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How to Use an iPod as a Presentation System
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if you wanted to. You could even. the “one picture equals a thousand words” thing. I would then be able to show those photos to teachers as a way of depicting visually what I’m trying to describe verbally. That and. e veral years ago. the inside surface of your classroom door. Yeah. Tools & Toys for another example of how to use photos in your classroom.iPod for Video How to Use an iPod as a Presentation System S capable of storing video images in addition to songs. when Apple first come out with an iPod that was † Don’t overlook the power of photographs. using a new iPod to do that was not much better than what I had already been doing: putting the pictures on my old Mac laptop and displaying them on the TV it was connected to. Well. This ability alone created some real justification possibilities. So I got to thinking about how I could use one in the classroom or during the seminars I present on effective teaching. I reasoned. I just really wanted to get the new one. Hey. or shown on the big screen using a TV or LCD projector.) A certain amount of justification was going to be necessary since I already owned a perfectly good. to be honest. well. (See Photo Tags in the book. I set about figuring out how I could justify buying one. connect an iPod video to an LCD projector and show photos and movies on a big screen. That could be just the ticket.† But. maybe I could take pictures of my students engaged in the kinds of activities and procedures I talk about during my seminars. third generation 20-gig iPod. I’m a bit of a tech-toy geek. (Truth be told. the financial planner of the family. You know. Whether displayed on a bulletin board. photographs send a powerful message that you care about your students and are willing to make an effort to demonstrate that fact.) . Problem was it didn’t have that sweet video feature. All I had to do was come up with a way to make the purchase seem reasonable to my wife. Adding to my somewhat unreasonable desire was the fact that you could actually export photos and movies so that you could view them on a TV. I could take pictures of my students and show them during class as a way to build those all-important classroom relationships.
She agreed and the past became prologue. . It actually went nova but that’s just me and my easily-excited-by-new-ideas. Hmmmmm.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 2 And then the light bulb went off. I’ll need to edit them in Photoshop. Here. I’m easily excited by new ideas. The thought process. I can add some text and boost the message value. In order for the photos to paint a really clear picture. I came back down to earth and shared my new iPod idea with my longsuffering but sweet and understanding wife. little-kid-at-Christmas personality. Yeah. Cropping them will enable me to focus the audiences’ attention on exactly what I want them to see. then. went something like this: Hmmm. Anyway. a photo is just a jpeg. which took about 12 seconds. As long as I have the photo open in Photoshop. I could make a jpeg from scratch with just text and a nice background. Hey. especially ones that involve technology. is how you can use a video-capable iPod as a presentation system. I don’t even need a photo. SWEET BISCUITS ! I COULD TAKE ALL OF MY BORING BLACK AND WHITE OVERHEAD TRANSPARENCIES THAT I’VE BEEN USING FOR YEARS AND YEARS DURING SEMINARS AND TURN THEM INTO FULL-COLOR SLIDES AND PROJECT THEM THROUGH AN LCD PROJECTOR CONNECTED TO MY NEW IPOD VIDEO ! ! ! As I said. You know. just like I do with our family Christmas card.
This is not something I can do with my iPod video. . just visible to my left. (At the time. too. Any changes I want to make have to wait until I get home where I can fire up my Mac desktop and then add. The advantage of using the laptop was that I was able to modify a presentation at any time during the day. I used to us my Mac laptop for this purpose. rearrange. This brought the screen down to a level that could be viewed by my students whenever they gathered on our meeting carpet. there are advantages to using an iPod video.) My laptop. it doesn’t allow me to change them. I could just open up the document in PowerPoint and make whatever changes I needed to make. I was teaching third grade and had a class size of 20 students.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 3 Getting Started Before I get into the How To Do It part of this eBook. I need to make something clear. It only stores photos and movies for me to present. Of course. I’m not saying that an iPod video is the best way to present visual information to students. was connected to the TV with an S-video cable. As I mentioned briefly. This meant that they could all sit on the carpet and see what was being projected. The laptop was connected to a 27” TV with an S-video cable. or edit photos. The TV had been removed from the big goofy rolling cart it had been on and placed on an old student desk. delete. This simple set-up enabled me to send images to the TV screen during lessons and presentations yet still be able to easily interact with my students.
