Practice with kicking the host
Thanks to Brad and Jason last night, I was able finally to get to kick the host. A virtual kick the can!
At first I planned to just listen. So I brought my USB logitech headphone/mic . This works great for just listening. However, when I went to take over the broadcast things failed.
So, I picked up my Logitech USB mic, and headphones(ipod),then with a restart was able to use Nicecast, hijack the broadcast,SKYPE and archive so you will hear a little bit about our conversation.
It is great to work with a small group of people when troubleshooting.
Oh, I am using Mac intel Macbook, when I first was invited to join the skype conversation, I crashed. I am using Skype 220.127.116.11, not up to the beta!
Notes on Webcast Academy Workshop #4b
Brad Hicks hosted Webcast Academy #4b for Macintosh users. cheryloakes and I joined Brad in the conversation. I had my first full succcess, hijacking the Skype call in Nicecast and taking over the stream. Also successfully recorded the Skype call using the ecamm Call Recorder. Thanks for all the help Brad.
Streaming with Oddcast
Change Log (This blog is being edited till completion):
a. 10 Sept, 2006 - Modified 3.1.4 to 3.1.8 (Error in Oddcast version)
b. Added solution2
Webcasting with Oddcast:
The installation of Oddcast 3.1.8 from oddsock.org proceeded fine, however I had some issues when streaming. I was able to resolve some issues, and am working on the rest.
1. Could not find MP3 encoder
2. Could not record and save locally
3. Oddcast seems to be streaming audio from wave-out-mix even if I tell it to stream only from mic or line-in
1. The MP3 encoder was not visible because I did not select LAME encoder when installing Oddcast. By default it selects the Ogg Vorbis encoders but the LAME (for MP3), and AAC encoders have to be selected manually. I had to reinstall Oddcast with LAME selected, after which it worked fine.
web2learn Webcast #5
About Paul from the Digital Chalkie website: Interesting things of note might be that I love computers and have done so for many years. Currently I live and teach in Paraburdoo (a small Pilbara iron-ore mining town where most people earn 4 times as much I do). I once ran an international film festival in a bomb shelter in southern Japan.
This webcast originally went to air on Saturday 26th of August 2006.
Download mp3 (27MB, 59min)
Ganapati Visarjan In India
Today is Ganapati Visarjan in India. Thought I'd share this with all international participants on Webcast Academy.
Ganesh is the god of good fortune. During Ganesh festival the idol of Lord Ganesh is bought into many homes and worshipped for 10 days, and on the 11th day the idol is immersed in water.
This is the Kasaba Peth Ganapati Mandal in Pune, and one of the oldest (113 years old) in the country.
This is a snippet from Wikipedia that explains the symbolism of the Ganesh idol. Every element of the body of Ganesha has its own value and its own significance:
- The hand waving an axe, is a symbol of the retrenchment of all desires, bearers of pain and suffering. With this axe Ganesha can both strike and repel obstacles. The axe is also to prod man to the path of righteousness and truth;
- The second hand holds a whip, symbol of the force that ties the devout person to the eternal beatitude of God. The whip conveys that worldly attachments and desires should be rid of;
- The third hand, turned towards the devotee, is in a pose of blessing, refuge and protection (abhaya);
- the fourth hand holds a lotus flower (padma), and it symbolizes the highest goal of human evolution, the sweetness of the realised inner self.
Webcast Academy - web2learn Webcasters Report
Webcast Academy learning community - my perspective
Last week I posed some questions about the Academy through the lense of the Masters unit I'm currently taking. A couple of the community members were kind enough to respond to that post and links to their responses can be found here and here. So given that I put the questions out there in the first place it's only appropriate that I give my perspective.
- What is the common vision of members of the Academy community?
The Academy website defines the following goals for its activities:
- Increasing the number of people who are capable of producing live, interactive webcasts
- applying the open source community approach to skill development
- creating a place that formally recognizes proficiency, excellence, and innovation in these new media skills
The members of the community come together from many different countries, education systems and levels of education. So it is, in some ways, quite amazing that the people who have involved themselves manage to find a common ground. The thing that strikes me about the people that I have met through the Academy is that they are all prepared to be open to making new connections with other people. They are prepared to share their knowledge and also want to learn from others. They are prepared to go more out of their way to help their fellow community members. The community members are prepared to enter into open discussions that bring forward new things to learn and issues to be considered. My perspective is that the community members share a vision of a community where they can learn about how to apply new technologies to their own lives and the lives of their students. The community is growing into one where professional knowledge and experience is shared via the webcast shows that are developed as members proceed through the Academy training. As more people participate in, and complete the training, the community grows; so to does the audience as new webcasters introduce members of their other networks to their webcasting activities.
