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DOWNLOADING A VIDEO CLIP

to Use in SMART Notebook 11 – EXAMPLES! Understanding Video File Formats
Video clips appear in a variety of formats: WMV, MOV, FLV, SWF, MP4, AVI, ASF, and on and on. Your computer’s default media player is probably Windows Media Player, which will open most video file formats (but not FLV) through a link on a Notebook page.

Installing and Configuring a Video Downloader
To download a video file, first check to see if the host website has its own download procedures, for example, TeacherTube, Discovery Learning, and Khan Academy. For YouTube and most of the other websites, you must first download and install a utility program. If you want to download a clip, check the default download format for the website. On SchoolTube the download format is MP4; on Discovery Learning, it’s ASF; on TeacherTube and YouTube it’s FLV.

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My “current favorite” video downloader is RealPlayer—the free version—at www.realplayer.com. Click the Download button, select Run, and let the installation process close down your browser. Caution: When you download RealPlayer (and any other program), be sure to watch the options for default settings. If you are careless and overlook these, your default browser and/or your preferred media player could be changed, or an additional toolbar could be installed. Be sure to deselect any unwanted options! This download procedure works in Downloading a Video Internet Explorer, File NOT in Chrome! 1. In the YouTube search box, type in “Fibonacci Numbers.” 2. Hover your mouse over the top right of the clip. 3. Click Download This Video. Depending on the settings of your browser and your video downloader, video downloads could go into your Videos folder, the Downloads folder, or the last place you saved a file during this computer session! A video downloaded in RealPlayer will usually go into your RealPlayer Downloads folder inside your Videos folder. You can leave the file in that location or move it later to coordinate with your own file organization scheme. (One way to find your Videos folder: Click the Start button. In the second column, click Documents. Look in the left column under Libraries.) If you doubleclick a video file, it will usually open in your computer’s default media player for that particular file format—EXCEPT for FLV files!

Linking to a Video in a SMART Notebook Page
NOTE: Linking does not work with Flash files (FLV and SWF), which must be embedded. You can link to most other video formats. 1. On a Notebook page, prepare an object (text or image) to link to the video. Or you could do this after you put the file into your Attachments. 2. Click the Attachments tab. 3. Click Insert and select Insert a Copy of.

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4. Browse to your video clip and open it. It will appear in your list of Attachments. 5. Rightclick the text or image on your page that will be linked to the video OR click the object and then click the drop-down menu. 6. Select Link. 7. Select Current Attachments. 8. Select your video file.

Converting a Video Clip
When would you need to convert a video file? If you want to use the really neat stop-‘n-start technique available in Notebook, the easiest way is to use the ASF or AVI format, so you will need to convert some video clips—as they are downloaded or after they are downloaded. There are many different procedures (beginning to sound familiar?) for converting video file formats. First, you will need to download a utility application My current favorite video converter is the free version of Prism Video File Converter, available at www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html. Download, select Run, and open. (Be very, very careful about accepting the checked options; you probably don’t want these!) If your downloaded file’s format is FLV, for example, and you want to link to the file and to be able to use SMART Video Player’s special features, you will need to convert it to the ASF or AVI format. Click the plus and browse to the file you want to convert.

At the bottom of the window, select your Output Format. If desired, change the folder where the new version will be saved. Click the Convert icon at the top or the bottom of the window.

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Embedding a FLV (Flash) File into a SMART Notebook Page
Although you can view a WMA video file in Notebook by including the file in your Attachments and linking to it, the procedure is different for FLV files. You can’t link to a FLV file because it must be embedded on the page. The SMART Video Player automatically opens with the Flash video when you open the page. 1. On your Notebook page’s Menubar, click Insert. 2. Select Flash Video File. (Do not select Flash File.) Because the FLV is embedded into the page, you do not need to include it with your Attachments. 3. Browse to your new Flash video file and open it. The SMART Video Player will appear on the page. 4. Click the Full Screen icon on the Toolbar. 5. While the video is playing, you can pick up a pen to stop the video and the sound. As a general rule, FLV is associated with streaming video and needs a “player.” (On your computer, the player is SMART Video Player.)

Embedding a SWF (Flash) File
A SWF is self-extracting and associated with animations that usually include mouse options and drag ‘n drop operations, as in LAT templates. NOTE: Classroom-appropriate SWF files are difficult to find and you probably don’t want to spend the time necessary to locate them. If you have one, click Insert and click Flash File. Browse to the file you want to insert and Open. OR you can simply drag ‘n drop the file into a Work Area. SWF files can usually be opened in Internet Explorer by doubleclicking the file’s icon.

Practicing: Downloading Videos
Use the website’s procedure AND/OR your utility program (if allowed). Khan Academy - http://tinyurl.com/778bvom French Revolution TeacherTube - http://tinyurl.com/7e9ztyx “The Highwayman” SchoolTube - http://tinyurl.com/7bv9hap Carnivorous Plants Discovery Learning - http://tinyurl.com/74lbulg Select segment about the Sahara Desert. YouTube - http://tinyurl.com/cw74qgd ESOL: Irregular Verbs

SUMMARY You can link to most video formats in Notebook, but NOT to FLVs; to use an FLV in Notebook, it must be embedded in a Notebook page. To use Notebook’s stop-‘n-start technique, you will need to link to an ASP or AVI. If you do not need that technique, just link to WMV or MP4, or embed a FLV. AGAIN: There are many other options for downloading videos! RealPlayer on Internet Explorer is just one example! Videos, 11/15/2012 The Starke Mark It Report Page 4 of 4