Saturday, 29 April 2006

Convert Videos for Your iPod

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In iTunes, after you’ve added your video to the library, right click it. Select Convert Selection for iPod. iTunes will let you know if your video is already in the correct format. If it’s not, your video will slowly be converted to an H.264 video. iTunes will keep your video proportional - and your new video’s dimensions will, in almost every instance, be 320 pixels wide by some number equal to or less than 240 pixels high.

QuickTime Pro
Open your movie and, in the file menu, select Export… and in the export drop-down, select Movie to iPod (320 x 240) and click Save. QuickTime’s slow conversion process can take several hours. If you’re an inexperienced user, I recommend using QuickTime Pro or iTunes because they’re absolutely foolproof. However there are other free applications for converting your videos.

Free and Legal Places to Get iPod Videos

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There are some great resources for finding iPod compatible videos that are both free and legal!

The Intarnet Archive is great for old videos and movies like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. The Archive’s 256Kb MPEG4 Downloads are unfortunately not iPod-ready as previously thought. The format’s correct, but there are audio pops when played back on the iPod. You’re probably better off downloading the MPEG2 videos anyway. The 265Kb files were pretty low-res and it’s a snap to re-encode the MPEG2 files for your iPod with iSquint.

Channel Frederator is like The Cartoon Network without commercials.

Sky News Video podcasts!

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At last a News Video Podcast aimed at the British audience. Other News Vodcasts are produced by CNN and ABC News. Where is the BBC in the Video Podcast Market??
Why are the BBC still only on a podcast trial??

These Sky Vodcasts are great - just the right balance for news on the move.

To Subscribe:
Open iTunes Select 'Subscribe to Podcast' from the 'advanced' menu and type/paste in the link below. Or you can just search for them in iTunes.

Daily Video Update

7 Days
A 7 Days feature, which looks at the lighter side of the week's news.
Use the following link to subscribe to 7 Days:

Political News
Watch a weekly update from Westminster with Sky News political editor, Adam Boulton, in the video highlights of Adam's Sunday show.

Friday, 28 April 2006

Create a Flash Photo Slideshow for your Blog

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1. You need to have a Flickr account.
2. Copy the code (Ctrl+C) and paste it (Ctrl+V) into your Blogger Control Panel.


3. Replace the user_id=XXXXXXXX@XXX with yours (use this form to find it):

4. Download the desktop upload tool from flickr and then you can post directly to your blog by dragging any images into this tool.

Thursday, 27 April 2006

How To Podcast - Quick Guide

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The three primary steps to getting your podcast up and running are:
  • Setting up your blog or website
  • Storing your media content
  • Getting your RSS feed going

To begin we will set up a blog. There are a number of both free and pay blog services available. I use Blogger from Google. This is a free resource which is very easy to set up.

After creating the blog, we need to store our podcast on a server. Our Media a component of Creative Commons, offers unlimited free media storage.

Once your media is stored and linked off your blog, you just need to set up an RSS feed. Go to feedburner and enter your webpage, click the button which says "I'm a podcaster" and you're done!

1. Set Up

There are a number of ways to host podcasts. Any web page with a RSS 2.0 feed can host podcasts, but to make it easier I tend to use blogs to host my podcasts. Blogs, are essentially web pages designed to be easily updated.

At Blogger begin by clicking the orange "Create Your Blog Now" arrow. This leads you to the account page. Where you create a username and password, a name to be displayed on your blog and an email. Be sure to click the "Acceptance of Terms" check box and hit continue.

Finally select a template from the list provided (you can tweak the code of the blog if you know how and personalise the look).

2. Media Storage

Now that your blog is set up, the next step is to prepare your content storage location. I use Our Media but if you have lots of media to store check out my article on subscription services below. Our Media will allow you to host unlimited files and connect to them through your blog.

1. Go to the Our Media home page and click the "Register Now" link to begin setting up your account.

2. After entering the information, click the submit button at the bottom of the page. You will now be redirected to create an account at using the same email address.

