The Book of Webcasting

This is the Book of Webcasting - collaboratively built by Academy participants and still a bit messy, but aiming to be the repository of webcasting wisdom. 

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About The Webcast Academy

   Welcome to The Webcast Academy. The Academy is a hands on, collaborative training center for people interested in learning how to produce and host live, interactive webcasts. It is part of the Worldbridges Webcasting Network and was founded to help train those who would like to webcast on Worldbridges, but all are welcome to make use of the open source learning resources and participate in collaborative training sessions here.  Registration is required in order to post to the forum and comment on posts.   The is Spanish language version of the Academy at: Webcastacademy.com/course/view.php?id=3

Overview

The goals of the Webcast Academy include

  • serving as a resource center for those interested in developing the ability to produce live, interactive webcasts
  • applying the open source community approach to skill development
  • formally recognizing proficiency,  excellence, and innovation  in these new media skills

It is our hope that many of those who complete an internship here will put their skills to use on the Worldbridges Webcasting Network and elsewhere, but there is no charge for participation and no formal commitment required following the completion of the internship.

For more information, please read the Participation Policies and Internship Procedures .  If you would like to participate in the Webcast Academy as an 'intern', you can take the first steps here


 Thanks again for your interest in the Webcast Academy.  If you have additional questions, please post them in the 'About Webcast Academy' section of the Discussion Forums.

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Academy Participation (Getting Started & Curriculum)

Please go through the links below for details on being a member of the Webcast Academy. 
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Site Orientation

We hope the Webcast Academy will provide useful resources and connections to all those who spend time here. Below is some information about the types or resources available and how to  find your way around at this site.

Most resources are publicly available and licensed under a Creative Commons agreement and it is not necessary to register in order to listen to webcasts or participate in the text chat room.
However, in order to post comments or participate in the forum discussions, visitors need to...

Register!
 To make it a little more challenging for spammers, new registrations now require moderator approval. Hopefully, it won't take long. If you don't get activated after a day or two, use the contact form here to send us a 'Hey! Please activate my account!' note.

Complete your profile please - click my account/edit
This is important so you can connect with other community members for your own learning and sharing.

Book of Webcasting
This is the place to start, a collaborative resource, and the place where we all add constantly updated information. This is the place where you will add your own new knowledge. You are currently in the Book of Webcasting.  You can track your progress through the Book from the navigation block in the upper left hand sidebar of this site.

Forums - This is the place for posting questions and finding help.

FAQ -  The place to look for relatively simple answers to  frequently asked questions.

Blogs - Where interns post reflection on their webcasting journey.

Chat Room and Listen (top nav bar) - During our webcasts, we use the Chat Room to text one another. You can use this room anytime you would like to. The Listen page gives you the links to open your particular audio player to hear the live webcasts.

Types of Membership

We welcome participation of all types here at the Academy. Below are details about the different types of memberships and the permissions that go along with them.

 Visitors- Anyone who visits the site. No registration is required to access most of our resources including the Book of Webcasting, theForums , the FAQ , and intern Blogs. It is not necessary to register in order to listen to webcasts or participate in the text chat room. Visitors cannot however post comments, forum questions, or any other kind of content on the site.

Basic Member (no fee) - Registering to become a basic member allows someone to add comments on posts, participate in forum discussions, and complete a personal profile.

Interns - Interns are people willing to make a 6 week commitment to actively participate in an official webcast academy session.  In addition to the above permissions, they can maintain their own blog, edit the Book of Webcasting, and post audio to the site.  They are provided with 100MB of space for their audio files and are given access to stream on the Sandbox A & B channels of the Worldbridges Webcasting Network. There is no fee for those who intend to webcast on the Worldbridges network or produce non-profit, education-related webcasts.

Webcasters - Those who successfully complete an internship are welcome to continue using the Webcast Academy to post shows they produce or to apply for 'producer membership' at any of Worldbridges communities. Webcasters are provided with an additional 300MB of space here.


 

Application


Webcast Academy Intern Application Process

All materials produced here are freely available and everyone is welcome to make use of them.  Those who would like to post comments and participate in forum discussions can register to become  'basic member'.  Those who would like to participate in a 'basic program' internship and can meet the requirements below are welcome to apply to become a Webcast Academy Intern.  The first step in the application process is to read this page in its entirety.

The program is run as a 'collaborate open source learning community'.  A few experienced webcasters will serve as 'facilitators', guiding interns through the process of learning how to produce live, interactive webcasts. Weekly workshops will be held and assignments given.  Attendance at live sessions is not required, but we hope that interns will at least listen to the recordings and participate in other collaborative activities. Interns are provided with streaming access to Worldbridges Sandbox A & B channels and provided with enough space (100MB) at WebcastAcademy.net to post all of their assignments.  There is no fee for those who plan to webcast on the Worldbridges Network or in non-profit or educational environments. For those who plan to do their own commercial webcasting, we ask for a $100 registration fee.


Requirements (Webcast Academy Basic Program - 6 weeks)

     Interns will need to: 

  • spend several hours/week actively participating in collaborative learning community activities (live webcasts, group skype chats, forums dicussions,  etc.)
  • complete weekly assignments
  • produce 3 live interactive webcasts 
  • successfully participate in a Finals Week Webcast Relay
  • complete a 'Webcaster's Portfolio' and at least one 'Webcast Setup Report'
  • stream and publish their own 'gradcast', providing an overview of their webcasting journey and the media they've produced
  • be prepared to face some frustrating challenges and be willing to work through them together with fellow interns
  • accept that this collaboratively built community is a work in progress and full of imperfections.  When encountering things in need of improvement, try to think of how you can help make those improvements and leave the Academy better than you found it.
More detailed information about intern requirements can be found on the Certification and Graduation page of the Book of Webcasting. Upon successful completion of all requirements, graduates will receive a Webcast Academy 'Certificate of Webcasting Proficiency' and become eligible for a Worldbridges Webcasting License. 


Application: OK, if you've made it this far and are ready to begin your internship, please complete these first steps:

  1. Register - create an account here at webcastacademy.net
    Make sure to select intern as you type of membership and complete the Intern Portion of your profile.
    (If you created account a while ago, but only now want to become an intern, simply click 'My Account' / Edit to change your type of membership and complete the intern portion of your portfolio)
  2. Send us a note confirming that you' like to be an intern.
  3. Post a short note of introduction in the Introduction Forum for the class you plan to join.

 


 Thanks again for your interest in the Webcast Academy.  If you have additional questions, please post them in the 'About Webcast Academy' section of the Discussion Forums.

 

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Webcaster Kit

Internet Connection
  
In order to webcast, you need a stable internet connection that provides at least 100kbps upload bandwidth (which means dial-up connections will not work).  If you plan to have more than one or two people in a skype call, you will probably need a bit more than that.  You can test your bandwidth at Speedtest.net, AuditMyPC.com or speakeasy.net. And you can monitor upload and download Internet speed in real-time using NetMeter.  

Hardware

  • Based on our experience thus far, it is necessary to use either a desktop USB mic like this or  USB Headsets like these which have two separate inputs for  the mic and ear piece. Models that have been confirmed to work include:
    • First choice

      USB headsets that do NOT have the two separate inputs for mic and ear piece will not work and may cause severe anxiety for webcasters attempting to use them! Meaning: Preferably use the recommended USB desktop mic AK5370 for speech audio (separate to the mic input for the sound card), and use the jack headset plugged into the sound card for listening audio. USB mics from webcams do not deliver the quality as the recommended USB desktop mic AK5370. Using speakers to listen will cause interference in the mic. Please also check Skype Call Quality Issues in order to remedy frequent problem areas, such as: Call echo, background noise, one-way sound, robotic sound, words cut off, and delay.

Software

These are the software tools of webcasting.  Some of them (like skype and gizmo) serve the same basic function, but sampling from the buffet can be a good thing, so interns are encouraged to experiment with as many of these as possible.  Trial versions of commercial programs are available, but as far as unavoidable long-term costs, Mac users will eventually need to purchase Nicecast, Windows users will need to purchase Virtual Audio Cables.

 

 Windows Users
 Mac Users

Basic Set - VoIP, Audio Recording, Webcasting

Other

Basic Set - - VoIP, Audio Recording, Webcasting

Other


In order to record what's happening on our destops and publish the video, everyone should be able to use Jing and Windows users can use Camtasia (30 day free trial). Mac Users can try SnapZPro

     

Curriculum

Below is a list of different courses (or learning modules) offered by the Webcast Academy.  As of February 2008, we have only offered a general overview of live, interactive webcasting (henceforth referred to as 'The Basic Program').  For years, we have discussed the possibilities of developing 'advanced' courses and (hopefully) they will now be collaboratively developed below.

A. The Basic Program

Below are topics covered during 'The Basic Program' which is an overview of what's involved in producing live, interactive webcasts. 

Week#1 Site Orientation & Academy Policies, Basic Recording/Audio Specifications

Skills: 
Resources: Welcome Newsletter,  Site Orientation, Certification and Graduation Audio Specifications, Webcaster KitLee's Book of Audio
 
Screencasts: 
   General

 Meeting Agenda & Assignments Below

 NEW Audio Recording of Class

Meeting Agenda 

  • Welcome to the Academy
    • What is a 'collaborative community'?
      • Everyone's a teacher, everyone's a learner
      • You should > We can... ,
      • Aim to make the Academy better than when you found it
    • Site Orientation  http://www.webcastacademy.net/Site_Orientation
      • Look for answers in the FAQ, Book of Webcasting, & Search
      • Post questions to the Forums or Group Skype Chat
      • Post reflections in your Blog
      • Adding signature to Account
      • Post all audio by clicking 'create content/audio'
      • Joining skype chat - not going crazy

Assignments: 

  • Post a short text introduction in the Class of 2.4 Introductions thread.
  • Record a 1-2 minute audio introduction using audio specifications  (Filename: your-name-Introduction-2007-10-xx.mp3) and publish it (create content/audio) on this site.
  • After participating in or listening to the recording of our first meeting and completing the above assignments, post a text blog entry (create content/blog entry) about anything related to your academy experience.
  • Post any questions in the forums or group skype chat.
  • If you are interested in connecting with others in a smaller group during the week, add your info to the Webcast Academy wiki.
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Week#2 Recording both ends of a telephony call

Skills:   Recording both ends of a telephony call (in a way that will allow you to stream that audio). 
               Audio editing basics.

Resources:  Audacity:  We recommend the Beta Version.  1.3.3
                        Virtual Audio Cables  and Audio Hijack Pro.

Screencasts:  ­

Using Audacity to Edit Audio

  Windows
Recording both ends of a telephony cal­l in Windows

Configuring Audio Specifications in Audacity

Setting Preferences in Audacity - Windows

  Mac
      Recording both ends of a telephony call in Mac

Meeting Agenda  Below


  • Review of Week One
    • Text and Audio Introductions
    • Uploading Audio to Webcast Academy
    • Specs..... Specs...... Specs.......
    • Feedback left to interns
    • Intern Workshop Session
  • Recording Two-Way Audio
    • Setting up your system. 
    • Virtual Audio Cables For Windows and Audio Hijack for Mac
    • Using Audacity to record
    • Calling the Skype Lady to test or other interns
    • Check the Skype Chat for willing partners
    • Checking Audio Levels in Skype call
  • Audio Editing Basics
    • Using Audacity tools and Effects

 


Assignments:  

    Record and publish a 3-5 minute telephony call with at least one other person.  Please DO NOT use one of the 3rd party applications that will not support streaming during the next step (i.e PowerGramo, HotRecorder, etc.). Windows users, you will need to get acquainted with Virtual Audio Cables.  Mac users, audio hijack or soundflower.

Week#3 Basic Streaming

 Streaming refers to sending audio and/or video from your computer to a server that is running a streaming program like Shoutcast, Icecast, Windows Media Server, Quicktime, or Helix..  Those programs then make that audio or video available for remote listeners.  Worldbridges currently uses Shoutcast to stream its webcasts.  Depending on audio bitrate and other variables, there is usually a delay ranging from 20-100 seconds between the time the audio is produced and the time it is heard by remote listeners.  
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Producing a stream of audio with only one source of aud­io (music or one person speaking) is relatively simple.  Producing a a stream of audio in which multiple sources are streamed (i.e. a multi-pers­on conversation) is more complicated and requires the tools and methods covered in the 'Recording both ends of a telephony call' section of this book.   While it is possible to record both sides of a telephony call using 3rd party programs like Powergramo and Pamela (more info here) we have thusfar been unable to use those tools to actually stream. The tools used to stream vary significantly by operating system.

Skills:  Streaming a telephony conversation so that those who are not participating in the call can listen in
    
Resources:

Screencasts: 

  Windows:

  Mac:

 

 

Meeting Agenda Below

  • Introduction
  • Review of Week 2 Assignment.
    • Successes and Challenges
    • File Name Format
    • Posting Weekly Reflection
  • Objectives for Week 3
    • Basic Streaming;  Importance of Recording Two-Way Audio.
    • Using Skype chat for trouble shooting
    • Password is given as audio only
  • I can stream so what's next? 
    • Scheduling an interncast
    • Building Webcaster Porfolio
 


Assignments:  Stream, record, & post a 3-5 minute webcast - basically same assignment as last week with streaming added. If you like feel free to schedule and host your first interncast.

Week #4 Show management skills/ Post-production and advanced audio editing

Skills: 

1. Post new event on calendar  --- GMT Friendly Link
2. Plan an interncast to stream on Sandbox A
3.  Mangage a live show
4.  Post production audio editing

Resources:       Recording and Editing Audio from Lee's Book of Audio

Screencasts:

General:


Windows 

Adding incoming calls to a skype conference

Mac

 

Meeting Agenda Below 

  • Event Posting Guide
  • Tips for producing shows
  • Pre-show audio checks
  • Post-production audio editing
  • Skype conference hosting and management practice

Assignment:  Plan and post an interncast;  At least 10min of Skype conversation.  Post Audio and chat log with interncast. 

Week #5 Using and bridging different webcast environments and programs

Skills:  Being able to stream live audio from various environments. 

 

Resources: 

http://www.webcastacademy.net/webcams ­

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1564

http://www.edtechtalk.com/node/2321


       Agenda

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1.  Streaming, Simulcasting, and Ustream

2.  Recent Activity at Edtech Talk and Webcast Academy

3.  Next Steps:  Building Webcaster Portfolio

4.  Participation in Worldbridges Community  --





Assignments:

Continue working on posting interncasts. We will be reviewing Intern Shows for Session 2.3 until the holidays.

Next session scheduled to begin; Mid to late January 2008


 



 

Course Support Resources

 

1. Website Support Resources

 

2. Hardware Support Resources

 

3. Software Support Resources

 

4. Internet Support Resources

 

5. Management Support Resources

 

6. Process Support Resources 

B. Advanced User Modules

Converging The Basic Program 101 into WizIQ/ Moodle (for Synchronous and Asynchronous Training)

A. Introduction

The newly appointed administrator John Schmidt for the (free) Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server writes:

"Hopefully in the future we will all be able to instantly link into video chat discussion groups. Maybe some day Wikiversity will exist as an immersive virtual reality environment."

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:JWSchmidt

As soon as John visits the Webcast Academy, he will discover that the Academy is doing this already. He has received an invitation. This may be a fruitful opportunity to collaborate and converge along with Wikiversity.

Benchmark Example

Check Lee Baber's tour of Second Life in the 2nd half of the video:

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1959

http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/documents/frameworkflyer_102607.pdf

B. Configuration

Twitter

http://twitter.com/

Best4c / Gliffy (like Visio, but collaborative)

http://www.best4c.com/   http://www.gliffy.com/

Google Docs / Zoho (collaborative documents)

http://docs.google.com/   http://www.zoho.com/

Mind42 Collaborative Online Mindmapping for Content Structure Building

http://www.mind42.com/ (MindManager is for the desktop, get the teacher's version)

WizIQ, free virtual classroom provider (which also operates in conjunction with Moodle)

http://www.wiziq.com/

authorPoint Lite http://www.authorgen.com/

WizIQ Demo Workshop Replay: Click on "Play Recording" and wait for the playback start

http://www.wiziq.com/Replay_Session.aspx?key=t&id=53527

WizIQ in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=wiziq&search_type= 

- WizIQ for Moodle (synchronous)

http://www.wiziq.com/downloads/moodle/

- Elluminate Bridge for Moodle (synchronous)

http://www.elluminate.com/moodle_course_management_system.jsp

Moodle, open source course management system (asynchronous)

http://www.moodle.org/

http://www.moodle.com/

Moodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle&search_type= 

YouTube in Moodle http://youtube.com/watch?v=p_m2hG_YVIo 

Diigo Bookmarking: Moodle http://groups.diigo.com/groups/moodlers

Webcast Academy Moodle

http://www.webcastacademy.com/

Wikipedia about Moodle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moodle

Free Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Moodle

http://www.sandboxserver.org/moodle

C. Process (full life-cycle project view)

C1. Administration Processes 

Team Building 

Before this turns into a project kick-off, who wants to get involved in this? (Please add your name to the list)

Course Facilitator Qualification Requirements

Web 2.0 Facilitator Recruitment Solution http://people.zoho.com/

Language
Course
XP
Vista
Apple OS
Linux
English
EN101
Derrall Garrison
(Doug Syminton)



Spanish
ES101
Jose Rodriguez



German
DE101 pending
(James O'Reilly)















 

Intern Computer Literacy Requirements (International Computer Driving License)

Basic Terms in English http://www.dlgi.org/uploads/media/ECDL_Syllabus_4.0engl.pdf

More (148) Countries & Languages http://www.ecdl.com/countries/index.jsp


C2. Core Processes

Roles

Project Manager

Facilitator

Co-Facilitator

x Old Interns

y New Interns

Web 2.0 Human Relationship Management

http://crm.zoho.com/

 

Course Milestone List

Course Life-Cycle Launch

Course Facilitator Recruiting Completed

Course Planning Completed

Course Announcement Day

Course Registration

Course Introduction

Course Schedule Announcement Day

Course Warm-Up Webcast

Course Assignment 1

Course Webcast 1

Course Webcast 1.1

Course Assignment 2

Course Webcast 2

Course Webcast 2.1

Course Assignment 3

Course Webcast 3

Course Webcast 3.1

Course Assignment 4

Course Webcast 4

Course Webcast 4.1 

Course Assignment 5

Course Webcast 5

Course Webcast 5.1

Interncast 1

Interncast 2

Interncast 3

Gradcast

Webcaster Portfolio Submitted

Graduation Day = Course Life-Cyle Ending

 

Course Breakdown Structure (project phases)

Supervisory Life-Cycle Planning

Course Facilitator Recruiting

Course Event Planning

Course Announcement Day http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/2064

Course Event Promotion 

Intern Application Process http://www.webcastacademy.net/application

Learning About The Configuration Environment

Learning About The Support Environment

Course Scheduling

Course Warm-Up

Course Launch & Execution 1-5

Intern Wrap-Up

Quality Survey Feedback & Evaluation http://www.surveymonkey.com/

 

Web 2.0 Project Resource Planning & GANNT

http://www.yutiti.com/


Performing Advanced Show Management

1. Introduction

 

2. Configuration

Event Organization via Wikis

http://www.buzzya.com/2008/05/19/wikis-are-now-serious-business/ 

Wiki Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/07/16/wiki-toolbox/

Events Toolbox 

http://mashable.com/2007/09/12/events-toolbox/ 

Blogging Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/06/19/blogging-toolbox/

Quickly Building an Audience Blog

Wiki-Category: Rhetorical Techniques

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Rhetorical_techniques

Wiki-Category: Artistic Techniques

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Artistic_techniques

Autodesk Maya Personal Learning Edition (freeware 252 MB)

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7635167

An approach for creating Second Life LSL content from MAYA via MEL

http://www.purplestatic.com/MEL_SL/ 

Autodesk Labs Freewheel DWF Viewer (online version)

http://freewheel.labs.autodesk.com/index.aspx




3. Process

Administration Process

Event Promotion

http://eventful.com/ 

Core Process

Support Process 

Streaming Hosted Music & Show Events (Real-live, On-site)

A. Introduction

 

Benchmark Examples 

Video: Intel Moore's Show - 2007-09-18 11:01 50 minutes

http://ustream.tv/recorded/vJXtWrvfK93Wx7wtreuhOw

Remote IT Support (Live & Interactive Video Webcasting, Archive)

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chris-pirillo-live

Webcasting Weddings

http://www.cio.com/article/29723/Webcasting_Weddings

BBC engineers have broadcast an entire international TV sporting event live in 3D for the first time in the UK (TV audience deploying 3D cinema glasses)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7286852.stm

Real-live/Second Life Blended Rock Concert

http://www.fabchannel.com/16_down_concert 

 

B. Configuration 

B1. Basic Terms 

Mixing Console

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixing_console

Digital Mixing Console

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_mixing_console

Equalization EQ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization 

Audio Amplifier

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_amplifier

"The sound card in a personal computer contains several audio amplifiers (depending on number of channels), as does every stereo or home-theater system."

B2. Hardware

 

B3. Software

NASA Conference Organizer

http://groups.drupal.org/conference-organizing-distribution 

ePresence: Web Conferencing and Webcasting System (freeware) 

http://epresence.tv/products


C. Process 

C1. Administration Processes

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes

 

Streaming Hosted Music & Show Events (into/within/from Second Life)

A. Introduction 

http://secondlife.com/music

Benchmark Examples

http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Second_Life_Radio_&_TV

http://www.virtualive.tv/

Second Life Discjockey

U2 in a SL Virtual Concert in Second Life

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Mro9Qzv--k8&feature=related

Real-live/Second Life Blended Rock Concert

http://www.fabchannel.com/16_down_concert 

Best Practices for Organizing SL/Real World Events 

http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Best_Practices_for_organizi...

Second Life Machinima in YouTube

http://youtube.com/results?search_query=second+life+machinima&search_type= 

YouTube-to-SL

http://www.youtube.com/tube2sl 

 

 

B. Configuration

Second Life Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/11/19/second-life-toolbox/ 

Audio/Music in Second Life 

Movies & Machinima in Second Life

Avatar Files  Avatar Clothes / SL Clothes Previewer (freeware)

Sculpted Prims: 3D Software Guide 

SceneCaster 

The future of virtual worlds and 3D Web applications is in being able to support standard 3D content rather than having to rely on proprietary content authoring tools. This is one of the key attributes of SceneCaster, a new 3D Web social media site launched at DEMO conference. SceneCaster supports almost all popular 3D formats, including 3D Studio Max, Sketchup, DWF, etc, and integrates with Google's 3D Warehouse. As a result, SceneCaster users can search for and import 3D content from the largest catalog of 3D objects on the Web and create their customized 3D scenes -- right in their browser. We've also recently announced a partnership with Turbo Squid and will be featuring their catalog of premium 3D content.

http://www.scenecaster.com/

Open Source Software for Second Life

MachinimaCamHUD v0.11 Pro 


C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

Event Management in Second Life

Organizing Virtual Events 

Streaming Music into SecondLife With Winamp

Streaming Video into Second Life (SL's Parcel Media, play webpages, movies etc.)

Bringing live video to Second Life 

http://cyberwizard.de/secondlife/index.php?title=Live_Video

 

 

 

C2. Core Processes

a. 3D Computer-Aided-Design

- 3D Illustrations Outside Second Life
SceneCaster, Google SketchUp 6

- Out-world 3D Prim Creation and Import into Second Life

- In-World 3D Prim Creation within Second Life

- Prim Export from Second Life


b. Machinima and Animation

- 3D Movie Creation outside Second Life

- Audio/Video Streaming into Second Life
Second Life's Parcel Media Feature


- In-World Machinima Creation within Second Life


- Audio/Video Capture from Second Life (e.g. for Use in YouTube)

 

c. ...


C3. Support Processes 

Diigo Bookmarking: Second Life http://groups.diigo.com/groups/SL

http://www.youtube.com/user/Torley

Editing and uploading sounds - Second Life

Sound sliders explained - Second Life

Zoom In & Out - Second Life

Moving your camera further and better - Second Life

Advanced camera snapshotting - Second Life

 

Running multiple SL viewers at the same time - Second Life

Wiki: Multiple-camera setup

How to use gestures - Second Life

Advanced movement controls - Second Life

LipSync Viewer

Animation Gesticulation



 

Streaming Mixed Reality Events (Converging Virtual and Real Events)

1. Introduction

Benchmark Examples

Mixed Reality Teaching & Learning Environment MiRTLE http://sun-isig.org/

http://chimera69.essex.ac.uk/User:Gardnemr/Mixed_Reality_Teaching_and_Learning_Environment

 

2. Configuration

Constructing MiRTLE

 

3. Process

3.1 Management Processes

 

3.2 Core Processes

 

3.3 Support Processes 


Streaming Transcribing Blogging

1. Introduction

From Webcasting to SoftPhone Technology
http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/2058

How to transcribe wave-to-text for text blog publication
http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1980

Blogging Toolbox
http://mashable.com/2007/06/19/blogging-toolbox/


2. Configuration

 

3. Process

3.1 Management Process

3.2 Core Process

3.3 Support Process

Streaming a Podcast/ Blogcast/ Videoblog

A. Introduction 

Benchmark Examples

LibriVox: free audiobooks

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

http://librivox.org/

Wiki: Podcast http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast 

Wiki: Blog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog 

Google Books: Blog http://books.google.com/books?q=blog&btnG=Search+Books 

Wiki: Blogcast http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogcast

Wiki: Videoblog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videoblog 

 

B. Configuration

Podcasting Toolbox http://mashable.com/2007/07/04/podcasting-toolbox/

Blogging Toolbox http://mashable.com/2007/06/19/blogging-toolbox/


C. Process

C1. Management Process

 

C2. Core Process

 

C3. Support Process

How to transcribe wave-to-text for text blog publication

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1980

 

Streaming a Video Resume

Streaming and Conducting an Audio and Video Interview

1. Introduction

Benchmark Examples

Learn about Live, On-Demand, and Hybrid Streaming 

Producing Video for the Web .pdf 85 pages

Event Organization using Wikis

http://www.buzzya.com/2008/05/19/wikis-are-now-serious-business/

Events Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/09/12/events-toolbox/

Wiki Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/07/16/wiki-toolbox/

Podcasting Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/07/04/podcasting-toolbox/

Video Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/06/27/video-toolbox/

 


2. Configuration 

Webcaster Kit for Interview Guests
- Technical Basics (Hardware, Software, Basic Structure & Procedures)

-- Guest microphone: A USB mic completely separate to the sound card displays no interference. Not even the USB mic built into a webcam achieves the quality of a completely separate USB mic. Logitech USB Desktop Mic (AK5370) is by far the best tested and verified microphone requirement. Please also check Skype Call Quality Issues in order to remedy frequent problem areas, such as: Call echo, background noise, one-way sound, robotic sound, words cut off, and delay. Sound spectrums may be increased or decreased in energy level by using your Equalizer EQ utility software as supplied along with your sound card in order to compensate for audio feedback. Sound volume may be controlled inside the Skype panel under Tools > Options > Audio settings.

