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Backup/Move A Camtasia Project

Backup/Move A Camtasia Project
As you build a Camtasia project, you may import resources stored in various places on your file system, including different formats of video files, graphics, audio files, and so on.  You will also make many edits, adding callouts, zoom-and-pan features, animations and the like.  When you save your project as a camproj file pointers to all these resources and the location and details of all your edits will be saved in the file, so you simply need to double-click the camproj file later and it will invoke the Camtasia Studio editor with your project laid out just as you left it.  At some point, however,...
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Student Use of Video Everywhere in Blackboard

Student Use of Video Everywhere in Blackboard
I just got off the phone with a faculty member who was planning to have students use the Video Everywhere tool. If you don’t recall, that’s the simple tool embedded in the Content Editor in Blackboard that allows for easy recording of video from a webcam or embedding YouTube videos into the course. The tool is available for student use in tools like the Discussion Board, so this professor was going to have students record their presentations and grant access to their fellow students that way. I’m certain the attempt will go off well, as all the Video Everywhere tool truly does is...
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Video in Blackboard: To Upload or Not To Upload

Video in Blackboard: To Upload or Not To Upload
This Friday I will be conducting a workshop on PowerPoint to video, using the video tools built-in to PowerPoint to create a narrated video from a presentation.  If we stick strictly with PowerPoint, the video that will be produced will be in the WMV format (for PowerPoint 2010—the default format for PowerPoint 2013 is MP4).  Let’s assume that you want students to view the video in your Blackboard course.  While Blackboard claims to support the WMV (Windows Media Video) format, in practice there are so many problems with playing WMV files in Blackboard courses (due primarily to the unfortunate...
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How to Get the Latest Version of Windows Movie Maker

How to Get the Latest Version of Windows Movie Maker
The latest version of Windows Movie Maker is part of a download package from Microsoft called Windows Essentials, formerly know as “Windows Live Essentials” and “Windows Live Essentials 2012.”  No one ever accused Microsoft of branding acumen.  In any event, to get Movie Maker you must go to the Windows Essentials download site and click the Download Now link.  There is no need to go to a specific page dedicated to Movie Maker because you MUST download and start the installer for the entire Windows Essentials suite of programs, which included Windows Messenger, Windows Writer...
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Inserting Links Into WordPress Pages and Posts

Inserting Links Into WordPress Pages and Posts
Links to webpages and files are a basic part of the web. In fact, without them it wouldn’t be much of a ‘web’. The WordPress content editor makes it easy to insert new links and edit existing ones. There are three types of links that will commonly be inserted: Internal pages or posts – These are links to pages or posts within your own WordPress site. WordPress makes it really easy to choose which existing page or post to link to. External websites or files – Anything that is outside of your WordPress site is an an external link. WordPress allows you to specify a URL for...
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