Can you convert my old media?
At the ITTC we understand that it is not always convenient to pull out the slide projector or drag the VCR caddy out of storage. Nevertheless, we don't want you to have to sacrifice this valuable information just because the media format is outdated. That's why we offer several options for converting older formats of media to new easier to use versions. We can even store your clips/ videos on our media server (see below) so that you can use them in your Blackboard classes just by posting a link! Once the student clicks the link, a new window opens and automatically plays your media file. It's that easy.
Below are just a few of the conversion services that we offer:
- VHS to DVD or storage onto the media server.
- Vinyl Records and cassette tapes to CD, MP3 format, or storage on the media server.
- CD's for storage on the media server.
- DVD's for storage on the media server.
- Carousel projector slides and photographs into digital format.
- We can also help and/ or teach you to edit and convert your video-taped lectures to DVD or you can store them on our media server for use in Blackboard or a public domain. (For security reasons, you must specify that you would like to use the media in a public domain.)
- We can also help you with PowerPoint Presentations.
- We can even show you how to narrate them if you would like.
We have a large faculty-only computer lab for your use which is also available for reservation.View our Digitizing Services Video
Our Multimedia Specialist will be recording and editing your introduction video for your online class(es). We are looking forward to working with you on the project.
Our goal is to aid you in the creation of a video that will serve its purpose with the highest quality that is within our means. To achieve this, we will have to schedule a time and location for the actual recording. Please email us with the time(s) and day(s) you are available to record. The location will be determined by the setup and background that’s chosen. More than likely, they will be recorded in the ITTC office. We are available Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. If there’s any time before 10am or after 4pm that works best for you, inform us of that and something can be arranged. Also, a script or outline should be prepared for the recording (script is best). We will provide you with a sample script if needed.
Because your students won't have much, if any, in-person contact with you, this allows them to see you & know a bit about their instructor. The information doesn’t have to be too in-depth or too personal. It's just enough so the students won't feel like they’re being taught by a robot.
- Name & title/position
- Background (where you grew up, went to school, studied, things enjoy doing away from teaching, why you do what you do, etc.)
You will inform the students of what you hope they get out of the class & what the class consists of. This, as is the first one, doesn't have to be too detailed. It should contain enough information for the student to not enter the online class blindly. Think of it as a ‘condensed video syllabus.’
- Class name
- Overview of what is to be learned (Information, concepts, skills, etc.)
- Overview of how the online class is structured
- Why this is important to the student
- Tips, if any, on how to effectively navigate through, learn from &/or pass the class.
Video Tips and Examples
Model your script as they have. We will only do two unless there is a need for a third. Each video will be three to five minutes long. When it comes to wardrobe, solid colors are best. Avoid tight patterns & thin stripes. Keep colors in contrast to the major color(s) of the location (i.e.: if the office is brown, don't wear brown). Also, red is good in moderation on video. We are all Red Wolves but the camera doesn't know that & would rather see us as the Pink Wolves. A list is linked below with more rules.
If you have any questions or comments, contact us. Our availability if fairly open but others that need videos may be limited. Scheduling is on a 'first come' basis. Please be fully prepared for the shoot when the time comes. Practice the script, your posture & plan your wardrobe.