- Guest headset: Using speakers is also a source for audio feedback in the microphone, thus making the use of a headset necessary.

- Show & Content Basics


3. Process

Administration Processes 

Core Processes

Support Processes 

How to transcribe wave-to-text for blog publication

Streaming into/within/from 2D Virtual Workshops (Converging Webcasting into Moodle)

A. Introduction

In order to enable this module, some course material must be prepared and installed. So it might be favorable to consider converging The Basic Program into WizIQ/Moodle first. Check the relevant module for this.

Benchmark Examples

eLearn Magazine http://elearnmag.org/index.cfm

WizIQ Demo Workshop Replay: Click on "Play Recording" and wait for the playback start

http://www.wiziq.com/Replay_Session.aspx?key=t&id=53527

B. Configuration

Thinkfree Online Collaborative MS PowerPoint, MS Word, and MS Excel

http://www.thinkfree.com/

WizIQ, free virtual classroom provider (which also operates in conjunction with Moodle)

http://www.wiziq.com/

WizIQ in Moodle (synchronous) 

http://www.wiziq.com/downloads/moodle/

authorPoint Lite http://www.authorgen.com/

WizIQ in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=wiziq&search_type=

Moodle, open source course management software (asynchronous)

http://www.moodle.org/

http://www.moodle.com/

Moodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle&search_type=

Diigo Bookmarking: Moodle http://groups.diigo.com/groups/moodlers

Free Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Moodle

http://www.sandboxserver.org/moodle

C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

Guidelines for e-Learning following a Web 2.0 Approach

 

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes 

 

Streaming into/within/from 3D Virtual Worlds (Converging Webcasting/ WiZiQ/ Moodle/ SLoodle into Second Life/Project Wonderland)

A. Introduction

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Education_in_virtual_worlds

Up to now, the standard converged situation was meant to look like this:

- Moodle & SLoodle & Avatar Trainer

But newly converged situations are also now unfolding:

- WizIQ/Moodle (Chat, Audio, Video, Synchronous, Asynchronous) & SLoodle & Avatar Trainer (Chat, Audio, Gesture) & Ustream.tv (In-world Video)...Open Source virtual worlds, and other whatnot to come 8-]

In order to enable this module, some course material must be prepared and installed. So it might be favorable to consider converging The Basic Program into WizIQ/Moodle first. Check the relevant module for this.

Benchmark Examples

SLanguage 2008 Conference for Language Education in Virtual Worlds

http://www.slanguages.net/home.php 

Second Life Educators - Mailing List  (Archives) (Webcasting in Second Life)

Second Life Corporate Use - Mailing List  (Archives)

Service Provider for SL Streaming

http://www.theconsultants-e.com/index.asp

Classroom: Web 2.0 

http://www.ahg.com/ 

Check Lee Baber's tour of Second Life in the 2nd part of the video:

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1959

http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/documents/frameworkflyer_102607.pdf

Google's Own Second Life?

http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/index.php?id=2415

Meta Search: webcasting second life 

Discussion Thread

https://lists.secondlife.com/pipermail/educators/2007-November/015780.html

Project Wonderland "Open Source Second Life"

https://lg3d-wonderland.dev.java.net/index.html

Languagelab.com 

http://www.languagelab.com/en/


B. Configuration

Moodle, open source course management software

http://www.moodle.org

http://www.moodle.com

Moodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle&search_type=

Diigo Bookmarking: Moodle http://groups.diigo.com/groups/moodlers

Free Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Moodle

http://www.sandboxserver.org/moodle

Ustream.tv

http://www.ustream.tv/ 

Second Life http://www.secondlife.com

Second Life Toolbox http://mashable.com/2007/11/19/second-life-toolbox/

Diigo Bookmarking: Second Life http://groups.diigo.com/groups/SL

How to enable Voice in Second Life

http://youtube.com/watch?v=p7Nunrc6KeM&feature=related

Using Second Life Voice

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7ViOXg2WUoo&feature=related

Free Teaching Tools for Second Life (Webcastatorium)

http://www.theconsultants-e.com/edunation/edunationtools.asp 

SLoodle integrates the Second Life multi-user virtual environment and the Moodle learning-management system.

http://www.sloodle.org

SLoodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=sloodle&search_type= 

Open Source Software for Second Life

Streaming YouTube Videos in Second Life 

 

C. Process 

C1. Administration Processes

Provider Registration & Basic Knowledge

Establishing an SL Workshop Event Venue

How to Plan an SL Workshop Event 

Best Practices for Organizing SL/Real World Events 

http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Best_Practices_for_organizing_SL/Real_World_events

How to Schedule and Promote an SL Workshop Event

http://eventful.com/groups/G0-001-000006232-8

http://eventful.com/events?l=Second%20Life 


C2. Core Processes

What Avatar Workshop Presentation Skills are Needed 

Avatar Animation 

The Webcastatorium = The Virtual Presentator's Sandbox 

The Global Kids Overview To Presenting In Teen Second Life

http://www.holymeatballs.org/pdfs/GKguidetoSLpresenting.pdf

Bringing live video to Second Life 

http://cyberwizard.de/secondlife/index.php?title=Live_Video

First Test - Webcasting from Second Life (Mac)

 


C3. Support Processes

http://www.youtube.com/user/Torley 

Sound sliders explained - Second Life

Editing and uploading sounds - Second Life

Advanced movement controls - Second Life

Running multiple SL viewers at the same time - Second Life

Wiki: Multiple-camera setup

How to Install and Operate Virtual Presentation Equipment in SL

 

Streaming into/within/from Real-Live Workshops (Classrooms, Meetings)

A. Introduction

Benchmark Examples 

Lebow and Maddrell Workshop about Webcasting at SLN Summit 2008

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/jHZDoDLoSVImtxC.m0LZYygqtbNms,XZ

DesiLu style Three "Camera" system by Academy Intern Paul McLean

http://pilot.sln.suny.edu/documentation/ANGEL/webcasting/webcasting.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-camera_setup 

Video: Classroom Of The Future HD: What's New in Educational Tech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcXEznPXj8k&feature=related

IBM Forecast on the Virtual Workplace

http://eightbar.co.uk/2008/03/25/ibm-virtual-worlds-1q-2008-roundup/ 

Project Wonderland

https://lg3d-wonderland.dev.java.net/

B. Configuration

NASA Conference Organizer

http://groups.drupal.org/conference-organizing-distribution 

Wiki-Category: Film Techniques

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Film_techniques 

 ePresence: Web Conferencing and Webcasting System (freeware) 

http://epresence.tv/products


C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes

Skype Help Page: Call Quality Issues

Skype's help page delivers some insight about: Avoiding call echo, Avoiding background noise, One way sound, Robotic sound, Words cut off, Delay


 


Webcasting & Second Life In Mobile Devices

A. Introduction 

 

Benchmark Examples

Bringing Streaming Video To Wireless Handheld Devices 

http://whitepapers.techrepublic.com.com/whitepaper.aspx?&docid=41314&promo=100511 

A Video Gateway to Support Video Streaming to Mobile Clients

http://whitepapers.techrepublic.com.com/whitepaper.aspx?&docid=175156&promo=100511

3D Virtual Reality Head-Mount for iPhone hehe

Second Life Spills Over Into Mobile World

Second Life on Samsung Phones 

Broadcast live with your mobile phone. a mashup with QIK http://qik.com/

http://www.justin.tv/

MyCasting - Free Service, download Orb software

http://www.orb.com/en/mycasting 

 

B. Configuration

 

 

C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes

Diigo Bookmarking: Second Life http://groups.diigo.com/groups/SL

 

Webcasting and Cross-Cultural Impacts

A. Introduction 

Google Books: Webcasting Cross-Cultural

http://books.google.com/books?q=webcasting+cross-cultural&btnG=Search+Books

Google Books: Webcasting Intercultural

http://books.google.com/books?q=webcasting+intercultural&btnG=Search+Books 

Quintura: webcasting intercultural 

Quintura: webcasting cross-cultural


B. Basic Elements Involved

Culture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture

Intercultural Communication Principles: What can go wrong? (The Banana Peel)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercultural_communication_principles#What_can_go_wrong.3F

Ethnocentric http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnocentric

Cultural Shock http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_shock


C. Domestic Knowledge - Know Yourself

Cultural Competence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_competence


D. Foreign Knowledge - Know Others

Intercultural Competence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercultural_competence

 

E. Comparative Knowledge, Skills, Experiences - Keep Slipping Out on that Darned Banana Peel

Self-Research: Glimpse.org  Expatexchange.com Shanghaiexpat.com Expatriates.com

Expatriate Networks: There are a series of established groups within these expatriate forums that have overlapping interests with webcasting, such as cross-cultural adaptation, e-learning, education, virtual worlds and many more. More can also be established for networking purposes and cross-cultural fertilization of webcasting.

InterNations.org (requires an invitation via email, ask any of the expats at the Academy to perform this process step) Recommended free groups to join: Cultural Misunderstandings (336+ members), Cross-Cultural Understanding & Adaptation (69+ members), Global Communicators (47+ members), WorldCitizen (327+ members), China (294+ members), Educators (145+ members), Andrea's German language learning (147+ members), Americans Abroad (74+ members), Bridge Media Network (37+ members), Paris Movie Group (133+ members), New Media Connection (82+ members), Latin Community (417+ members), International Journalism (48+ members), Language Teachers (23+ members), e-Learning (23+ members) and many more, near and far...

Xing.com (choose the free version)

Paperback: I'm OK - You're OK, Harris, ISBN-13: 978-0060724276,
Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Paperback: Games People Play, Eric Berne 

 

F. Humorous Accounts

Wiki: Humor, Budai (Laughing Buddha)

Ni Howdy!, Desi Downey, ISBN 0595342361

Welcome to Absurdistan 

 

G. Language Tools

IM Translator (free web-based Web 2.0 tool including online translator for 10 languages, text-to-speech avatar, spell checker, multilingual dictionary, virtual keyboard for 31 languages, Russian decoder) http://imtranslator.com/

Gate2Home (virtual keyboard for 71 languages) http://www.gate2home.com/

Wiki: Virtual Keyboard

Translate.Net (free open source software, online meta-dictionary system)

http://www.orangeinks.com/tips-n-tricks/use-multiple-online-language-translators-with-translatenet/

http://translateclient.googlepages.com/index.en.html

Onelook.com 1048+ dictionaries, reverse translation http://onelook.com/ 

Lexicool.com 6000+ translation dictionaries and glossaries http://www.lexicool.com/

Google Translate http://translate.google.com/

Chinese Tools http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/dictionary.html

Wordfast (TM translation memory based add-in for MS Word, free use up to 500 TM units) http://www.wordfast.net/

 

H. Anti-Censorship Tools

Web links where you can download free anti-censorship software developed by top US IT engineers. These softwares are widely used by college students and foreign journalists based in China:

http://www.ultrareach.com/company/download.htm
http://www.gpass1.com/index.php
http://hfh.edoors.com/
http://dongtaiwang.com/loc/download.php
http://heartyit.com/chinese.html
http://www.gardennetworks.com/download.php

 

 

Webcasting and Disaster Recovery

A. Introduction

Wiki: Disaster Recovery 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_recovery

Podcasts about Disaster Recovery

http://searchstoragechannel.techtarget.com/general/0,295582,sid98_gci1262204,00.html

Benchmark Example

IT Infrastructure Library ITIL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITIL_v3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITIL_Planning_to_implement_service_management



B. Configuration

Open Source Software: IT Infrastructure Library ITIL for IT Service Management

ITIL & Web 2.0: FeedMyApps

Backup Review http://www.BackupReview.info

 

C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

Disaster Recovery Plan

 

C2. Core Processes

User Cases 

 

C3. Support Processes 

 

 

Webcasting and Internet Law

A. Introduction

Wiki: Internet Law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_law 

Goggle Books: Webcasting and Internet Law

Google Books: Webcasting and Web Citizen

UsefulArts.us (Online Law Blog: How trademark, copyright, privacy and politics shape the Web.)

Preventive Quality Management for Webcasting http://preventive-qm-webcasting.blogspot.com/ 

Wiki: Blog Defamation or Liability http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog#Defamation_or_liability 

FakeChecks.org (Internet Fraud Test) Internet Scam Alert

 

Country Examples

Germany: German Telemedia Law http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telemediengesetz 

Impressum (Imprint) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressum 

 

 

Class of 3.x Course Materials

Currently setting up course content.
The fun begins the week of July 14, 2008 
Session 3.1.1a - July 18 00:15 GMT (global times)
Session 3.1.1b - July 20 1600GMT (global times)

Welcome

  Welcome to The Webcast Academy, Class of 3.1.

 

 Participation Policies

  • The Webcast Academy does not charge any fees, but we do ask that interns 'pay it forward' in some way by helping future Academy participatnts and sharing what you learn here with others.  If we receive more applications than we can accept for  any session, we will select participants based on the quality of their application materials,  compatibility of their goals with Worldbridges values and goals, and the unique contribution they would make to the world of webcasting.  Those who are not accepted as interns for this session are welcome to participate as non-interns and to reapply for the next session.
     
  • As part of Worldbridges, we hope to build a diverse, inclusive community. The Webcast Academy does not discourage participation on the basis of age, race, gender, political views, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or nationality.  We try to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities as much as possible and aspire to provide a multi-lingual learning environment.
     
  •  Those whose webcasting interests involve commercial, religious, or political activities are welcome to participate as long as these interests are made transparent and do. Spam-like activities will not be tolerated.
     
  • Academy participants agree not to defame, harass, abuse, threaten or defraud other members of the community. Any personal conflicts that arise out of Academy participation should be dealt with outside of the community. 
     
  • In situations where profanity, sexual content, or descriptions of graphic violence are used, those uses should be clearly noted at the beginning of the archived media, and parents should be advised to use discretion when exposing minors to such content. In cases where such content is used on a particular show, the show's introduction should note this fact.
     
  • Content on the community network shall not promote any illegal activity, including but not limited to the violation of copyright law.
     
  • By participating in the community, Webcast Academy members acknowledge that their contributions may be recorded and distributed by the community. This includes the member's text contributions to chats and forums, voice converstations or other audio, video, shared images or screen captures, and content in any other media supplied by the participant. No remuneration for these contributions shall be provided by The Webcast Academy or Worldbridges.  All materials produced at the Academy are released with at Creative Commons Attribution, Sharealike, Non-commercial (or less restrictive) license.
     
  • Webcast Academy participants are responsible for the content of their own contributions to the community and its shows. Any expressed opinions, viewpoints, endorsements, or recommendations are solely those of the contributor. Webcast Academy does not assume any liability for content produced by its members
     

Badges & Certification

Upon successful completion of the basic program requirements, interns will recieve a 'Webcaster Badge' and an Academy Certiciate of Proficiency. They can then apply for a Worldbridges Webcasting License and become eligible to become a 'producer'  at any of Worldbridges' webcasting communities.

  Academy graduates (webcasters) are asked (not required) to serve as guides for at least one future Academy session (not necessarily the one immediately following theirs). They are also eligible to receive advanced certification from The Webcast Academy (details of which will be ironed out during future Academy meetings).

 

Webcasting Overview

Webcasting has come to mean any way of streaming a live conversation so that others can listen in and/or participate. There are an ever increasing number of ways to webcast and methods can vary significantly based on operating system (Window, Mac, or Linux)

Webcasting Overview (Mac)

 Hopefully a 'one page webcasting guide' for Mac will be producing soon.  In the meantime, the resources below should provide some guidance.

Webcasting Overview (Windows)

How to stream a Live Interactive Webcast from a Windows PC's
(Mac users, check out Alec's Guide and Mac Screencasts here)



 

What you'll need

Internet Connection
In order to webcast, you need a stable internet connection that provides at least 100kbs upload bandwidth (which means dial-up connections will not work). If you plan to have more than one or two people in a skype call, you will probably need a bit more than that. You can test your bandwidth at  AuditMyPC.com ,or speakeasy.net . You can install NetMeter on your computer to measure and collect real time data on your upload and download speeds.

Hardware

  • Soundcard - you will need a soundcard that has 'stereo mix', 'What U Hear', or 'Wave out mix' as a recording option.
    Many recent Dell computers do not come with this option, but you can find information about a work around here.
  • Microphone - It is necessary to use either a desktop USB mic like this or USB Headsets like these which have two separate inputs for  the mic and ear piece. Models that have been confirmed to work include: You can also use a USB audio adaptor like this.
    Non-usb headsets or USB headsets that do NOT have the two separate inputs for mic and ear piece will not work (without a separate USB adaptor) and may cause severe anxiety for webcasters attempting to use them! Actually, with some soundcards it may be possible (as shown in this screencast), but echo issues have always prevented this from being a viable option. If you can demonstrate otherwise, please let us know.
  • Computer Specs - There are no other fixed minimum hardware requirements, but webcasting with anything less than 512kb RAM or the equivalent of a Pentium 4 would probably be pretty difficult.

Software


Capturing both ends of a call

Overview
The major challenge of producing a live interactive webcast is capturing both ends of a telephony call in a way that it can be streamed. If all you want to do is record both ends of a call without streaming it, there a number of programs that can be used (see this page for more info). To do so in a way that allows the audio to be streamed live, it is necessary to use an audio bridging tool like Virtual Audio Cables along with the hardware described above. There are other ways to do this, additional hardware and/or software is usually required.
ScreenastScreencast

 

Setting up your microphone and headset
  • If using a USB Desktop mic, plug it in to any USB port. Plug any headset into your standard speaker jack.
  • If using a USB headset (with separate jacks for mic and earpiece), plug it into any USB port, remove the earphone jack and plug it into the standard speaker jack as shown below.


Configuring your computer so you can capture both ends of a telephony call.
Parts of this will vary from computer to computer and it is possible that webcasters will need to go through some trial and error to get this working. The most common places to alter settings are your Windows Volume Control, Sound & Audio Device Settings, & your Telephony audio settings.
  • By default, most computers are set up to record from your microphone. This needs to be changed. Using Windows Volume Mixer, set the Recording Control Properties of your soundcard to 'stereo mix' , 'What U Hear', or 'Wave Out Mix'. With some sounds cards you will select his item, with others you will make sure it's unmuted'.
  • In Sound & Audio Device settings, select your sound card as the recording device in the 'Audio' and 'Voice' tabs.
  • Open Audacity. In Edit/Preferences/Audio I/O , select your sound card as your recording device.
  • Open the Audio settings of your telephony program. In Skype, it's under Tools/Options/Audio Settings. For microphone, select your USB microphone.
  • Install Virtual Audio Cables (the trial version will work for experimentation purposes, but to produce actual webcasts, you will need to purchase the full version (US$30). Go to Virtual Audio Cable in your start menu and click 'Audio Repeater'. In the 'wave in' section, select your USB mic. In 'wave out', select your sound card. For total buffer, select 100. You can experiment with the other settings, but it shouldn't be necessary to change any of them. Press 'Start'. Open the Audio settings of your telephony program. In Skype, it's under Tools/Options/Audio Settings. For microphone, select your USB microphone.
  • If all is working properly, after you press start, you should hear an echo when speaking. You are now capturing all audio on your machine - your voice, voices of others in the telephony call, audio played from media players, program noises, etc. (Note: you might want to disable notification noises in Skype and other IM programs)
  • Call someone (you can call skype lady at 'echo123'). Press record in Audacity, and you should see that you are recording audio when you speak and when the other person speaks. If so, you're ready to move on to streaming. If not, let the troubleshooting begin.

Live Interactive Streaming

Once you've succeeded in capturing all audio on your computer, there are several ways to stream this audio so others can hear.
  • Commercial Streaming Services - sites like live365.com and Streamguys.com allow users to stream from their servers for a monthly fee (US$10+/month)
  • Free streaming Services - an ever-increasing number of sites like Ustream.tv, Mogulus, Yahoo Live, BlogTV, Justin.tv, Livevideo.com, and Kyte.tv allow users to stream for free. Most of these are video based, but can be used to stream audio only.
  • Worldbridges Shoutcast & Icecast Streams - after participating in the Webcast Academy, 'interns' can apply for webcasting permission from any streaming community that is part of the network. In order to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server, you need to install a streaming program on your local computer. Examples include Simplecast , SamBroadcaster, Oddcast, & Winamp.
  • It is worth noting that online presentation tools like WizIQ and DimDim (free) and Adobe Acrobat Connect and Elluminate (very not free) can also be used to facilitate online conversation and do not required the audio setup described above.
Streaming with Ustream
Screencast
Whichever method you use to stream, you'll need to set 'microphone' or 'audio in' to your soundcard. Most of these tools provide a way to automatically record or 'archive' what is being streamed. Webcasters may want to use Audacity to record as well because it provides a higher quality source recording and also provides a more accurate way to measure audio levels during a webcast. Below are step-by-step instructions for using Simplecast and Ustream.tv to stream

Simplecast
Simplecast is a commerical program available from SpacialAudio.com. that can be used to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server. There is a free trial version that does not expire.

  • Open Simplecast. Click 'Start'. Then, click 'Config' and on the 'General Options' page, select your sound card under 'Capture Sound from Device'. Click OK.

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  • You should now see volume meter movement on the right side of the main Simplecast Window.

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  • Click 'Encoders'. Click the '+' sign to add an encoder and choose either 'mp3 and mp3Pro' or 'Legacy mp3'.

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  • In the 'Converter' tab, select a format. Higher bitrates (kb/s) will result in higher quality audio with less stream delay, but may cause problems for those with relatively slow internet connections.

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  • In the 'Server Details' tab, choose the appropriate server type, and enter the access information for the server you're using.

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  • In the 'Stream Archive' tab, check 'save stream to file' and browse to find the directory in which you'd like to save the recording.
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  • When you're ready to stream, RIGHT click the encoder and click 'start'. You should now be streaming. To check the stream, go to the 'listening' page for that stream (i.e. WebcastAcademy.net/live ) and click one of the media player icons. You should be able to hear what is being streamed (with a 20~60 second delay).

Ustream
  • First you will need to register at Ustream.tv
  • Then click 'Broadcast Now' or if you've created a show, click 'My Shows' and then 'Broadcast Now'.
  • Either way, the Broadcaster window should pop up. Click 'allow' when the Adobe Flash Settings window appears.
  • Uncheck 'video broadcast' unless you plan to stream video. Select your soundcard where it says 'Audio Source'. Maximize audio quality unless you notice bandwidth problems. Check your Ustream Volume setting to make sure it isn't peaking too much (volume meter will show red if so). There are additional settings and tools you can use toward the bottom of the window (Advanced settings, create poll, cohost, etc.).
  • When you're ready to start streaming, click 'Start Broadcast'. If you'd like to create a Ustream recording as well, click 'Start Recording'
  • To check your stream, go to your Ustream listen page (i.e. Ustream.tv/webcastacademy) or anywhere you've embeded the Ustream player and click the play button. You'll get some echo when listening, but should be able to hear what is being stream with very little delay.

Tools and methods used to webcast are constantly evolving, so the information above will likely be out of date soon. For updated information or to ask questions about webcasting, please visit

WebcastAcademy.net

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Step#1 - Academy Policies, Site Orientation & Audio Basics

First Steps  (stay tuned for screencasts and guides)

  • Check out the Academy Welcome and Take the Site Tour
     
  • Register and post a short text, audio , and/or video introduction in the 3.1 Intro Forum
     
  • Skype in to a live Webcast Academy session - if you aren't able to join in live, skype 'webcastacademy' and leave a voicemail
     
  • Read about Collaboration Tools and Post a quick 'hello' in the group skype chat once you've been brought in
     
  • Record a 1-2 minute audio introduction using audio specifications  (Filename: your-name-Introduction-2007-10-xx.mp3) and publish it (create/audio) on this site.  Help Screencast here
     
  • Blog  a 'first steps' reflections (optional)
 


Additional Screencasts & Resources

Collaboration Tools

Collaboration Tools

  • Skype Group Chats
    .  The 'Class of 3.1 group chat' is for all members of the Class of 3.1 and several experienced webcasters who will be providing assistance. The 'Webcast Academy Megachat' is a larger chat open to anyone who has participated in the Academy.   The purpose of both of these chats is to make last minute announcement of webcasts and get real time assistance with assorted webcasting challenge.  While friendly banter is part of the fun of skype group chatting, too much of it will cause some people to tune out.  After a few lines of non-webcasting related chat, please start another group chat with just those involved.  Similarly, please do NOT use the skype chats for posting links unless they are part of a larger conversation.  Use the Diigo (described below) to post links. To be added to a group chat, request so during an academy webcast or skype 'webcastacademy' and leave a voice message requesting to be added to one or both chats.
    Once you're in the chat, make sure to bookmark the chat in your skype program and do not 'leave'.  If you do so, you will need ot be re-added. 
    Please also watch this screencast to learn the basic of skype group chatting.
     
