Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Optimize your viewing experience, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- [Voiceover] One thing to keep in mind as you're watching Lynda.com content, is that it's important to minimize distractions. For some of us, we really want to be able to read the transcript and listen to the author and watch the content. And at the same time we're taking notes and we're changing the playback speed. But for other learners, it's really important to just focus in on what the author's saying and then take care of those learning supports at another time. Now there's a variety of ways that you can customize your experience when watching Lynda.com material. We're gonna talk about how to optimize the player window to match your individual style.
The first thing I'd like to point out is the ability to dim everything on the screen except for the player window itself. Let's go and head back to our settings menu which is the gear icon directly below the player window. If I select the settings menu, in the bottom left-hand corner, I have the option to dim the lights. Let's go and click that. You'll notice that the rest of the web browser is still there, but everything has been dimmed or has a grey overlay on top of it so that we can focus in just on the video that's being played. If I choose to raise the lights, I can now view everything else that's on the page.
Now while we've got our settings menu open, another thing I'd like to point out is that you can change the video quality when watching a Lynda.com video. By default, and based on your web speed, it's gonna select 720p which is a high-definition video. If you're on a mobile device, or your internet is not able to keep up with the high-definition video, you can change this down to 540p or even 360p. Having a video quality that's right for your particular web speed is important because it's gonna keep the video from pausing at inappropriate times which can be a distraction to the learning.
Another way that we can customize this learning experience is to actually pop out the player window into its own screen or its own window. To do that, let's go and click the pop out video icon which is just to the left of the full-screen icon. If I select this, it's actually gonna open up the player and start playing in a brand new window. This is a great thing to do if you have two monitors. With a secondary monitor, you can grab and drag this particular window on to that monitor, watch the screen on one monitor and have your exercise files loaded on the second monitor. Now if all we're trying to do, however, is just make the player window as big as possible then using the pop out window is not always the best option.
I'm gonna go and close out of this pop out window just simply by hitting the X button in the upper left-hand corner. In order to maximize the player window, but only use one monitor, the best way to do that is to use the full-screen option on the very far-right of our menu. If I click the full-screen option, it's gonna automatically go to the far left and the far top of my particular monitor. This is gonna make sure that I can see absolutely everything that the author's doing and is a great best practice if you're doing a developer course and you want to make sure to focus in on the code that's being written. In order to leave full-screen, there's several options.
I can either come back down and click the exit full-screen in the bottom right-hand corner, or I can hit the escape key on my keyboard. Now that we've explored a few ways that you can optimize the Lynda.com viewing experience, I highly recommend that you take the time to try each of them out, see what works best for you, and then use that as you move forward.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 12/08/2015. What changed?
A: We updated all of the movies to match the new Lynda.com site design. We also added new movies on using keyboard shortcuts and optimizing your viewing experience.
Q: This course was updated on 04/06/2016. What changed?
A: We updated 8 videos to reflect changes to the Lynda.com interface, including keyboard shortcuts and the layout of notes.