Join Sean Colins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a custom single-source workflow, part of Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leopard Essential Training.
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A single source Podcast Producer workflow will be used by all podcasts that are recorded by single source methods. These could include single camera or single source montage captures. The workflow is selected after the user completes the capture of their podcast content. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to create a single source custom workflow using Podcast Composer. We open it by clicking on its icon on the dock and that immediately drops us into a blank workflow. We start by entering our information for this specific workflow in the Information section.
For a workflow name, enter something short that explains in very few words exactly what's going on. We will intend this to be a Single Source with Multiple outputs and Notification. The author is the author of this particular workflow, not every podcast that comes off of this workflow, so I'm putting my name in here. And then in Description, we get to provide a little bit more lengthy description than the workflow name. But again, we want it to be descriptive and to explain what it is we're doing.
So I have typed, "This workflow is intended to work with Single Source Podcasts and exported to all available formats. It will notify the podcaster with a text message and an email." All right, so that's everything we need to type into Information. Now in the Import section we have the ability to specify Single Source, Dual Source, or Montage. What this specifies is where this workflow will show up for people in podcast capture. When you capture a Single Source podcast, if this workflow is built as a Single Source workflow, then this workflow will show up in Podcast Capture when you're finished capturing your source.
If you capturing a Dual Source and you have Dual Source selected, then this workflow will show up whenever you submit your podcast. If you are submitting Montage, then whenever you get to the point where you can select a workflow, this workflow will be available in the list of options. We are using this one as a Single Source and I am going to enable Automatic chapter generation. When we have selected our source, we move on to the Edit section. The Edit section is possibly the most fun section in this program.
You're allowed to scrub across all of the video in here just by pointing your pointer at the video and moving it across the video. If you click the i button or if you double-click on the media in each of these sections, then you will be able to edit the functions for that section. So this is the intro. If I double- click here it opens up the intro. And we can choose from a list of intro movies. The standard Apple Podcast movie, the Camera Flash movie or the Eye movie.
If you have generated your own custom movie, you can select Choose and go to the Finder to navigate and find your own. I am going to select Camera Flash. We will click Done. And then we can double-click on the space between the two movies here in this list. If we double-click there, it brings up the Transition selector. The default is Scale. If we wish to change this to something else, we simply select whatever we think looks best, choose a direction, a duration and then click Done.
The next section is the Title section. If I click the i or double-click, we can select the type of title animation. We have Carousel, Flying Title, which is the default, and Reveal to select from. I am a big fan of Carousel. I like it a lot. We can also choose a different logo besides the Apple logo right here in the selector. We can hit choose, I am going to go to our Desktop, Exercise Files, Podcast Producer and within here I have a special folder marked Watermark and I have got a graphic in here that I am going to choose.
I will click Open and that pops it right into the list. Now with the Carousel bumper title we can only select the title and author. If we select the Reveal title, we can select more. And Flying Title, again more. But I love the way Carousel looks. So I'm going to select this and go with our crunge_small as our graphic. I will click Done when I am finished and then the next place I need to double-click is the space between these two elements. Again, this brings up a Transition selector. All we have to do now is select are transition.
I love this transition but I think it's a little bit too long, so I'm going to make it a little shorter, a little snappier, and that's done. Now the next is where you can select what is going to be done to the media that you upload into the podcast. This is sort of the body of the document if you will. You can select a watermark. I'm going to go to the same place I went to before. Exercise Files, Podcast_Producer, and Watermark. And again, I am going to select our crunge_small graphic. I am going to bring the opacity down a little bit. Even though I love that graphic I am going to make it a little bit less prominent.
I like where it's positioned in the Top Right, but if I wanted to I could change it, move it around. I am going to leave it in the Top Right though. And then I can provide an introduction overlay if I feel it's necessary. Notebook Page is fantastic for schools. Lower Third probably a good idea for some sorts of video production, and Ticker would be a great choice if you're doing some sort of news broadcast. I am going to select None and I am going to click Done, and I am going to move on to my last transition. If I double-click on it, I can choose how I want it to look and when I like it I can click Done.
The last thing I can change, if I want to, is our Made on a Mac exit movie. I really like the Made on a Mac exit movie, so I am going to leave it alone and click Done. If I want to look at how this whole thing looks together, all I have to do is click on this Play button right here. I have got a little button down here that I can grab onto when I can use it to scrub around and look at different elements. For example, I really want to see how that Groundswell icon looks. See that spinning around? And I really like it. I think that looks fantastic.
So since I am very, very happy with all of this, I am going to close this window and we'll move on next to the Export section. This action controls the way in which Podcast Producer server will export the media and the entire edit that you have put together. The default is to export an iPod and iPhone combination. If I wanted to add a new one, I could select here, click the Plus button and select a different type. Since, I like all of these and I really want to have as much video and as much flexibility as I can have, I am simply going to add all of them by clicking Plus, accepting the default and clicking Done several times in a row.