  •  Diigo Webcast Academy Group
       Diigo is a social bookmarking site that we use to collect bookmarks.  Support material here.  Any time you come across a webcasting related website that you think would be of interest to the community, please post it here. Please do not use this for posting links to blogs, personal sites,  search pages, or other Diigo groups.

Step#2 Recording both ends of a telephony call

Skills:   Recording both ends of a telephony call (in a way that will allow you to stream that audio). 
               Audio editing basics.

Resources:  Audacity:  We recommend the Beta Version.  1.3.4
                        Virtual Audio Cables (Windows) and Audio Hijack Pro (Mac)

  Windows
Recording both ends of a telephony cal­l in Windows

Configuring Audio Specifications in Audacity

Setting Preferences in Audacity - Windows

  Mac
      Recording both ends of a telephony call in Mac

Meeting Agenda  Below

 

  • Review of Week One
    • Text and Audio Introductions
    • Uploading Audio to Webcast Academy
    • Specs..... Specs...... Specs.......
    • Feedback left to interns
    • Intern Workshop Session
  • Recording Two-Way Audio
    • Setting up your system. 
    • Virtual Audio Cables For Windows and Audio Hijack for Mac
    • Using Audacity to record
    • Calling the Skype Lady to test or other interns
    • Check the Skype Chat for willing partners
    • Checking Audio Levels in Skype call
  • Audio Editing Basics
    • Using Audacity tools and Effects

Assignments:  

    Record and publish a 3-5 minute telephony call with at least one other person.  Please DO NOT use one of the 3rd party applications that will not support streaming during the next step (i.e PowerGramo, HotRecorder, etc.). Windows users, you will need to get acquainted with Virtual Audio Cables.  Mac users, audio hijack or soundflower.

Step#3 - Live Interactive Streaming

Live Interactive Streaming

Once you've succeeded in capturing all audio on your computer, there are several ways to stream this audio so others can hear.
  • Commercial Streaming Services - sites like live365.com and Streamguys.com allow users to stream from their servers for a monthly fee (US$10+/month)
  • Free streaming Services - an ever-increasing number of sites like Ustream.tv, Mogulus, Yahoo Live, BlogTV, Justin.tv, Livevideo.com, and Kyte.tv allow users to stream for free. Most of these are video based, but can be used to stream audio only.
  • Worldbridges Shoutcast & Icecast Streams - after participating in the Webcast Academy, 'interns' can apply for webcasting permission from any streaming community that is part of the network. In order to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server, you need to install a streaming program on your local computer. Examples include Simplecast , SamBroadcaster, Oddcast, & Winamp.
  • It is worth noting that online presentation tools like WizIQ and DimDim (free) and Adobe Acrobat Connect and Elluminate (very not free) can also be used to facilitate online conversation and do not required the audio setup described above.

Streaming with Ustream
Screencast

Windows
Whichever method you use to stream, you'll need to set 'microphone' or 'audio in' to your soundcard. Most of these tools provide a way to automatically record or 'archive' what is being streamed. Webcasters may want to use Audacity to record as well because it provides a higher quality source recording and also provides a more accurate way to measure audio levels during a webcast. Below are step-by-step instructions for using Simplecast and Ustream.tv to stream

Simplecast
Simplecast is a commerical program available from SpacialAudio.com. that can be used to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server. There is a free trial version that does not expire.

  • Open Simplecast. Click 'Start'. Then, click 'Config' and on the 'General Options' page, select your sound card under 'Capture Sound from Device'. Click OK.

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  • You should now see volume meter movement on the right side of the main Simplecast Window.

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  • Click 'Encoders'. Click the '+' sign to add an encoder and choose either 'mp3 and mp3Pro' or 'Legacy mp3'.

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  • In the 'Converter' tab, select a format. Higher bitrates (kb/s) will result in higher quality audio with less stream delay, but may cause problems for those with relatively slow internet connections.

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  • In the 'Server Details' tab, choose the appropriate server type, and enter the access information for the server you're using.

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  • In the 'Stream Archive' tab, check 'save stream to file' and browse to find the directory in which you'd like to save the recording.
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  • When you're ready to stream, RIGHT click the encoder and click 'start'. You should now be streaming. To check the stream, go to the 'listening' page for that stream (i.e. WebcastAcademy.net/live ) and click one of the media player icons. You should be able to hear what is being streamed (with a 20~60 second delay).

Ustream
  • First you will need to register at Ustream.tv
  • Then click 'Broadcast Now' or if you've created a show, click 'My Shows' and then 'Broadcast Now'.
  • Either way, the Broadcaster window should pop up. Click 'allow' when the Adobe Flash Settings window appears.
  • Uncheck 'video broadcast' unless you plan to stream video. Select your soundcard where it says 'Audio Source'. Maximize audio quality unless you notice bandwidth problems. Check your Ustream Volume setting to make sure it isn't peaking too much (volume meter will show red if so). There are additional settings and tools you can use toward the bottom of the window (Advanced settings, create poll, cohost, etc.).
  • When you're ready to start streaming, click 'Start Broadcast'. If you'd like to create a Ustream recording as well, click 'Start Recording'
  • To check your stream, go to your Ustream listen page (i.e. Ustream.tv/webcastacademy) or anywhere you've embeded the Ustream player and click the play button. You'll get some echo when listening, but should be able to hear what is being stream with very little delay.

Certification and Graduation

Webcast Academy Certification Process & Graduation Requirements

Basic Program
   In order to receive certification from the Webcast Academy as a 'live, interactive webcaster', interns will need to:

  • complete their internship assignments and participate collaboratively in an Academy session. Interns who enter the Academy with all necessary skills are asked to collaborate by providing assistance to novice webcasters
  • produce, edit and publish 3 interncasts
    • shows need to include some kind of interaction with a live audience and should be at least 15 minutes in length
    • audio should meet Worldbridges specifications, be of 'listenable audio quality',  and include proper ID3 tags
    •  published nodes should include some kind of show notes and chat log
  • complete a webcaster portfolio page
  • create at least one 'webcaster setup' page
    and
  • stream their own 'gradcast' .  Each gradcast will be different, but the general goal is to demonstrate your webcasting ability, reflect on the process of becoming a webcaster, share lessons learned, and discuss your future webcasting goals and plans.
    Graduationcasts should include
    • a properly posted event listing beforehand
    • an overview of their 'webcasting journey' (original motivations, personal & technical challenges, etc.) 
    • a brief overview of their webcasting setup and any special challenges they faced using their hardware
    • short descriptions of their 3 featured interncasts
    • a discussion of their future webcasting plans and goals

      Gradcasts posts should be published on the Webcast Academy site within a week of webcast and include a link to the intern's webcaster portfolio, the chat log from the webcast, and properly encoded audio (with ID3 tags).

After session leaders verify successful completion of all  tasks, interns will be awarded their  Webcaster Badge and Certificate of Proficiency.   They can then apply for a Worldbridges Webcasting License and become eligible to become a 'producer'  at any of Worldbridges' webcasting communities.   They will also receive 'webcaster' permissions and additional hosting space at The Webcast Academy.

Criteria Rubric

Webcast Academy Portfolio Assessment

Filename sample rate/
bit rate
ID3 Tags Audio Quality Content
Audio Introduction




Telephony Recording






Event Listing
(w/ global times)
Show Notes/
Chat Logs
Filename sample rate/
bit rate
ID3 Tags Audio Quality Content
Interncast #1






Interncast #2






Interncast #3






Gradcast








computer specs soundcard software used mic / headset / other gear screenshot screencast
Setup Description







Introduction Setup Interncasts
Links & Descriptions
Webcaster Portfolio




The text below can be copied and pasted for assessment purposes.   ^  or X

Audio Introduction Assessment
Filename:  
Sample Rate:
Bit Rate:

ID3 Tags:
Audio Quality:


Telephony Recording Assessment
Filename:
Sample Rate:
Bit Rate:

ID3 Tags
Audio Quality:


Interncast Assessement
Event Listing:
ShowNotes/Chat Log:
Filename:
Sample Rate:
Bit Rate:

ID3 Tags:
Audio Quality:
Content:  

Webcast Academy FAQ

This is the old version of the FAQ and is somewhat outdated.

We are working on building the new FAQ here 


 
Frequently Asked Questions About Webcasting
These questions will help interns who have mastered using the basic webcasting tools including: Skype, VAC audio repeater, a recording program like Audacity and a streaming program like Simplecast or SAMS. If you are a complete beginner please refer to the system requirements and download the necessary open source programs.
The answers to these questions came out of a streamed conversation between Doug, Jeff and Kathy on January 7, 2007. You may want to listen to the recording for a deeper understanding of the issues involved in webcasting.
What is the most important thing to consider when planning a webcast?
  • First you will need to ask yourself several questions:
  1. Is this going to be a one-off show or a series?
  2. If you are planning a series you will need to establish a regular day/time, have you checked the schedule for regular openings?
  3. Is my cast best suited for World Bridges, Education Bridges or WebHeads?
    (stay tuned for WB show guidelines, get a sense for 'Worldbridgeyness' here: http://www.worldbridges.net/About_Worldbridges
  4. Have I identified my audience and defined my purpose?
  5. Will I be doing my cast alone or with a team?
  6. Who is on my team? In other words who are the people you will be working with to produce the show?
  7. Do you have relationships with other interns? Use them! Help each other.
  8. What roles will each team member play? You can be a one-man band, or…divide the responsibilities among your members. You will have greater success in sustaining your show if you share the roles. A person who directs one week may produce the next week. Flexibility and the ability to fill in as needed is critical.

What are some ways to divide the responsibility for webcasting among team members?
  1. Producer – plan topic, guests, line up hosts, schedule and assign roles
  2. Streamer – set up the stream, test and manage the stream 30 minutes prior to the show.
  3. DJ – this individual will record the show, edit if necessary and post. They will ensure quality audio and remind the Director or another team member to record a backup copy.
  4. Chat Concierge – This person will be part of the conversation but in charge of welcoming people as they join the chat room. They will instruct new participants who can’t seem to get the stream. They will also bring up the questions posted in the chat room as they represent the silent participant.
  5. Scribe – You may want to line up web resources prior to the show and be ready to locate and post more as needed. The scribe will find and post the links people need in the chat room. This person typically is very resourceful, a fast searcher and has a well stocked Delicious list on hand.
  6. Hosts – The Producer, Director, DJ, Chat Concierge and Scribe will all be part of the conference. As a team you can decide who will be the primary speaker, announcing the opening and closing etc…
  7. Guests – those who will be part of the audio conference. The Producer should brief the guests prior to the show so they can test Skype and add contacts.
  8. Active Participants – people in the chat room who post comments and questions.
  9. Listeners – stream only people.
  10. Downloaders – the individuals who download the podcast
  11. Peers – fellow webcasters who will be happy to give you feedback or answer questions. Keep an emergency Skype ID in your contact list.


Which channel should I use to stream my webcast?
   Interns should generally use Sandbox A & B, and are welcome to continue using the Sandboxes as ' Academy webcasters' after their session is finished.  Graduates are also welcome to apply for membership as a 'webcast producer' at any of Worldbridges other channels.  Stay tuned for more details about that process.


When I determine the dates, how do I book the time?
Book your show by adding an event to the calendar at Webcastacademy.net
To do so, click 'create content/event'. The default time zone is GMT, so if you are posting times in any other time zone, please make sure to select the appropriate time zone. Please also include a global times. You can do so by clicking the link below and choosing to 'modify calculation'
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=8&day=8&year=...


How do I let people know about the show or shows if it's going to be a series? 
  • Post it on your personal blog.
  • Post it on friends blogs.
  • Post it on your website.
  • Ask your guest(s) and team members to do as above.

Why are there two streams?
  All Worldbridges Channels have an 'A' and 'B' so that when possible we can provide higher quality audio (usually 64kbs) to those with relatively fast connections and more accessible audio (24kbs) for those with slower connections. 


Where does the stream come from?
The audio is streamed using a program called Shoutcast that is installed on each of Worldbridges servers.  There are currently 3 servers that are funded primarily with advertising revenues from Korea-based sites, although figuring out a more sustainable funding model for various Worldbridges communities is a major topic discussed during Worldbridges Town Halls. 


Can I host my own stream?
If your computer is set up as a server and you have enough bandwidth you too can install Shoutcast (or another streaming program) and offer your own channels! The channels are just different ports you set up. It would be great if more people took this next step and set up streams from their own computer/server. As the community grows it will be helpful to have more streaming capable machines that can be used to relay a stream and increase the potential number of listeners. 


Each of the Communities has a link to a Chat Room, are they different chat rooms?
They are all the same chat space, currently a premium version of addonchat.com. Separate rooms are set up so that if more than one show is on aat the same time, listeners to chat in the appropriate room without confusing each other (more than normal ").


What if the WorldBridges Chat is down?
A backup chat linked at the bottom of the chat window just in case. The URL is http://webcastacademy.net/chat2 . If you prefer a different alternative can announce the URL on air. 


What about saving the chat logs?
We are currently working on a way for all chat logs to be automatically posted online. Right now the chat logsare mailed to the Webcast Academy gmail account and saved in archives. There has been some discussion surrounding the content.  Please be sure to inform all participants that voice and data are recorded and may be displayed.
Can a guest ask you to pull a show? Can they ask you to edit it? There isn't an obligation. You are held accountable just as you would be if you ranted and raved in your own public square.


Can I edit the chat log or voice recording? 
  As the show producer you can edit the logs or audio recording as desired. It's  a good idea to remind all participants before the start of the show that the broadcast is live and will be recorded and published.



How do I introduce the show? Is there a standard?
   There's no required procedure, but commonly webcasters include:

Standardized ID
Show name
Date
Channel of the World Bridges Webcasting network,
ID yourself and your location
For example, "Welcome to xyz Show #22 being webcast live January 1, 2007 on the Sandbox Channel of the Worldbridges Network. This is Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, and today..."


What comes after the show intro?
It's always a good idea to listen to a few webcasts before you establish your own style.  Many people like to Introduce themselves, guests and then give a brief overview/outine of the show content.  It will help you to stay on topic and help allow the listeners to anticipate topics of personal interest. 


Where can I find out more about World Bridges in case someone asks how it started etc?
Check WorldBridges town hall and EdTech talk # 40 and About WorldBridges.


What else can be used to identify the show? Is there an audible cue of any kind?
A World Bridges tone would be nice to have.


So once the audio is set how does the conference or Skypecast get set up?
The latest version of Skype allows 10 people in the conference (sometimes-depends alot on your bandwidth). The person who establishes the Skype conference has control and can bring people in, kick people off or ask someone to leave in order to let someone else in.  Skypecasts have been especially unreliable lately, but can be public or hidden and when they work provide space for up to 100 participants.  Participants can be muted by the host to maintain audio quality. More info about skypecasts here
 

Who should set up the conference call?
  it does not have to be the streamer. As long as a streamer stays on the same call as the host, then discussion audio will be streamed. 

How can I tell if the stream is working?
You can take a look at the listen page http://webcastacademy.net/listen - make sure you are logged in to the site as this page can be unreliable otherwise. You can also access the Shoutcast admin page - more info in this screencast: http://webcastacademy.net/screencasts/streamingpractice/index.html   


What are some of the problems I may encounter using Skype?
Try and get your guests to use skype, microphones and headphones for the best quality. You can also use SKYPE to call to landlines, the sound quality isn't the same, but is usually overcome with the content you are getting from those Web 1.0 people. Sometimes people don't have the bandwidth that skype uses, so the phone is the best bet.

You will have to determine what would best suit the needs of your webcast.  Will you use a Skype conference call or will you set up a skypecast? 
 If you are doing a Skypecast, move to listening only, waiting and on. The people who are on can mute themselves. If you are in a skype conference you can't mute anyone.


How do I decide which to use, Skype Conference or Skypecast? 
A conference call is more stable, easier to monitor and allows up to ten participants in the call.  The audio quality is also superior to the Skypecast.
If audio is bad you can ask them to mute or hang up.The conference call has no delay but the stream has a delay. If you use.30 second stream.
Have guests introduce themselves in the chat room first and then turn on their mic.

Radio shows always do a station ID every so often, should I? 
It's probably a good idea, but not required.  You can also direct people the website, chat room, and  any desktop sharing or other collaboration tools being used. 


How am I supposed to run the show and chat at the same time?

You would be surprised how natural this becomes.  On the other hand it can be very useful to have a team member in charge of meeting and greeting, hence the name Chat Room Concierge (thank you Doug Symington) Acknowledging guests will encourage them to participate and to continue to tune in to the show. There is a lagtime in the chat room. Help make the chatters aware of the 30 second delay.


Is there a live stream recording backup?
The stream does automatically back itself up while running but only if the stream begins by xx:59  and only if the show doesn't break transmission.  You are responsible for recording your own stream and it's a good idea to have another team member recording as backup, just in case you encounter a glitch.  


Is anyone on call in case of emergency?
Make sure you are on the Webcast Academy Skype list and then later the skype group chat for any other community you webcast from.


Is there an official checklist for mac and pc users to use prior to the cast?
Not exactly, but thanks to the Class of 2.2 we're making progress.  Although it might be useful to have a basic list, each webcaster develops their own routine.  If anyone would like to post their routine they are welcome to share.

What is the procedure for posting a show?
   See the /info page for details for you webcasting community (i.e. http://webcastacademy.net/info )

Can I just have a stand up night when it’s just me?
 Sure, as long as it's OK with your home community.  It's fine here at the academy. You can be a DJ and play podsafe music or play clips from other 'open content', or simply ramble as long as you'd like. 

Recording & Editing Audio

Audio Editing in Audacity - Basic

Audacity is compatable with Windows 98, ME, 2000, & XP, Mac OS9 and X, Linux, and Unix. To download the program go to the Audacity website.

  1. Before you start, go to your computer's sound control panel and make sure your input device (or your microphone) is selected as the audio input source. Then boot Audacity and go to preferences. Set the device(s) you are recording from and playing to in the audio I/O tab. If you are editing a pre-recorded file from your webcast for example, open Audacity then use the Import tool to open the pre-recorded file.The Quality tab sets the sample rate and bit depth. Jeff Towne from the Transcom Tools Content site says "Audacity can handle different sample rates and bit depths within a project, but these will be converted in real-time to the default session settings when needed. Although normally 16-bit is a sufficient bit-depth for webcasts, and you will save a good deal of disc space and processing power if you use that depth, Audacity sometimes creates grungy-sounding sound files when recording at 16 bit. I'd start with 16 bit, but if you have that problem, setting up your session to record at 32-bit float might solve it. Set that in the file format tab as the default export format." You can change the sample rate from the lower left corner also.

  2. Hit the red record circle in the transport panel to record. You can adjust the record level with the slider next to the microphone icon in the top right corner. You should leave it all the way up and change levels from your sound card or control panel. Make sure your input level does not go into the "red" (or hit the ceiling) on your meter as that will cause clipping. You can import audio into your Audacity project if you wish to combine more than one recording or add music etc. They will show up as new tracks.

  3. Editing tools -
    • the control toolbar is like any audio player transport buttons. Pressing the spacebar will start and stop play, and shift-spacebar will loop-play a selected section (called a region).

      Editing Tools
    • To select a section, click on the selector tool and drag over the part of the audio you want to change. Move the cursor over the edges of the highlighted section to grap and extend the length. Press Z to move the selection edges to zero-crossings eliminating clicks from edits.
    • For gain changes (also known as trim..it refers to the intensity of an audio signal), highlight a region (section) and use the "amplify" or "normalize" commands from the effect menu, or move the volume slider at the left of the track display. That slider sets the level for the track.
    • Use the draw tool like a pencil to re-draw waveforms to eliminate eliminate clicks or other distortions.
    • Click and drag over part of a track to zoom in. The magnifying-glass icons on the right hand side of the top of the track window can be used to zoom in or out in steps, to zoom to the selection, or to zoom out to see the entire project at once. A scroll wheel works as well.
    • Cut, Copy and Paste work as expected. Highlight audio you don't want and press delete. Audacity will close the gap. Audacity Editing tools
    • Use the silence selection tool (mute) if you'd like to remove audio without making changes to the timeline.Select audio you want to keep and click trim to selection to delete everything except the selected region. The silence selection icon mutes selected audio, but without moving any other audio regions, leaving a silent space, like hitting "mute" for that time range. Any other edits will close up that gap.
    • You can grab the vertical edges of a track and drag up or down to make it wider and easier to see for editing. The track can be reduced in size to see more tracks after you are finished editing
    • You can always undo edits, but not after you save. Audacity saves small ".aud" files that has all the editing data, so you can do multiple save-as steps to store different versions of the project, to retain flexibility without duplicating all the large sound files. Selecting view>history will show you a list of your actions, and by clicking on the various entries, the edits will revert to that stage of the edit, you can then discard all moves after that point by clicking the discard button. The history list is cleared whenever you save and you cannot undo after a save. Audacity has been known to crash, so save often.
    • You can use the Audacity plug-ins like the compressor, EQ, filters and normalizing. The Audacity "Noise Removal" effect is not the best and I don't recommend it. Audacity's effects need to be applied one at a time. To remove an effect, you have to step backward with "undo."

  4. Export selected parts of a project by highlighting them and choosing export selected from the file menu.

  5. Final MP3 - (for uploading into your blog) When you are done with the mixing and editing, (make sure your audio levels are high but not clipping) export your project by clicking File>Export As>an MP3. You may also Export as a WAV file or an Ogg Vorbis, another kind of compressed file. Just saving it will not make it a final mix. Be sure to us this Export tool so your final product can be uploaded to Webcast Academy, burned to CD or FTP'd.

  6. Learn Keyboard shortcuts for Audacity to speed up your editing time.

References

  • Information for this article is from The Transom Tools Content article by Jeff Towne
  • Level Headed ~ Jeff Towne
  • Processing Basics ~ Jeff Towne
  • Digital Editing Basics ~ Barrett Golding
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    Worldbridges/Webcast Academy Audio Specifications

    Some degree of standardization in audio is necessary in order to maintain audio quality, functionality, organization, and  good overall cyber ecology.

    • All audio produced and uploaded on Worldbridges sites should be:|
      • an mp3 file encoded at no more than a 64kbs bitrate. Higher bitrate files can be exchanged as pre-edited raw files. 
      • Sample rate should be 22 or 44khz in order for the audio to work with audio flash players.
      Screencast: Configuring Audio Specifications in Audacity
    • ID3 tags should include the Title, Artist, website URL (in comments section), and Licensing information
      (creative commons licensing info)
      Screencast How to deal with ID3 tags
    • Filenames should always describe the content of audio, date produced, and be unique from any other filename. For example, intern introductions should be named like - jane-doe-introduction-2007-08-01.mp3
      Do NOT use spaces or special characters (i.e. # @ & $ !) in filenames. Underscores and dashes are fine.

    All About Compressors and Limiters

    What is a Compressor?

    A Compressor is a programmable gain(increase in signal strength or intensity) controller designed to decrease the difference in level between quiet and loud signals passing through it. The official definition is a programmable amplifier designed to decrease the difference in level between quiet and loud signals passing through it.

    What is a Limiter?

    A Limiter is a gain controller whose output goes so high but no further, and above a selectable point any increase in level at its input is not reflected in any increase in level at its output.

    How do they Relate to Each Other?

    These two functions are related, and can often come together. If dynamic range were a room then a compressor adjusts both the floor and the ceiling, and a limiter adjusts only the ceiling.

    Audio Editing

    Post-production audio editing takes place after each webcast and in some cases makes the difference between producing audio that this 'listenable' or not.


    Streaming Overview

    Streaming refers to sending audio and/or video from your computer to a server that is running a streaming program like Shoutcast, Icecast, Windows Media Server, Quicktime, or Helix..  Those programs then make that audio or video available for remote listeners.  Worldbridges currently uses Shoutcast to stream its webcasts.  Depending on audio bitrate and other variables, there is usually a delay ranging from 20-100 seconds between the time the audio is produced and the time it is heard by remote listeners.  

    Producing a stream of audio with only one source of audio (music or one person speaking) is relatively simple.  Producing a a stream of audio in which multiple sources are streamed (i.e. a multi-person conversation) is more complicated and requires the tools and methods covered in the 'Recording both ends of a telephony call' section of this book.   While it is possible to record both sides of a telephony call using 3rd party programs like Powergramo and Pamela (more info here) we have thusfar been unable to use those tools to actually stream. The tools used to stream vary significantly by operating system. Below are pages that deal with streaming on different operating systems.

    Streaming (webcasting) with Linux

    Linux for WebCastAcademy Interns
    by   Minhaaj ur Rehman

    Hi, My name is Minhaaj and I am a new webcastacademy intern. My primary OS is Ubuntu, linux and this is what I use to participate in this fabulous community. When I joined the community, I found that no one used linux (to my knowledge) linux for participation and I was the first one who had to figure out things mostly by myself. I would like to appreciate help of Jeff, Doug, Sheila and rest of the webcastacademy guys who helped me out in figuring the configurations for linux.

    I am writing this tutorial in response to popular community request for a how-to tutorial for using webcastacademy on linux. If you are intern your first assignment would be to introduce yourself. You can use variety of tools for that, e.g. audacity. What I used on linux was a program called sound recorder. It has a plain and sleek interface with a very basic function ‘to record the sound’ :) That’s what it does and it is designed to do. No less and no more. Although a format conversion would have been nice. Good news is that you can record sound in different formats, wav, ogg, mp3, FLAC etc. So its kind of a relief to know that.

    Thats how program's interface looks. You see that Red record button? All you have to do is to select the required output format and hit that button and start your Skype call or whatever medium you are using for conversation. As far as input method is concerned, I didn't have to figure that out, because by default mine is set to Digital. If you can't it to work you probably need to fix your sound settings. I believe there are numerous tutorial online on Linux forums and other places and I really can't recommend one because it depends on what problems you are having specifically. Make sure your sound is working normally and your OS has recognized your Microphone.

