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iTunes U + Podcast Producer


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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.

iTunes U + Podcast Producer

  1. 1. iTunes U + Podcast Producer Dave Olsen, WVU Web Services September 29 2008
  2. 2. What We’ll Talk About • A Caveat • Defining Podcast • Content Creation Life Cycle • Podcast Producer Overview • iTunes U Overview • Quick Demo
  3. 3. I’m NOT a Classroom Tech Guy just want to be perfectly clear
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Capture Encode Deliver content creation life cycle
  6. 6. Capture Encode Deliver slightly outside the scope of the talk
  7. 7. Capture Encode Deliver Podcast Producer
  8. 8. Capture Encode Deliver iTunes U with help from Podcast Producer
  9. 9. What is Podcast Producer? an assembly line for encoding & publishing podcasts can literally be 3 clicks to record & publish a podcast
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Podcast Producer Apple-centric Example
  13. 13. Podcast Producer Classroom Example
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Try before you buy! Apple will lend hardware & software for you to test
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. The Final Product
  18. 18. Onto iTunes U...
  19. 19. (refresher) Capture Encode Deliver iTunes U with help from Podcast Producer
  20. 20. What is iTunes U? a publishing platform for podcasts as well as other audio & video a familiar platform to many people
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. 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.
  25. 25. Demo Time
  26. 26. Request iTunes U Account i think...
  27. 27. Helpful Links
  28. 28. Questions or Comments?