Tuesday, April 22

iMovie: Finalize Project vs. Export Movie

Recently, a student came to the desk asking what to do in iMovie once they were finished editing their project. They were looking to get their finished movie file onto a hard drive. A logical answer might be to simply go up to File --> Finalize Project.

However, this option renders the movie in mobile, medium, large, HD 720p, and HD 1080p formats. As you can imagine this takes an unnecessarily long amount of time to accomplish when all you want is your movie in your preferred format.

So, it's recommended to instead go to Share --> Export Movie, and from there choose the desired format. This will just create one file instead of several, saving time.

Keynote Presentations to YouTube

Hey All,

I had a student approach me the other day with a problem uploading a Keynote presentation to YouTube. Keynote apparently saves the project as a zip file that YouTube cannot read. In order to fix the problem, I exported the presentation and changed a couple settings.

1. In Keynote, choose File > Export
2. Choose QuickTime
3. Under Playback Control pick "self-playing movie"
4. Click "Custom" and then "Custom Size" (Change size to 320 x 240)
5. After the size has been changed, click "Export" and save this to your desktop
6. After the Keynote presentation is exported go to YouTube and upload the new file.

This may not work for all Keynote to YouTube problems, but this will be the first thing I do if someone runs into this problem again.

Hope this helps!


Sunday, April 20

CR2 to JPEG Conversion

Hey guys,

Today a patron came to the desk asking for help importing the pictures he took with one of our cameras. He was having trouble viewing the pictures he took because they were in the CR2 file format, a format not supported by programs such as Windows Live Photo gallery. The problem was that his Camera was set to take "Raw" pictures. Raw files are huge compared to the more condensed and common JPEG format. After a little help from Google and Lucky, we figured out an easy way to convert his photos to JPEG's.

The first step is to use a program called "Adobe DNG Converter" which is installed on all of the computers downstairs. First you have to select the folder containing the files you want to convert. Next step is to pick a folder to store your new files that will now be in the DNG file format. (I suggest just creating a new one for simplicity.) Once you have these two folders selected, extract the files.

Now your new DNG files will be in the folder that we assigned in step two above.

After this we need to use Adobe Bridge to to do our final conversion. When you open "Bridge" you are going to want to select all the pictures you need to convert to JPEG's and then press File -> Open. The computer will now open all of your files in photoshop in the "Camera Raw Window."  In order to convert all the pictures at once select "Select All" and then "Save Images." You should now see a window that looks like this:

*courtesy of http://www.completedigitalphotography.com/?p=521*

Make sure to select a new folder for your JPEG's (once again I suggest  creating a new folder) and JPEG as your file format. Now click "save" and your files should be converted to JPEG's.

Hope this helps.


Tuesday, April 15

Wet Equipment

Today a student returned a wet camera to the center!  
I remember about a month ago when I was working on a different rainy day, I also checked in a wet laptop from a student.  Luckily both the camera and the laptop were still able to turn on and function properly, but next time we may not be so lucky.  I think it would be a good idea to remind patrons that they can get waterproof bags for free upstairs at circulation on their way out when the weather is bad to protect the equipment that we are renting out to them.  Also remind them that it is in their best interest to do so, because if the equipment does come back water damaged they could be held responsible.  I personally did not know about these bags and I doubt that other student’s would know either.

With that being said if you do think a piece of equipment being returned is damaged, obviously it is best to call a supervisor over to inspect the item and decide what to do from there. 

Internet dial up decommissioned

Internet dial-up discontinued

Information Technologies will decommission the hardware that supports dial-up access to the University of Delaware's network on May 31, 2014.  The modem vendor no longer supports the connection hardware UD uses. This means that there are no more security patches being issued. 

Similar to the recent end of support for Windows XP, continuing to use the modem hardware would make people vulnerable to risk of attack.  Clients who are using dial-up modems should make plans to transition away from using them.  There are several commercial services that still offer dial-up access for people who don't have a broadband Internet connection.  Juno/Netzero offers free access for up to 10 hours a month. Paid plans start at $10.95 a month.  Other commercial entities such as AT&T also offer dial-up for a fee.  Clients with questions should contact the IT Support Center by submitting a Help Request Form, emailing consult@udel.edu, or calling 302-831-6000.

Education Resource Center Info

Hey guys! So I just had a patron call over the phone inquiring about our laptop loans. He had just given his personal laptop to IT to fix and was looking for a temporary laptop to use for the next couple days. Since our laptops are only four hour loans, I suggested that he check out the Education Resource Center. Since he was an off-campus student, he wanted to know the phone number and address so he could call ahead and see if their resources met his needs. I thought it would be helpful to post this information here for easy access should any of you need to direct others to the Education Resource Center:

Educational Resource Center
16 W. Main Street, Rm 012 Willard Hall Education Building
Phone: (302) 831-2335
FAX: (302) 831-8404

In addition to laptops (which can be checked out for 3 days with NO renewals), the Education Resource Center also offers: 
  • calculators
  • projectors
  • Karaoke machine
  • cameras
  • camcorders
  • projection screens
  • tripods
  • digital voice recorders
  • cassette recorders
  • microphones
  • transcription machines
  • desktop presenters
  • TV/VCR combos
  • TVs
  • VCRs
  • DVD players
  • amplifier/speakers systems
  • CD players
So if we're out of anything, you can always suggest that they try the ERC depending on what they are looking for!

Sunday, April 13

'Art and Science: Connections and Intersections' April 25

The first annual symposium at UD for the teaming of the visual arts and interdisciplinary sciences is taking place Friday, April 25th.  The location will be at the new ISE Lab and this year's theme is “Interpretation of Images, Objects, and Data.” It seems to me that this program is drawing on the symbiotic relationship between science and engineering and creative and visual arts in today's modern world.  Speakers and workshops with backgrounds in both art and technology will take place with an emphasis on using visual images to display data and transfer knowledge. 

It is certainly an interesting topic and it is exciting to see these two separate fields come closer and closer as we move toward the future of multimedia and design.  This combination of creative arts and interdisciplinary sciences is very much the balance we work with here at the center.  I can imagine some of our Art/ Visual Communications and related majors as well as our Computer Scientists/ Engineers and related majors may be interested.

Here is the article from UDaily.