    Next steps are pretty straight forward since they are same on all operating systems. You have to log into webcastacademy's interns account. If you are an intern you probably know the login and password that Jeff and Doug have told you. If not, I suggest you should sign up for internship and join this fabulous community asap :) This is how Ustream.tv screen would look once you have the username and password and you are ready to broadcast. Remember you don't need Ustream for recording your first assignment thats introduction and even your second one thats, recording a two-way Skype call. You can use it but I guess offline tools are better for first two, but again, feel free to try. My problem had been file conversion.

    You need Ustream primarily for broadcasting and thats the third assignment, so until then get used to your computer softwares. :)

    Make sure you are already in call and click the orange 'BROADCAST NOW' button on top, before the search box. Once you have clicked the button another screen would pop up that would start loading the broadcasting screen. Let it load until it stops. Notice that during the loading process, a popup would appear that would request you to allow audio and video control of your computer. You should allow that by clicking the green button with 'allow' written on it. This is how your new screen would look like.


    Press Allow and screen would change into this one:


    Now you have to make sure you are in the call. There are two green buttons. One says 'Start Broadcasting' and other says 'Start Recording'. If you are using sound recorder for recording you probably don't need that and you can ignore 'Start Recording'. I would highly recommend that you use 'Start Recording' so that if anything goes wrong, community can help you with that. I had a problem with format conversion and Sheila came to rescue me.

    And, ofcourse you have to press 'Start Broadcasting'. No Brainer. Once you are done with that, you are good to go. You should mute the streaming audio/video on webcastacademy or Edtechtalk page where ever you are to make sure that you don't hear your own voice. Keep switching windows to make sure you are using text chat too, because you might get consumed by Skype chat, which one often does that you forget that you are doing the show for people :)

    Use forums for any problem that you encounter.  You can ask Jeff, Doug and ofcourse Me anytime you find me around. My Skype name is Minhaaj.Rehman.
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    Streaming (webcasting) with Windows

    Basic Streaming with Windows

    There are a number of programs that can be used to stream to a Shoutcast server from windows.
    These include:

    Relevant Screencasts

    Other Resources

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    Checklist for Audio Setup to Webcast in Windows: Streaming

    Jeff's Screencast on this

    First part is just like for recording. If you aren't recording, skip opening Audacity, but do the rest...
    _ Set up audio settings in Windows (right click on speaker icon at lower right of screen)
    _ Open Volume Controls
    _ Options; Properties
    _ Select Recording (make sure that Mixer Device is sound card); OK
    _ Select Stereo Mix check box and close
    _ Plug in USB If you are not recording, you can skip the next two steps
    _ Open Audacity;
        _ Pull-down menu input device s/b Stereo Mix
        _ NOW open audio repeater
    _ Click STOP button to adjust settings
    _ Set Wave in to AK5370
    _ Set Wave out to sound card
    _ Set Total Buffers to 100
    _ Set BPS 22 or 24
    _ Buffers 16
    _ Channels Stereo/2
    _ Priority High
    _ You may want to wait to start...
    _ Volume control for mic setup
    _ Select Properties
    _ Select AK5370/USB mic as device on Playback and you will get a volume control for that device.
    This is where you are setting up for streaming
    _ Check out this to get info on links, logins for Sandbox
    _ Login to ShoutCast; this will tell you if anyone is on
    _ Get on Listen Page (this could be done later--I like it out of the way)
    _ Open up SimpleCast; click start
    _ If it is the first time, set up encoders click on ENCODERS button
    _ Click on + to add encoder
    _ Converter Tab
    _ MP3; 64kps @ 44100 or 22050
    _ ShoutCast; Server details here; give it a name
    _ Stream archive (this will create a raw audio)
    _ Click okay
    _ Make sure that Audio Repeater has started
    _ Start recording in Audacity
    _ Click Start triangle on Encoders page and you will be streaming
    _ Go to the Listen Page refresh, and you should see stream. Click on play to confirm you are streaming.
    _ When you are done, click on stop in encoder and Audacity and power off in SimpleCast
    _ Save Audacity as MP3 look for raw audio stream and you are ready to edit

     

    Using Sandbox



    Streaming (webcasting) with a Mac

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    NiceCast - Mac

    At this point, Nicecast is the only piece of streaming software for a Mac that we've found capable of producing live interactive webcasts. Learn lots more and download a free demo at the t Nicecast Homepage at  http://www.rogueamoeba.com/nicecast/

    "About Nicecast" Video (from MacBreak.com)

    How to Webcast  and troubleshoot audio problems in Nicecast (by Lee Baber)
    -- Here is an additional note about audio settings in Nicecast. This is a blog comment I made to a post concerning this issue. 

    Possible audio issues with Nicecast

    Often when I click broadcast and then Skype is hijacked, I have no sound, in other words, I can hear the tone that Skype has started but when I talk, my meter in Nicecast does not move and I do not have an echo. I am not broadcasting. I now know to check first that the audio device is selected. Even if it was selected, it appears that when Skype launches (is hijacked) Nicecast looses the audio device that you have carefully chosen when you first opened it.

    I've been thinking that it's a conflict and trash the skype preference in the library of the root user but then the whole computer needs to be restarted. Worse yet, sometimes that seems to not resolve the problem. Well, now I realize that it is not even the problem - just make sure that your audio device is still selected! Thank you Lee!

    Simulcast with Eluminate on a Mac with Nicecast

    During the WEBheads in Action Convergence I was able to simulcast Barbara Ganley who was presenting in Eluminate. I made my way to Eluminate and logged in. Then I opened Nicecast and set it to the correct server at WB. Then in Nicecast, for Source I selected Application, found Eluminate LIVE, then went to ADVANCED and selected system output, instead of default, that means that I am streaming the regular system output, not speakers, no mic etc.

    Then jump over to the editor, select from the desktop the java. For me it was called meeting-jnlp, when I clicked on that it came up as Java cache viewer. Then I started the broadcast, saw that it was ON AIR, then went back to editor and hijacked. The strange thing is that the number counter doesn't move. Well, I think that is because it is not recording anywhere,  just streaming.

    All for now.

    May 18, 2007

    Cheryl Oakes 

     

    Streaming on two channels with NiceCast

    After going through the Simplecast screencast and learning how to stream on both Sandbox A and B at different levels, I returned to NiceCast and was baffled how to do it on Mac. I wrote to Rogue Amoeba Software Support on Lee's suggestion. Here is my question and their answer:

    Question: In Simplecast or SAM on my XP machine, I can broadcast using on two channels, one for people with higher bandwidth and one for people with lower bandwidth. In Nicecast, I can set up the different channels as different servers, but I don't see how to broadcast on two at once and how to do it with different quality settings????

    Answer: Unfortunately, Nicecast does not support simultaneous broadcast of two streams as of yet. Maybe in the future.

    The dreaded echo in Nicecast!

    The dreaded echo! While streaming and using Nicecast and Skype, I would experience an echo chamber and I would have to delay my speaking. I checked my system preferences, the microphone was selected. I checked SKYPE and the microphone was selected. I checked Nicecast and the microphone was selected! However, I still had the echo. Then just by chance I checked effects in Nicecast, then editor, then advanced and viola, the hijack had mysteriously taken over and hijacked  all audio streams instead of one audio stream. As soon as I checked that back to select one audio stream, I've been good!

    At the end of a 75 min. show, I begin to hear a little echo, but I believe that is just my intel imac and skype dualing.

     

    Good luck.

    Cheryl Oakes

     

    PS  The audio stream for the most part still is usable. 

    Nicecast Set-up Screencast

     Nicecast Screencast and Skype Preferences Screencast

    This screencast has no sound. Hopefully you will be able to follow the steps to set up your Nicecast to record both ends of a conversation now. Do not forget to go to Skype > Preferences and make sure you choose the proper audio source before you begin. Let me know if you have any problems at all. ~Lee

    Mac Webcasting Set Up for Nicecast

    Set Up - also see Screencasts at bottom of page

    For USB mic:

    1) Plug the microphone and headphones in, then launch Nicecast and Skype.
    2) In Nicecast's Source drawer, set the first pop-up to Audio Device and then select your microphone for the Input Source. This should be the same device selected in Skype's Audio preferences for Input.
    3) Next, open the Effects window, and insert the Application Mixer plugin.
    4) You need to adjust the Application Mixer's settings, in the Editor window. Set Skype as the Application, and leave the Crossfade at 50%. Click Advanced... and set it to Hijack One Audio Stream (Default). This must not be set to MegaMix, or your audio will come through twice causing major echo.
    5) Finally, press the Start Broadcast button in Nicecast.  Audio from your microphone will be broadcast. When you click Hijack in the Application Mixer plugin, audio from Skype will also be brought in.

    The audio from your microphone is going two places, into Skype and also into Nicecast. In Skype, this audio is sent to the person to whom you're speaking. In Nicecast, this audio is mixed with the audio pulled from Skype, specifically the other speaker's portion of the conversation. This is combined together to make one audio stream of the conversation.

    Broadcasting

    Now that you are set as described above, you should  hear both sides of the conversation and be set to go.  Speak using the microphone, and accept calls through Skype or start a conference call in Skype and add as many as your Skype version or computer can handle. You can also play any audio that is in iTunes, and grab that with a second instance of the Application Mixer plugin. 

     

    For USB headsets:

    1) Plug the headsets in, then launch Nicecast and Skype.
    2) In Nicecast's Source drawer, set the first pop-up to Application and then select Skype.
    3) Next, click on Advanced.
    4) You need to select MegaMix in the Advanced window, not Hijack One Audio Stream
    5) Finally, press the Start Broadcast button in Nicecast.  Audio from your headset will be broadcast. 

    Broadcasting

    Now that you are set as described above, you should hear both sides of the conversation and be set to go.  Speak using the headset's microphone, and accept calls through Skype or start a conference call in Skype and add as many as your Skype version or computer can handle.

    Relevant Screencasts:

     

     

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    Webcaster Access Info


    Stream Access 

    Sandbox A
    208.82.103.33
    Port: 8000
    F...4......
    http://208.82.103.33:8000/admin.cgi
    admin/F......

    Sandbox B
    208.82.103.33
    Port: 8002
    F...4.......
    http://208.82.103.33:8002/admin.cgi
    admin/F.........

     

     Ustream.tv

    Interns are welcome to use the Webcast Academy Ustream account by logging in at http://ustream.tv/

    ID: webcastacademy
    Password: Same as above

    Chat Logs

    Chatlogs are mailed to [email protected]  everyday around 0600GMT .  Password is standard password for this session.

    Audio Specifications

    Bitrate: 64kbs
    Sample rate: 22 or 44khz (required for audio posted with audio module)
    File names:  ShowCodeEpisode#-yyyy-mm-dd.mp3 (i.e. EdTechTalk75-2006-12-18.mp3 , Teachers38-2007-01-31.mp3)
    ID3 Tags: Include at least Show Title, License, URL
    Streaming: If possible stream hi bitrate (64kbs) to EdTechTalk A, and lo bitrate (24kbs) to EdTechTalk B.  If bandwidth is limited, only stream to EdTechTalk A.

    Posting Specifications

    Posting to the calendar:  (Method changed Dec. 2007)  We now use Google  Calendars to post events.   You can log in to the webcastaca[email protected] account (password is the same as Sandox passwords) and click calendar/ create event to add an event.  The time zone for this gmail account is GMT/UTC.   You can also click 'manage calendars' / Shared/Edit Settings, and add your gmail address to the share list.  You can then post in your own time zone.  (Stay tuned for Screencast)

    Show recordings can be posted as an audio node (create content/ audio).  Body of post can include show name & #, date,  descriptive blurb, and/or  chat log.   To determine with the teaser ends on the front page, go to html mode by clicking the 'toggle html source' icon above and enter <!--break-->

    Teleconference

    Webcasters can setup their own teleconference and include that in a webcast.  There are number of sites that provide this service for free, including http://freeconferencecall.com and http:freeconference.com/

    Visuals - desktop sharing and/or video

    Below is (will be) information about using desktop sharing and/or video tools during a webcast

    Screencast on how to use Ustream for live, interactive webcasts here (Windows)

    Webcams

    Below is a list of interns' webcam pages. To create one, click 'add chil­d page' below, 'toggle html area' (shown to the right) and paste the embed code from your live streaming service of preference. 

    If you'd like to hide the left side menu columns, set the 'URL path settings' to cam/yourname'.



    CathyCam

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    CindyCam

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    Clither Cam

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    Coddog Cam

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    Deborah Cam

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    Derrall's Webcam

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    Doug Symington Cam

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    Durff's Page

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    EdTechWeekly Cams

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    Jeff Lebow Cam

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    Jose Rodriguez

    KathyCam

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    LeeBaberCam

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    LisaCam

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    Lornacam

    Maria Knee cam

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    Matt's ustream cam

    Miz Mercer Cam

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    Multicam Templates

    Below is html code you can use to create a 2x2  or 3x3 Ustream multicam interface. 

     


    2x2 (suggested width/height settings - width=312, height = 255)

    <table style="text-align: left; width: 640px;" border="1"
     cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2">
        <tr>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam1</td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam2</td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam3</td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam4</td>
        </tr>
    </table>



    3x3  (suggested width/height settings - width=208, height = 170)

    <table style="text-align: left; width: 640px;" border="1"
     cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2">
        <tr>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 1</td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 2</td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam3</td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 4</td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 5</td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 6</td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
          <td></td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 7 </td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 8</td>
          <td style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;">Cam 9</td>
        </tr>
    </table>
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    Pam Cam

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    SLN Sol Summit 2008 Studio

    SharonCam

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    Susan Cam

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    TeachTalk Cams

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    Worldbridges Cam

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    Screencasts

    Academy Procedures

    Audio Related

    Skype

    Audio Streaming

    Video

    Tips & Tricks

    The pages listed in this section contain a variety of tips and tricks related to live interactive webcasting.

    Audacity Tutorial for podcaster

    There are probably more and good tutorials about Audacity this is a basic one...

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    Before your first webcast

    What are the things we need to get started before the first day.

    Checks before the show starts.

  • Check the Internet connection and Skype by calling "Skype Test Call" lady. Ensure that the voice is clear on both ends of the conversation.
  • Start Audacity (if you plan to record the conversation) and set the recording to an appropriate source to record both ends of the conversation. On some computers it could be "Wave Out Mix", while others may have to use "What You Hear". Start recording and call the Skype lady again. After the test, ensure that both ends were recorded with appropriate sound levels.
  • Ensure that the streaming server (Shoutcast or any other server that will be used) is available, and you have access priviliges for streaming.
  • If other people are going to join in for an interview or discussion, request them to check their mic and speakers.
  • Make a list of all important points that will be covered in the talk.
  • If the talk is schedule bound then having a software timer set with little alarms or screen flashes will help keeping up the schedule.
  • Check your bandwidth connection

    You can test the speed of your internet connection (upload and download) by using one of the sites listed below:

    Few tips for laptop and WI-FI users

    If you would like to stream your show from a laptop, you have to be aware of at least one thing. Some programs (Oddcast for sure) refuse to connect to the stream-server if you are running laptop from you battery. Secondly, using WI-FI (wireless internet) connection for live webcasting may not be a good idea. When you are webcasting, you are sending 'connection packages' on a constant basis and WI-FI internet is not stable enough for such operation (I've experienced it myself).

    To test the speed of your internet connection, try something like
    this Internet Speed Test

    How to prevent Skype from automatically adjust your volume settings

    From Conrad...

    In Windows, go to...

    C:
    Documents and settings
    Your profile name
    Application data
    Skype
    shared.xml
    Use any text editor like Word Pad or Word to open and edit this file, as shared.xml is a real text file
    Nearly at the end you will find

    <UIVersion>0/1.4.0.84</UIVersion>
    <VoiceEng>
    <AGC>0</AGC> <-------------------------------------- add this line
    <MicVolume>xxx</MicVolume>
    </VoiceEng>
    </Lib>
    <UI>

    Edit this and SAVE
    Don’t forget to shutdown Skype before doing this.
    Skype will not allow any changes while running!
    You must set the signal volume now manually for best quality 

    Mac usb headset problems

    I was having major issues getting the audio to come out of my logitech headset. It got to be strange when the problem occured on both my laptop and desktop macs. I little search took me to 'macosxhints'. "Opening Audio Midi Setup and toggling from '2ch-16bit' to '1ch-16bit' (pausing to adjust the volume to cause it to make noise, just because) and then back to '2ch-16bit' seems to make it work consistently."

    I was relieved and please that this seems to have resolved the issue.

    Screencast - USB Headset set-up for Mac

    I have created a screencast to show mac users how to set up their headsets for sound, skype and Nicecast.  Try the trick described above as well since often if one trick does not work for you another will.

    How to Set-up a USB Headset for Mac Skype & Nicecast

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    Mind map software

    I've used CMap software at: http://cmap.ihmc.us/

    Collaborative mindmapping via Mind42 http://www.mind42.com/

     

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    Show Management

    This is the main page for show management information

    Managing Echo in Broadcasting

    Tonight was filled with new adventures. In order to cut out the clicking noise that I was recording every time I muted my external mic, I got a new Platronics headset with built in mic. So far it is wonderful and has an easy to control mute button. Tonight in order to manage better what has become a big skypecast and to take some pressure off the broadcasting machine, we tried something new. I broadcast from my trusty Apple G5 tower. I hijacked Skype as always and brought the participants into the Skype call. When I called into the skypecast, I got a terrible echo. Here's what was happening and the solution (thanks to Jeff, the ultimate detective!!) On my HP tablet, I signed into Skype as a different user (teachersusanettenheim) and hosted the Skypecast. On my Apple, I called into the Skypecast (as user susanettenheim). On the tablet (XP), under Call, choosing mute microphone got rid of the echo but then the people in the Skypecast couldn't hear me or the main people in the Skype call. It was only when I unmuted me (susanettenheim), the user who had called into the Skypecast from the broadcasting Apple machine that they could hear me and the echo was gone. Think that one over and comment here to add to our new mystery!!

    Testing out i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder 6.60 Professional

    Thanks to a remark from Bengt I have started out testing this amazing software: i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder 6.60 Professional


    Start here to read about using this recording both ends of a Skype-call.

    And this was interesting:" In fact, with a bit of effort, and luck on your side, you may be able to record a Skype conversation using the good old Windows Sound Recorder. To do this you need to uncheck the option to ‘Let Skype adjust my sound device’ setting (In Skype, select Tools, Options, Sound Devices). Then in the Windows Volume Control, make sure that the Microphone Mute checkbox is unchecked. In the recording control, select ‘Wave Out Mix’ or ‘Stereo Mix’ or similar (the name varies). Now, make that Skype call and see if you can record. We are grateful to the developer of the i-Sound Recorder for providing this useful tip."

    Looks like this progam will work for us - anyone else tried this out/payed for it?

    Manuel here

    More info and download: http://www.abyssmedia.com/

    First impression: delicat layuot, many avanced settings, fix setting for stereo-mix!, able to record mp3-tunes paid for in iTunes - and closed by Apple :-)

    Testing 14-11-06
    Recording from Skype (always this LADY!) went OK - but i have to use Audio Repeater still to get my voice in

    Recording and streeming with SAM vent OK - but the settings in SAM - Encoder ->rightklikk the encoderinfo (a+b sandboxchannel) -> select source->Soundcard-> Choose your soundcard (this seems to change without warning!)

    Testing with filters in i-sound was not good - refused to record?

    When the recording is sent to an MP3 file (set i i-sound->CODEX->MP3)

    I can open this in Audacity to make the cosmetic afterwork! - Nice!

    I will go for paying for this software -  I belive?

    Other testers? - please tell your storry here - perhaps we are on the track of a better - and more smart solution for recording without audacity

     

     

     

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    WYSIWYG

    Program to use Xinha extention in Firefox to have better control with the textinput in the bodytext.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1449/

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    Hardware, Software, & other Resources

    Hardware Profiles

    Below are profiles of hardware items involved in the webcasting process.

    Logitech AK5370 Desktop USB Microphone

    Advantages:

    automatically recognized by most machines, readily available at stores

    Disadvantages:

    low volume issues, pickups pops easily, desktop based so difficult to remain constant distance from mic

    Comments:

    This is the Model T of USB mic's.

    Zing

    The Zing Player http://www.zing.net/product_UIs.html Perhaps a way to listing to webcasts away from home.

    Classes, Intern Lists, & Meetings

    List of Webcast  Interns and Interncasts

     

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    Class of 1.3

    asks

      Record Introduction Record both end of telephony call  Stream Skype Call
      Niels      
     susnyrop      
     Andrew Middleton  X  X  
     JenniferW      
     paradox66      
     Art Gelwicks      
     salmanbas      
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     sharonbett      
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     marilynj8      
     sendkathy      
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     Foxdenuk      
    cevanoff


    sarah


    vajradog


    sl_info


    buthaina


    Class of 1.3 Orientation Meeting

    Webcast Academy Meeting 1.3.1
    Sunday, Oct. 22
    Download mp3

    Meeting Notes


    Chat Transcript and Show Announcement Newsletter Below


    Chat Transcript


    11:51:10 JL: Hello
    11:51:19 DougS: Hey JL
    11:51:22 JL: I'm thinking we might try this without a skypecast
    11:51:27 JL: we'll see how many people show
    11:51:30 DougS: sure
    11:51:34 JL: feel free to skype worldbridges
    11:51:36 DougS: sounds good
    11:51:41 DougS: will do in just a sec
    11:53:49 sharonbetts: Hi everyone - ready to go!
    11:54:03 JL: skype 'worldbridges' to join in
    11:55:06 sharonbetts: Jeff is really garbled for me. Anyone else?
    11:55:59 DougS: getting garble on stream too
    11:56:47 sharonbetts: Ok, thanks for the update - standing by. Kathy sounds like about 80 and very very slow.
    11:56:49 JenniferW: good morning
    11:57:24 cevanoff: Sharon- I feel like I am 80
    11:57:50 JenniferW: can I join the skype??
    11:58:06 sharonbetts: Jeff, you are getting better, but the gals are still quite garbled.
    11:58:12 JL: yes, skype 'worldbridges'
    11:58:26 JL: skype conf sounds fine
    11:59:07 sharonbetts: Very very yucky streamed. I am on a laptop with wireless connectivity and am not certain I can skype in.
    12:00:12 sharonbetts: Nope - still garbled. Hi Niels, Paradox and Jen
    12:00:25 JL: please skype in to 'worldbridges'
    12:01:26 JenniferW: I am muted -- and turned off real player
    12:03:59 Parag: Hello everyone...
    12:04:19 dave: hey folks...
    12:04:36 JL: http://vyew.com/room/086346
    12:08:57 JenniferW: vyew is being very tempermental today
    12:09:54 Anne_Fox: Trying to listen on channel 1 but the stream keeps interrupting
    12:10:26 JenniferW: view is getting stuck after the flash download
    12:11:25 Andrew: I in vyew
    12:11:42 sharonbetts: I got in and logged in - then it hung.
    12:11:56 Andrew: It's very stuttery
    12:12:31 Andrew: There's not much happening there anyway!
    12:15:16 Madeline_Here: I have Flash 9,0,20,0 installed but do not see the desktop
    12:17:45 Anne_Fox: Am suffering from constant rebuffering on the audio channel even though I'm on broadband
    12:18:02 Sus: Anne, join the Skype call instead
    12:18:09 sharonbetts: I am having the exact same problem - buffering and occassional static.
    12:18:10 Anne_Fox: Am in Vyew OK
    12:18:14 Sus: call jeff on worldbridges
    12:18:16 marilynj8: My audio stream keeps stopping and rebuffering. I haven't gotten much of it.
    12:19:35 Anne_Fox: Worldbridges on Skype does not answer
    12:20:12 sharonbetts: This is a big class
    12:22:35 elderbob: Hello all.
    12:23:32 JL: https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
    12:23:53 marilynj8: I am not getting most of this, though I have a broadband connection. I can leave.
    12:24:32 marilynj8: Can I get this audio later?
    12:25:14 Cathy_Evanoff: Good- cause that was way over my head
    12:27:18 sharonbetts: Cathy, did you ever live in Ohio?
    12:27:39 Cathy_Evanoff: NO- but I have an Aunt Cathy Evanoff in Ohio
    12:27:53 Cathy_Evanoff: My husban's aunt actually
    12:28:45 sharonbetts: I once had a Superintendent, John Evanoff in Ohio. Is Anne in the chat room?
    12:29:07 Cathy_Evanoff: Don't think we are related
    12:32:15 Cathy_Evanoff: I need drupal help :(
    12:33:03 marilynj8: I am just listening on webcast, which is still dropping out. . I have just downloaded skype. Will try to join on skype. Maybe it's also a matter of permissions.
    12:35:21 sharonbetts: Keep moving away from the page and losing the chat room - I need to get a new window.
    12:37:05 Andrew: It looks like there may be a problem with the chat. I had it open in a separate floating windowing and it disappeared.
    12:37:46 DougS: having trouble with audio in Skypecast and stream, will keep trying
    12:38:23 Parag: Yes, the audio in the stream keeps breaking of. I am on channel 2... is it the same with channel 1 also?
    12:38:35 DougS: have channel 1 back now
    12:38:47 DougS: sounding good on channel 1
    12:39:06 Parag: channel 2 is on again... oops said it too soon
    12:39:06 DougS: just lost it again, channel 1
    12:39:31 Parag: looks like both the channels step together
    12:40:35 marilynj8: I am login out. I hope to hear the broadcast later on my office computer. The buffer on my home computer is not up to the task. Thanks.
    12:41:39 DougS: still having trouble on Channel 1
    12:42:02 JL: hmmm
    12:43:03 DougS: same behaviour on Channel 2 for me
    12:43:22 DougS: stop and restart player gives the same clip (~10 sec) and then no stream
    12:45:08 DougS: Channel 2 now working for me
    12:45:11 JL: try stream again
    12:45:47 DougS: ok on Channel 1 as well
    12:46:06 JL: http://www.auditmypc.com/internet-speed-test.asp
    12:46:55 Cathy_Evanoff: The screencast are wonderful!
    12:47:13 Andrew: Yes. I found them useful too
    12:47:18 sharonbetts: Yes, I used the Audacity one and will watch many more.
    12:48:12 JL: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1449/
    12:50:06 JL: Wysiwyg editing
    12:53:28 dave: is it just me that's hearing the choppiness?
    12:53:54 Cathy_Evanoff: My sound is good
    12:54:04 dave: thanks... must be my connection
    12:54:14 JL: don't think so
    12:54:15 JL: think it'
    12:54:22 JL: s my connection
    12:54:28 JL: skype is sucking it up
    12:54:39 dave: it does do that
    12:54:41 JL: try joining skypecast
    12:54:47 dave: that's where i am
    12:54:55 dave: was
    12:54:59 dave: am
    12:55:50 JL: try channel 2
    12:56:00 Paradox66: What one could use is Cmaptools...making an conceptmap where we could work together
    12:56:01 Paradox66: http://cmap.ihmc.us/
    12:56:46 Paradox66: But then it is probably be better using assignments to control the learning
    12:57:55 sharonbetts: I tend to need a roadmap.
    12:58:40 JenniferW: instead of writely -- could we just not make an additional page within drupal
    13:00:17 Andrew: A mind map sound like an interesting approach
    13:00:42 Andrew: or a wiki?
    13:01:07 Paradox66: Cmap is like a wiki mindmap
    13:13:26 Parag: We don't need no USB microphones :-)
    13:13:34 Parag: HeHe
    13:15:13 Andrew: http://cmap.ihmc.us/
    13:19:38 nielsd: OK thanks for today - meal is waiting!

