located
 at the left hand side of iTunes.
2.  When you click on the Smart Playlist’s name (usually the tag’s name), you will
see all the videos tagged with that word (in the comments section of each video clip).
3. To edit the list, right click (control + click)  and choose Edit Smart Playlist.

How to Run a Twitter Chat (via Mashable)

I recently read this article in Mashable titled "HOW TO: Start and Run a Successful Twitter Chat". If you are thinking about using Twitter in the classroom or for professional development, this is a great reference and resource to read. It’s a short article, but it has a ton of tips that will help you run a Twitter Chat in no time. If you want to read more, click on the link above.

How to Render Arabic Text Properly in Flash CS4 with Actionscript

I have been working on a project that requires to have Arabic text in a flash website. The issue is that every time we add Arabic text, some of the letters get flipped when we export the movie (.swf file). Here is a work around that my boss (Ben Johnston) discovered. It uses actionscript and html code. Here are the steps below:

1. Create a text file with all the Arabic text you want to put into the fla file. Use HTML markup to create paragraphs, texts aligns etc. At the beginning of each line, you will write this actionscript code: instance_name=”html text”;

For example:
about_me_text = “<p><b style=’font-size:200%;’>About Me</b><p><br />“;

about_me_text += “<p>Author: Me<br>Department of Me Studies<br>Myself University <br></p><br >”;
about_me_text += “<p>More text<br></p><br >”;

Note: When you add an extra line, make sure your actionscript code has a + in it.

2. Go to the layer you want to add the text. Add a text box.

3. Open up the actionscript window for that layer. Paste in your text (with the actionscript and html markup in step 1)

4. Click on the text box. In the text box properties choose Dynamic Text

5. In Dynamic Text, there is a an instance textbox. Type in the instance name in the actionscript code. For this example, that would be: about_me_text

6. Under Paragraph in the text properties, in Behavior choose Multiline.

7. Under Options in the Text Properties, type in the same instance name for the Variable text box. In this example it would be:  about_me_text. (You can copy and paste the text you enter in step 5).

8. Render your movie.

Note: You can change the color, font type, and size in the Text Properties menu too.

How to Order Films for Courses and Put Them On Reserve: ORRS Reference Sheet

The librar6y’s ORRS system (http://library.princeton.edu/services/reserves/how-submit-requests) is the best way to request items, such as films, that are not currently in the Princeton University Library catalog to use for your course. If you need to put items on reserve for a course, you can do that by using the ORRS system as well.

How to Use Audacity to Break Audio Clips Up and Export as Separate Files


Did you ever have a long audio clip that you wanted to break up into
smaller files based off of pauses or silence breaks in your audio? Sure
you can do it manually with a program like Audacity, but Audacity also
has a Silence Analyzer that will insert labels in places where there is
silence in the clip and from those tags you can export the audio into
smaller chunks all in one step. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Open up Audacity. Load your audio clip.
  2. Now use the cursor to scroll over the shortest silence period in
    your clip. This is where a label will be inserted to show a break in
    audio parts. You are measuring the time.
  3. Look at the bottom of Audacity. You will see how long that silence period is.
  4. Now select all your audio clip by clicking Control  + A.
  5. Now go to the Analyze menu.
  6. Choose  Silence Finder
  7. In the minimum silence duration text box, type in the number you
    saw at the bottom of Audacity when you measured the shortest silence
    period in the clip.
  8. Click OK
  9. Now you will see a series of labels with a S. You can also manually
    enter labels (if the analyzer missed any spots) by clicking on the
    silence spot and pressing Control + B.
  10. Now that all your silence spots are marked to break up the clips, go to File  and choose Export Multiple.
  11. Choose the format (wav, mp3), where to save it, how to name it, and choose Split based on labels.
  12. Click OK.