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iTunes U + Podcast Producer

iTunes U + Podcast Producer



A presentation I gave in Sept. 2008 at the WV Higher Ed conference. Covers some ideas on how to use Podcast Producer along with iTunes U to deliver recorded classroom content. WVU does not use this ...

A presentation I gave in Sept. 2008 at the WV Higher Ed conference. Covers some ideas on how to use Podcast Producer along with iTunes U to deliver recorded classroom content. WVU does not use this system.



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    iTunes U + Podcast Producer iTunes U + Podcast Producer Presentation Transcript

    • iTunes U + Podcast Producer Dave Olsen, WVU Web Services September 29 2008 itunes.wvu.edu
    • What We’ll Talk About • A Caveat • Defining Podcast • Content Creation Life Cycle • Podcast Producer Overview • iTunes U Overview • Quick Demo
    • I’m NOT a Classroom Tech Guy just want to be perfectly clear
    • Defining Podcast A podcast is a series of audio or video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated download, through Web feeds, to portable media players and personal computers. A podcast is distinguished from other digital-media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added.
    • Capture Encode Deliver content creation life cycle
    • Capture Encode Deliver slightly outside the scope of the talk
    • Capture Encode Deliver Podcast Producer
    • Capture Encode Deliver iTunes U with help from Podcast Producer
    • What is Podcast Producer? an assembly line for encoding & publishing podcasts can literally be 3 clicks to record & publish a podcast
    • Podcast Producer Overview • Included in Mac OS X 10.5 Server • Works with Macs & PCs* • Web-based Administration • Customizable Workflows • Camera Control • Custom Intro, Outro, Titling & Watermarking • Email Notifications • Xgrid-enabled
    • Podcast Producer Overview • Written in Ruby • Can Use: Recorded Video, Recorded Audio, Saved Files, Recorded Screencasts (Mac OS X 10.5 only) • Publish to: iTunes U, Apple TV, Streaming, integrated Blog • Default formats: MPEG4, H.264, 3GP, AAC, QT Streaming • Extra formats: WMV, FLV, Real Media
    • Podcast Producer Apple-centric Example
    • Podcast Producer Classroom Example
    • Gotchas When Deploying • NOT a turn key solution. Takes work. • Macs in every room w/ a camera. • Credentials • Timestamps (biggie surprisingly!) • Default encoding quality too good • Will take trial & error to time intro and titling properly
    • Try before you buy! Apple will lend hardware & software for you to test
    • Notes About Example • Don’t blink because the recorded video portion is very fast. Podcast Producer is responsible for assembling the rest of the video. • Business & Economics was simply used as our test. • I will not win Dancing with the Stars or American Idol anytime soon.
    • The Final Product
    • Onto iTunes U...
    • (refresher) Capture Encode Deliver iTunes U with help from Podcast Producer
    • What is iTunes U? a publishing platform for podcasts as well as other audio & video a familiar platform to many people
    • iTunes U Overview • Uses Apple’s iTunes software and will sync with an iPod • Part of Apple’s iTunes Store • Over half of the nation’s top 500 schools use iTunes U • Examples: Stanford, Duke, MIT and Penn State • Now accessible for users with disabilities • WVU on iTunes Launched: August 3 2007 • Average about 2,000 downloads a week. Mainly athletic content.
    • Common Questions • Will it work on Windows? Yes. • Do I need an iPod? No. • Do I need iTunes? Yes. • Can content be protected? Yes and no. • File formats? QuickTime, MP3, PDF
    • How is WVU using iTunes U? • Acts as a repository for marketing materials and recordings of special events. • Examples: TV commercials, unit podcasts, special events • We will be integrating many new products using Podcast Producer. • Majority of the content is not academic. Lack of academic content has hurt our chances of inclusion in the iTunes Store. • Simply put, we’re not using iTunes U to its full potential.
    • Tips for Using iTunes U • Talk to your classroom tech or instructional technology folks at the beginning. • Think through the organization of your current and future content. Understand the limitations. • Seek out content creators. Student radio stations or Journalism programs are a good place to start. • Find solutions for capturing & encoding content. • Don’t become a bottleneck. Provide access for content creators early and often. • Make it a part of every project.
    • Demo Time itunes.wvu.edu
    • Request iTunes U Account itunesu-request@apple.com i think...
    • Helpful Links www.apple.com/itunesu/ www.apple.com/server/macosx/features/podcasts.html xserve.centraldemo.com/groups/democentral/weblog/59152/ www.episodepodcast.com/
    • Questions or Comments? itunes.wvu.edu