    Show Announcement Newsletter
    If you would like to be an intern, you must post a comment on this forum thread:
    http://www.webcastacademy.net/Apply_for_Class_of_1.3
    If you don't post there, we won't know that you want to be an intern and will not be able to give you the appropriate posting permissions.  Here is a list of everyone that has posted there so far.
    If you don't want to be an intern yet, you are still welcome to be part of the community and make use of the resources on the website, but only interns will be given access to the stream.
    For those who signed up to be members of 1.1 and 1.2, but faded away, consider this a final chance to be part of 1.x.

    The purpose of Sunday's meeting is to answer questions incoming interns might have, take the first steps toward producing live, interactive webcasts, and develop a learning plan for the Class of 1.3 .
    The first assignment for interns is to record and post a short introduction.
    For information on how to record and post one, please watch this screencast:
    http://www.webcastacademy.net/screencasts/orientation1-2/index.html
    Please disregard the part that says a desktop USB desktop mic is required in order to webcast.  We have since learned that this is not always true.
    Please post your introductions by Oct. 28.  Only those who post introductions will be considered 'official' members of The Class of 1.3 .
    Introductions can be recorded in any language.  Personally, I'm looking forward to practicing my Danish :)

    If you have questions or problems posting your introduction, please post them in the forums.

    Just a reminder to all - this is a collaborative learning community, which mean we are all responsible for helping ourselves and each other learn.  Last time, I named myself the 'Class Coordinator for 1.2'.  I have since fired myself.  This time around, I hope 1.3'ers themselves will develop a learning plan and assign themselves class management roles, and that past interns will step forward to stream meetings on specific webcasting related topics as requested.

    Speaking of which - a late breaking show announcement!  Brad Hicks will be webcasting a help session for Mac users Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1pmGMT (global times)

    Webcasting issues can vary significantly depending on which operating system you use, so these sessions that focus on Mac Only issues can be quite helpful for Mac users.

    Thanks again to everyone for your interest and participation in the Academy.
    I look forward to virtually meeting newcomers and connecting again with Academy 'oldtimers'.

    Fiberoptically Yours,
    Jeff Lebow
    Worldbridges Founder, Webcastaholic, Former Academy Class Coordinator

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    Euro mini meeting 06 11 06

    Recording from Webcast Academy 1.3 euro mini meeting 06 Nov 06. Participants include Anne Fox, Dennis Newson, Andrew Middleton, Jeff Lebow. The recording is made in two parts. Participants encountered difficulties with Skype, and agreed to work together in understanding how Virtual Audio Cables fit into the Webcasting equation.

    Meeting 1.3.2

    Webcast Academy Meeting 1.3.2
    Sunday, Oct. 29
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    12:01:02 SusNy: hello friends
    12:01:39 SusNy: is there a Skype conference open yet?
    12:01:40 Cathy_Evanoff: hello sus
    12:01:55 JL: skypecast link above chat room
    12:02:04 SusNy: oh great
    12:04:58 JL: Hi sue
    12:05:03 JL: skypecast link above
    12:05:22 JasonR wakes up
    12:06:30 arvind_grover: jason, how can i increase my volume higher on an external mic on my mac?
    12:06:57 Sue_L.: I'm not seeing a skypecast link...can I get a little more info?
    12:08:26 JasonR: ?
    12:08:40 JL: hop in teh skypecast if you can Jason
    12:08:59 JasonR: here, what was it you needed?
    12:09:50 JasonR: Yeah, skypecast working today
    12:10:36 JasonR: JL sounds choppy, stutter
    12:11:00 DS: not getting that, on the stream you mean Jeh?
    12:11:42 SusNy: The Webhuddle is not accepting my efforts
    12:12:07 SusNy: neither in Mozilla/Firefox noir in IE
    12:13:42 DS: just got into Webhuddle
    12:14:17 Sue_L.: can I get the link to the webhuddle? I've found the skype cast and am signing in... I believe :D
    12:15:11 SusNy: www.webhuddle.com Sue
    12:15:37 SusNy: I'm into the webhubdle mow
    12:15:58 Sue_L.: thanx sus! I'm going to focus on getting in the skypecast...I can't find the gang...any suggestions
    12:16:34 SusNy: Sue, are you logged in on Skype?
    12:18:01 JasonR: Getting stutter from JL in the skypecast
    12:18:03 arvind_grover: so the 3 categories are audio editing, streaming and ?
    12:18:40 SusNy: and hosting
    12:19:30 DS: I like the proficiencies model
    12:19:42 arvind_grover: me too
    12:19:50 SusNy: Hi Niels
    12:19:53 arvind_grover: i can see the unit plans developing
    12:20:24 Sue_L.: I found it!
    12:22:09 JasonR: Mobile Webcasting, yeah
    12:24:41 JasonR: Sometimes I get lost in the whole process. Am I making progress? Where is everyone else? I know it's a matter of focus. How do you keep it all straight, JL?
    12:25:36 SusNy: I hear you quite well
    12:26:57 arvind_grover: andrew started a forum discussion on visualizing our progress: http://webcastacademy.net/node/452
    12:27:21 arvind_grover: distance learning classes do this quite well (well some of them :) )
    12:27:36 JasonR nods
    12:28:28 SusNy: The collaboration aspect is quite important to know how to follow the progress and problems of each other (I admit having beein mostly in reading mode this week)
    12:29:09 JasonR: Wow, that's awesome, JL.
    12:29:53 arvind_grover: very cool new feature
    12:30:11 arvind_grover: i think seeing other peoples' progress also motivates you to stay on task
    12:30:23 arvind_grover: is it too formal a structure for people? i know jeff was worried about that
    12:33:07 Sue_L.: Not too formal me...I like formal with some wiggle room
    12:43:00 arvind_grover: here is that other flash player btw: http://www.webcastacademy.net/blog/42
    12:43:10 JasonR: That becomes easier with time
    12:43:15 JasonR: and practice
    12:43:19 JasonR: I am still the same way
    12:43:53 arvind_grover: here is the del.icio.us playtagger: http://del.icio.us/help/playtagger
    12:44:05 JasonR: And a willful abandonment
    12:44:10 arvind_grover: and here is the other flash player i have seen on webcastacademy: http://www.webcastacademy.net/blog/42
    12:44:39 JasonR: You should make a badge for scripted program proficiency
    12:45:28 arvind_grover: it could be a sleepy face :)
    12:46:59 SusNy: what an echo
    12:47:43 JasonR loves JL's creamy smooth intros
    12:47:54 arvind_grover: definitely
    12:48:21 JasonR: relaxed, confident, bold
    12:49:08 arvind_grover: good advice, the quick intro is best
    12:52:11 Sue_L.: My skype cast shows only one person in it... and it's not me...but I can hear the skypecast... I think it's an eerie halloween thing happening
    12:53:08 arvind_grover: we're here!
    12:53:36 SusNy: Bye bye
    12:54:11 SusNy: pw webcast
    12:55:41 SusNy: momento, br
    12:55:45 SusNy: brb
    12:57:49 SusNy: now I am ready to share my desktop
    13:01:15 JasonR: splice?
    13:01:37 JasonR: http://www.splicemusic.com/
    13:14:51 JL: http://www.webcastacademy.net/Class_of_1.3
    13:27:45 Sue_L.: bye bye all...I'm off!!
    13:45:50 SharonBetts: Just got in and thought I would catch the final minutes

    Meeting 1.3.3

    Webcast Academy Meeting 1.3.3
    Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006
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     JL  Hello Paradox
     paradox66  Tjena Jeff
     JL  Tjena
     paradox66  i am in the skypecast..
     JL  I see you - you're unmuted
     JL  I just keep hearing 'trial'
     JL  perhaps the VAC
     paradox66  jepp
     paradox66  Bengt
     JL  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     Lobsang  hi
     Lobsang  Guys, i'm brand spankin in the plastic new to webcasting, can you guys direct to link that explains for someone like me
     JL  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     JasonR  Hmmm, can't copy+paste into the chat :(
     jehzon  http://webcastacademy.net/Book_of_Webcasting
     jehzon  Now I can copy+paste
     jehzon  Weird
     dave  can i get the skypecast one more time?
     JL  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     jehzon  Is there a drupal+flickr module?
     arvind grover  we just used used flickr's badge or html code: http://nycist.net/d for example
     JL  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     jehzon  Is there a chat log of this NMC/dave?
     paradox66  this is where i found the explaination about VAC and amateur radio...
     paradox66  http://www.flex-radio.com/
     paradox66  problem is that their database seems to being down atm
     paradox66  http://www.google.se/search
     paradox66  first result is a good explanation but it isnt working atm
     arvind grover  does skype on the mac have less settings than skype on the PC?
     jehzon  Are you missing any functionality arvind?
     arvind grover  it seems like there is a missing piece on the audio setting - the "let skype control my audio settings"
     jehzon  time-zoned based!
     jehzon  Eastern Standard Tribe, represent!
     jehzon  arvind, yeah. I double check the audio settings in Skype and my System Preference
     arvind grover  screenshot documents are very tough to produce
     jehzon  Agreed, plus it gives folks the chance to use more new technology to talk about more new technology
     jehzon  Used SnapZ on Mac, Camtasia not available
     dave  jehzon... just caught the message... the chat record is behind a sign in
     arvind grover  did you guys upgrade the chatroom software? looks different on my screen
     dave  tardy!
     dave  absent!
     dave  we need to enforce conformity
     dave  put her in the corner!
     arvind grover  wait, maybe she has a note from home
     dave  - 5 points!
     dave  i don't accept those!
     arvind grover  but my family always goes out of town this weekend, every year!
     Doug  here's a diagram I just made with Gliffy
     Doug  http://www.gliffy.com/pubdoc/1098191/M.jpg
     arvind grover  take a look at this screenshot. it is the free kristal audio software. i haven't tried it yet, but it appears to have a built in digital-mixer:
     arvind grover  hold on, can't paste
     Doug  use Float and Dock
     arvind grover  http://www.tinyurl/yfs7hc
     paradox66  http://www.crossloop.com/index.html
     arvind grover  float and dock still doesn't let me paste, strange
     jehzon  soundbooth, anyone? http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/soundbooth/
     jehzon  For post-production
     arvind grover  uh oh, here comes adobe into the mix
     jehzon  arvind...I am able to copy+paste on the Mac, but it seems to stop working if I switch to other applications
     jehzon  When I come back, can't copy+paste anymore
     arvind grover  weird
     arvind grover  that new adobe audio editor is available for intel mac's and pc's
     arvind grover  could be promising though
     jehzon  Whoa, I can get multiple undos in Second Life now.
     arvind grover  excellent!
     arvind grover  my webhost is deplying this thing called flashback which saves a copy of every file you ever make and all older versions
     arvind grover  helps with the accidental deletes
     JL  http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/551
     arvind grover  it worked! great idea
     dave  yay jeff
     arvind grover  Xinha
     JL  https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1449/
     arvind grover  rocks
     arvind grover  on mac, firefox, can't paste into the textbox for some reason
     paradox66  http://www.crossloop.com/index.html
     paradox66  http://www.crossloop.com/index.html
     paradox66  sorry
     jehzon  Naw, dave, you are still weird here too
     JL  https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1449/
     jehzon  :)
     dave  lol
     SusNy  Hello!
     paradox66  Hi Sus
     Doug  we love ya man
     SusNy  Any chance to join a Skype channel too?
     SusNy  sorry for being late
     JL  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     arvind grover  interesting, if i press copy in the chat window, i can paste, but can't paste out of external apps. i think that was what you were saying jehzon was saying
     jehzon  Everyone using Mac also using Firefox?
     Doug  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     dave  hey lawrie
     dave  that skypecast link is to the live audio
     lawrie  Hi Dave
     jehzon  Hey, another new feature of this chat...used to be the whole line of someone's chat that mentioned my name had its color changed. Now it's just my name, not the whole line
     JL  is that true jehzon
     JL  JL, what do you think?
     JL  I think so
     jehzon  So if I type Dave, only dave's name should change color not this whole sentance
     jehzon  In his chat screen
     jehzon  Not mine
     dave  dave dave dave
     Paul E  Hello Everyone
     dave  yo paul
     JL  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     JL  http://webcastacademy.com/
     paradox66  http://www.google.com/notebook/public/02434991712024425560/BDRQnSwoQ6ePU...
     paradox66  a way to collect info and links
     dave  better than del.icio.us?
     Paul E  I think the notebook would be good for cliping text out of webpages, but I am not sure about the links
     SusNy  I cannot hear you but apparently I am in the Skype room with you
     SusNy  has one of those annoying fallouts of one mili second
     paradox66  sus disconnect and connect again
     Loop  I'm not jumping at CMS Ac.! Of course I'd love to, but not yet
     JL  need to rejoin the skypecast
     SusNy  I'll try
     JL  https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     jehzon  Is that dave?
     JL  http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/228/edit
     arvind grover  http://www.nycist.net/d/
     arvind grover  conference website
     arvind grover  click on NYSAIS Mohonk 2006 at the top
     arvind grover  you will notice the broken CSS on the first page. we are working on that
     arvind grover  any ideas, let me know
     arvind grover  arvind at grovernetwork.com
     arvind grover  bye
     Paul E  I too am heading out. Talk to you all later!
     Doug  cya Arvind and Paul
     Doug  take care
     madeline_here  tried registering for nycist.net will I beable to connect to the conference? As of yet, I am awaiting approval--mbrownstone
     jehzon  bye.
     Doug  thanks all, ttys

    Meeting 1.3.4

    Meeting 1.3.4
    November 12, 2006

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    Agenda

    • Introduction/Opening
    • Share Good / Bad Experience using Audacity
    • How do VAC really work? (Diagram of VAC)
    • Skypecast Control- New Screencast about Skypecasting
    • Bandwidth Concerns
    • Brainstorm how to use Webcast - Bring at least one good idea.
    • Share experience with trying streaming
    • Questions and word is free



     JL  Hello Cathy & Niels
     JL  Webhuddle is now active
     JL  [email protected] / webcast
     Cathy e  hello guys
     DS  Hi Cathy
     DS  and all
     DS  think JL may have crashed--lost the skype call
     JL  please skype 'worldbridges' directly
     NielsD  OK
     Cathy e  Just to let you know I have watched the screen cast "Recording both ends of a telephony call in windows" at least 100 times :)
     JL  got a new one for you - http://webcastacademy.net/screencasts/skypecast/index.htm
     NielsD  are we using the skypecast - or go worldbrigdes direktly?
     AnneF  HI there
     JL  Hi Kathy - skype 'worldbridges' directly
     paradox66  hello all
     JehZon  Not me. Still trouble with ecamm recorder.
     DS  sorry, can't record here either, have to run away in a little while myself
     sendkathy  I can't hear anything give me a minute.
     Madeline Brownstone  Hi, sorry I'm late.
     DS  Hi Madeline
     Cathy e  I have the same sound card- but i don't have stereo mix as an option
     Madeline Brownstone  I just checked skype.com for a skypecast, are we on?
     Madeline Brownstone  I can't find us.
     AnneF  I think they are in a kype conference
     DS  skype worldbridges directly to join
     AnneF  the skypecast wasn't working very well
     JL  indeed
     DS  I'll listen on the stream, I have to leave soon
     JL  skype 'worldbridges' to join in
     Madeline Brownstone  just found it, thanks....started at 50 minutes ago? YIKES
     JL  do not join skypkecast
     JL  skype worldbridges
     AnneF  no, that confused me too. I think they open it early
     Madeline Brownstone  okay
     arvind grover  i am in the skypecast, but i dont see anyone there
     arvind grover  oh
     DS  arvind skype worldbridges directly to join
     DS  the skypecast wasn't cooperating
     arvind grover  got it
     DS  have to run all - look forward to catching up on audio -- cya soon
     arvind grover  http://www.nycist.net the conference website - audio available there
     sharonbetts  Hello everyone - glad to have caught you at least for awhile today.
     Madeline Brownstone  been getting this error when exporting to mp3 on audacity on Mac
     Madeline Brownstone  ooop
     sharonbetts  how many of you have actually got a two way Skype to work?
     sharonbetts  I keep losing the sound - anyone else? I will change channels.
     JL  sharon, would you like to join skype
     paradox66  Me and niels got it to work
     Cathy e  Not me :(
     Cathy e  I can faintly hear the skype lady
     Cathy e  When I go to Mixer Device I only have line in, rear mic, microphone
     sendkathy  So, bottom line, are we able to get in a skypecast or simply listen to the stream on channel 1?
     arvind grover  no skypecast, can you skype "worldbridges" directly or listen to the stream
     arvind grover  jeff is restarting the skype
     arvind grover  i mean stream
     arvind grover  restarting the stream
     sendkathy  I hope this works because my stream keeps buffering and going mute.
     sharonbetts  I am having exactly the same problem - it buffers and dies
     Madeline Brownstone  Two-way skypecall has still not come front and center on my to-do list. I think I'm going to find the time next week to get going full stream with the webdcast academy assignments and experimentations.
     JL  hitting bandwidth limits
     JL  will restart channel 2 shortly
     sharonbetts  aha - thanks Madeline, I don't feel so far behind then.
     arvind grover  the analog analogy is always helpful - if it applies
     sharonbetts  I forgot my headphone at work and can't skype in today either - where or where did my organizational skills go?
     JL  channel 2 should be on now
     sharonbetts  Channel 2 is ok -- good
     sharonbetts  darn - it cut out again. Is channel 1 running?
     cheryloakes  channel 2
     cheryloakes  hi sharon
     sharonbetts  and I lost the chatroom when I accidentally tried to re-stream from the same tab. I think this week is lost - hi Cheryl
     arvind grover  classic conversation with teachers - they don't want to know how the projector works, juts work!
     cheryloakes  Hi Arvind, I still think that way, just work, especially when teaching, there isn't time to troubleshoot with 20 faces looking at you. :-)
     arvind grover  i definitely dont want to troubleshoot in class, but i was thinking more during training of teachers. but i know exactly what you mean
     arvind grover  :)
     cheryloakes  cathy are you a mac?skype
     sharonbetts  ;)
     AnneF  no stream, no skype only web huddle and chat so I think I'll go and listen to the recording later.
     Cathy e  I am windows
     AnneF  Bye all
     JL  bye anne
     sharonbetts  me to - where is web huddle info?
     Cathy e  www.webhuddle.com
     cheryloakes  I use nicecast on my mac
     sharonbetts  thanks - the name of the "huddle"?
     paradox66  skype:?chat&id=%23arvindgrover%2F%24310f611772562cdc
     paradox66  http://peko.se/blogg/2006/05/27/screencast-i-hur-man-sjunger-kanon-med-s...
     cheryloakes  it is on the front page of webcast academy [email protected] pw webcast
     sharonbetts  can anyone give me the URL for the site with music clips that Jeff mentioned previously
     paradox66  my swedish screencast about making kanon singen
     Madeline Brownstone  back again, keep loosing my window too
     JL  http://peko.se/blogg/2006/05/27/screencast-i-hur-man-sjunger-kanon-med-s...
     cheryloakes  I will start putting tags for mac entries.
     Madeline Brownstone  Ah, ha, copy paste works in Firefox. This is the errror I get using Mac OSX 10.4.8 and Audacity 1.2.5Assertion (gfc->mf_size <= MFSIZE) failed in "lame.c" on line 1501
     JehZon  yes
     JehZon  can't do it either
     Cathy e  me either
     JehZon  Sometimes it works, most time it does not
     Cathy e  Works the first time but not after the first time
     arvind grover  that's rightg. i think it works before you takea away focus from the window the first time. once you come back, it doesn't work - oh well, copy paste, who needs it?
     Madeline Brownstone  try copy/paste using Apple+C and apple+v that works for me on Mac running firefox
     sendkathy  I am just wondering how get the people you'd like to participate ready to go.
     arvind grover  thanks madeline, doesn't work for me after the first time i look away from the window
     sharonbetts  Good question Kathy. I hope to figure out how and then I need to find who. I also can't copy / paste in windows.
     Madeline Brownstone  ha, Arvind:o ...that's what happend to me when I tried to copy something IN the window. It works when I copy FROM another source and paste into the chat
     arvind grover  no luck for me
     Cathy e  Sharon- I plan to use the webcast with teachers after hours- like a help desk meeting
     sharonbetts  Oh - yes that is very much like what I want to do. I meant getting a two way skype call recorded.
     sendkathy  I'm just concerned that if we have these issues and are committed to trying to solve them, how will rather low-tech people be encouraged to stick it out?
     Cathy e  I have not had luck with that yet
     Madeline Brownstone  Arvin: I'm using Firefox version 1.5.0.7 on MAC iBook G4 10.4.8
     Cathy e  But low tech people won't have to record in the beginning
     Cathy e  Just listen and talk
     arvind grover  i am using FF 2
     sharonbetts  Kathy - right. I think that skyping to staff is easy. It is the recording stuff that has me bamboozled.
     sharonbetts  I am also using FF 2 (windows) and can't copy - paste.
     Cathy e  NO- the copy paste issue is a biggie
     sendkathy  So Sharon, you are already skyping with your staff?
     sendkathy  How do you set up a time and how do you get them interested?
     sharonbetts  I can copy / paste in Webhuddle -
     Cathy e  What about the old one?
     NielsD  Here is my webrecordings in OPAL
     sharonbetts  I only skype with a few that are quite teckie - and it is usually around troubleshooting our new ePortfolio software and posting podcasts and videos there. I just tell them I will be online in the evening at a certain time. We also use the chat room in our email client (First Class)
     NielsD  her it is www.bibsent.no/nettmote
     cheryloakes  http://www.bibsent.no/nettmote/ from Cheryl on her Macbook 10.4.8, using FLOCK
     NielsD  http://opal-online.org
     NielsD  this last on was to the american OPAL-prosject
     cheryloakes  madeline, try using flock as your browser, it works for copying urls.
     sendkathy  Has anyone ever webcast to or from an ed tech conference?
     sharonbetts  I just uninstalled Flock when I upgraded to FF 2 - ugh
     sendkathy  I like being part of a class so I feel I can get to know a smaller group.
     Cathy e  No-Kathy, but I have been thinking about it..I will be going to NCETC in a couble of weeks.
     NielsD  http://tinyurl.com/cmctf this is my webroom - feel free to go in an look
     cheryloakes  Women of Web 2.0 will be webcasting next Tue. from a conference in GA , then on 11/28 from NH, Christa McAulliffe.
     sharonbetts  I agree - I am such a dolt about these things and like the class structure
     sendkathy  I'm going to GaETC this week.
     sharonbetts  wow - are you going to GA, cheryl? any thoughts about TCEA?
     Cathy e  Kathy- you can go first :)
     sendkathy  Wow, I'm taking CSS with Patrick Crispin on Tuesday.
     cheryloakes  lucky you, check out Vicki Davis, Jen, Sharon will be webcasting at 9 PM, I am holding the fort at home here in Maine
     Cathy e  I'll listen if you talk
     sharonbetts  I will try to check-in on Tuesday this week
     cheryloakes  Hope you can Sharon.
     arvind grover  here is one commericial shoutcast provider i found: http://wavestreaming.com
     Madeline-in-Flock  cannot copy/paste a URL in Flock
     arvind grover  i can't figure out what the $2.15 for a 128k stream gets you
     sharonbetts  sorry, but it makes me feel better about uninstalling it. ha (Flock that is)
     sharonbetts  Jeff there is an echo now.
     Cathy e  I don't know I would ever do all the things needed to run a webcast and be in Second Life?
     sharonbetts  I registered for Second Life and have spent about 15 minutes there - just no time.
     cheryloakes  sorry Madeline, maybe since i am on a Macbook, not G4.
     Madeline Brownstone  mayBE
     sharonbetts  Yea webheads - I plan on trying to join then this winter.
     arvind grover  so strange, wasn't doing anything and the chatroom just logged me out. wasn't even near the keyboard
     arvind grover  and not on wireless
     cheryloakes  Cathye, I dont' think my computer could take all the punishment of resource use with 2nd life and webcast, wkype
     sendkathy  If I ever go the hang of it I would like to run a group.
     sendkathy  My computer can't take 2nd life either!
     Cathy e  cherly, forget the computer, my brain can't handle it
     sharonbetts  Cathy - I am with you! I actually try to have a first life and that's hard.
     sendkathy  So true!
     sendkathy  Although the I just listed to one of the Intercultural webcast on the topic of reinventing yourself and it seems 2nd life is just the ticket.
     arvind grover  you're right jeff, these external hosts are expensive!
     arvind grover  they are like $2/listener for 128k
     sendkathy  What about raising funds?
     Eiseldora  I am a fan of Second Life, because it has many freedoms
     arvind grover  so we need a shoutcast server training session - a lot of schools (at least in the U.S.) have high-speed connections. we could put up some servers i think
     Madeline Brownstone  my chat screen has a mind of it's own. It keeps wanting to return to the Welcome at the top. Kind of spooky
     arvind grover  a paypal button on webcastacademy. or let people pay tuition if they are interested. voluntary
     Madeline Brownstone  Arvind: what do I want to know about my upstream bandwidth?
     Madeline Brownstone  My school wants to stream....eventually--once I learn. :-)
     arvind grover  meadline, for running your own shoutcast server?
     sendkathy  Do we have to reserve the sandbox?
     sharonbetts  I also was wondering about streaming in the sandbox - although I have a long way to go before I am ready.
     arvind grover  i am looking at: http://www.shoutcast.com/download/serve.phtml (i hope i typed that correctly)
     Madeline Brownstone  I have to hang on to the scroll bar to keep the chat in place....
     sharonbetts  I am picturing that - :D
     Madeline Brownstone  :p
     Madeline Brownstone  makes typing difficult ;)
     JL  http://www.sigmatel.com/support/#drivers
     sharonbetts  I see it is 1:15 and I am going to need to sign-off. Hopefully, I will be able to make some progress this week. See you folks.
     Madeline Brownstone  I also hpe to get that 2-way skype done this week...finally
     Madeline Brownstone  I will try the shoutcast server too....
     Madeline Brownstone  with my students
     sharonbetts  ambitious - good luck Madeline.
     Madeline Brownstone  Well, I have a gaggle of little girls who want to webcast....8th graders
     Madeline Brownstone  they are awesome. Been in Lee Baber's spacecast every friday
     Madeline Brownstone  now they want to host their own
     arvind grover  turn dreams into reality :)
     arvind grover  if we get enough interns in a geographic area, we should have meetups (in person)
     arvind grover  to do some cross-training
     sendkathy  What are the legal implications of recording people?
     Madeline Brownstone  How many in the NYC Metro area?
     Madeline Brownstone  legal for school kids?
     arvind grover  {arvind raises hand}
     sendkathy  Yes and anyone else
     sendkathy  Is it just a simple media release for signed by parents?
     Madeline Brownstone  our children have a signed release from their parents that we can put their work on the Internet....kind of open and vague...
     arvind grover  in the U.S. you can record people if they know that they are being recorded
     arvind grover  (adults)
     Madeline Brownstone  ...we say that we will not reveal last names and other identifying information
     arvind grover  right on, guidelines for safety are key
     sendkathy  What's the best way to invite people from around the country to join a skypecast or to be primary speakers?
     Madeline Brownstone  network with friends...
     arvind grover  remember that when you skypecast, anyone who finds it on the website can join i
     Cathy e  I'm glad we have a gifted student in our class
     arvind grover  when yo skype conf, you control who enters
     Madeline Brownstone  Kathy, you have school children? what grade?
     sendkathy  I know but these are all techies.
     JL  http://www.abyssmedia.com/
     Madeline Brownstone  I'm in middle school and we have the personallearningspace elgg
     sendkathy  I have a sophomore and a senior and teach kindergarten
     Cathy e  Where do we go tonight
     arvind grover  i am really trying to figure out how to use KRISTAL audio software on my PC because it has a mixer to control input volumes
     Madeline Brownstone  for HS try http://youthvoices.??? I'll check it out. Check out teachers teaching teachers. Paul Allison and Susan E are active in that
     sendkathy  I have a Promethean board and may want to host a users forum in a webcast.
     arvind grover  cool!
     sendkathy  Thanks Jeff and all!

