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I found this site via the JEA Digital Media Resources, and it looks like a great tool for educators and student media organizations who use YouTube videos on their sites or in the classroom.
Splicd allows you to enter a YouTube URL, along with a start and stop point, and then it outputs a link and embed code to put on your site.
For an example, I often like to share this clip of This American Life host Ira Glass talking about getting from the point where you don’t have the skills but want to do something creative, to the point where you have the skills:
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The original YouTube video is five minutes long, and there’s a bit of talking before the clip I selected. But I was able to trim the clip to exactly what I wanted to share without having to load the entire 5 minute clip.
This would be especially useful for a student journalist who wants to highlight a certain portion of a press conference, for instance; or an instructor who wants to showcase a particular section of a YouTube clip that exists within a larger 10 minute clip.
I’m almost certain YouTube has a similar internal feature, but you have to have a YouTube account. This tool is available to anyone.
I come across new software that might be of use to college media outlets all the time. Most of them end up in the reinventing delicious account. Here are a few recent finds that might pique your interest:
Produle: This is an online Flash-based widget builder, sort of like Sproutbuilder. Also like Sproutbuilder, there are a variety of cost options. The free plan lets you have three widgets and 10MB of storage. You can’t track the use of the widgets, though, which is a little disappointing. The lowest-priced $$ plan costs $19/mo. for 15 widgets and does allow tracking. That’s $240/year, which might be within your budget if you don’t have any Flash whiz students on your staff. (thanks to @triptych on Twitter)
Jing: Jing is from the same company that produces Camtasia Studio and SnagIt, so it’s sort of a hybrid screenshot/screencapture tool that lets you share what you’re working on with others over the internet immediately. The free version records in swf video, while the “pro” version ($14.95/year) allows for mpeg-4 format and webcam recording, among other things. (thanks to @manfull on Twitter)
Blogo: Blogo is a Mac-only desktop blogging client, not unlike MarsEdit. The advantage of desktop blogging clients is that you can write blog posts when you’re not connected to the Internet, and – unlike using a text editor – desktop blogging clients have a similar interface to an actual blogging admin area. Blogo has drag and drop image editing and some other cool features. It saves drafts to your web server, which is also nice, and it will schedule posts in advance. If you like it, it’ll cost $25 after the demo period. I’ve been trying it out for the past couple of weeks and it works quite well so far.
Yugma: From the web site: “Yugma free web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with others.” I found out about this software from Dr. James Danowski at the University of Chicago-Illinois, who shared his desktop to show me how to use a software program called Wordij. There is also a pro version.
gooseGrade: gooseGrade is a service that lets you copy edit any page on the web. If a web site owner has the gooseGrade widget installed, a gooseGrade user can highlight text that contains an error and add an edit to the text. This edit will then appear in the admin area of the weblog, and the site owner can approve/disregard the edit. Recently, gooseGrade opened up the system so you can copy edit any page on the web. The edits will show up in the gooseGrade system. This would be a good tool to implement to try to help your staff copy edit online stories after they are online. You don’t have to have a weblog system to use gooseGrade, but you’ll have to do the edits manually.
February 9, 2009 in online software
The Adobe Creative Suite is an industry standard these days.Â Many newsrooms already have their hands on the software, but with the 24 hour news cycle and reporters in the field, how do you access the suite outside the newsroom? Chances are, your staff isn’t going to pay thousands to get Adobe CS on their personal laptops.
There are plenty of low-priced and free browser-based tools that can serve the basic functions of Adobe CS (meaning it doesn’t matter what operating your reporters are running — as long as they have internet access).
This post also appears on the Greg Linch’s blog, The Linchpen.
The question we’ve heard most often since launching the new TheMiamiHurricane.com is, “How did you do it?” Below, Webmaster Brian Schlansky offers a comprehensive explanation of the process, from setting up our own Web server to installing WordPress to importing our College Publisher archives.For more background, check out these posts:
- VIDEO: The Miami Hurricane redesign
- The CMSes they are a-changinâ€™
- New Miami Hurricane site begins public beta Aug. 1
- Announcing The Miami Hurricane beta site
- Recap of Miami Hurricane beta site feedback
- We have lift-off! The new Miami Hurricane site is live
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Most of you know I have been testing the new 5.0 or polopoly version for College Publisher going on 4 months. I have been getting many emails and questions at the conventions about what it is like but by far the biggest question that gets put to me is in the vien of “we are thinking of switching but want to know what the new 5.0 system has to offer before we jump ship.” Note, this isn’t a direct quote from any one just a general wording.
I think since the problems of the “j run errors” many advisors and students are frustrated with CP and that is why many are looking at other options. Additionally, we all have probably attended or followed sessions on “new media” and our students now want to try some of these great things we have all learned about. Things which may not be easy to do, if possible at all under the current 4.0 system.
At the core however, I feel many advisors are over looking some key points. I quickly broke down what I see as positives and negatives for the CP system. This is a short list and by no means complete. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section.