3. At look for the small "join us" link in the upper right side. This link will take you to the log in for your virtual library card. As you enter the information, be sure to use the same email for this account which you used for Our Media. When you are finished click the "Get Library Card" button.

3. Create a Feed

Now that you've created a blog you need to create a feed for subscribers - use a service called Feedburner.

1. Begin by entering the address of your website into feedburner. As we are posting our podcasts to our blog, we will input the address of our blog created earlier. The address would be something like:

2. Be sure to check the "I am a podcaster!" box. On the next screen you will be able to personalise the feed title and address which your audience will subscribe to your podcasts with. When you click the "Activate Feed" button in the lower right corner, your feed will be up and running.

3. Feedburner provides a confirmation screen with the feed, customisation options, and a link to manage your feed. At this point all the set up is done. Now you need to publicise your feed and post your first podcast!

Where to store your Podcast Media?

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Creative Commons - FREE
Creative Commons, together with, offer you the option to host your content for free. This is directed towards CC-licensed or open-source audio, so your own speech or your own music. Don’t use it to host illegal/copyright-troubled content.

£50/year (or £4/month)
if you’re already a subscriber to Apple’s .Mac program, this is an easy option. It is not the fastest or most reliable option.

starts at £2.50/month (up to £15)
built for podcasting: based on the #MB you add per month, not on the #GB downloaded per month (so the cost is predictable). Has detailed statistics (although some graphics would be nice). “Liberated Syndication is podcasting made easy”

£3/month (2-year subscription)
2 GB storage, 75 GB/month bandwidth. Is a general purpose hoster, so if you want to add the actual podcast blog to it, you can (you can add a WordPress blog through the Fantastico interface)

for the bigger fish: 10GB of storage, 100GB/month bandwidth. If even this is not enough, you can go up to a £50/mon fully dedicated server: 60GB storage, 1000GB bandwidth. EV1Servers VPS

The Ultimate List of Podcast Aggregators

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Podcasting is making audio files (most commonly in MP3 format) available online so that users can automatically download the files to listen whenever they want.

"Podcasting is a way of publishing files to a website that allows users to subscribe to the site and receive new files as they are posted. Most podcasts are spoken word audio created by individuals, often on a particular theme such as technology or movies. Because new files are downloaded automatically by subscribers, podcasting allows individuals to have a self-published, syndicated radio show." (Wikipedia)

Podcasting is a term that derives its name from the iPod, a portable media player manufactured by Apple. The iPod is a small box, about the size of a deck of cards or smaller (depending on the model) that stores and downloads audio files.

The term "podcast" is no longer specifically associated to the iPod as it refers to any combination of software and hardware that allows its users to automatically download and store recorded digital audio files distributed through an RSS feed.

The disruptive power of podcasting stems from all audio broadcasts distributed in a podcast format can be accessed when the user wants it. This also transforms the world of broadcasting (both radio and TV) from one where content was pushed to you at specified times, to a world where you are the puller who can decide what to listen to whenever you wish.

If you are new to podcasting (and you are on a Windows PC), I invite you to download and test the Open Media Network free software. It makes it easy for you to discover all the buzz around podcasting. If you use a Mac, Linux or some other operating system, you can go to the search engines and directories listed in this mini-guide to find and download the content that interests you.

If you are a podcaster or think of becoming one, what I provide here is a comprehensive list of all search engines and directories where you can go to submit your podcast feed to help other people find you.

By submitting your podcast feed to the greatest number of specialty podcast search engines and directories, you make it easier for other people to find your podcasts, while getting your audio podcast noticed.

Here is a comprehensive roundup of all sites that accept podcast submissions, have podcasts, or both.

With Thanks to MasterMedia

Here is my version of the Podcast Search Engine and Directories List of Lists

I have created this to help people quickly find aggregators and post their RSS feed. Under each logo is a link to the aggregators website and another link directly to their RSS submission page. If you have any I have not listed please e-mail me:


Podcast Alley

BlogUniverse Podcast Directory

Digital Podcast

Syndic8 Podcasts


Podcast Bunker

Podcasting Station

Penguin Radio






RSS Network

Podcast Pickle


Podcasting News

Podcast Tools

Podcast Directory





Open Media Network


Internet Archive






BlogExplosion Podcast Directory

blinkx Podcast and Video Directory


Feedzie - Podcast Directory

iTunes Podcast Directory

Submit your podcast feed through iTunes by clicking on "Learn more" about submitting your podcast feed to the iTunes Podcast Directory (it does not work with Firefox) here: This opens iTunes where you can enter the podcast feed.