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    Meeting 1.3.5

    Webcast Academy Meeting 1.3.5
    Sunday, Nov. 19, 200
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    • The Webcast Academy Moodle
    • Open Troubleshooting
    • Interncast Schedule (starting to produce shows with support of oldtimers, if necessary) 

     Madeline Brownstone     Good Morning, finally posted a 2-way conversation in Skype
    http://popcornconversation.com
     Madeline Brownstone     I now know what it feels like to be a student again...humbling
     Andrew     Well done Madeline. Was there any major lesson you'd like to pshare?
     Andrew     So do you feel confiodent now?
     Madeline Brownstone     I do feel confident with this simple task, indeed.
     Madeline Brownstone     What's Nicecast?
     Madeline Brownstone     I better get into the Book of Webcasting before I ask such fundamental questions...sorry
     [email protected]     the audio repeater/hijack/hijack pro first seems to be a common theme
     [email protected]     in both windows and mac
     Madeline Brownstone     I have not explored hijack any further than simply recording my skype lady conversation
     arvind grover     great idea, some checkboxes for OS, software, etc
     arvind grover     when posting to the drupal
     arvind grover     that way we can find things that relate to our particular setup
     arvind grover     doug, staying at the chateau?
     [email protected]     the skiers and coaches and executive are at the Chateau
     [email protected]     the "worker bees" are at the Lake Louise Inn, which is also very nice
     arvind grover     nice, spent a night there a couple years back. what a magnificent place. was there in the summer though
     Lee     Hi Andrew
     Lee     I have added...
     Lee     your contact..
     Lee     Oh no Jeff
     Lee     i did not
     arvind grover     saw a poor japanese couple with their parents upset their canoe in the lake,
     arvind grover     doug: executives?
     [email protected]     of the race itself
     arvind grover     ah
     arvind grover     and what is the race?
     [email protected]     World Cup Downhill and GS
     arvind grover     very cool
     [email protected]     Men next wkend, and Women the one after that
     arvind grover     are you racing?
     Lee     hehe
     [email protected]     no racing for me :)
     [email protected]     here's a link with some more info
     [email protected]     http://www.winterstartworldcup.com/webconcepteur/web/alpine/en/llworldcup
     [email protected]     here are some "live" pictures from Lake Louise
     [email protected]     http://www.skilouise.com/mountain_cam/
     [email protected]     I'm sitting under the "Base Area" camera
     JL     [email protected] webcast
     dave     nice screen sharing
     dave     zmrzlina
     Lee     yea
     [email protected]     very cool re server Dave
     Lee     i can not either
     Lee     unable to get webhuddle to come up
     dave     yes... i'm pretty excited
     [email protected]     no festoon here
     Lee     no
     arvind grover     no echo here
     dave     no echo here
     dave     no echo here
     arvind grover     oh yes, audio repeater will let you hear yourself, right?
     arvind grover     echo is normal, right on
     dave     no echo here
     arvind grover     lowere your time to 100 ms
     Lee     world time link...also.. is good to use
     Lee     http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
     Lee     to add to all posts
     JL     http://vyew.com/room/278319
     arvind grover     andrew, here is alex's post about auacity messing up the stereo mix options:
    http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/594
     lee     is this still correct for the vyew 278319?
     arvind grover     hmm, skype crashed on me
     [email protected]     nothing to report here
     [email protected]     gotten very noisy here, so I'll stay muted
     [email protected]     excellent point Andrew re controlling "variables" along the way
     [email protected]     thanks everyone, another great session
     arvind grover     thanks everyone
     arvind grover     have a good sunday
     [email protected]     thanks all -- hope to have photos and videos to show over the next while
     [email protected]     and a "remote" or two
     [email protected]     take care all
     [email protected]     bye for now
     lee     by doug
     arvind grover     bye all
     lee     bye arvind and all
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    Meeting 1.3.6

    Webcast Meeting 1.3.6

    Agenda
    1. Welcome to intern meeting 1.3.6
    2. Debate about the way of learning on Drypal/Moodle
    3- Problems and solutions of this week
    4. About editing the files after the recording?
    5 Skype 3.0 - hosting a webcast?
    6. Other subjects of this week
    7 Round up
    Host.: Niels, Oslo
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    Meeting 1.3.7

    Webcast Meeting 1.3.7
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    Our weekly discussion started by troubleshooting Anne's audio challenges (leaving her without any functional way of communicating with us) and then got into discussing the homestretch of this session and what lies beyond, and finally got into other issues of building Worldbridges and its component sites.


    Chat Log Below
     JL  hello cathy
     JL  are you there or loitering from past events?
     JL  Hey Jeh
     JL  skype 'worldbridges' to join in
     AnneF  IS it a conference or a skypecast?
     JL  conference
     AnneF  ok
     JasonR  greetings
     AnneF  hi
     JL  I can handle 10 - if we get more than that we can create a skypecast
     JL  please skype when ready
     JasonR  Actually have to head out. Just stopped in to say hello and that I am alive. Sorry about last night.
     Cathy E  I did talk to the Dell rep - he is working on my Sigma Tel issue
     Cathy E  How are you doing? SendKAthy?
     sendkathy  I'm on the phone I'll be right with you!
     DS  Hi everyone
     JL  Hey doug
     JL  skype worldbridges to join in
     AnneF  Have changed my Skype settings and put the headphones in the back of the machine and can't hear you now
     JL  we can still hear you
     JL  suggest hanging up
     JL  yes
     JL  reboot
     JL  hello ann
     JL  guess you're not hearing us?
     sendkathy  So how do I get in the skypecast, do I dial worldbridges?
     JL  yes, skype 'worldbridges'
     sendkathy  and very patient!
     sendkathy  Very delayed! kinderteacher.podomatic.com
     lee  hi
     JL  are you still listenin to the stream?
     lee  not yet
     JL  that was for kathy
     lee  going there now
     lee  oh :)
     JL  skype worldbridges if you like
     lee  i am micless momentarily
     Cathy E  Kathy- post your link again, please
     JL  http://kinderteacher.podomatic.com/
     JL  http://www.webcastacademy.net/Use_of_Telephony
     sendkathy  will anyone be available for more testing this wed eve?
     lee  if you are starting to go towards editing..here is a link for some audacity edidting tips.. http://newmediaguides.com/node/9
     lee  Hi doug and cathy!
     DS  hey Lee
     Cathy E  http://elgg.educationbridges.net/cevanoff/weblog
     lee  I will be doing a webcast on audio editing the week of Dec.12th...on Webcast Academy..
     lee  During the day during the week
     lee  Yessss good idea
     lee  no
     lee  oh great... hold on a minute and i will get my mic
     Cathy E  I mentioned WorldBridges in my David Warlick Session - he was telling about you guys too
     JL  http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/581
     JL  http://www.auditmypc.com/internet-speed-test.asp
     lee  ok.. go ahead and add me to the conference call
     lee  should i call you
     sendkathy  Speaking of Warlick, I heard about this http://edubloggercon.googlepages.com/ they want a participant run necc type conference on-line
     lee  oj now call mee
     lee  please
     lee  hello
     lee  knock knock
     JL  http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=36649
     Cathy E  Here is David Warlick's wiki for our edu Blogger Con http://davidwarlick.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.EduBloggerCon
     sendkathy  I set up an elgg this week. http://elgg.net/sendkathy/weblog/ so I may not be learning to webcast yet, but I'm picking up a lot along the way.
     lee  http://del.icio.us/drupal
     lee  http://del.icio.us/elgg
     DS  http://drupal.org/project/delicious
     lee  thanks doug
     JL  http://cmsacademy.net/drupal
     JL  http://worldbridges.net/help
     sendkathy  www.lvsonline.com/
     Cathy E  Kathy- I would love to set up something for the young kids to experience "Christmas Around the World" via webcast.
     sendkathy  Sounds great!
     lee  brainbench
     sendkathy  email me at school [email protected]
     Cathy E  ok
     DS  thanks all
     lee  Thank you and bye to all
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    Meeting 1.3.8

    Webcast Academy Meetin 1.3.8
     Dec. 10, 2006
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    Agenda

    - Book of Webcasting, Hardware & Software Profile Pages
    - Skypecast Alternatives
    - New Year Webcastathon
    - Open Troubleshooting

     

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    Meeting 1.3.9

    Webcast Academy Meetin 1.3.9
     Dec. 17, 2006
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    Discussion of wrapping up the Class of 1.3,  what lies ahead, and planning the New Year's Webcastathon.  Interns, please add your shows to the 2007 New Year Webcastathon schedule.  If you'd like to do a show/host a discussion but are not ready to stream solo, please post a request for streaming support in the forums.

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    Webcast Academy Moodle Discussion

    Webcast Moodle Discussion
    November 16, 2006
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    Art, Doug, Brad, & Jeff discuss Webcast Academy organizational issues in general, and Moodle based courses in particular (see WebcastAcademy.com)


     dave    i'm here
     dave    yo yo
     Brad Hicks    Hi guys is there a skypecast set up?
     Brad Hicks    Mr Australia - lol
     Brad Hicks    I have some questions from you guys
     Brad Hicks    can you bring me in?
     Brad Hicks    for you guys*
     JasonR    Moooola!
     JL    Hey J
     Brad Hicks    Hey Jason
     JasonR    Greetings
     dave    sarah...
     Sarah    Hello
     dave    darth
     dave    cathy
     Sarah    It's me
     dave    it is you!
     Sarah    Yes, it is.
     Sarah    that's why I'm part of Pweb. Out of love.
     dARTh Gelwicks    Howdy, campers.
     Sarah    that's one of the biggest problems I have being part of the Worldbridges community.
     dave    camping?
     Sarah    pacing myself
     Sarah    not getting burnt out
     dave    yeah... tell me about it... :)
     Sarah    and trying to supress the guilt when I miss personal deadlines
     dARTh Gelwicks    It's easy to drown in the deep end.
     dave    and then letting them drag on after you miss them
     Sarah    and that, too
     dave    monkey!
     dARTh Gelwicks    Are you having primate problems?
     dave    kind of.
     Sarah    Oh! I'm not a problem!
     Sarah    or, haven't been recently.
     JasonR    I blow off my deadlines and go into Second Life instead
     dARTh Gelwicks    Why not treat it like a board of directors with yearly nominations and appointments?
     dave    we've discussed it
     JL    we need to policy it
     JL    governace
     JL    ance
     Sarah    obviously there are backups.
     dave    dominance
     JasonR    BTW, ecamm supposedly fixed my recording problems with a new update.
     Brad Hicks    Yeah i saw that Jason
     JasonR    I had an offending colon (:) in my contact list
     dARTh Gelwicks    I sat on a municipal board for three years before I bugged out. The only concern would be losing the character of the group under the weight of bureacracy.
     dARTh Gelwicks    (avoiding colon jokes now.)
     dARTh Gelwicks    Can't help it...I know lots of offending colons.
     JasonR    But it's such low hanging fruit
     dARTh Gelwicks    I was behind one in traffic this morning.
     dARTh Gelwicks    So if they only annoy you are they a semicolon?
     JasonR    Har :)
     cheryloakes    Hi
     cathy e    Hi Cheryl
     dARTh Gelwicks    Hi Cheryl
     cheryloakes    Hi Cathy
     cheryloakes    hi darth and Jason
     JasonR    greetings
     Brad Hicks    Hi Cheryl
     cathy e    an AUP
     cheryloakes    Hey, Brad, nice to see you online.
     Brad Hicks    Yeah decided to re-neg on a day of substitute teaching today
     Brad Hicks    have to get my uni assignment done
     Brad Hicks    writing a critical analysis of WorldBridges as a PLC - so really appreciate the guys addressing these questioins
     Brad Hicks    Professional learning Community*
     cheryloakes    really good idea, share your analysis.
     Brad Hicks    will do
     dave    must go and feed baby...
     dave    nice talking nice folks
     Brad Hicks    thanks dave, for your time
     dave    MONKEY!
     Doug    cya dave
     cheryloakes    bejois for Oscar
     Sarah    bye dave!
     Doug    yes all the best to Bon' and the wee man
     dave    many thanks
     cheryloakes    hey doug, and sharon, i missed seeing you and JL
     Doug    hi Cheryl, sorry I missed it
     cheryloakes    the podcast of WW2 is up at webcast academy.
     Doug    well done, I look forward to listening
     JL    https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     dave    monkey are you on brad's back?
     dave    bye again all...
     cheryloakes    Brad, it was very good to hear .
     dave    really must go... too bad. this is really cool...
     JL    Please join in the fun https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     cheryloakes    I agree BRAD, the academy has been incredible. I never thought I would be webcasting. I always like to join a conversation, but this was just not in my vocabulary until I started in the class.
     cheryloakes    I am so jealous of you being on the slopes!
     cheryloakes    We are water skiing at my mountain.
     Doug    I'll be "radiocasting" from a trailer
     cheryloakes    Sweet.
     Doug    didn't even get on the boards last yr
     cheryloakes    I am impressed.
     Doug    hope to get some runs this yr
     cheryloakes    Women of Web 2.0 new webcast.
     cheryloakes    My virtual learning community is more active than my school community most days.
     Brad Hicks    yup, 12 am GMT is always good for me
     cheryloakes    My virtual community is the place where I am challenged to move onto new learnings, I can be assured that I will learn something new. At school, I get excited when I can share something I've done in my virtual life.
     Brad Hicks    break out the coffee :-)
     Brad Hicks    here here
     JasonR    Weekends work for me
     cheryloakes    The webheads meet at 12PM GMT, so a 12AM sounds good.
     JasonR    Or late weekdays, after 6pm EST
     cheryloakes    I ditto that Doug.
     Brad Hicks    guinea pig Doug!
     cathy e    I wanna do it... I wanna do it. I will not give up!
     Brad Hicks    good idea - wiki
     cheryloakes    That is really how I learned best when online with Jeff and Brad one night and just doing it!
     cheryloakes    wait, that sounds like planning
     Brad Hicks    I was amazed that Jeff succumbed to a Moodle being established ;-)
     Doug    it's because of Sloodle == thin edge of Moodle wedge ;)
     cheryloakes    hey alex
     Alex Ragone    Hi Cheryl.
     JL    https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     Alex Ragone    Sorry about that.
     Alex Ragone    Going to stay muted for now...
     cathy e    I have a feeling I will still be a student in the class of 1.9
     cheryloakes    No way Cathy, you are way into Web 2.0!!!
     Brad Hicks    Yep, if i can find a good time to schedule sessions, I definitely want to help in my time zone
     Brad Hicks    with the academy
     JasonR    Heh, you should see the Millionsofus people trying to organize a live event rigt now in SL. I'd copy the URL, but chat is not letting me :(
     JasonR    And the sim crashes
     Brad Hicks    how many channels can be supported? I though this nmay be a way to raise funding - people renting channels
     Brad Hicks    even if just for a token amount
     Brad Hicks    do we consider becoming somehow registered as a recognised training organisation? Not sure how that works in US/Canada
     Brad Hicks    would this give more weight to certification? Do we care?
     cheryloakes    Oh, yes very different!!!
     cheryloakes    I wouldn't have joined webcast academy unless I'd been through the webheads class and participated in skype calls.
     Doug    great point Cheryl
     Doug    Skype almost needs to be its own course
     Alex Ragone    jeff's never going to let us graduate anyway!
     Doug    especially when it comes to conferences and 'casts
     Doug    lol
     cheryloakes    Yes, skype, skypecast and probably gizmo
     Doug    Google talk?
     JL    that laugh was for you Alex
     cheryloakes    oh sure more things to learn.
     Alex Ragone    brb
     Brad Hicks    again though, is there a body through which the Academy becomes recogined as a registered traine? if we want to add some "official education system" certification/acknowledgement of the standards that the Academty training imparts
     Brad Hicks    trainer*
     Brad Hicks    brb
     Brad Hicks    back
     JasonR    Accreditation. Is there any org that offers accreditation for this kind of activity?
     JasonR    Officially
     JasonR    Nationally
     JasonR    Internationally
     cheryloakes    Kind of like the k12 online conference that has 3 credit class offering through PLymouth State in NH and Shangai University. It will help me with recertification.
     JasonR    The International Society of Webcasters
     cheryloakes    Yeah ISW
     Brad Hicks    yep that's what i mean , and maybe we aren't too worried about it at this stage?
     cathy e    if there is a certificate teachers could use the time toward CEUs
     JasonR    How do the Ham operators do it?
     cheryloakes    right Cathy. right now I write this in my professional development plan
     cathy e    good idea- I did not, but I should have
     cheryloakes    Just answering the questions doesn't demonstrate proficency.
     JasonR    Any parallels here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio
     cathy e    proficency would depend on the prior approval that is set
     cheryloakes    proficency at many levels, the reading, blogging, the recording, the webcast, the final podcast
     cathy e    yes cheryl, it is not just the physical webcasting
     Brad Hicks    then have to start ppirate webcast stations!
     cheryloakes    Just do it! with goggles.
     Doug    http://www.varpa.bc.ca/
     Steve    Isn't it the content that should be judged? I wonder how far beyond classroom discussion this lies
     Brad Hicks    yeah I have wondered whether there should be a little more reflective blogging required, most poeople do this anyway - depends on how formal/stringent you want requirements to be - the danger is making certification too onerous of course
     cheryloakes    I should add more mac stuff in the blog or book of webcasting.
     Brad Hicks    I still have to make a lot more contribution to book of webcatsing
     Brad Hicks    ...when I'm on holiday in a few weeks
     cheryloakes    we shoudl skype while working on it, in Mac bridges, that would be a good topic! I'd do it, Alice would join
     cheryloakes    easy for you to say JL
     cathy e    The lessons are simple- but when you hit a wall...what do you do?
     Brad Hicks    well as people build their knowledge, no reason why we can't have some very detailed/varied setup help as people contribute it
     cheryloakes    I would reach out to a classmate and have a skype conversation.
     Brad Hicks    how do we display those though - in a Person's online profile?
     Brad Hicks    on their web pages?
     cathy e    yea baby!
     JL    yep
     cheryloakes    sounds good to me.
     Brad Hicks    I still feel certifications need to be given sooner after completion
     Brad Hicks    as more new people come into it, they will probably expect to receive their certification soon after completion
     cheryloakes    when webcasting it is very helpful to have a safety net of a proficient webcaster in the background.
     cathy e    Brad I will be your test student
     Brad Hicks    no problem- just have to work out a time that is doable!
     cheryloakes    I w ou ld go through it as a webcast 1.2 person, just to see all I"ve done.
     cheryloakes    am I almost ready to graduate??
     JL    you're proficient
     cheryloakes    I really think I want to go through the book of webcast and give feedback that would be helpful.
     cheryloakes    yahoo!
     Brad Hicks    great idea Jeff
     cheryloakes    oh, that is a good idea, a web portfolio
     cheryloakes    with badges
     Brad Hicks    could put it out to schools
     Brad Hicks    snap!
     JasonR    nods
     cheryloakes    webheads do graphics and surveys and votes all the time
     cheryloakes    Doug I am really jealous!!
     cheryloakes    Oh, next Thurs evening? after the turkey
     Brad Hicks    maske it the following week!
     cheryloakes    I am game
     Brad Hicks    then i won't be working - would like to join in the continued conversation
     cheryloakes    Brad you celebrate Thanksgiving in your area?
     cheryloakes    Or is this your vacation
     Brad Hicks    No - we have Austrlia Day on January 26th
     cheryloakes    okay
     Brad Hicks    our school vacation starts in 2 weeks, 2 month break over summer
     cheryloakes    way cool, you must be very busy right now.
     Doug    in Canada our Thanksgiving is Columbus Day in the US
     cheryloakes    yes we already celebrated it with our canadian friends
     Brad Hicks    well I substitute teach - so not really for me , but my wife teaches High school English full time so she is very busy doing reports and marking
     Brad Hicks    I just have to get this last uni assignment done for my Masters for this semester
     cheryloakes    good luck to you with your last assignment.
     cheryloakes    nite off to bed.
     Brad Hicks    thanks
     Brad Hicks    gnight
     Brad Hicks    I'm working next week, unfortunately
     Brad Hicks    but the week after is good
     JasonR    "You are about to enrol yourself as a member of this course."
     JasonR    Typo from Webcastacademy.com
     Brad Hicks    thank you Jeff
     JasonR    TY Jeff
     JasonR    This has been a very affirming experience
     cathy e    ditto- I am honored to be a part of this group
     JL    https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=...
     JasonR    Are there any VOIP equivalents?
     JasonR    in Korea?
     cathy e    I have a feather for EdTechTalk's cap. On the cover of our high school news paper that was just released- there is an article about DOPA- the article was there because the mother of the high school student is a teacher in my elementary building. I talked about DOPA during staff dev after I learned about it from you guys and the mom went home and told her 10th grade daugher.
     Doug    that's a great story Cathy, thanks
     Doug    take care all
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    Class of 2.2

    Class of 2.2 Meetings

    Academy Session 2.2.4

    Collaborative Agenda for Webcast Academy Meeting 2.2.4

    Interns, feel free to edit this page to add agenda items and/or questions for this meeting.
    (don't worry, revisions are made automatically, so you can't do any long-term harm)

    Agenda

      a) checking audio levels before showtime
                    (From Lisa P. - I would love to learn how to adjust audio levels during a show.  I tried and tried but...)

      b)  options beyond a skype conference - Skypecast, Talkshoe, Elluminate, teleconferences, etc.

      c) webcasting possibilities after the academy - how do we start our own show & where do we do it (worldbridges, edtechtalk, etc)?
           see webcastacademy.net/domains for a list of Worldbridges domains waiting to be developing into webcasting communities

      d) adding music while editing & during a live show

      e) how is this financed, do we have to pay someone something, what are a graduate's ongoing contributions or responsibilities to the community?


    Cables and audio and skype OH MY!
    Cables and audio and skype OH MY!
    Cables and audio and skype OH MY!

    We're off to finally webcast in the wonderful land of Worldbridges!......

