Creating TEI files with OpenOffice or LibreOffice

NOTE: The following no longer seems to work. It seems to have been replaced by OxGarage, an online file conversion utility.  The original jar files are still available in the Sourceforge archives for the project but they will most likely not work with recent versions of OpenOffice or LibreOffice

TEI is a flavor of XML that is particularly suited to working with text.  If you are reading this, you probably knew that. What you may not know is that OpenOffice and the LibreOffice can be set up to export files as TEI 4 or TEI 5 compliant files. To install the filters necessary to do this, follow these steps:

Download the TEI4 and TEI5 .jar files from sourceforge:

Open OpenOffice Writer or LibreOffice Writer and open the ‘XML Filter Settings’ window from the Tools menu.

Click the ‘Open Package’ button and then navigate to the jar files you downloaded from sourceforge. Install each package. You should now find TEI4 and TEI5 listed in the menu of filetype choices when you go to ‘Save As’.

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 Rotate and Crop a Video Clip

Did you ever record video that you wanted to rotate? Have you ever rotated a clip and you were left with extra space on the side you wanted to crop out? I recently worked on a project where we had to rotate video clips and crop out the extra space. The tool we used on the Mac was MPEG Streamclip ( It is a free video conversion software. Here’s how to rotate the clip and crop it in MPEG Streamclip.

1. Open MPEG Streamclip and drop your video into the application. You will see a preview of your video.

2. Go to File—>Export to MPEG4 (you can choose other options depending on the format you want to save the video).

rotate_1.png3. In the Exporter window, choose rotate 90 degrees CCW. (This may change depending on how you want to rotate the video).

rotate_2.png      rotate_3.png


4. For your zoom (under rotation) choose 75%. If you do not change this, part of the video will be cut off. rotate_4.png5. Depending on how big your video will be, you may have some extra black space after the rotation you may want to crop. To do this, check the checkbox next to Cropping. For Left and Right values, type in the pixel value you want to crop. For 640px width, 140px for left and right worked for me.To see if this cropping is correct, click the Preview button at the bottom left before you render the whole video.


6. Once you have cropped the video and previewed it, click on the Make MP4 button.


7. Decide where you want to save the file on your computer and click Save. The exporting process will start. It may take a few minutes depending how large and long your video clip is.


How to OCR and Save PDFs as Text Files Using Batch Processing

Here’s a walk through on how to OCR PDFs and save them as text files using the Batch Processing feature and ClearScan feature in Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro.

1. Open Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro

2. In the top Menu, choose Advanced–> Document Processing–> Batch Processing

3. In the Batch Sequences window, choose New Sequence

4. In the textbox, type in a name for the sequence. I chose OCR Text in PDF and Save as Text File. Click OK.

5. Click the Select Commands button.

6. In the Edit Sequence window, under the Docuemnt Folder, choose Recognize Text Using OCR.

7. Now the Add Button in the middle will highlight. Click the Add button. It will appear in the right side column.

8. Double click on the text in the right hand column ( Recognize Text Using OCR) or highlight Recognize Text Using OCR and click the Edit button in the middle bottom of the Edit Sequence window.

9. In the Recognize Text Settings window, choose the language you will be OCRing from the PDFs (we used English (US)).

10. Change PDF Output style to ClearScan.

11. Change Downsample Images to Low (300 dpi).

12. Click OK for the Recognize Text Settings window and Edit Sequence Video.

13. For the Edit Batch Sequence window under step 2, for Run Commands on, click the browse button and choose the folder that has the PDFs you want to OCR and save as text files.

14. For Select output type (step 3), click the browse button and choose the folder you want to save the OCRed text files. You can create a new folder while in the search window.

15. Under step 3, click the Output Options button.

16. Under File Naming Choose how you would like the files to be named (can be set to be same file name as original. You can also chose to overwrite existing files.

17. Under Output Format, choose Export File(s) to Alternate Format.  In the drop down menu, choose Text (Accessible).

18. Click OK for the Output Options and the Edit Batch Sequence windows.

19. In the Batch Sequences window, highlight the sequence you just created and click the Run Sequence button.

20. Click OK. Your batch process will now run on the folder you designated for that sequence. Any errors will be reported as the batch process runs in Acrobat.


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.