srt files in NotePad v TextEdit

About 2 years ago I made an srt file for a video the library had on YouTube. I made them using TextEdit on a Mac and then saving as an srt file. When I uploaded it, everything was fine.

Now, I was testing the captions on MediaSpace and I used the same srt file I had in YouTube. It did not work. After a bit I realized that even though I had saved as an srt file, TextEdit was adding the txt extension automatically. Deleting it out of the file name was predictably not working. MediaSpace would not recognize the file, wouldn’t so much as import it.

In order to fix the issue, my employee sent me to a converter site, but that wouldn’t recognize it either. In the end I had to copy/paste the content from my original file into Window’s Notepad and then save as srt with the drop down option of “all files”. Then MediaSpace accepted this version and displayed the captions without issue.

I now have the file saved as the srt version and a Word version.  This is because the srt file I made in WordPad would not open afterwards for me to make any edits.

Video Tutorial Test – Kaltura Screen Capture and Writing Tablet

Someone showed me a video tutorial and asked me “ok, so how did they do that?” Well, I can guess, but using the tools we have available readily, I made something that looks identical.

Here is a screen capture using Kaltura through Blackboard. I set up templates using Illustrator and PhotoShop and then I wrote into the program using a Bamboo writing tablet.

The tablet is difficult to control and I spent a couple of hours laughing at myself at how badly I was at controlling it. However, we have at least 1 digital artist who can work the thing like she was doing a commercial for the brand. If you watch the video you’ll wonder “why didn’t she use shapes?” And the answer is I am pretty bad at Illustrator.

With practice, I think this could be a viable solution. But, I say not bad for something I had to set up and learn to work yesterday. There were about 7 tries before I got this clip. Overall, I think about 3 hours to make it but that includes the learning curve.  If I made more I bet I could get the hang of it and do them pretty quick.

Materials: Adobe Illustrator CS5, Wacom Bamboo writing tablet CTH-670, Labtec headset, Windows 7, Kaltura

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO. You could watch the embed video here if WordPress wasn’t trying to annoy everyone by making videos impossible to embed from anything other than youtube and vimeo. I’m going to have to start testing Blogger.

How to make MPEG-4 SP

How to make an mpeg-4 Simple Profile using Adobe.  This works for Adobe Premiere and Adobe Media Encoder.

In either program, once you have your file or movie ready to go you need the settings feature.  In Premiere go to Export to see the settings.  In Encoder just click Settings.

Choose the MPEG4 format (not h.264) and then under Multiplexer change the setting from 3GPP to MP4.

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Under video the Profile should be set as Simple.


That should do it.



How to Download an MOV file from Firefox

Sometimes I get sent links to MOV files and someone wants me to grab the video and then post it somewhere else. This is how I pull the video off the web when the html address is an MOV file.

First off, and most important, you need Quicktime. I’m running Firefox 15.0.1 with Quicktime Player 10.0 on a Mac.

1. Enter the web address into Firefox and the video may or may not start playing. I find I can pull the video even if it never plays.
2. Under Tools, click Page Info
3. In this window click “media” at the top.
4. Then click “Save As” and the rest is simple.

That’s all there is to it.

Making swf files in Adobe Premiere

Actually, you can’t make swf files in Adobe Premiere.  Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.  But I was asked for an swf file, so an swf file I had to make.

The most important thing in this explanation is that I have the entire Adobe Creative Suite.  I know there are special converter softwares that exist out there, but I have Flash, so this is what I did.

  1. Export video from Premiere in flv format.  I’m not sure how essential the format is, but it was recommended in forums.
  2. Open a new project in Flash then import the flv file
  3. Check you Properties settings. Position and Size should be at zero.  width and height should match your video output from Premiere.
  4. Check your Publish Settings. File>Publish Settings .  Under formats swf and html need to both be checked. Under HTML the Dimensions should match the export dimensions of the video from Premiere.  If they don’t then use the drop down menu to get to “Pixels” and fix the dimensions. Hit OK to save changes.
  5. Save your Flash project.  It’ll be easier to find your published swf if you’ve predetermined where the file should go.
  6. File > Publish

Now I’ve glossed over a few things here like playback options and the like.  I only needed a very basic file, so I didn’t have to deal with all of that for this project.  However, these instructions should get you through the process.