    We are all winding down and winding up in the fourth week of Webcast Academy. I have to tell you, that on Monday when I had to work all day, from 7 am to 7 pm, when I finally had a chance to open skype and wait for my WCA messages, there were 322! What a great way to keep in touch and check out what is happening from the wonderful Open Source Learning 2.0 community. Jose R said it best, for me anyway, thanks Jose!
        I think I first heard the term; "Open Source Learning" in chat in the Webcast Academy.  I thought I knew what it was. I figured it referred to us choose what content we wanted to learn on the internet.  I heard Will Richardson refer to ideas on the Read-Write Web and the like.  I also keep up with other superbloggers like Wesley Fryer, Miguel Ghulin, David Warlick, Christopher Sessums, Steven Downes just to name a few.  I even particpated in K12Online last year and Web Heads in Action Online Conference this year along with Necc2007 not to mention everything happening at edtechtalk.  Nevertheless understanding comes through the practice or application and not theory.  Not until Webcast Academy did I begin to understand Open Source Learning. It just all clicked today.  I got a call from Kevin Sandridge a teacher in central Florida, we had a long talk about web 2.0 and implications for Second Language Learners, Yesterday Susan was asking about classes to recruit for youthbridges. I had a conversation with Chris Craft about a project on digital storytelling on Friday.  And Today it just came all together.  Dennis was uploading his file to Webcast Academy. It didn't show up in the flash player.  I thought I would help out.  How hard could it be.  80 minutes later with Susan patiently waiting on the sidelines we defeated the audacity gremlins and sucessfully uploaded the file.  I felt great and was happy to be able to contribute.  Open Source Learning means building on collective knowledge.  NOW, I've GOT IT!  

    So, in the spirit of Open Source Learning and Learning 2.0 , Susan, Jeff and I would like to include you in making the agenda for Meeting #4.
    Susan, Jeff and I would like to include you in making the agenda for Meeting #4.
    In the curriculum it indicates that we should be talking about advance editing, adding music at the beginning or end, or both ..... We would also like to address any little things that may be wandering around in cyberspace. Please email us, or put a message in the Forum or in the WCA chat on skype. The first Webcast Academy graduated added a page to the book of webcasting for our open source agenda. Created a page for 2.2.4 at: ( If two people try to edit it at the same time, whoever clicks first will have their version saved, the other will get a message that the page has been edited but will still have their changes visible, so they can copy, reload, and paste .)


      

    Webcast Academy Session 2.2.5

    Collaborative Agenda for Webcast Academy Meeting 2.2.5

    Interns, feel free to edit this page to add agenda items and/or questions for this meeting.
    (don't worry, revisions are made automatically, so you can't do any long-term harm) click on the title of this post to see the full agenda

    This is the day you thought was so far away just 5 weeks ago. Susan and I feel the same way! First we have to say Have a great vacation to Jeff Lebow as he is taking a well deserved break from Worldbridges and Edtechtalk. Welcome to Dave Cormier who has been participating in the WCA chat at skype.

    1. Music
    Please add resources that you use to this forum post. When you add links, be sure to explain how to actually capture the mp3 file and any other instructions needed to make good use of your suggested site.

    2. Participate at edtechtalk!

    Remember there are many shows at Edtechtalk and Worldbridges that you can participate in weekly. You can chat and ask to be invited into the skype.

    Additional note to this item: This week, after a great show, Cheryl L said, "I am so excited that through the webcast I connected with someone who loves monarchs as much as I - who would've thought. It's connections like this that keep me going." This is the essence of webcasting! Connecting!! Soooo, what's the difference between podcasting and webcasting and what do we need to put on our checklist to make sure that we take advantage of the live nature of webcasting? Please add your thoughts and experiences to this forum post and then we will add all information to the Book of Webcasting
    What does it mean to connect through webcasting?


    3. What's next?
    However, if you want to continue streaming how about the following?
    Suggestion for continuing this collaborative learning, what do you think?
    Create a time, weekly or bi-monthly, for different interns to sign up to stream a show so the interns can still meet.
    Make some day and time suggestions to see if you can continue the learning 2.0!

    4. Kick the Stream
    Kick the Stream- you can sign up to take part in kicking the stream during the class. You will need to stream during this activity.
    Susan Ettenheim
    Cheryl Oakes
    add your name here! (all you have to do is be ready to stream)

    Events & Presentations

    Pages or 'chapters' about a particular event or presentation related to webcasting. 

    New Media Literacies Institute at UPEI -Saturday, September 29th, 2007

    Streaming & Archiving Live Multi-class Interaction
    Presented at:
    New Media Literacies Institute at UPEI
    Saturday, September 29th, 2007
    By Jeff Lebow with support from the Webcast Academy Community

     What is Live, Interactive Webcasting (& Webcast Academy)?
        Using web based audio and/or video to connect remote participants in a real time conversation and make it available for others to listen to.
         'Live' adds the magic, recording adds the power.

    •   Audio Recording

    http://www.wikirecording.org/index.php/Main_Page
    http://www.guidesandtutorials.com/audacity-tutorial.html
    http://newmediaguides.com/audio

    • Recording Conversations with remote participants

    http://webcastacademy.net/node/1083
    http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/06/how-to-record-skype-conversations.htm

    • Streaming

    http://webcastacademy.net/streaming-overview

    Uses

    • Power of an audience, especially live audience
    • Broadening our exposure to different perspectives
    • Prepare students with 21st century collaborative skills
    • Professional development

    Challenges

    • Technical (finding tools and support)
    • Administrative - opening up access, addressing privacy and safety concerns
    • Pedagogical - how does it fit in with educational goals

    Tales from the front lines


    Yesterday's Experiment

    EVO2007

    EVO2007
    Webcast Academy Class of 2.1
    Beginning January 15, 2007
    Hello and welcome to the special edition of the Webcast Academy!
    'The Webcast Academy' is a hands on, collaborative training center for people interested in learning how to produce and host live, interactive webcasts.
    A Live Interactive Webcast is basically like a global radio show that is produced and accessed via the internet. A discussion between two or more more parties using a telephony program is streamed live so that many listeners can tune in and, when desired, call in to the show host and participate in the discussion. These shows usually include the use of a text chat room so that listeners and discussion pariticapants can communicate with each other during the show. Telephony + Two-way audio capturing + live streaming = Live Interactive Webcasting.
    During the sessions, participants will learn how to set up, prepare for and moderate live interactive webcasts, and make 'podcast' recordings of them. We will also be looking at advice and tips on hosting your own show, choosing a format, and interviewing techniques.
    By the end of the session, some of the participants who graduate from the Webcast Academy and wish to continue webcasting will have the opportunity of continuing to webcast their own show on the World Bridges network.
    • Target Audience
    • Weekly Outline
    • Tools we will be using
    • Contact us directly

    Contact us

    Jeff Lebow - While working as an English teacher in Korea, Jeff began building Worldbridges, his grad school vision of creating a global network of homegrown webcasting. He currently lives in Bow, NH, USA and serves as general manager and chief plumber of the Worldbridges network. He also co-hosts a number of shows including EdTechTalk, EdTechWeekly, Webcast Acadmy Meetings, and Virtualbridges.
    Vance Stevens - Vance Stevens is a Computing Lecturer at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. In 20 years as ESL teacher and CALL coordinator, he implemented many CALL facilities, conducted research, and produced numerous publications and CALL software. He moonlights as Ed Tech consultant, online facilitator and coach, and founder and moderator of the Webheads community of practice.
    Graham Stanley - ICT co-ordinator and EFL Teacher at the British Council in Barcelona, and teacher of 'English for Tourism' at the University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain. Graham is a graduate of the Webcast Academy (http://www.webcastacademy.net) and manager of the EFL Bridges webcasting site http://www.eflbridges.net , where he also hosts the weekly 'World Conversation Club' for English language learners and teachers.

    add skype detials, etc?

    Target Audience

    The Webcast Academy EVO session is of interest to those educators interested in producing live, interactive webcasts.
    Minimum computer requirements:

    • A PC with at least a Pentium4 and 512MB of RAM (or Mac equivalent)
    • A broadband connection with at least 500kbps download and 100kbps upload speed (test your bandwidth speed here)
    • A working soundcard and a USB desktop mic or certain USB headsets.
    • Ability to use Skype or another major telephony program like Gizmo or YM voice
    Skills required:
    Participants should be comfortable with, and have a degree of experience using the Internet, especially interactive sites and Web 2.0 tools. You should already have some experience with Skype and/or using other telephony or voice tools over the Internet, and some familiarity with content management systems (would be helpful).
    Please note, this kind of webcasting is still an imperfect art, so the most important prerequisite is a willingness to learn by trial and error and spend at least 3~5 hours a week working on developing the necessary skills, collabaratively working with members of the EVO session and previous classes at The Webcast Academy.
    Graduation: Those who are able to successfully complete the first portion of the session and publish 3 recordings of streamed telephony conversations will receive a 'Webcasting Proficiency Certificate' and become eligle to apply for a 'Worldbridges Webcasting License'.  However, if you have less time available but feel that you would still like to participate, by helping the others, posting in the discussion forums, commenting on posts, contributing to the Book of Webcasting, and learning some elements of webcasting along with the apprentices, then you are also welcome to join us.

    Tools we Will be Using

    Drupal sites
    Telephony Software
    Audio Recording & Editing
    Streaming Software

    Magic Ingredients

     

    Weekly Outline

    Week One: A week of introductions and familiarisation with basic tools. Participants will join our Drupal site, Webheads in Action, download Skype and some of the other tools used for webcasting (see detailed outline for week one), and participate in one of our introductory webcasts to introduce themselves and meet the other interns.
    Week Two: This week, we will be examining the recording of telephony calls using Skype and will be looking at basic audio editing using Audacity. You will be encouraged to organise meetings with other interns, to record the conversations and to experiment with editing the audio.
    Week Three: The Webcast Academy continues with examining good practice of hosting a webcast and practising interviewing & show management skills. Interns will be encouraged to practice by choosing a format for their show and then setting up a public Skypecasts. You will also be expected to participate in some of the Skypecasts held by other interns.
    Week Four: In week four, post-production and advanced audio editing will be examined. Interns who are ready to do so will also be involved in basic streaming (i.e. beginning live webcasting) with Nicecast for the Apple Mac or Simplecast for the PC, and will record, edit and start to upload edited extracts of their webcasts to the Drupal site.
    Week Five: Basic streaming practice will continue for all interns. In addition, different webcast environments (i.e. Second Life ) and other telephony programs (Paltalk, Gizmo) will be looked at.
    Week Six: This week is a time for catching up and reflecting on what has been learned. Upon successful completion of their 3 interncasts and a 'commencement webcast', interns will receive a Worldbridges Webcaster Proficiency Certificate and have a Worldbridges Webcasting License. Those who have successfully completed the Webcast Academy will be invited to develop a show (perhaps at EFL Bridges or at one of the other World Bridges sites).
    Those who still want to continue their training will be encouraged to do so at The Webcast Academy ), and everyone is invited to help us develop the session into a comprehensive and useful resource, and to keep in touch with your virtual colleagues for as long as you like.

    Week Five Details

    Week Five Details

    Week Four Details

    Week Four Details

    Week One Details

    Week One Details (edit)

    Week Six Details

    Week Six Details

    Week Three Details

    Week Three Details

    Week Two Details

    Week Two Details (edit)

    Teacher Talk Studio

    TEACHER TALK VIDEO STUDIO

    WiAOC 2007 Webcastathon

    This node was used for webcast planning.
    For achives of this event, please visit http://www.webheadsinaction.org/wiaoc2007

    The Worldbridges Webcastathon - May 18~20
    in association with
    WiAOC 2007

    (for late breaking schedule updates, visit schedule.wiaoc.org)



    CONVERGENCE EVENTS

    Interns, feel free to grab spots now by editing this page. We hope to have two simulcasters when possible, so please add your name in the streamer column if you're available to 'simulcast'.


    May 17, 2007
    GMT Presentation Venue Streamers
    22:01 Red Carpet Coverage Worldbridges.net
    Webheadsinaction.org

    23:01 Worldbridges Welcome Reception & Introductions
    (audio introductions - live and voicemailed)
    Worldbridges.net
    Webheadsinaction.org

    Friday,  May 18, 2007

    GMT Presentation Venue Streamers
    00:01
    Leigh Blackall  Keynote address
    Jeff L
    Doug
    01:01
     EdTechBrainstorm
    A cyber faculty lounge for educators to dicuss what they're working on, questions they have, and challenges they're encountering
    EdTechTalk.com
    Doug
    04:01
    Jeong-Bae Son, Vance Stevens, Andrew Lian, Debra Hoven, Klaus-Dieter Rossade, Siew Ming Thang
    Computer-mediated communication: CONNECTing in a multiliterate flat world  (90 mins)
    LT Elluminate
    08:01
     Elaine Hoter, Asmaa Ganayim and Miri Shonfeld
    Building bridges between cultures in conflict
    Interwise
    09:01
    Glenda McPherson and Malcolm Jolly
    Using Second Life for competency outcomes in vocational education (90 mins)
    LT Elluminate
    11:01
    Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer
    Digital Gaming & Language Learners: From Space Invaders to Second Life (90 mins)
    LT Elluminate
    13:01
     Vance Stevens, Nelba Quintana, Rita Zeinstejer, and Sasha Sirk
    Writingmatrix: CONNECTing students with blogs, tags, and social networking
    LT Elluminate Jeff L
    14:01
      Paul Scott and Catherine Chapman
    Contact us: Interactivity and BBC Learning English
      (90 mins)
    LT Elluminate
    15:30
     Michael Coghlan and Elderbob Brannan (15:30)
    "..."(an unconference)
    Knowplace.ca
    16:01
     Celine Godet
    Using Moodle and Spip in the EFL classroom: The example of the "Intercomstudents" project
    LT Elluminate
    17:01
     Nina Liakos
    Engrade.com: An open-source online gradebook 
    DiscoverE
    Interwise

    19:01
     Dafne Gonzalez and Arnold Muhren
    Seven innovative dimensions of e-learning
    Alado
    20:01
    EtienneWenger
    Keynote conversation with Susanne Nyrop

    Jeff L
    21:01
     Rubena St.Louis
    Can a blended reading course work? Feedback from participants
    Alado
    22:01
     Elderbob Brannan
    hosts UnConference Session #1


    23:01
     Elderbob Brannan
    wrapup of UnConference Session #1



    Saturday, May 19, 2007
    GMT Presentation Venue Streamers
    00:01
    Barbara Ganley
    Border Crossings and Contact Zones: Transformative Learning with Social Software across (Traditional) Educational Settings

    LT Elluminate Jeff L
    01:01
     KathyShields & Lisa Durff
    continue the conversation, keynote, postshowand more
    Worldbridges.net
    Webheadsinaction.org
    Kathy
    02:01
    Mona Younes
    Using ARCS model to motivate adult Arab learners in an online setting: IOL as a case study
    LT Elluminate
    04:01
     Tom Leverett
    How blogging is changing the academic ecosystem
    Tappedin.org
    05:01
    Perry Christensen
    iPods: Shuffling the way we teach
    Alado
    06:01
     Michael Coghlan
    hosts UnConference Session #2


    07:01
     Michael Coghlan
    wrapup of UnConference Session #2


    08:01
     Elderbob Brannan
    hosts UnConference Session #3


    09:01
     Elderbob Brannan
    wrapup of UnConference Session #3


    10:01
     Peter Travis
    Podcasting Skype interviews with advanced learners of English
    LT Elluminate
    12:01
    George Siemens Keynote address
    Connections and Conversations: What happens to content?
    LT Elluminate Jeff Flynn
    13:01
    Moira Hunter and Mabel Quiroga
    The AEIOU of Real-Time Language Learning - Attract, Engage, Involve Online Users


    14:01
    DafneGozalez and Teresa Almeida d'Eça
    Professional development through collaboration in wikis
    Alado
    15:01
     Andrew Pinchon
    Seamless Web 2.0 collaboration tools for business and non-profit education professionals
    Alado
    16:01
    Moira Hunter and Geoff Kaye (90 mins)
    DiscoverE - A 'test drive' in a synchronous classroom: Hands on workshop


    18:01
    Teemu Leinonen Keynote address
    Jeff Lebow
    19:01
    Robin Good Keynote address
    Jeff Lebow
    20:01
    Anne Fox
    Using podcasts in the EFL classroom
      (90 mins)
    LT Elluminate
    22:01
     Sedat Akayoglu
    Collaborative writing through PBWikis
    LT Elluminate
    23:01
    Elizabeth Hanson-Smith
    Trends in Digital Media 2007
    LT Elluminate
    Sunday
    May 20, 2007
    GMT Presentation Venue Streamers
    00:01 Karen Garcia
    Tagging and broadcasting with feeds: The use of RSS feeds beyond aggregates and syndication
    LT Elluminate
    01:01
     Sara Rofofsky Markus
    What does it really mean? Cultural differences in Asynchronous Communication


    02:01
     Michael Coghlan
    hosts UnConference Session #4


    03:01
     Michael Coghlan
    hosts UnConference Session #4


    11:01
     Heike Philp
    The LANCELOT Project
    LT Elluminate
    12:01
    Heike Philp
    The LANCELOT Project
    Second Life
    13:01
    GavinDudeney and Nicky Hockly
    Get a MUVE On - Education in Second Life


    14:01
    Stephen Downes Keynote address
    Personal Learning the Web 2.0 Way

    Jeff Lebow
    15:01
     Dave Cormier and Jeff Lebow
     Educationbridges Town Hall - updates & plans for assorted Educationbriges and EdTechTalk projects
    Worldbridges.net
    Webheadsinaction.org
    Dave
    16:01
    Konrad Glogowski and Christopher Sessums
    Personal Learning Environments - Exploring Professional Development in a Networked World
    (90 mins)


    18:01
     Webcast Academy Open House
    Beyond the technology - Exploring application & developmentpossibilities for this collaborative learning community
    WebcastAcademy.net
    Jeff Lebow
    19:01
     Elderbob Brannan
    hosts UnConference Session #5

    Sharon Peters
    conversation with Noble Kelly who is president of Teachers Without Borders Canada
    ­


    Sharon
    20:01
    Barbara Dieu and Patricia Glogowski
    Open and Participatory Webpublishing
      (90 mins)
    Graham
    22:01
     EdTechWeekly#31 Worldbridges.net
    Webheadsinaction.org
    Dave
    23:01
    Carla Arena, Erika Cruvinel, and Ronaldo Lima
    Blogging with Students: Ideas to Enhance Communication
    Alado
    00:01
    In convergence with AALDP -American Association of Literacy Professional Developers
    Panel discussion wrap-up of recent EVO sessions
    EdTechTalk


    Worldbridges.net
    Webheadsinaction.org



    Jeff L


    List of Webcast Academy Graduates

    List of official Graduates from the Webcast Academy.

    Intern Class Portfolio All Work Certification Date
    Jose Rodriquez Class of 2.2 Jose Portfolio  All Jose Work October 14, 2007
             
             
             
             
             

    Solstice 2007 Webcastathon

    The Worldbridges So­lstice Webcastathon
    December 2­1-23

    Julie Schumacher Gradcast
    Audio &  Chat Log here 
    Teachers are Talking
    Audio & Chat Log coming soon
    Gingerbread Stories
     
    Full size video
    Comp 8 Discussion w/ Alan Levine
    on the future of schools
     
    Full size video
    Crib Chronicles
    Audio Here
    EdTechTalk Community Assembly
    Audio & Chat Log here
    Simulate Show
    '
    Full Size Video
    Webheadcast/EVO Preview
    '
    Audio & Chat Log Here


    Webcast Academy Meeting 2.1.0

    Webcast Academy Meeting 2.1.0
    Planning Session
    January 7, 2007
    Download mp3



    Deep Probing Questions
    (see text answers on FAQ page)

    Channel Access

    • When I determine the date(s) for my webcast how do I book the time?
    • How do I access Channels 1 & 2 for the actual webcast?
    • How do I access the shoutcast screen? I don't have the user name and pw and mine don't work.

    Simplecast

    • I ran simplecast and recorded externally but I had also set simplecast to record a backup. My external recording was intact, my simplecast recording only picked up my input.
    • Which settings do you think I had wrong and how should I remedy this problem?

    Credits

    • Is there a mini script of acknowledgements thanking webcast etc that can be a standard read at the beginning and end of each show?

    Skype

    • After I have the stream going exactly what should I do next?
    • Should I make Skype calls to each of my guests and fellow hosts?
    • Should I open the Skypecast?
    • In other words is the which comes first the Skype conference call or the Skypecast and can they run simultaneously?

    - Groups & Class Nomenclature

    Webcast Academy EVO2007 Session

    Invite EVO'ers to become

    Listeners
    Subscribe to YG, Newsletter, RSS feed

    Participants
    Watch the participation guide
    Test your audio, join in

    Production Team Members

    • Streamers
    • Audio Specialists
    • Publishers
    • Director
    • Chat Concierge
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    Workshop 2.1.2

    Workshop 2.1.2
    Recording a telephony conversation
    January 21, 2007
    Download mp3

    Once you've recorded and posted your introduction, your next challenge is recording a telephony conversation.  There are a variety of way to do this.

    If you want to record the conversation without streaming it to via the shoutcast server, you can use a number of skype 'extras',  3rd party recording programs, or telephony programs that support recording.  More info here.

    If you want to record the conversation and stream it via the Shoutcast server, things get a bit more challenging. Methods vary based on operating system, sound card, and an assortment of other variables, but generally requires either a desktop USB mic or a USB headset that has two separate inputs (one for the mic and one for the earphoens).  It is doable with a 'regular' headset, but thusfar sound quality has been poorer and echo issues have been unavoidable. It is also doable using some kind of external mixer, but we have not yet experimented much with that method.  Windows users will most likely need to use Virtual Audio Cables , while Mac uses will need to use Audio Hijack Pro

    This weeks task:  post a short (about 1 minute) recording of both ends of a telephony conversation using whatever method you can.
    You can try to contact other interns or friends for the recording or if no one is available, you can call 'Skype lady' at 'echo123'