it’s time to move on to the nuts and bolts. Once a photo has been projected. START HERE Deciding which iPod to buy Organizing images on your computer Changing iTunes photo settings Connecting your iPod to a TV or projector END HERE We’ll deal with all four of them in the order in which they need to be completed. Bottom line: A iPod video is great for presentations but. so is a computer. I just wanted to take a moment and make that clear. † More on this later. There’s no long laptop start-up process. Another advantage is portable and easy it is to set up. .” scroll through the thumbnail images. Trust me. it’s simple. the journey will be finished. Very nice. And before you’ve even had a chance to break a sweat. The iPod connects to a TV or an LCD projector with just a single cable.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 4 For one. find the one you want. and simple is a good thing. walk into the meeting room. projecting images is as easy as playing a song. but. and press the center button. advancing through the remaining photos is done the same way you advance to a new song: you merely press the fast-forward button. Having now provided my public service message. you’ll find the whole process of connecting your iPod to a TV or projector easier to understand than you may have initially thought. then. and you’re ready to go. even if you are a total technophobe. You just navigate to the proper photo “playlist. There are no system crashes.† Also. connect it to the projector. It’s just plug-and-play. and you’ll find yourself in a whole new place. Getting Started There are only four steps to take on your iPod-video-as-a-projection-system journey. Just drop it in your pocket.
Virginia. caused a lot of owners to dump them in order to upgrade. on the other hand. you can go on Craig’s List—which I’ve found to be safer than eBay because you are able to physically check out the item before handing over your cash—and find any number of them in great condition for about half of what you’d paid for one of the newer ones. It’s just that one of them is especially well-suited for what we’re trying to do. All of the newest iPods require that you use an Apple-produced video cable which is going to set you back 50 bucks. any iPod with video capabilities—which is every model made since 2006—will work. The older iPod videos. After all. Consequently. The major difference is the split-screen menu. maybe not a right one. Well.com/iTrimming Or just go on eBay and search for “iPod video cables. several reasons for this. there is a right one when it comes to making video presentations. This is another cost-saving issue. http://stores. There are. with their more interesting.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 5 Deciding Which iPod to Buy I decided to address this issue first before some excited reader runs out and buys the wrong iPod. Video cables Here’s the one I use: an 80-gig iPod video.” Slideshow software The software Apple created to allow the iPod to do it’s magic changed quite a bit with the newest models. as usual. In fact. Split-screens are nice since they display more info than a single screen menu does. the one I bought on eBay was about 5 bucks and that included shipping. Here’s the URL for the cable I bought. is how . It’s the one I use and the one I recommend to anyone who doesn’t already have an iPod: the 80-gig iPod Video. And the new ones. but not necessarily better software. The downside.ebay. though. Yes. are able to use a third-party cable to send the video signal: a guaranteed cheaper way to go. Cost The 80 came out just before the newest versions.
the battery life is the only critical issue. Not good. Therefore. battery capacity—as stated by Apple running tests in laboratory conditions—can almost always be counted on to be overly optimistic. ††† See: “How to Use Music for Management” in the book Eight Great Ideas. I’ve got a 30 and an 80. Has a lower-capacity battery. with it’s smaller battery. The 30 is connected to the audio system I use so that I can play songs during seminar breaks and also demonstrate the power of using music in the classroom. is quite capable of holding a charge throughout an all-day seminar. For me. Has a smaller hard drive. 10 seconds. 3 seconds. with it’s bigger battery. jpegs. The 30’s battery is rated at 14 hours of audio use and 5 hours of video use. and 20 seconds. The screen is small enough as it is without trying to cram more information on it. The current choices: 2 seconds. The 80. if you have a charger handy and recharge the battery whenever you’re not using your iPod for presentations. the shorter battery life has been an issue.††† The 80 is connected to my LCD projector and is used to show images on a screen. I could be wrong. Is slightly thinner. . The 30. the 30’s battery might not be an issue.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 6 crowded things can get. Of the three differences. I actually use two iPods. †† The first thing I check with each iOS update is the photo settings to see if they’ve added “Manual” as one of the options for slide advancement. During a seminar. you most likely saw some 30-gigs listed. 5 seconds. you have to press the pause button in order for the slide to stay on the screen for more than 20 seconds. The 30 is identical to the 80 except for three things. †† Battery life If you took my advice on the previous page and searched Craig’s List for an iPod video. is also able to hold a charge all day because it’s only † I think Apple is trying to ever so subtly steer everyone in the large-screen-iPhone/iPod Touch-direction and the splitscreen is just another example of that. Nonetheless. That sounds pretty good. The 30-gig model: 1.† The bigger issue is that fact that the iOS (iDevice Operating System) does not allow for a manual advance of the slide show. What this means is that you can’t count on a single charge getting you through a school day. The 80 is rated at 20 hours of audio use and 7 hours of video use. 3. and videos. both of which are loaded with the same playlists. Then again. though. Unfortunately. 2.