Blast Podcast


NPR Podcast Directory

The Podcast Network You can't submit podcast feeds to TPN as it's for its own programs.

Yahoo! Podcasts

Get A Podcast


Family Friendly Podcasts



Melodeo Mobilcast Network


Podcast Empire


Fresh Podcasts




Podcast Charts

Podcast Pup

Podcast Mania

Vital Podcasts

- Paul Williams

Tuesday, 25 April 2006

Podcast Software for Windows

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Podcast Software (clients) let you subscribe to and manage podcasts.

Windows Podcast Software

  • iTunes - probably the top way people get podcasts. All of my podcasts are listed on iTunes and I get most of my subscribers through it.
  • @Podder - a free podcast client designed for the visually impaired.
  • AudioShell - freeware MS Windows Explorer shell extension plugin which allows you to view and edit music file tags directly in Windows Explorer.
  • BitsCast - freeware RSS/podcast reader that supports both iPods and Microsoft Media PlaysForSure devices.
  • BlogMatrix Sparks! - An all-in-one podcasting solution that lets you record, mix, share, publish, store and listen.
  • CITA RSS Aggregator - a RSS feed reader includes keyword alerts, support for password login, per-channel settings, proxy support, support for RSS enclosures (Podcasts) and a tool to remove persistent adverts from RSS feeds.
  • CustomReader - a customizable podcast client that can be "branded" to match a website.
  • Doppler - Doppler is a podcast aggregator. It’s a tool to subscribe to RSS feeds which supply downloadable files. Doppler will go out and fetch the files enclosed in the RSS feed and will automatically add them to your preferred media player.
  • HappyFish - free podcast client that will automatically sync podcasts to most mp3 players (and ipods too)
  • iPodderX - cross-platform media aggregator that handles podcasts, vlogs and other files distributed using newsfeeds.
  • Juice - (formerly iPodder) Lets users select and download shows and music and to play whenever they want on their iPods, portable digital media players, or computers automatically.
  • Newzee - A feed reader that allows you to create your own news catalog from your preferred sources, that is automatically kept up to date with the latest headlines that are sent from the sources. Newzie features system tray notification (on feed updates), feed statistics, color coding, filtering, search, and support for enclosure (podcast) files.
  • NewzCrawler - news aggregator with built-in podcast receiver
  • nimiq - Nimiq is Windows podcasting client. Subscribe to a podcast and Nimiq automatically downloads audio and video enclosures. Subscribing is easy using the build in podcast directory browser. Download bittorrent files using the built-in bittorrent support.
  • Podcast Amp - free tool that lets you preview and play podcasts.

  • PodNova - offers a custom version of iPodder that supports OPML and integrates with the PodNova site.
  • Podsage - freeware podcast client with large directory of podcasts. Note: we've had a complaint about Podsage installing unwanted software, "a download manager and some kind of shopping program."

  • Podspider - podcast client with integrated podcast directory
  • Prime Time Podcast - features all in the same application an embedded media player, WMP/iTunes playlist support, Automatic AAC bookmarkable conversion for iTunes/iPod users, podcast directory browsing and media list browsing.
  • Pwopcatcher - a free podcast downloader, player and manager application for Windows.
  • Replay Radio - lets you capture podcasts, broadcast radio shows and XM Radio.
  • RSSRadio - easy to use podcasting software for Windows.
  • Synclosure - Synclosure is a RSS aggregator to flexibly download files in enclosures. It supports filter keywords, custom actions and a caching mechanism. (Source code available for other platforms).
  • WinAmp - commercial audio app with free Lite option, supports podcasts
  • Yamipod - freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
  • Ziepod - an easy-to-use toolkit to reach and manage audio-based content published through podcasts.