    Chat Log Below /

    11:56:07 Michael Foerster (2) -> momento green....
    11:58:20 Michael Foerster -> greenstuder, the skypecast link is: 
    12:00:05 jeff -> skypecast at:
    12:01:48 CathyE -> webhuddle is good
    12:03:41 jeff2 -> Webhuddle at: EdTech Talk invites you to a WebHuddle session. Click the link below to join: 
    12:03:52 Michael Foerster -> I've got a question - why do we use the crazy patchwork of technology that we do? 
    12:05:13 jeff -> http://trustineducation.net/
    12:05:41 Michael Foerster -> Darn - I've been looking for that killer webcasting app!
    12:05:57 jeff ->
    12:06:30 CathyE -> I lost the chat and the webhuddle link- will you please post it again
    12:06:46 Michael Foerster -> Webhuddle at: EdTech Talk invites you to a WebHuddle session. Click the link below to join:   12:03:53 [Michael Foerster] I've got a
    12:07:10 sharonp -> you need to extrapolate the reciprocal of the bitrate and map it to the reverb
    12:09:30 sharonp -> Michael - you are from Detroit?
    12:10:10 sharonp -> my hometown! - well, actually, south Detroit - Windsor Ontario
    12:10:28 Michael Foerster -> I love Windsor!
    12:10:53 Michael Foerster -> I'm from Northern Michigan, but am now in forced exile in Detroit
    12:11:58 sharonp -> Windsor has some lovely riverside parks and great restaurants!
    12:12:02 jeff2 -> EdTech Talk invites you to a WebHuddle session. Click the link below to join: 
    12:13:50 sharonp -> webhuddle is so great
    12:14:01 VanceS -> what's teh email and password in the webhuddle
    12:14:24 sharonp -> your own presumably
    12:14:30 sharonp -> just need email and name
    12:14:34 sharonp -> no need for password
    12:14:37 Michael Foerster -> I'm using a mac right now.  I have access to a PC as well
    12:15:07 sharonp -> yeah, I got in without any of that
    12:18:15 jeff ->
    12:18:29 greenstuder -> I'm on Mac, too
    12:19:40 CathyE -> Do we put  check n the box for both internal and external mic?
    12:22:34 CathyE -> recording
    12:27:27 VanceS -> I'm trying to relocate the skypecast
    12:27:35 VanceS -> I can see webhuddle and this chat
    12:28:22 VanceS -> I was getting the recording of others talking fine
    12:28:30 greenstuder -> On Mac I have the choice of internal microphone or line in
    12:28:41 VanceS -> I have an idea of issues with recording one's own voice
    12:28:56 sharonp -> yikes four computers!
    12:30:29 VanceS -> maybe I should ask for the skypecast  url here
    12:30:30 sharonp -> I have downloaded VAC - just haven't installed and played with it yet
    12:30:58 sharonp -> Vance -
    12:31:07 sharonp -> I think I caught all of it
    12:31:21 CathyE -> So doing it with 2 machines could be my answer since I don't have stereo mix as an option?
    12:31:51 sharonp -> could I do it with one P
    12:31:52 sharonp -> C
    12:31:57 sharonp -> PC and one Mac?
    12:32:13 VanceS -> skypecast is slow here
    12:32:18 jeff -> you would need stereo mix on at least one
    12:33:32 CathyE -> FYI- Dell is not supporting stereo mix any more :(
    12:33:36 jeff -> cathy, can you skype in?
    12:33:56 sharonp -> yikes I have a Dell - what are the implications of that?
    12:34:36 sharonp -> is that just for new Dells
    12:34:38 sharonp -> ?
    12:36:30 jeff -> 
    12:38:10 VanceS -> that's happened to me
    12:38:31 Michael Foerster -> Skype can be rather strange at times....
    12:39:02 VanceS -> where is the stereo mix I'm supposed to take out?
    12:39:48 Do?g -> sounds like you have it selected in Audacity
    12:40:19 Doug -> you could stop Audacity--could be the stream too, make sure that's off
    12:40:25 Doug -> as wel
    12:40:25 VanceS -> edit / preferenences?
    12:40:27 Doug -> well
    12:40:50 Doug -> the drop-down beside the microphone right inthe interface itself
    12:41:32 VanceS -> in audacity, right?
    12:41:38 Doug -> yes
    12:42:13 Michael Foerster -> Jeff, I have a question regarding the Academy website, when it is appropriate (given that we are deep into webhuddle, audacity, and skype right now)
    12:42:29 beyza -> Hi again
    12:42:41 VanceS -> thanks doug, set it to what?
    12:42:49 Michael Foerster -> Hello again
    12:42:58 Doug -> microphone
    12:43:42 VanceS -> done, should this clear the echo?
    12:43:46 Doug -> that should help with the echo, but, again, you'd need the virtual audio cables to get "both sides" of  the recording
    12:43:47 Doug -> yes
    12:44:07 Doug -> but this would at least allow you to get all others
    12:44:13 Doug -> in the conversation
    12:44:23 greenstuder -> I have a question about how to set themmike on Mac?
    12:45:05 Doug -> go ahead--don't really know mac, but will help if I can
    12:45:13 VanceS -> ok, I'm recording the sound of others
    12:45:15 Michael Foerster -> What version of the Mac?  Are you running OS-X?
    12:45:23 Doug -> it is the same principle
    12:45:44 Doug -> you'll need audio hijack, or similar "repeater" to get both side of convo on mac
    12:46:22 greenstuder -> the mike
    12:47:32 greenstuder -> so slow.... I have Tiger, OS X 1.4
    12:48:08 greenstuder -> but it's how to do the setting on audacity, I'm wondering
    12:48:57 greenstuder -> The microphone options are internal mic. or line in
    12:49:44 Michael Foerster -> The Mac mic control is found in the System Preferences (found by clicking on the apple logo in the upper left; then hit "Sound", then select "Input"
    12:50:45 VanceS -> that's impossible, I've been muted the past ten minutes
    12:51:05 VanceS -> i mean the echo could not have come from me
    12:52:49 Michael Foerster -> For my iMac I have the choice between Line In, Internal Mic (built-in), or External Mic
    12:53:17 greenstuder -> I have lost the sound
    12:53:30 jeff -> you left the skypecast
    12:53:35 jeff -> 
    12:53:56 jeff -> oops, it's finished now
    12:53:59 jeff -> so you can't join
    12:54:31 jeff -> you can try skyping 'worldbridges', but will need to mute your mic until we sort out your audio issues
    12:55:49 Michael Foerster -> web.mac.com/skyguide
    12:56:56 greenstuder -> I get the the voice mail
    12:58:05 lee -> ok.. i just did a movie showing how to do the mac setup for mic and audacity
    12:58:20 lee -> it will be up in about ten minutes
    12:58:29 lee -> screencast tutorial i mean
    12:59:05 greenstuder -> OK, but can I join the skypecast again?
    12:59:58 jeff -> the skypecast closed
    13:00:04 jeff -> trying to skype you directly now
    13:00:16 jeff -> is 'greenstuder' your ID?
    13:00:24 green?tuder -> yes
    13:00:55 jeff -> says user not found
    13:01:09 jeff -> hmmm
    13:01:14 jeff -> try calling 'worldbridges' again
    13:02:52 VanceS -> is this supposed to be visible in WebHuddle?
    13:03:01 jeff -> yes
    13:03:05 jeff -> I'm seeing it
    13:03:18 VanceS -> I'm probably getting a lag
    13:03:22 sendkathy -> hi all!
    13:03:29 greenstuder -> I get therecorded
    13:03:42 sendkathy -> You must be about to end, just thought I'd pop in.
    13:03:51 sendkathy -> What's the webhuddle link?
    13:03:52 VanceS -> should i have opened another webhuddle?
    13:05:18 jeff2 -> EdTech Talk invites you to a WebHuddle session. Click the link below to join: 
    13:06:17 lee -> Audio Recording & Editing session - tuesday 15:00 GMT - Channel 1
    13:06:44 greenstuder -> OK, sorry my skype status was offline
    13:08:14 lee -> 3 : 00 oh no
    13:08:15 sharonp -> Okay so channel 1 is Sandbox A
    13:08:26 lee -> wait
    13:08:26 sharonp -> in Webcast Academy
    13:08:48 lee -> it is 14:30 gmt
    13:09:08 sharonp -> 9:30 EST?? in Sandbox A..??
    13:09:20 lee -> Ok it is 930 est
    13:09:45 lee -> yes.. ok
    13:09:58 sharonp -> Sounds great - I should be able to make it!
    13:10:11 sharonp -> i would love to have some hands-on practice!
    13:11:50 sharonp ->  garageband comes with iLife
    13:11:53 sharonp -> bundled with macs
    13:12:08 sharonp -> Lee is a mac user - she's a pro!
    13:13:15 lee -> Thank you Sharon... you are very nice!
    13:14:19 greenstuder -> I've  got garage band, but  I haven't used it, not being a musician.
    13:15:30 sharonp -> I have to get going along with my day.... nice to see everyone this week - good luck to us all!
    13:19:10 VanceS -> the webhuddle I'm looking at has no relation to what is being said
    13:19:30 VanceS -> do I have to change webhuddle links?
    13:19:44 jeff -> might be a good idea vance
    13:19:47 jeff -> exit and rejoin
    13:20:04 jeff2 -> EdTech Talk invites you to a WebHuddle session. Click the link below to join: 
    13:25:20 VanceS -> I see garageband now but it appeared after you talked about it :-)
    13:29:22 JenM -> Sounds lovely!! In Sandbox A
    13:29:34 jeff -> yay!
    13:31:32 JenM -> Hear you later! bye!
    13:31:44 greenstuder -> Thank you
    13:32:39 lee ->  bye jenM
    13:33:05 Michael Foerster -> Interesting!  TY!
    13:36:36 lee -> It is basic but it is for greenstuder
    13:36:42 jeff2 -> http://www.newmediaguides.com/movies/audacitymacsetup2.mov
    13:37:10 lee -> silent movie
    13:37:16 lee -> VERY basic
    13:37:41 greenstuder -> Thanks a lot Lee. I really appreciate that.
    13:38:44 lee -> Greenstuder, understand that you must make the choicd as to which mic you use..internal is noisier..you choose and the options will show in system preferences..then audacity will just be the one on the video
    13:41:58 greenstuder -> I need to leave now. Gotta drive someone to the station. Thanks a?d buy
    13:42:08 greenstuder -> byebye
    13:42:42 Michael Foerster -> Bye Barbara!
    13:45:23 VanceS -> I've got to go folks
    13:45:56 VanceS -> 10:45 pm here, still need to have dinner
    13:46:04 jeff -> thanks for hanging in so long
    13:46:08 VanceS -> audios and thanks
    13:46:56 Michael Foerster -> Later Vance!
    14:02:50 Michael Foerster -> Thanks y'all!  Have a great day!
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    Class of 1.1 Graduation Requirements

    Hello Fellow Interns,

      This is still a first draft and none of this is etched in concrete.  Thought I'd go ahead and publish it though to start getting everyone's feedback. 
    Thoughts? Questions? Suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    Class of 1.1 'Graduation' Requirements.

    In order to complete the 'Basic Program' at The Webcast Academy, interns will need to

    • produce 3 live interactive webcasts and publish them to their Webcast Academy blog
    • successfully participate in a Finals Week Webcast Relay
    • complete a 'Webcaster's Report' detailing the methods used, obstacles faced, and solutions found.



    Webcast Production
    includes

    a) successfully streaming the audio (without any coaching or assistance),
    b) hosting or co-hosting at least a 30 minute show, and
    c) recording all of the show's audio and editing it to a 'listenable' quality

    Publication includes

    a) posting show notes that include links to sites mentioned, an overview of topics discussed, and chat logs (graphics are not required, but encouraged in moderation)
    b) including a download link and flash player listening option for the audio

    The Finals Week Relays take place during the final week of the academy term (July 24~31).  At least 3 interns must participate and take turns 'grabbing the stream' at least 3 times from each other.  This is intended to measure the interns ability to handle high pressure, last minute, and/or unexpected webcasting situations.

    The 'Webcaster's Report' is designed to help the the Academy build a database of information about the hardware, software, and troubleshooting involved in webcasting. Each intern will provide detailed information of their 'rig', methods, and obstacles encountered.



    The deadline for all requirements is July 31, 2006.   Upon review and approval by the 'Mentor Council', interns will receive a Webcast Academy Certificate of Webcasting Proficiency. As long their webcasting focus and approach are compatible with Worldbridges Values & Goals and they have completed a Worldbridges Webcasting Application, graduating interns will also receive a 'Worldbridges Webcasting License'.  This license is a pre-requisite for becoming a webcast producer on any of Worldbridges channels or sites.

     Upon completion of the Basic Program, interns are asked to server on the 'Council of Mentors' for at least one future Academy session (not necessarily the one immediately following theirs). They are also eligible to receive advanced certification from The Webcast Academy (details of which will be ironed out during future Academy meetings).

    Applications for The Webcast Academy Class of 1.2 are due by July 16, 2006.  The Opening Ceremony will be held July 23, 2006 in conjunction with The Class of 1.1.'s Finals Week Assembly.

    About The Webcast Academy

    Welcome to The Webcast Academy. The Academy is a hands on, collaborative training center for people interested in learning how to produce and host live, interactive webcasts. 

    Overview
    The goals of the Webcast Academy include

    • increasing the number of people who are capable of producing live, interactive webcasts
    • applying the open source community approach to skill development
    • creating a place that formally recognizes proficiency,  excellence, and innovation  in these new media skills

    It is our hope that those who complete an apprenticeship here, will put their skills to use on the Worldbriges Webcasting Network and elsewhere, but there is no charge for participation and no formal commitment required following the completion of the internship.

    To keep things manageable in terms session administration, server resources, and security, we can only accept 15 interns for each session.   Upon successful completion of their 3 interncasts and a 'commencement webcast',  interns will receive a Worldbridges Webcaster Proficiency Certificate and become a Worldbridges Webcasting Licensee. 

    Interns will need to spend at least 3~5 hours a week working on developing the necessary skills, working with other members of their 'channel', and banging their heads against their monitors.  Eventually, intern station managers will be broken into 5 groups (or channels). One of the stations managers in each group will serve as Channel Director.  The Channel Director will be responsible for scheduling and posting information about group webcasts on the calendar.

     Interns will be the only ones with direct access to the Worldbridges webcasting streams, but everyone is welcome to participate in other ways - posting in the discussion forums, commenting on posts, contributing to the Book of Webcasting, and learning along with the apprentices. 

     Admission Policies
    The Webcast Academy does not charge any fees, but we do ask that interns continue contributing to this collaborative learning community following the completion of the Basic Program.  We plan to limit the 'class of 1.5' to 20 'interns'.  Interns are the only ones given access to the Academy streams on the Worldbridges servers.  If we receive more than 20 applications, we will select participants based on the quality of their application materials,  compatibility of their goals with Worldbridges values and goals, and the unique contribution they would make to the world of webcasting.  Those who are not accepted as interns for this session are welcome to participate as non-interns and to reapply for the next session.

    Certification
    Upon review and approval by the 'Webcaster Council', interns will receive a Webcast Academy Certificate of Webcasting Proficiency. As long their webcasting focus and approach are compatible with Worldbridges Values & Goals, graduating interns will also receive a 'Worldbridges Webcasting License'.  This license is a pre-requisite for becoming a webcast producer on any of Worldbridges channels or sites.

     Upon completion of the Basic Program, interns are asked to serve on the 'Council of Webcasters' for at least one future Academy session (not necessarily the one immediately following theirs). They are also eligible to receive advanced certification from The Webcast Academy (details of which will be ironed out during future Academy meetings).


     Thanks again for your interest in the Webcast Academy.  If you have additional questions, please post them in the 'About Webcast Academy' section of the Discussion Forums.

     

     

    Audio Editing in Audacity - Basic

    Audacity is compatable with Windows 98, ME, 2000, & XP, Mac OS9 and X, Linux, and Unix. To download the program go to the Audacity website.

    1. Before you start, go to your computer's sound control panel and make sure your input device (or your microphone) is selected as the audio input source. Then boot Audacity and go to preferences. Set the device(s) you are recording from and playing to in the audio I/O tab. If you are editing a pre-recorded file from your webcast for example, open Audacity then use the Import tool to open the pre-recorded file.The Quality tab sets the sample rate and bit depth. Jeff Towne from the Transcom Tools Content site says "Audacity can handle different sample rates and bit depths within a project, but these will be converted in real-time to the default session settings when needed. Although normally 16-bit is a sufficient bit-depth for webcasts, and you will save a good deal of disc space and processing power if you use that depth, Audacity sometimes creates grungy-sounding sound files when recording at 16 bit. I'd start with 16 bit, but if you have that problem, setting up your session to record at 32-bit float might solve it. Set that in the file format tab as the default export format." You can change the sample rate from the lower left corner also.

    2. Hit the red record circle in the transport panel to record. You can adjust the record level with the slider next to the microphone icon in the top right corner. You should leave it all the way up and change levels from your sound card or control panel. Make sure your input level does not go into the "red" (or hit the ceiling) on your meter as that will cause clipping. You can import audio into your Audacity project if you wish to combine more than one recording or add music etc. They will show up as new tracks.

    3. Editing tools -
      • the control toolbar is like any audio player transport buttons. Pressing the spacebar will start and stop play, and shift-spacebar will loop-play a selected section (called a region).

        Editing Tools
      • To select a section, click on the selector tool and drag over the part of the audio you want to change. Move the cursor over the edges of the highlighted section to grap and extend the length. Press Z to move the selection edges to zero-crossings eliminating clicks from edits.
      • For gain changes (also known as trim..it refers to the intensity of an audio signal), highlight a region (section) and use the "amplify" or "normalize" commands from the effect menu, or move the volume slider at the left of the track display. That slider sets the level for the track.
      • Use the draw tool like a pencil to re-draw waveforms to eliminate eliminate clicks or other distortions.
      • Click and drag over part of a track to zoom in. The magnifying-glass icons on the right hand side of the top of the track window can be used to zoom in or out in steps, to zoom to the selection, or to zoom out to see the entire project at once. A scroll wheel works as well.
      • Cut, Copy and Paste work as expected. Highlight audio you don't want and press delete. Audacity will close the gap. Audacity Editing tools
      • Use the silence selection tool (mute) if you'd like to remove audio without making changes to the timeline.Select audio you want to keep and click trim to selection to delete everything except the selected region. The silence selection icon mutes selected audio, but without moving any other audio regions, leaving a silent space, like hitting "mute" for that time range. Any other edits will close up that gap.
      • You can grab the vertical edges of a track and drag up or down to make it wider and easier to see for editing. The track can be reduced in size to see more tracks after you are finished editing
      • You can always undo edits, but not after you save. Audacity saves small ".aud" files that has all the editing data, so you can do multiple save-as steps to store different versions of the project, to retain flexibility without duplicating all the large sound files. Selecting view>history will show you a list of your actions, and by clicking on the various entries, the edits will revert to that stage of the edit, you can then discard all moves after that point by clicking the discard button. The history list is cleared whenever you save and you cannot undo after a save. Audacity has been known to crash, so save often.
      • You can use the Audacity plug-ins like the compressor, EQ, filters and normalizing. The Audacity "Noise Removal" effect is not the best and I don't recommend it. Audacity's effects need to be applied one at a time. To remove an effect, you have to step backward with "undo."

    4. Export selected parts of a project by highlighting them and choosing export selected from the file menu.

    5. Final MP3 - (for uploading into your blog) When you are done with the mixing and editing, (make sure your audio levels are high but not clipping) export your project by clicking File>Export As>an MP3. You may also Export as a WAV file or an Ogg Vorbis, another kind of compressed file. Just saving it will not make it a final mix. Be sure to us this Export tool so your final product can be uploaded to Webcast Academy, burned to CD or FTP'd.

    6. Learn Keyboard shortcuts for Audacity to speed up your editing time.

    References

  • Information for this article is from The Transom Tools Content article by Jeff Towne
  • Level Headed ~ Jeff Towne
  • Processing Basics ~ Jeff Towne
  • Digital Editing Basics ~ Barrett Golding
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    How to create audio download link and flash player

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    SAMBroadcaster - Windows

    SAMBroadcaster is a fairly sophisticated piece of streaming software designed for online DJ's. In our experience, it has proven to be the most reliable way for Windows based webcasters to succeed.

    This software has a lot of different options that may be too complicated for the beginners. Secondly, the main idea behind SAMBroadcaster is to not only stream voice but also to play music. So if you don't plan to play music during your show, I believe that using other software (like Oddcast or Simplecast) should be enough. However, there are many exceptions in the field of live webcasting and this is one of them. You should try streaming with few programs and see which one is the best for you and which one gives you the best voice quality. Remember that hardware of you PC/laptop and peripherials can influence the live stream in many ways: starting with the voice quality and ending with keeping constant and good internet connection or stream. Thus, live webcasting is like an ongoing experiment; but it's fun!

    Screencast Video#1
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    Conrad's Screenshot Video of how to use Sam to webcast without Virtual Audio Cables

    Oddcast - Windows

    OddCast Homepage - http://www.oddsock.org/tools/oddcastv3/

    A free streaming utility.  Works fairly well, but we have often experienced a 'tinny' sound when using it.  Not quite ready for a a production environment, but worth keeping an eye on. 

    Nicecast - A Summary of Tips and Tricks

    When streaming on a Macintosh computer, you are going to encounter your own special challenges. I will include here the links to some of our discoveries here at the Webcast Academy. Please contact me if you have any questions or wish to Skype someone when in dire straights. You can contact me at any time for any reason but I am always messing around with Mac stuff so I enjoy problem solving. Happy Streaming!

    1. Nicecast Video Tutorial
    2. Blog Post -- Select Your Audio Device Every Time You Open Nicecast
    3. MacBreak Video on Nicecast 
    4. A Must See Blog on Advanced Settings for Nicecast Applications Mixer
    5. Query results for Nicecast on Webcast Academy 
    6. Turn iTunes into an Internet Radio Station - Methodshop.com

     

    Class of 1.2

     

    The Webcast Academy Class of 1.2 (July 2006 ~ present)

     

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    Webcastathon 2006c Schedule

    Webcastathon 2006C Planning Page

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006
    11pm GMT - Virtual Worlds & Education - The Cutting Edge (live from Second Life)

    Friday, Oct. 13, 2006
    1amGMT - EdTechBrainstorm
    2amGMT - Virtualbridges Walkabout
    3amGMT - Hosted Stream -- Open Mic -- contact Doug to contribute in this timeslot
    4amGMT - Hosted Stream -- Open Mic -- contact Doug to contribute in this timeslot
    5amGMT - Hosted Stream -- Open Mic -- contact Doug to contribute in this timeslot
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    3:10pmGMT - The students of the ElRo Live program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School host an open discussion about using webcasting in high school
    4pmGMT - Hilary Goldman - EdTech Funding, Government Money, & You
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    4:30pmGMT - Second Life Medical Library offical opening & event
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    7pmGMT - Second Life Official "Ribbon cutting" Ceremony at Amphitheatre
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    1pmGMT - Ask The Webheads
    2pmGMT - The Webheads in Second Life :(Skypecast details)
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    4pmGMT - Webcast Academy Meeting
    5:30pmGMT - CMS Academy Drupal
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    8pmGMT - Women of Web 2.0 (Cheryl)
    9pmGMT - Trust in Education
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    Monday, Oct. 16
    Midnight GMT EdTechTalk#68 - A Discussion with Chris Messina
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    Class of 1.1

    Alex Ragone and Arvind Grover - Blogging in Education - Webcast #2

    Happy Birthday WorldBridges!!! We look forward to listening to the webcastathon! This is our second webcast. We had an interesting discussion of blogging in education. Next week, we hope to continue the conversation with more specific examples of blogging in education. Please check out our new show wiki. See everyone next week.

    Alex Ragone and Arvind Grover - Introductions - Webcast #1

    This is our first try at webcasting. We discussed our backgrounds, and what type of topics we would like to discuss in the future. We had some issues with dropping packets, but you can make up most of the audio on the mp3. Check out our blogs at Learning Blog and 21 Apples.

    Alex Ragone and Arvind Grover - Webcast #3

    What's the story about blogging and the read/write web? Today, we discussed actual blogging applications in education. Download the show here (15MB 30mins). Here's our show wiki.

    Next week, we interview Laurie Bartels about The Collaborative Commons. Check out our blogs here: Learning Blog and 21 Apples.

    Alex Ragone and Arvind Grover - Webcast #4

    What is the Collaborative Commons? Laurie Bartels, its creator, explains. show here (15MB 30mins). Also, check out our show wiki for chat archives and show notes.

    We're working on plans for next week. Stay tuned.

    Cosmo and Friends During the Webcastathon

    Download mp3 (21.1MB, 46:14)

     

    Here's the audio of a some fun I had during the Webcast Academy webcastathon earlier this month. I logged on to host a session during the webcastathon and had the good fortune to encounter Calamari and PN, after they skyped into my 'cast and invited me to join them in < a href = "http://secondlife.com">2nd Life.

    It was a blast as we explored "in world" and met some great folks in our travels. Many, many thanks to all my guests, and hope you enjoy the audio of "Cosmo and Friends"

    Calamari of cephalopodcast.com PlanetNeutral of http://openstacks.net/os Chris2x of http://amateurtraveler.com Todd of geeksnewscentral.com ComZero of http://inthetrenches.com, creator of podstats.com

    Join me ("Cosmo Commons") for a great discussion about the 'net, 'casts and 2nd Life--in 2nd Life--during the Webcastathon on May 12/13, 2006 in celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the Worldbridges 'net radio network.

    EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #2

    On Sunday May 14th, I was joined by Gustavo from Brazil, Djoko in Canada, Mike in Poland, Felix in China, and Javier in Argentina for the second EFL Bridges World Conversation Club.

    In the first part, among other things, we talked about using the Internet for language learning, becoming an EFL teacher, the growth of Chinese, and Djoko also suggested another, special way of learning a foreign language.

    World Conversation Club #2a - Download mp3 ( 41:38, 19.06MB)

    In the second part we chatted about Worldbridges, podcasting, the two EFL Bridges sites (eflbridges.com and eflbridges.net), practising and learning a language, making mistakes, China & Western opinions of this country.

    World Conversation Club #2b - Download mp3 ( 40:00, 18.81MB)

    You can read the chat transcript here.

    Music

    Theme tune: World Turned Upside Down (extract) by Bombskare

    Closing Song (part one): Language School Lover by Dead Man's Corner

    Closing song (part two): One Love, One World by Craymo

    Production Notes:

    Technically speaking, I wasn't webcasting. I set up a Skypecast, and Jeff set up the World Bridges stream.

    The quality of these recordings is not very good. Some of the people who joined us for the conversation were speaking from a noisy environment, and you can sometimes hear a TV on in the background.

    The first part I edited from a recording I made with Powergramo. In the recording you'll notice my voice is lower than most of the others'. I think that has to do with where my microphone was placed, although it didn't affect me being heard during the conversation.

    The second part was edited from the recording that Jeff made, and the quality seems to be much better. It seems to be a better mix too.

    These two parts are only the first hour of the webcast. I decided to split it up and add music to experiment, and try and make it more interesting/attractive for EFL learners to listen to. As I'm thinking about providing lyrics to the songs and possibly a worksheet, I'd love to know what people think of this.

    Part 2 - Webcast Coverage of The Podcast Academy

    Podcast Academy Coverage - An Experiment in Mobile Webcasting 
    Part 2 of our coverage of The 2nd Podcast Academy held at Boston University April 28-29, 2006. While Doug anchors the stream, Jeff calls in with discussions with Tony Kahn, Sam Levin, & CC Chapman.
    Part 2 - Download mp3 ( 22:39, 10.8MB)

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    CC Chapman

    Part 3 - Webcast Coverage of The Podcast Academy

    Podcast Academy Coverage - Part 3
    Part 3 of our coverage of The 2nd Podcast Academy held at Boston University April 28-29, 2006. While Doug anchors the stream, Jeff calls in with discussions from the Academy. We start out halfway through a covnersation with John Furrier of Podtech.com. We then speak with Ed Blaguszewski of Umass, Kieth Grove of Dover Sherburne Middle School, David Malan of the Harvard Extension School, Sam Levin of Podshow, and Academy organizer, Sasha Norkin of Boston University, We wrap up with the streamed audio of our first attempt at Triplecasting, a discussion with Videoblogging pioneer, SteveGarfield.

    Part 3 - Download mp3 ( 34:16, 15.6MB)

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    SpaceCast #1- Up and Flying!

    We have gotten our first SpaceCast edited and ready to add to our blog. After playing the recording to the rest of my students, they were sure they could come up with a much more entertaining show for future broadcasts. I encouraged everyone to write their scripts so we have alot of new ideas ready to go.

    We had trouble getting on air at school and we need to improve our sound but anything new takes time to perfect! Everyone is getting used to the idea of being part of a live show and have started blogging like crazy in their Personal Learning Space to find out what this new technology is all about and who these students are talking to them on the show. Take a listen and please give us your comments and suggestions. We really want our SpaceCast to fly!

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    SpaceCast #2 - Still Flying

    Untitled Document

    SpaceCast Episode 2 is edited and ready to go. This time it is totally done by students! After being recorded live on air, Lindsey wanted to hear how it sounded RIGHT NOW! So, of course I offered to teach her to edit the original track. Lesson one in Audio Editing.

    We had a change in schedule at school the day this webcast was aired so we had to change the student hosts who were writing out storyboards a couple of hours before show time...but the kids did a great job. Alot of sports news, school reform and music comments are a few topics covered. Thank you, Kathy and Jeff, for joining us and to Worldbridges for hosting our event. Please let us know what you think and we are open to suggestions! See you next week.

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    Webcast Coverage of Podcast Academy 2 - Part 1

    Podcast Academy Coverage - An Experiment in Mobile Webcasting 
    The 2nd Podcast Academy was held at Boston University on April 28 & 29.  BU provided a high quality Real Video stream of presentations. During breaks, Jeff  used his 'mobile webcasting setup' to interview presenters and attendees while Doug anchored the stream in Victoria

    Part 1 - Download mp3 ( 22:09, 10.1MB)

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