. and not some kind of profligate life style. the 80 has become the dedicated video iPod and the 30 is relegated to serving as the DJ. However. Bottom Line If you don’t yet have an iPod. that led me to purchase a second iPod video. This rather unsettling thought of not having any kind of a back-up plan led me to purchase a second iPod video—a slightly less expensive 30-gig model—and format it with the same songs and photos that were contained on the 80. I strongly recommend that you purchase a used iPod video. I think you’ll find it to be the ideal iPod for video presentations. Consequently. However. the 30 would be waiting in the wings to take over the video role so that the show could go on. the iPod Classic. And then one day I was flying to San Francisco where I was going to be making several presentations at a big conference. By the way: For a number of years I was using my 80-gig for both audio and video. Whether you get the 30-gig model or the 80-gig version. As I sat on the plane listening to some music. It’s just going to cost you a bit more for the video cable you’re going to need. My wife’s Nano was one of the earlier ones and only held music files. If I were to lose my 80. as you could infer from the battery capacity information on the previous page. doesn’t drain the battery at the same rate that video use does. The Nano enabled me to leave the 80 connected to the LCD projector which made things much easier. Yours will work just fine. or the iPod Touch—don’t despair. it was bearable. I suddenly realized that the 80-gig iPod video sitting on my little drop-down tray was the only thing that held all of my demonstration images. Already Have an iPod? If you already have a video-capable iPod—the newer Nano. It was the need for a workable back-up. the stress of having to monitor the battery level is not something I need in my life as a presenter. I started using my wife’s old iPod Nano as the audio source. when I tried switching them—I actually like the feel of the slightly thinner 30—I wasn’t able to get the 30 to make it through the day without needing a recharge. should the 80 ever go missing or just up-and-die on me. And. Just thought I’d make that clear. Thus. Although this meant that I had to disconnect it from the video cable and reconnect it to the audio cable during the course of the seminar. after a year or so of doing the cable shuffle. frankly. the presentation would suffer greatly.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 7 being used for playing music which.
Please bear with me if I do something in a way that could have .) 4. But we’ll deal with those issues later. If you know of a different way to complete a step I’m describing—by using the file bar at the top of the Finder. Organizing Images on Your Computer The first order of business is to create a folder that will be used to hold all of your images.png (portable network graphic) . though. With the folder’s name highlighted. type iPod and then press enter. 1. Hold down the shift key and command key and type an N. The images I’m referring to come in a variety of file types.tiff (tagged image file format) There are a lot of possibilities and I’ll explain their differences in just a bit. it’s time to move on to the next step in our journey.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 8 Well. Creating a Folder Mac OSX Fair warning: I’ve been using a Mac since 1987 and have learned dozens of keyboard shortcuts. As long as we end up in the same place.jpeg (Joint Photographic Experts Group) . (You’ll see all of the folders on your drive.pdf (portable document format) . the path we took doesn’t really matter. that and the fact that the slide show software on the iPod Touch is still lacking a manual advance option. Windows Another warning: Although I’m slowly getting better at using the Windows operating system. just think of an image—say. a picture you take with your digital camera—as anything you can store on your iPod that you can project on a screen or TV. For right now. 5. .psd (PhotoShop Document) . for example—feel free to do it your way. The folder will now be named iPod.) 3. Click on your hard drive icon. Not to mention the fact that the Nano’s screen is almost too small to work as a video presentation device. Right now. (This creates a new folder. I’m not all that great. Open the Finder window 2.
