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August 17, 2007

What is Media Mill?

Have you ever had to delete an old video project to make space for a new one? Have you ever struggled to sort through an overwhelming selection of compression options to share your video with others? Have you ever had to send giant email attachments because you didn't have any other way to distribute your video? If so, then Media Mill is for you!

Media Mill provides you with the ability to archive your full-resolution video projects, without any quality loss, and without a limit on how much content you can add. You can then make use of Media Mill's fine-tuned compression presets and high-speed servers to create compressed copies of your video to share with the world. You don't have to worry about finding somewhere to host the video, because the "Media-Mill" provides you with a link to your content that you can share with anyone.

Media Mill was developed by Colin McFadden of CLA-OIT Video Services, a unit which receives recurring funding from CLA student technology fees. Want to get a look at Media Mill in action? Visit http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu

Video Equipment for Students

Students can checkout video cameras and tripods for academic and personal use from the College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology office located in 110 Anderson Hall on the west bank. This pool of equipment is made possible because of the student technology fees. Visit http://www.claoit.umn.edu/loaners/ to make a reservation.

The 1% Rule

“What is the 1% rule? It's an emerging rule of thumb that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.?

- Charles Arthur, July 20, 2006, The Guardian

Online Course Materials

The 2007 UMN Student Tech Survey showed that 58.8% of students access online course materials at least once a day. That is up from 22.8% in 2001 and 52.7% in 2004. For more results from UMN technology surveys, visit http://dmc.umn.edu/surveys