CTN’s Streaming Video User Guide

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Intro                                                       2
Gettin...
CTN’s Streaming Video User Guide




CTN provides video download and a streaming system that instantly delivers over 2,000...
Getting Started…
Step 1: Type www.unitedstreaming.com in your browser.

Step 2: Enter your login name and password. Hit th...
Using the unitedstreaming™ Advanced Search

The unitedstreaming advanced search allows you to search and sort your content...
Selecting the Video to Stream
Step 1: Select one of the titles that matches your search by clicking on the title.




Step...
Downloading and Saving the Video Clips PC Users…


      Internet Explorer:
Step 1: Hover your mouse over the       button...
Downloading and Saving the Video Clips Macintosh Users…


        Internet Explorer:
Step 1: Hover your mouse over the    ...
Downloading Teachers’ Guides and Blackline Masters
Many unitedstreaming™ titles come with Teachers’ Guides and Blackline m...
Downloading the Windows Media Player for Windows™
In order to view videos on unitedstreaming™, it is necessary to download...
Downloading the Windows Media Player™ for Macintosh
In order to view videos on unitedstreaming™, it is necessary to downlo...
Viewing Videos with Closed Captioning

Many of the titles available on unitedstreaming™ may be viewed with closed-captioni...
Calendar Feature
One of the newest tools available to you is an online Calendar with commemorative events
linked to video ...
Playlist
The playlist allows you to add videos to a list for later viewing. Clicking the “a” button next to a
video clip w...
Download Manager v1.0
The unitedstreaming Download Manager is a software program to schedule and transfer videos
from unit...
Technical Support
Unitedstreaming™ has extensive on-line help sections for both the administrator and end-user
sites. Thro...
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  1. 1. CTN’s Streaming Video User Guide Table of Contents Intro 2 Getting Started (Logging in and searching) 3 Using the unitedstreaming Advanced Search 4 Selecting the Video to Stream 5 Downloading and Saving Video Clips (PC) 6 Playing Downloaded Video Full Screen (PC) 6 Downloading and Saving Video Clips (Mac) 7 Playing Downloaded Video Full Screen (Mac) 7 Downloading Teachers’ Guides and Blackline Masters 8 Downloading the Windows Media Player™ (Windows) 9 Downloading the Windows Media Player™ (Macintosh) 10 Viewing the unitedstreaming videos with closed-captioning 11 Calendar 12 Playlist 13 Download Manager v1.0 14 Technical Support 15
  2. 2. CTN’s Streaming Video User Guide CTN provides video download and a streaming system that instantly delivers over 2,000 educational core-curriculum digital videos and 20,000 clips. By simply searching our database, users are able to easily locate grade and subject specific content, and view the videos on their computers. This can be done by downloading it onto their desktops or a local server, or by live streaming. Each video has been indexed, which gives the option of viewing the entire program or watching a short clip. 3
  3. 3. Getting Started… Step 1: Type www.unitedstreaming.com in your browser. Step 2: Enter your login name and password. Hit the “Enter” button. Step 3: Search by keyword, subject area and grade level, curriculum standard, or by “All Available Titles.” Click next to your search. You will be provided with a list of videos to select from. 5
  4. 4. Using the unitedstreaming™ Advanced Search The unitedstreaming advanced search allows you to search and sort your content in a variety of ways. To use this feature, click on Advanced Search as shown below. The advanced search page gives you the following selection choices: Enter search criteria in one or more of the search fields as shown: Your results will be displayed by your choice of Relevance, Copyright, or if your keyword is in the Title of the program: 6
  5. 5. Selecting the Video to Stream Step 1: Select one of the titles that matches your search by clicking on the title. Step 2: Select a clip or entire program to view and decide whether to stream or download your video. You may choose Windows Media™ or QuickTime Files™. Streaming the Video Click on this button to stream the video ‡ To Play a Video Full Screen: PC Users: If you have Windows Media Player 7+ and are using Internet explorer, click the “View Full Screen” button next to the “Stop” button. Otherwise right click over the playing video and select Full Screen. Mac Users - Windows Media Player: Once the is clicked and the Windows Media Player window is opened go to “View” then “Full Screen” or use the key command “Command 4”. Hit the “esc” key to get out of full screen mode. 7
  6. 6. Downloading and Saving the Video Clips PC Users… Internet Explorer: Step 1: Hover your mouse over the button and left click. Step 2: Click “OK” then select where you would like to save the file. Step 3: You will see a pop-up screen that asks you to save your video clip. You may give your video a different name. Navigate to a folder to save your video. Netscape Navigator: Step 1: Hover your mouse over the button and left click. Step 2: Click “OK” then select where you would like to save the file. Step 3: You will see a pop-up screen that asks you to save your video clip. You may give your video a different name. Navigate to a folder to save your video. To Play a Downloaded Video After downloading your video clip, navigate to the folder where your video clip is located. You can view the video by double clicking on the file. To Play a Downloaded Video Full Screen Go to “View” and scroll to “Full Screen”. You can also use the shortcut “Alt + Enter” on your keyboard. 8