Sunday, 23 April 2006

Toys & Games Picture Quiz

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Answers: 1. Teddy Ruxpin, 2. Bloggins, 3. Polly Pocket, 4. Spirograph, 5. Frustration, 6. Snarf, Thundercats, 7. Screwball Scramble, 8. Kerplunk, 9. Stretch Armstrong, 10. Mastermind

Picture Quiz: Album Covers, Geography, Movies, TV Characters

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Answers: 1. Crowded House “Woodface”, 2. The Verve "Urban Hymns", 3. Beatles “revolver”, 4. Stand By Me, 5. Terminator 3, Rise of the Machines, 6. South Korea, 7. Greece, 8. Lt Cl, John Hannabil Smith, 9. Tinky Winky, 10. Captain Johnathan Archer

"Name The Movie" Picture Quiz

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"Name The Movie" Picture Quiz Answers
1. Atreyu, Neverending Story
2. Egon Spengler, Ghostbusters
3. Citizen Kane
4. Goonies
5. Evil, Time Bandits
6. Schindlers List
7. Cold Mountain
8. The Big Lebowski
9. Showgirls
10. Waynes World

Thursday, 13 April 2006

How to Video Podcast - Funny French Maid Video

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List of University Podcasts & Webcasts

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Here is a list of university podcasts, webcasts, and OpenCourseWares.

Wayfaring is an interesting way to present the materials but Ive also extracted the list and so here it is in alphabetical order:

Allegheny College Podcast

Arizona State University Podcasts

Australia Broadcasting Corporation Wisdom Interviews

BBC - Reith Lectures

BBC - Challenging the Global Order

BBC - Radio 3 Speech & Drama

BBC - Film4 150 Short Movies

BBC - Sound Archive

BBC - Stephen Hawkings’ 60th Birthday

Berkeley - Webcast.Berkeley

Berkeley - Online Media Resources

Berkeley Multimedia Research Center

Berklee Shares

Buffalo State College Podcasts

Butte College, Media & Distance Learning Centre

Carleton University Vodcast

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

CERN Webcasts (Particle Physics & Related)

Classcaster Law Podcasts

Drexel CoAS Talks

Duke University Mathematics Multimedia

Fathom Source for Online Learning (Columbia)

FETP OpenCourseWare (Vietnam)

Foothill De-Anza SOFIA

Georgetown University Forum

Gresham College Lectures

Harvard Extension School

Harvard - Homeric Odyssey Course

Higher Education Academy Economics Network

International Research Center for Japanese Studies

Japan OCW Alliance

John Hopkins School of Public Health OCW

Library of Congress Cybercasts

LIFESIGN Life Science Videos (University of Glamorgan & Consortium)

Mises Institute

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT World

Monclair State - Furr’s Important Audio Page

MSRI Video

Nobel Prize Lectures

OOPS OCW (Taiwan)

Paris Tech “Graduate School”

Princeton - University Channel Princeton

Princeton WebMedia

Princeton - New Media Center

Purdue BoilerCast

Research Channel

Rice University Webcasts

Rockefeller University Multimedia

Roland Collection Art

Roland Collection Literature & Philosophy

Sommaire Canal-U

St. Edwards’ Philosophy Audio

Stanford on iTunes

Tufts OpenCourseWare

UCONN - iCube Intro to Psychology

UCONN - School of Medicine Core Curriculum Videos

UCLA Webcasts

UNSW Embryology Podcasts

University of Arizona Law Videos

University of Bath - bathPOD

University of British Columbia Podcasts

University of California Television - UCTV

University of Hawaii - ICS101

University of Kentucky - Neo-Latin Colloquia,

University of Lethbridge Globalization Studies

University of Michigan Dental School iTunes

University of Oregon - UO Channel

University of Virginia Podcasts & Webcasts

University of Warwick Podcasts

University of Washington - UWTV

University of Wisconsin - The Havens Center

Utah State University OCW

Vanderbilt VUCast

Vega Science Trust Videos

Washington College of Law Podcasts

Weber State University Podcasts