I’ll update this eBook with your directions and give you credit. From the tool bar at the top of window. 1. (Think about these folders as being similar to playlists. Open the My Pictures folder. Click on that and a shortcut—also called an alias on a Mac—will be created. Just one of many playlists that can be found on my iPod. You can then drag the shortcut to your desktop. 3. Adding Images to the Folder In order to keep photos organized. if you’re a Windows geek and are able to come up with a better way to complete these steps. and select Folder from the fly-out menu. please let me know. In fact.. Since the folder needs to be accessed frequently.) For example. 2. You now have an empty folder called iPod in your My Pictures folder.. Playlists actually make an iPod easy to use because each playlist contains just a small portion of your music library. here’s a Switchfoot playlist I created in iTunes. . 4. Right-click on the folder and scroll down to Make shortcut.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 9 been more easily another way. click on the File tab. it’s best to create some new folders inside of your iPod folder. these are my current favorites and the ones I want to hear when I’m listening. Type iPod for the name of the folder and press enter. Scroll down to New. you might want to create a shortcut so that it resides on your desktop. Although I actually have more songs from Switchfoot in my music library.
Name this one Family. 3. Add photos Make a new folder inside of your iPod folder. (Click on the first one then hold down the command key as you continue to click on additional photos. and the pictures contained within them. So that you don’t have to wade through every photo on your iPod—and. Select several photos to add to the folder called Test. Name it Test. we’re going to add some photos to them. will be viewable on my iPod video. It contains a small sample of pictures of our family dog. will you have a lot of them before you know it—you’ll be able to select a specific folder that contains just a portion of your photo library. 4. 2. 2. Here’s a screen shot of a folder called Sammy. The folders. there’s another folder than contains images of Math Games I like to play during seminars.) Mac OSX 1. (We’re going to assume that you already have some photos stored on your computer. (The option key tells the operating system to make copies of the . You can make as many folders as you wish for as many sets of pictures as you want. Make new folders 1. It’s up to you. Make another folder inside of your iPod folder. As you can see above. boy howdy. drag these photos in your new folder called Test.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 10 It’s the same thing with photos. Now that we have created two new folders. As you hold down the option key. Two folders found in the “iPod” folder I created.
Select several photos to add to the folder called Test. If you don’t hold down the option key. (The photos you selected have now been copied into the new folder. You still have the original photos in their original folder. (This should open the iTtunes application. (Click on the first one then hold down the control key as you continue to click on additional photos. Navigate to your Test folder. Click on the iPod icon in the navigation bar that runs down the left side of the iTunes window. you’re actually telling your computer to move the photos from its present folder to the new one.) 2. Windows Option One: Click and Drag 1. I just thought it would be fun for you to have family photos on your iPod. 2. Click and drag the selected photos to your Test folder. Way better than the small photos most people keep in the wallets. All you’re going to do is tell iTunes which folder to use when it imports photos. Let’s take that third step in the journey. 3. Right-click on the folder and select Paste. 2. click on it. (The photos you selected have now been copied into the new folder.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 11 photos and put those in the new folder. 4. They don’t have to be family shots. Connect your iPod to your computer. and press Enter. Right click on one of the highlighted photos and select Copy. 3.) Add photos to Family folder Repeat the above process with a different set of photos. Okay. Select several photos to add to the folder called Test. Navigate to your Test folder. . That’s enough photo moving. (See image on page 12. 4.) Option Two: Copy and Paste 1.) 1. (Click on the first one then hold down the control key as you continue to click on additional photos. Click and drag the selected photos to your My Pictures folder. Changing iTunes Photo Settings This is not as dangerous as it sounds. You still have the original photos in their original location.
