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Open Colleges Writing and Communication

This Australian online educator provides specialised writing, editing and media-related training to aspiring authors, editors and journalists. For more than a quarter of a century, the Australian College of Journalism delivers expert tuition in professional writing and editing, freelance journalism, professional editing & proofreading, creative writing, professional scriptwriting and more.

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online PC, browser

Film English - language learning resource site

A website created by Kieran Donaghy, that uses short films to promote cineliteracy - the ability to analyse and interpret moving images - in the language classroom. It is a resource bank containing over 90 lesson plans for teachers designed around moving images.
It is aimed at elementary and advanced learners and their teachers. It is very user-friendly, legible and well organised. The lessons are categorized by topic, level and age appropriateness and include homework and follow-up activities. There is a glossary of common film terms and links for teachers and students to related sites. For ease of use the short films and worksheets are embedded into the site. The teachers do not need to download anything, they only need internet access, a computer and a data-projection in the classroom.

VideoScribe

VideoScribe is an application to create animated videos quickly and easily: with this tool also the unexperienced can create attractive whiteboard animations with stop-motion capture style of drawing that looks very professional.
Seven day free trial available on the site, after that license fees apply for monthly, annual or lifetime Pro users.

Specifications:
Full HD output possible.
Output to QuickTime movie or Flash Video
Create PNG & JPG image sequences
Commercial use of the full image library
Commercial use of the full music library
Commercial use of the full font library

Available for PC or Mac and iPad.

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PC, Mac, iPad

Webdoctypes on scoop it

Curation of typical web documentaries .
Website used for the MEDEA 2020 French workshop during the online training before the face to face workshop(Design and use a web documentary as a learning resource )
Collection de web docs typiques
Utilisé lors de la formation en ligne précédant l'atelier français de MEDEA 2020 sur la conception et l'usage de webdocs utilisés comme uen ressource pédagogique

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browser

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Gerard Casanova

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2011

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Workshop on Webinars (Warsaw 2011, MEDEA2020)

Polish MEDEA2020 Workshop on Webinars - Videos
The second MEDEA2020 workshop took place in Warsaw on 28-29 July 2011 and was entitled “Webinar as a new Media Example”. This workshop was led by Krzysztof Zielinski (Obserwatorium Zarządzania) and Piotr Maczuga (Nowoczesna Firma, NF) and included input from James Lawrence and his colleagues at Careersbox, MEDEA finalists in 2010, and Mathy Vanbuel, chair of the MEDEA Awards Judging Panel. This workshop was aimed at representatives from small and medium-sized companies in Poland who don’t have highly developed multimedia departments but who need practical solutions for their companies, which may be implemented “right away”. For more information about this workshop, contact Anna Jaruga anna.jaruga@obserwatorium.pl.
This report provides you with the video recordings of the sessions of the workshop, part of these are in Polish, part of these are in English.

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MEDEA2020 Workshop Warsaw July 2011 – Summary
MEDEA2020 Workshop Warsaw July 2011 – Introduction - Sally Reynolds
MEDEA2020 Workshop Warsaw July 2011 – History of media for education and training - Mathy Vanbuel
MEDEA2020 Workshop Warsaw July 2011 – Introduction in Webinars for Training - Krzysztof Zielinski (Polish language)
MEDEA2020 Workshop Warsaw July 2011 – Advanced exercises in Webinars for Training - Piotr Maczuga (Polish Language)
MEDEA2020 Workshop Warsaw July 2011 - How to use video creatively - Nick Newman

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web browser, videoplayer

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MEDEA2020, Krzysztof Zielinski (Obserwatorium Zarządzania), Piotr Maczuga (Nowoczesna Firma, NF), James Lawrence (Careersbox), Mathy Vanbuel(ATiT, MEDEA Awards, Anna Jaruga (Obserwatorium Zarządzania)

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2011

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6 parts (150 minutes in total)

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Lightworks - Open Source Non LInear Editor

Lightworks is an open source (and for the time being free) video editing software package, available as a public beta since end of 2010. Will become a commercially supported product from November 2011 onwards, with special pricing for education, as well as a free version. Lightworks is not the only free and/or open source non linear editor (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_and_open_source_software_packa...) but it certainly is a complete and professional package, and looking at the list of films and TV programmes that have been edited, a well esteemed product amongst the professionals. The user interface requires a somewhat steeper learning curve than the commonly known NLEs such as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, which makes Lightworks less appealing to the amateur that only occasionally wants to edit a bit of video. For professionals it is a great software package, certainly when complemented with the dedicated keyboard or hardware control panel.
Hardware specification requirements are not lightweight.