  7. 7. Downloading and Saving the Video Clips Macintosh Users… Internet Explorer: Step 1: Hover your mouse over the button, hold down the control key and click and hold (clicking the once will automatically download the clip to your desktop.) Step 2: Click and scroll down the pop-up menu that appears to “Download Link to Disk…”. Step 3: You will see a pop-up screen that asks you to save your video clip. You may give your video a different name. Navigate to a folder to save your video. (We suggest downloading to the desktop or creating a video folder). Step 4: Save the file extension (.asf for Windows Media™ Files or .mov for QuickTime™ Files). Netscape Navigator: Step 1: Hover your mouse over the button and click. Step 2: You will see a pop-up screen that asks you to save your video clip. You may give your video a different name. Navigate to a folder to save your video. (We suggest downloading to the desktop or creating a video folder). Step 3: Save the file extension (.asf for Windows Media Files or .mov for QuickTime Files). Finding and Playing Your Downloaded Video Windows Media: If the downloaded video clip looks like this: …Double click on the icon and your video will play. If your downloaded video clip looks like this: …Open your Windows Media Player application and then go to “File” > “Open” and find the file. Then your video will play. To Play a Downloaded Video Full Screen Go to “View” and scroll to “Full Screen”. Next to the words “Full Screen” you can view the shortcut commands. Hit the “esc” key to get out of full screen mode. 9
  8. 8. Downloading Teachers’ Guides and Blackline Masters Many unitedstreaming™ titles come with Teachers’ Guides and Blackline masters (lessons and student activities). You will notice these links just above the video title. These supplementary materials may be viewed by simply clicking on the link. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the guides. If needed, visit www.adobe.com to download their free “Acrobat Reader”. Teacher’s Guide Blackline Master 10
  9. 9. Downloading the Windows Media Player for Windows™ In order to view videos on unitedstreaming™, it is necessary to download and install the Windows Media Player on to your computer. Here are the step-by-step instructions for a PC User: Step 1: Visit www.unitedstreaming.com and enter your username and password. Step 2: Click on HELP at the top of the web page. Step 3: Click on Getting Started as shown below: Step 4: Click on: Step 5: You will be taken to the Microsoft Download page. Scroll down until you see the correct player and select Download Now (Win95 users select Player 6.4). Download to your Desktop. Step 6: After the download is complete, look on your desktop for the “mp71” or “mpfull” icon and double click on it to take you through the installation process: 11
  10. 10. Downloading the Windows Media Player™ for Macintosh In order to view videos on unitedstreaming™, it is necessary to download and install the Windows Media Player™ on to your computer. Here are the step-by-step instructions for a Macintosh: Step 1: Visit www.unitedstreaming.com and enter your username and password. Step 2: Click on ONLINE HELP at the top of the web page. Step 3: Click on Getting Started as shown below: Step 2: Step 4: Click on: Step 5: You will be taken to the Microsoft Download page. Click on the appropriate operating system link then click the link under “Download Now”. Step 6: After the download is complete, look on your desktop for the “WMPlayer7_1_EN” icon, “Windows Media Installer” icon or the “Windows Media Installer™” Folder and double click it to take you through the installation process. 12
  11. 11. Viewing Videos with Closed Captioning Many of the titles available on unitedstreaming™ may be viewed with closed-captioning. This feature is available using Internet Explorer and only while streaming. If the title has closed captions, you will notice a above the title. To view captioning: Step 1: On the top Navigation bar click on the text marked Streaming Options. Check the box marked Close Caption and click on Set Options. Step 2: Select the clip you wish to play and click on the button to stream. The captioning will appear at the bottom of the player. . 13
  12. 12. Calendar Feature One of the newest tools available to you is an online Calendar with commemorative events linked to video content. As you become familiar with this useful new feature, you’ll discover a variety of innovative ways to incorporate digital video into your curriculum. Choose any month you wish and you’ll find a list of commemorative events for each day. Each event is linked to specific video clips or full-length videos that can be incorporated into your lesson plans. Suggested grade levels and running times are listed as well. 14
  13. 13. Playlist The playlist allows you to add videos to a list for later viewing. Clicking the “a” button next to a video clip will open a popup window, which will allow you to add the clip to your default playlist or enable you to create a new one. You can get to your Playlist Manager by clicking on the “Playlist” link at the top of your screen. Here, all the clips are listed for your default list or by clicking the dropdown box, you can view all of your other playlists. You can also view your playlists via a drop down box on the right hand side of the video clip screen. 19
  14. 14. Download Manager v1.0 The unitedstreaming Download Manager is a software program to schedule and transfer videos from unitedstreaming.com to a local file server. Administrators, teachers, and students have the ability to select videos on unitedstreaming.com and schedule them to be downloaded during off-peak Internet hours. An administrator of the download manager schedules the time and days for the application to begin transferring videos. For example, a teacher will select a video clip to be downloaded to the local server, at 7pm the download manager will begin transferring the video, by the next day the teacher will have the video available in their directory on the local server. Features and Benefits: • Utilize Internet Bandwidth during off-peak hours. Some schools’ Internet traffic is very congested between the hours of 7am and 4pm. The download manager can download videos at night when the usage of the Internet tends to be much lower. • Manage multiple teachers’ downloaded videos to a shared network server. • Facilitate the sharing of videos between teachers and students. • Self-sufficient application that requires minimal management. • Limit amount space per user/group. For example, each teacher can be limited to downloading 50MB of videos. Cleanup routines are available for deleting old files. • Works on different platforms including Mac and PC servers. Also works with proxies and firewalls through the http protocol. • Web-based reporting to view videos queued for downloading and videos already downloaded. 20
  15. 15. Technical Support Unitedstreaming™ has extensive on-line help sections for both the administrator and end-user sites. Through an intuitive web help system, users can browse the content tabs or search by keyword for solutions. For more information, please contact: 21 1-800-323-9084

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