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January 31, 2008

VideoANT mentioned in the 2008 Horizon Report

VideoANT has received its first publishing in the 2008 Horizon Report as an example of a Grass Roots Video tool most likely to impact higher education in the coming year. It was one of only five video technologies listed! Check out page 12 of the PDF at: Download the 2008 Horizon Report as a PDF

Viewing link is broken (fixed)

UPDATE: The original blog post is still below, but the link is now fixed. If you have any troubles with following either link in your email please leave a comment below!

ORIGINAL POST: I have just noticed that the viewing link is broken. I will be looking at the reason first thing tomorrow to get things up and working again. I will post again when it is back up and running. Sorry for any setbacks this may have caused for anyone.

January 29, 2008

Broken links in email

Today I was notified by some testers that the email links VideoANT has been generating are incorrect. During the migration process the links were not updated to reflect the public URL. If you are experiencing bad links, simply delete “open/? from the address bar after you visit the broken link. Hit enter or “go? again to load the revised URL and everything should load correctly.

Bad email links

Today I was notified by some testers that the email links VideoANT has been generating are incorrect. During the migration process the links were not updated to reflect the public URL. If you are experiencing bad links, simply delete “open/? from the address bar after you visit the broken link. Hit enter or “go? again to load the revised URL and everything should load correctly.

Bad email links

Today I was notified by some testers that the email links VideoANT has been generating are incorrect. During the migration process the links were not updated to reflect the public URL. If you are experiencing bad links, simply delete “open/? from the address bar after you visit the broken link. Hit enter or “go? again to load the revised URL and everything should load correctly.

Bad email links

Today I was notified by some testers that the email links VideoANT has been generating are incorrect. During the migration process the links were not updated to reflect the public URL. If you are experiencing bad links, simply delete “open/? from the address bar after you visit the broken link. Hit enter or “go? again to load the revised URL and everything should load correctly.

January 28, 2008

The legal stuff

Because VideoANT is not hosting your video content, and due to its beta state, I want to remind you that anything you post is considered public domain. Academic Technology Services, the University of Minnesota, and I will
not be held responsible for any material you might post. If you would like to keep your content private, VideoANT may not be the system for you. We also reserve the right to edit content if requested to do so. If this issue should arise, we will contact you prior to making any edits. Make sure you have permission before using video content.

Flash Video Files (*.FLV)

It has been brought to my attention that not everyone is familiar with FLV as a video file type. I thought I would take the time to go through a few ideas and details on ways to get your video content prepared for annotations through VideoANT.

First, I should mention that the URL you paste in VideoANT requires the termination in ".flv". Since VideoANT is still in it's beta stages, we currently only support Flash Video files posted online. VideoANT does not provide hosting or upload capabilities. It is simply a tool that allows you to annotate a Flash Video you have posted on the server of your choice, or a video that someone has shared with you. In the future we will be adding an extensive list of features including support for youtube URL's, and a wider range of video file types, but for the first release we are limiting the types to only FLV.

There are a number of ways to create or acquire FLV's, and I will leave you to finding the solution that is right for you by searching google. Here at the University of Minnesota, we utilize a service through the College of Libereal Arts called Media Mill. It is an online repository developed and supported as a archival video derivation tool that allows for the uploading of original video of any type, and to then produce or convert that video to a video type of your choice. We have been using this system as a means of allowing our faculty and students the ability to host their video content, and transform it into an FLV with short keyframes making them ideal candidates for VideoANT.

There is also the ability to use sites suchas http://www.keepvid.com to download FLV's from sites like Youtube, and to then retitle the file and post it to a server of your choice. From there you are able to use the new URL to your file as a link to point your annotation project at.

Ordering ANTS by time

Currently, the list of annotations (ANTS) will not update order of entries after every change in the marker positions. I believe I know the cause, and will be looking into it in the next few days.

Traveling to ELI

ELI (EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative) has an annual meeting where aproximately 500 attendees from various positions of Instructional Technology gather from around the world to learn about emerging technologies that will likely impact higher education. David Ernst and I will be presenting VideoANT during a two hour innovation demonstration. If you are at the conference, stop by and check us out!

January 24, 2008

New site in development

Over the weekend we will be posting a new Website for VideoANT! We will be including a FAQ's page, getting started guide, a link to this blog, and instructions to watch the new sample video which gives you a real time walk-through of the VideoANT interface. Simply set up a new annotation project at http://ant.umn.edu, add a project title and valid email address, leave the Video URL field as "sample.flv", grab a bag of popcorn, and ENJOY!

Welcome to the VideoANT blog!

Thanks for coming to find out more about VideoANT, a rich internet application that synchronizes a web-based video with an author’s timeline-based text annotations. In the coming weeks I will be frequently posting changes and updates to the interface, features we have planned for the next public beta release, the structure and logic behind the tool, and video best practices. I will also be tracking current bugs to the system. If you have any ideas, complaints, or feedback, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me at ant@umn.edu.