New Nicecast Screencast
I just finished a new Nicecast Screencast.
I tried a new version of screencasting. I made the camera follow the cursor. Just experimenting with SnapZPro X. The Nicecast tutorial I created before had some incorrect set up instructions in them so I am working on a new version. This now replaces the video shown in the Book of Webcasting. I kept the same URL address so if you used the last one as a link or reference, it will now show the new video.
Let me know if this style video makes you too dizzy! It is "kinda rapid"! ~Lee
Streaming on the Mac
Webcast Academy Meeting - Sept. 3, 2006
Webcast Academy Meeting
Sept. 3, 2006
Download mp3 (18.4MB, 40:11)
A Webcast Academy meeting for Class of 1.1 and 1.2 interns to check in and see 'where we're at'. Topics included:
- Interncasts for 1.2'ers
- Posting, streaming, and other tech issues
- 1.1'ers certifications and graduation
- upcoming webcastathons and this season's webcast schedule
- any other questions or issues interns would like to address
A nice tool for Long URLs
For really long URLs use tiny url! You probably heard of it but here it is again in case you hadn't! Lee
JasonR's first success
Yeah! Finally had my first success with Nicecast tonight. I was able to cast into Sandbox B. Seems so easy in hindsight. Cormier promises it gets easier. I believe him. :)
Webcast Academy as an online learning community
- What is the common vision of members of the Academy community?
- What are the learning outcomes that are the basis for evaluating the success of work undertaken in the Academy?
- How do we evaluate the success of the Academy's work?
- What personal motivations do individual community members have for being involved?
Hey folks. Just thought i would point to this one. As many of us are self hosting, this cpanel skypecast might be useful https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=... September 2nd. 16:45 Eastern.
Muting Skypecast / Conference Participants
Been away and busy for the last little while, so i am a little behind on the WCA course of study. I recorded the following today during the Webcast Academy check-in. I hope Doug and Dave don't mind, as its their thoughts on when to mute Skypecast / Conference participants. I did a little editing, shortened it and added an intro at the front.
Next up is streaming live?
Completed first Webcast on Sandbox A
Brad Hicks talked me through my first webcast today. I was able to record 20 minutes of audio using Skype and Nicecast archiving set-up. We used Sandbox A. I also experimented with hijacking iTunes. I was happy with the recording though I will need to be careful that my audio is not recording at a higher level than incoming audio in the Skype source.
I find that Audacity uses a lot of system resources so I was happy to be able to record/archive the audio within Nicecast. I used AIFF as a lossless recording but would like to test AAC and MP3 at another stage.
Thanks go out again for to Brad for giving up some of his Sunday afternoon to talk me through the use of Nicecast.
Consenting adults - Who is willing to take me over?
I just described my continuing failure to stream. I tried uploading screenshots of the steps I take, but the server simply took too long to upload and I aborted the attempt.
Am I the ONLY PC intern trying and failing?
I'm determined to succeed, but determination hasn't got me very far up to now.
Does anyone know UNYTE? It's a program, Skype related, that allows consenting adults to take over each other's computers. Would anyone like to take over mine and get me streaming?
web2learn Webcast #4
This is the first webcast in a series on the topic of Teaching in Rural and Remote Locations in Australia. This series is being run in partnership with Edith Cowan University, South West campus. The aim is to give trainee teachers some insight into living and working in the types of locations they may be posted to in their first years of teaching. The discussion will focus on teaching and living in these communities, and how technology can assist teachers who find themselves isolated from professional support networks.
Our first guest was Terri van Zetten, a teacher in the Catholic school system, who has now taught rural/remote for a number of years now and who has a strong interest in using technology in the classroom.
This webcast originally went to air on Wednesday 16th of August 2006.
Download mp3 (24MB, 52min)
I log in.
Status is still: down - but 'login' has changed to 'logout'. Whatever I do with SimpleCast, I don't get connected.
Return to Shoutcast.
Try to log in again. Form for ID and password does not appear.
Inspect log. No evidence of my visit.
Deducation: my login, desüpite switch from 'login' to 'ogout' on Shoutcast is not effective - otherwise there would be something in the log.
Any suggestive comments welcome.
Skypecast, practice, nicecast
This was practice for next sunday when the SEEDLINGS of Maine get together for a show about their vision for technology and teaching in the coming school year.
Here we go.
NexT Sunday August 27, 2030GMT. Join us if you can.
Go to Skypecast, search for SEEDLINGS of Maine.