How to make antique paper in photoshop

This is why I love the internet. It’s moments like these. The elusive secret to making antique looking paper is grunge brushes.  I used avariation from what I learned from the following youtube video. My end result wasn’t exactly the same because I used the techniques shown to make the paper look closer to what I needed it to look like. But the technique is the same. Grunge brushes, varying gradients of color right next to each other on the color swatch.

YouTube upload troubleshooting

When I want to upload a video to youtube I simply click the “upload” button at the top of the page (after I’ve signed in of course) and then click “upload video”. Simple. So let’s go over the problems.

On certain browsers, if your upload failed, all the information you typed in as you waited for the video to be uplaoded will be lost. There’s no trying to re-upload into the same information you’ve just spent time typing up.

So now that you’re upload has failed ( I got “Failed (unable to convert video file)”, you might want to start with, “Well, maybe there was something wrong with my file? Perhaps it was the wrong format or something?” It’s not as easy as it should be to find the parameters for uploading into youtube acceptably.  I tried the obvious (to me) place which is the page where I initially uploaded the file. When I couldn’t find it there I got frustrated and went to Google. Here you go:

Supported YouTube file formats

File size and length

Now, my video fits into all these parameters. I just finished updating all my software that had updates, and the video still fails to upload. I turned on Private Browsing (youtube’s only other suggestion) and that failed too.

To get my video on youtube I re-exported as an mp4 using the h.264 YouTube setting on Premiere. The video finally uploaded correctly.  I’m not sure why my previous MOV 45MB 4min long video wouldn’t upload.

CC file sample for YouTube

I’m uploading the file I used for the captions on YouTube in case anyone needs a sample to work from. I downloaded the original file from this website which is where you get re-directed from this youtube video. I then entered my own text using TextEdit. Here’s the file on MediaFire:

The errors I would get would be from having an extra space bar (something impossible for me to track). The video would be going along fine and then suddenly I would get an error that looked like the entire script was trying to jump on the screen at once. To fix this I would have to go back into the text file to the time code where the error started occurring and then press delete and Return until I was sure I got any extra space bars out. There was also one instance where I typed the wrong number and so the captions started two minutes early on top of the other captions.

Here’s a sample of what the code looks like:

Video Captions for YouTube/Vimeo

First let me get the bad news out of the way… there’s no CC option for vimeo.  The last update on the forum was from 10 months ago promising something would come up in a year or so.

Ok, so now as I crawl back and beg YouTube for forgiveness, it took me a couple hours to find a way to get CCs up on my YouTube videos now that I’ve already uploaded them.

The How To article from YouTube was of very little help to me except to imply that I might need a SUB, SRT, or SBV file.  Or in their words “only supported formats will be displayed properly on the playback page”. What this means, as I found out, is that I can upload whatever file I want and YouTube will just ignore it unless it’s a supported format. I must have uploaded a DOC and DOCX file (after using their Preparing a Transcript File article) 5x before I gave up.

Like most things in technology, my answer was found by letting Google direct me to others that had better answers for me.  Someone posted an SRT file that I could download and open with TextEdit.  Here’s the video that really helped:  HOW TO MAKE SRT FILE AND ADD CAPTION TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

After doing this for about 2 hours I was having trouble and Googled “youtube cc” and got YouTubeCC which at first glance seems to have been the first solution I should have looked at. Was it on the first YouTube help article?  No.

The method I spent two hours on

bad image export from Premiere

I tried exporting a jpg then a tiff file from Adobe Premiere for a screen capture.  I’ve never noticed a problem before, but maybe I just never exported a screen capture that included text.  The export files came out horribly pixilated. I tried a few different adjustments, but it didn’t work. I never figured out the problem, I just took a screen capture of the image using my Mac (Shft+Cmnd+4). Easy fix, though not the preferred.