Click on the Photos tab. The default Photos setting for iTunes. 4.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 12 Step 1 Step 3 Step 2 3. is iPhoto. at least on the Mac. Check the box in front of Sync photos from: 5... You’re going to want to change this so that your newly made iPod folder is the target. . Click on the drop-menu that displays iPhoto and select Choose folder.
scroll to the Family folder. Then click on the eject triangle to the right of the icon. press the fast forward button. 7. (The screen will now fill with thumbnail images of the photos you placed in that folder. The icon will disappear from the screen which means it’s now safe for you to unplug your iPod. Press the center button. It shouldn’t take but a minute or two. and press the select button (center button) again.) Press the select button and you’ll see the first photo fill the screen. scroll to Photos. To see the other photos.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 13 6. Excellent. (iPod will the new target folder. Navigate to the iPod folder you created and select it. and select it. Once again. the thumbnails appear and you’re able to select and display the photos in the Family folder. When you’re done. .) Click on the Sync button—bottom right-hand corner—and iTunes will import the photos you placed in your iPod folder. press the menu button. You should see: Slideshow Settings Photo Library Family Test Scroll to Test folder and press the select button. Click on the Open button and you’ll be returned to iTunes. When it’s done updating—Okay to disconnect will appear on the screen—click on the iPod icon again.
I know it seems weird but that’s how you have to do it. Select Transitions and set to Manual and Dissolve. Press the Menu button until you are back at the screen that shows your Test and Family folders. 5.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 14 Connecting Your iPod to a TV or LCD Projector In order to complete this step. such as the one shown above. . you need to know that the red RCA plug and the yellow RCA have been switched. Press the menu button until you see Photos in the list of choices. iPod Video Settings 1. you need to: 1) change the video setting in your iPod.) Alert: If you are using a third-party cable. Plug the dock connector—circled above— into your iPod. Here’s the cable that I purchased which was shown at the bottom of page 5. 3. 2. The yellow plug needs to be plugged into the red port. If you need to purchase the Apple connector cable. red for a third party cable—into the RCA socket in the back of the projector. If you have an LCD projector. (This is just for testing purposes. 4. Select TV signal and set to ON. merely plug the RCA video plug—yellow for an Apple brand cable. you’re looking at fifty bucks. Sending a Signal To be able to send the photos on your iPod to the TV/LCD projector. Select Photo and then select Slideshow settings. you’re going to need to purchase a video cable. Connect the RCA plugs into the proper inputs on your TV. as I mentioned earlier in the eBook. red is red and yellow is yellow. Note: If you’re using an Apple video cable. and 2) change the input selector on your TV/LCD projector. the red plug of the cable needs to be connected to the yellow port on your TV. If you happen to be using an iPod Video—or wisely followed my advice and bought one on Craig’s List— you’ll be able to pick one up for less than ten dollars. This means that when you plug these three cables into your TV for testing purposes.
LCD Projector Press the menu button so that the on-screen menu appears. you should now be seeing your photo being projected. Navigate to the input choices and select RCA or VIDEO as the input choice. Television Set Press the input button to cycle through the input options. Thursday. 2011 This eBook is not yet complete. Select the first photo. (This tells your iPod to send the signal out to the TV/ LCD projector. March 17.) 8.iPod for Video: How to Use an iPod as a Presentation system 15 6. Just like the TV set-up. I’ll get back to it as soon as I can. (It should fill the iPod screen. How to use one PSD to create additional ones. Rick Morris . There are a number of other items I want to address regarding the use of an iPod video as a presentation system. How to turn PowerPoint shows into separate jpegs. Select the Test folder. Here are a few of them. PSD’s (PhotoShop documents) versus standard jpegs. You’ll know you’re on the right input channel when you see your photo appear on the screen. Let me know if you have any questions or if something wasn’t clear. How to name photos so that they stay in the order you want.) With a signal now being sent. you are ready to adjust the TV/LCD projector to display the image. You should see a smaller image of the photo and the little rewind and fast forward triangles pointing to the left and right. 7. Regards. Sweet. Press select again.
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