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iSkysoft Video Converter

Final Cut Pro

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We recently had a client who had several .MTS files on an SDHC card that he wanted to convert to the .MP4 format and make available via his Blackboard course site.  Final Cut Pro can read these files as can the freeware VLC Media Player and MPEG Streamclip.  However neither VLC nor Mpeg could actually convert the files (they claim it, but we’ve tested it). Continue reading

Cut YouTube Videos into Shorter Clips and Share

tubechop_logo.pngTubeChop is an online tool that allows for you to enter a YouTube video URL and choose a new start and end point for the video. Lets say the YouTube video you want to show in class is really long (as in 20 minutes) and you only want to show 2 minutes of that video, TubeChop allows you to choose the two minutes you want to show and share that video clip with others. You share the newly edited video through a url provided by TubeChop or the embed code provided by TubeChop.

If you would like to learn more or would like to test out TubeChop, click on the link below:


Technology Spotlights: Creating Video Using The Kodak Zi8

English: Eastman Kodak model B

English: Eastman Kodak model B (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This session was designed to show you how to incorporate the use of video in your class using the Kodak Zi8 Pocket video camera. With this camera you can:

  • Capture and critique student and instructor interviews and/or presentations
  • Assess student oral language skills
  • Capture video outside classroom for future discussions

To learn more about the Kodak Zi8 camera and how to use it in the classroom download the following document: Kodak Zi8 Video Camera-1.docx

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.