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Preparing video

From: Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Preparing video

Compressing video for the web truly is an art form in and of to itself, and in a single movie there's no way that I could cover every single type of compression algorithm, file format. But as a teacher, there are a lot of times when you're going to have some piece of video that you've maybe captured off of your digital camera or some piece of footage that you've captured within your classroom that you want to be able to post within your Moodle site. So in this movie, I am going to show you one technique that you can use to be able to get your videos compressed and in a format that can be posted easily to your Moodle course and distributed out to your students.

Preparing video

Compressing video for the web truly is an art form in and of to itself, and in a single movie there's no way that I could cover every single type of compression algorithm, file format. But as a teacher, there are a lot of times when you're going to have some piece of video that you've maybe captured off of your digital camera or some piece of footage that you've captured within your classroom that you want to be able to post within your Moodle site. So in this movie, I am going to show you one technique that you can use to be able to get your videos compressed and in a format that can be posted easily to your Moodle course and distributed out to your students.

To begin, I am going to go ahead and minimize my browser. I have opened the exercise files, Chapter 04, the Movies folder, and there's a file in here called GreenMorayMASTER.mov. I am going to go ahead and open up that file and go ahead and begin playing it for you. The video is just a couple of seconds long of a green moray eel that I shot in Belize. There is no audio associated with the file at all. It's just a plain video. It's about 12 seconds long. You can see that the video player that I've opened it up with is the QuickTime player, version 7.

Now, if you don't have a copy of QuickTime, it's available for both Mac and Windows, and you can download it from www.apple.com/quicktime. Now, I will note, if you're using one of the more recent Macs, Apple has gone to a newer version of QuickTime called QuickTime Ten, or QuickTime X. I would still suggest downloading the QuickTime player version 7. The other thing that you should note about this player is that you need to unlock the Pro version of the player and if you're on a Mac, you can click on the QuickTime player 7 menu, and go to Registration.

On Windows, go to the Edit menu, and select Properties. The QuickTime player is a $29 upgrade, but what it does is it unlocks an enormous amount of tools that will allow you to compress video and export video in a variety of different formats. So this video that we are working with is about a 10-megabyte file, and we are going to step through some basic compression settings so that you can export it to a smaller format. To begin, go up to the File menu and come down to the Export menu. Now, you will notice that there is an Export for web option, but don't select that.

The Export menu is going to give us even more control. So go ahead and select Export, and now in our standard File > Export menu, we are going to get rid of the MASTER in the file name, do we're just going to Backspace over top of that. It's going to ask us, where do we want to save this file? Let's go ahead and make sure we save that out to our desktop so it's easy to access. We have our Export options down here. Click the dropdown menu, and here you can see there are a variety of different formats that you can export your video to. We're going to select Movie to QuickTime Movie.

Under the Use menu, hit that dropdown menu and select Broadband-High. This is going to produce good quality of video. Let's go ahead and tweak some of our settings. Click on the Options button and now we are going to go ahead and look at the three different types of settings we have. We have our settings for video, for sound, and prepare for fast Internet streaming. We can see here that for Video settings we are going to compress this video as H.264, using a High Quality rate and a Keyframe rate of 150.

The Bitrate will be set to 672, and Frame reordering is going to be set to yes. The Encoding mode will be set to multi-pass, and the Dimensions currently are set to 480x360. Well, our video doesn't match that. So let's go ahead and adjust that. So hit the Size button and under the Custom Setting, go ahead and type in 640 for the first value. You can leave the second value set to 360. Now, in the next line, check the box that says Preserve aspect ratio using: Letterbox (if required).

This way, our video won't skew. Go ahead and hit the OK button. Now, since this video that we are compressing does not have any sound, we're going to go ahead and uncheck the Sound setting, but we are going to leave Prepare for Internet Streaming set. So that's all we are going to change off of the default settings. Hit the OK button, and now everything looks correct. Go ahead and hit the Save button and our video should begin exporting out to our Desktop. Now that our video is finished, let's go ahead and check the file. We can note again that our first file was only 10 megabytes.

So now we can click on our file. I am going to press Command+I for Get Info on my Mac; on Windows, you can right-click and choose Properties. Now we can see that our video is now 1.1 megabytes. So a fair amount of compression has been applied. We have shrunk the file size down quite a bit. Go ahead and close that and double-click it to open it again. So now we have both files open side-by-side. We can see that we did get a little bit of a color shift, but when we go ahead and play the video, we can see that we're not really getting any pixelation in here, and the video looks pretty good, even though we've compressed the video down from 10 megs to just over 1 meg.

So that's quite good. Go ahead and close these two files, and now we are going to go ahead and upload our GreenMoray.mov. We are also going to upload a GreenMoray.flv, which is a movie that's been compressed already into the Flash video format. And then we are going to upload this movie.zip which, has a few other files in it for us that we'll be able to use in later movies. So let's begin by going back down to our browser, and we are going to make sure we have Editing turned on, and we are going to just scroll back down in our Course to our My private files section. Go ahead and click on the button for Manage my private files.

We want to go into your BIOL432 folder and then hit the Create folder button. We are going to create a Movies folder, so I will just type in movies and click OK. This way we can keep ourselves organized. Go ahead and click into that movies folder, and now let's go ahead and add some files to it. So we hit the Add button. Your standard File picker should show up. We want to make sure you have the Upload a file selected, and in the Attachment section, go ahead and hit the Browse button. We are going to go ahead and start off here in the movies folder, and we are going to go ahead and upload this movies.zip out of the Chapter 04 exercise files.

Go ahead and hit Open, and we are going to go ahead and upload that file, and we will add another file here. Hit Browse. We are going to upload that GreenMoray.flv file, hit Open, and upload that file. We're going to add one more file. Hit Add and Browse, go ahead and navigate back up to your desktop, and find that GreenMoray.mov file that we just compressed. So we'll go ahead and select that and upload that one. Press the Upload this file button and that gets all those in. One last step while we are in here is to go ahead and unzip the zip file; go ahead and hit the dropdown menu to the right of it and hit Unzip.

That should un-package all those files. You can go ahead and get rid of that movie.zip file now if you like, you can hit the dropdown menu for it, and hit Delete to do little cleanup here. Say yes. So now all our files are in here. All of our videos have been uploaded. We can see our FLV and the MOV file that we just added and all those other movies that we can use throughout our title. To finalize this, go ahead and hit the Save changes button down at the bottom. That tells Moodle that that's in fact what we want to do. Now, we have all of our video files properly uploaded, and in the next video we will show you how to start posting those.

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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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