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Managing Media in VistaVideoCamera

Media files, such as video and audio, take up a lot of space on servers and are slow to download for those with slower connections. In addition, those large files slow down the Vista system for everyone else in the state. To help with all of these problems, we want to keep media files on a separate server designed for media. To accomplish this, we can use the Bainbridge College Podcasting Server.

(Note: do not use the Podcasting Server for PowerPoint presentations converted to Flash. The server does not accept Flash movies. Instead, embed them directly into your GeorgiaView course. Additionally, video from the first generation FLIP cameras that many faculty have are not useable by the podcasting server. Learn more about using FLIP video).

Once your media is loaded into your channel on the Podcasting Server, you can link to it from within your Vista course. The net effect is that media downloads somewhat faster and all that "media traffic" is kept out of the Vista system which helps keep it running more quickly for us all.

But before you go an upload everything you can get your hands on, please remember that there are copyright issues to consider. Please refer to our copyright page for more information.

So how do I use the Podcasting Server?

You will need to create an account and request a channel on our Podcasting Server (Click on the Request Podcasting Channel Link. You will be asked if you have an account or not. Click "no" and you will be prompted to register for access and to create your "channel"). Once you have done this and the account and channel are approved, you have access to the Podcaster Manual which details how to manage your channel.

Please note: using the Podcasting Server as a repository for your media is different than using it as a podcasting channel. If you are not going to create an actual podcast to which student subscribe, you will use the embed or link code method to put the media into your Vista course. There is no need to provide subscription information for students. For more information about podcasting, see the Podcasting page.

Using the media in Vista

Watch these tutorials: Adding Video to a Podcast (1:32), Embedding a Podcast in GeorgiaView (3:09), and Adding Text to a Podcast (1:50)

After your media is uploaded to the Podcast Server, you then simply link to it from within Vista. To do this you need to obtain an embed or link code to post in your Vista course. Here's how:
  1. Click on Podcasting Channels from the menu on your Podcast page
  2. Then from the list click on the name of the channel you want to use in your course.
  3. Under "List of Podcasting Episodes: Most Recent Upload First," choose the episode you want to create a link to from within your Vista course.
  4. Notice the last two items of the Actions row. You have a choice of getting a Link Code or an Embed Code. Both provide you with the HTML code you need to create a link from within Vista. When you use the link code and a user clicks on it, a new window is opened in which to play the media. With the Embed Code, the media plays within the window in which it is opened inside Vista. It is your choice.

Podcast codes

  1. Choose the code you want to use. A window like the following will open.

Example of code

  1. Copy the code in the gray area.
  2. Go into the page in your Vista course where you want to place the link.
  3. Click on Add File<Create File as shown below.

Create file

  1. Enter a title
  2. Paste the code that you copied from the Podcast Server into the content box.
  3. Enter optional text before the code (in the screenshot below, this optional text reads, "Watch this ten minute movie about the origins of science."
  4. Check the "Use HTML" box. Note: this is not the same as Enable HTML Creator.
  5. Click "Save."

Podcast file details

  1. Finally, the movie will appear on the page in which you placed it. Notice the optional text appears at the top of the screen.

What it looks like in Vista