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Editing
Trimming
Effects
Tools
Colour Correction
Audio
Application
Film
Media Management
3rd Party Support
I/O Support

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Compatibility / Operating System: Windows XP SP2 (32 bit) Windows Vista (32 bit) Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit) * Support for Linux and OSX is scheduled for late 2011 CPU: Intel / AMD Graphics: NVIDIA / ATI • PC computer with Intel Core Duo, Intel Xeon, or AMD processor. • Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 Professional (32 bit or 64 bit). • 2 GB of RAM; EditShare recommends 3 GB or more. • Display with 1024 x 768 resolution or higher; EditShare recommends 1440 x 900 or higher. • PCI Express graphics card; EditShare recommends NVIDIA or ATI. • IEEE 1394 interface (FireWire) of 800 Mb per second if you plan to use a FireWire digital device (deck or camera). • 256-MB graphics subsystem with support for DirectX 9. • Universal serial bus (USB) power for the console. If a laptop does not support adequate power, you need to use a powered hub. • 100 MB of disk space required to install Lightworks.

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Video Compression, Editing and Displays

An e-Book/tutorial that provides videographers, technicians and engineers with an in-depth understanding of compression, editing MPEG and the proper setup of color monitors. The author provides an easy to understand tutorial on the systems that are used in much of today's digital equipment. The book is generally aimed at the somewhat advanced videomaker who wants to get most quality out his/her work.

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Chapter one provides an in-depth tutorial on the basics of MPEG-2. You will learn about the basic underpinnings of MPEG-2: color sampling, Profiles and Levels, I-frames, P-frames and B-frames. Mullen then reviews the basics of digital color sampling. You will learn about the various levels of color sampling and the difference between 4:1:1 and 4:2:2. This discussion concludes with a review of motion vectors. You'll learn about specific MPEG implementations, including Sony's XDCAM, JVC's ProHD and Panasonic's DVC Pro.

Chapter two focuses on a newer compression technology, MPEG-4. The MPEG-4, Part 10, H.264/AVC codec is currently available in nine implementations. You'll learn about similarities, conversions and differences. You'll also learn about Panasonic's AVC-Intra and Sony's HDCAM-SR codecs.

Chapter three is devoted to debunking some of the many myths about editing long-GOP content. While MPEG-2 was originally said to be "not editable," Mullen explains why that is untrue. He examines how the myth started and reviews some of today's long-GOP editing solutions.

Chapter four provides the background to understanding "smart editing." Mullen explains mistakes editors often make when exporting their content to other formats and the consequence that can have on video quality. One solution is smart GOP splicing, which is discussed at an engineering level. This chapter helps both editors and technicians ensure that their equipment is properly configured to minimize re-encoding errors.

The final eBook chapter, "Choosing a post-production monitor," concludes with a solid tutorial on the use and selection of post-production video monitors. Because of their low-cost, many editors rely on consumer-grade HDTVs for production monitoring. The author asks, "Are consumer LCD monitors really a good value for post-production?" His answer may surprise you. This chapter emphasizes the importance of making wise choices when purchasing a production monitor. Topics covered include: deinterlacing, line-doubling deinterlacing, weave deinterlacing, motion adaptive deinterlacing, frame-based motion adaptive deinterlacing, regional-based motion adaptive deinterlacing and pixel-based adaptive deinterlacing. Mullen explains how 2:3 pulldown affects the quality of a displayed image.

In addition, you'll learn about other key video monitor parameters that affect image quality, including judder, refresh-rate and image formats. The data in this chapter will enable you to make an informed purchase decision when it comes time to replace that old CRT monitor.

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e-Book reader

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Steve Mullen (Penton Media)

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2011

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63 pages

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Digivideo.fi

Digivideo.fi is a Finnish video enthusiasts website where you can find the latest news, topical articles and a lively discussion forum. It links to a Digivideo wiki as well.

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Discussions
Recent Posts
Wiki
News
Articles
Vocabulary
Links
Polls
Loan Equipment
Digital Video Association

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browser

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Sivustoa ylläpitää Digivideoyhdistys / Film and Video Association.

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up-to-date

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web site

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JISC Digital Resources

This is a website run by JISC in the UK which provides advice, guidance and training on the creation and use of digital media resources. JISC Digital Media also offer an interesting newsletter called Intermedia which includes news on forthcoming events as well as articles on a variety of relevant topics. The Digital Media service is offered to the UK's Further and Higher Education community and covers creating digital media resources (specifically still im-ages, moving images and sound resources), delivering digital media resources to users, using digital media resources to support teaching, learning and research and managing both small and large scale digitalisation projects.

The JISC Digital Media newsletter is also available here: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/newsletter/

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