Now I've got all of my options here. I can click on the i button if I want to change the way that any one of these is being encoded. When I'm happy with the ones that I have got, we will move on to Publish. In the Publish section we get to choose where our files will go when Podcast Producer Server is finished with them. By default they are saved into the Library, which is a new thing in Podcast Producer Server 2. The Library is just a location in the shared file system where the Podcast Producer system can throw media and it doesn't have to depend on any other services on your server functioning properly to get it there.
It's a great resource because all of your podcasts will go there by default and you can go back into that shared file system and find them at any time. The Library is in there by default but let's add a couple of different things that we can do here. I am going to start with Folder. The Export to Folder function just gives you the ability to copy all of your podcasts over into another folder on your server. I am going to choose to copy the Computer video over to Volumes/Server HD/Shared items/NFS auto mount.
Be careful to get the case sensitivity, any spaces, and all your spelling correct because that's very important. Otherwise, your data won't end up where you are telling it to go. I'm also indicating that I want it to use day folders, which will automatically put a folder into this location with the current date. All of the podcasts that are submitted on a per day basis will go into the appropriate day. It helps you to keep things organized. I will click Done and then back over your the Plus button, we will add something to our wiki. I am going to choose the iPod/iPhone quality level. I'll have it posted directly to my server where I have my wiki and I'm going to have it submitted to the user's blog who authenticated to create the podcast.
That way when someone authenticates and they create a podcast, whatever they create will go directly to their own blog and they can go and review it easily there. We will start by entering the server name. Our server uses Secure Sockets Layer, so we will check that checkbox and we will add a User name of an admin user that's allowed to post to the wiki. I created a user called podcastserveradmin in Workgroup Manager earlier, so it will be able to post to the Wiki. We click Submitting user's blog and Done. So this particular job will be published to the Library, to a separate folder on the file system of the server, and to the user's blog who posted the podcast.
Next, we'll move on to the Notify section. As it states right in the middle of the screen, the Notify section is optional, but it's a really great idea because whenever your podcast submission is finished, it can notify the user that submitted the podcast that it's been completed and it's where it's supposed to be. So let's add a couple of notifications. We have chosen that we are going to add iChat and email notifications. So let's hit the Plus button and start off with Email. So in the email notification window, we have the ability to do several things. We can choose who is going to receive the mail message that's sent from Podcast Producer Server, and we can choose who's going to send it.
We start off by notifying the Podcast Producer administrator and the submitting user. But if there's another user we wish to notify who has an account on our server, we can simply do that by clicking the checkbox here and adding an e-mail address. We are not going to do that because we only want the submitting user and the Podcast Producer administrator to be notified. The Mail Sender is going to be the from address on that e-mail. So we need to use an account that works and that's authorized to send mail through our mail server. I am going to use the Podcast Server admin account that we created earlier.
So our e-mail address for this administrator is podcastserveradmin@ groundswellgear.com, and the server name is server.groundswellgear.com. We use Secure Sockets Layer on our mail server so we will check this check box and we also require authentication. Note that only MD5 Challenge-Response and Password authentication are supported as authentication types. So, on your e-mail server you'll need to turn on one of these two types of authentication. We are going with MD5 Challenge response because it's more secure.
Our username will be the same as the e- mail address above, but it will not be the full e-mail address. It's simply the user's name and then their password. So we have a username of podcastserveradmin and that user's password. When we are complete, we click Done. Next, let's setup an iChat notification. Click the Plus button and select iChat. By default the iChat destinations are the Podcast Producer administrator and the submitting user. That will work just fine. In Jabber ID we will do exactly what we did in e-mail except that we have to remember that we have put the fully qualified domain name of the server in after the at symbol.
So we have podcastserveradmin@server. groundswellgear.com, and that user's password. Then we can add an iChat message. So I am just adding "The podcast you submitted to the Groundswell Single Source workflow earlier is now complete. Please take a look." I am also going to tell it to display our publishing information within the message. We click Done, and now our notifications are complete. So next, we move on to the Summary. The Summary graphically notifies us of what it is that we have chosen.
It doesn't go in to a lot of detail. It just sort of gives us a nice visual representation of what we've done. We know that we are Single Source and that's the graphics for that. We know we are exporting to five different media types and that we are publishing to three different locations. We also know that we are handling e-mail and iChat Notifications with this workflow. We are all set. We can go up to Stages and we can look at the Overview or we can simply come back to Summary, click Save, which will allow us to save out. I will save here into our Workflows.
And once it's saved we can pull down to Deploy to Server from the File menu. If the name of your server is already there, great. If not, type in the fully qualified domain name of your Podcast Producer Server and click Deploy. So whenever it's finished deploying it will tell you that it succeeded deploying your workflow. Congratulations! You have just completed your first workflow.
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