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Streaming video/audio authoring tools for Mac?

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DMS
I need to create some specifications and budget request for a workstation
(G5) and all necessary hardware and software for authoring online college
courses. The course material would contain short bits of streaming video and
audio, short bits of animation, text and webforms. (I don't have to
consider serving the output)

This has to be done before someone is hired to do the authoring.

What software or specialized hardware would anyone suggest?

So far this is my list: Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional,
Streamline, Dreamweaver, Flash Profesional, Fireworks, Discreet Cleaner,
Sound Studio 2.1.
Am considering Filemaker Pro in case there would be database elements to the
class-online materials

Am told that Macromedia Director would be overkill, that iMovie would be
sufficient and that dual processors would not be necessary for the short
bits (5 mins or less) of video and animation that would be produced.

We already have a digital video camera and will purchase a Epson scanner.

Would also appreciate recommendations for a video capture device for
digitizing short bits of existing videotape.
Jul 20 '05 #1
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DMS wrote:
I need to create some specifications and budget request for a workstation
(G5) and all necessary hardware and software for authoring online college
courses. The course material would contain short bits of streaming video and
audio, short bits of animation, text and webforms. (I don't have to
consider serving the output)

This has to be done before someone is hired to do the authoring.

What software or specialized hardware would anyone suggest?

So far this is my list: Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional,
Streamline, Dreamweaver, Flash Profesional, Fireworks, Discreet Cleaner,
Sound Studio 2.1.
Am considering Filemaker Pro in case there would be database elements to the
class-online materials

Am told that Macromedia Director would be overkill, that iMovie would be
sufficient and that dual processors would not be necessary for the short
bits (5 mins or less) of video and animation that would be produced.

We already have a digital video camera and will purchase a Epson scanner.

Would also appreciate recommendations for a video capture device for
digitizing short bits of existing videotape.


My two pence worth? You mention that the course will be online - I'm not
familiar with your G5 (Apple I guess, yeah?) but I make the assumption
that iMovie will create Quicktime type movies - If this is the case, you
would want to make sure that your client machines can view this. I
don't know if its available for the Apple, but Helix from Real Player
allows you to create their Real Audio/Video without too much grief and
for non-profit use, you can get it for a one year license.

As for camera's/video capture? It depends on the quality that you want
to provide, but some folk can do wonders with good lighting and a simple
web cam...

I hope that offers you something of use...
Jul 20 '05 #2

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On 2/20/04 11:42 AM, in article oqtZb.579726$ts4.157472@pd7tw3no, "Reply via
newsgroup" <re****************@please.com> wrote:
DMS wrote:
I need to create some specifications and budget request for a workstation
(G5) and all necessary hardware and software for authoring online college
courses. The course material would contain short bits of streaming video and
audio, short bits of animation, text and webforms. (I don't have to
consider serving the output)

This has to be done before someone is hired to do the authoring.

What software or specialized hardware would anyone suggest?

So far this is my list: Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional,
Streamline, Dreamweaver, Flash Profesional, Fireworks, Discreet Cleaner,
Sound Studio 2.1.
Am considering Filemaker Pro in case there would be database elements to the
class-online materials

Am told that Macromedia Director would be overkill, that iMovie would be
sufficient and that dual processors would not be necessary for the short
bits (5 mins or less) of video and animation that would be produced.

We already have a digital video camera and will purchase a Epson scanner.

Would also appreciate recommendations for a video capture device for
digitizing short bits of existing videotape.


My two pence worth? You mention that the course will be online - I'm not
familiar with your G5 (Apple I guess, yeah?) but I make the assumption
that iMovie will create Quicktime type movies - If this is the case, you
would want to make sure that your client machines can view this. I
don't know if its available for the Apple, but Helix from Real Player
allows you to create their Real Audio/Video without too much grief and
for non-profit use, you can get it for a one year license.

As for camera's/video capture? It depends on the quality that you want
to provide, but some folk can do wonders with good lighting and a simple
web cam...

I hope that offers you something of use...

Please please please, stay away from Real, the Internet could really do well
without it. Nothing ever opens for me using Real on a Mac, and I remember
the fun times spent using Real player on my old windows 98 machine. Once
installed it tries to take over your machine! The more people who use
Quicktime or even Windows Media Player the better.

Jul 20 '05 #3

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"Chris Koehn" <ch********@shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:BC655E37.3E1A%ch********@shaw.ca...
On 2/20/04 11:42 AM, in article oqtZb.579726$ts4.157472@pd7tw3no, "Reply via newsgroup" <re****************@please.com> wrote:
DMS wrote:
I need to create some specifications and budget request for a workstation (G5) and all necessary hardware and software for authoring online college courses. The course material would contain short bits of streaming video and audio, short bits of animation, text and webforms. (I don't have to
consider serving the output)

This has to be done before someone is hired to do the authoring.

What software or specialized hardware would anyone suggest?

So far this is my list: Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional,
Streamline, Dreamweaver, Flash Profesional, Fireworks, Discreet Cleaner, Sound Studio 2.1.
Am considering Filemaker Pro in case there would be database elements to the class-online materials

Am told that Macromedia Director would be overkill, that iMovie would be sufficient and that dual processors would not be necessary for the short bits (5 mins or less) of video and animation that would be produced.

We already have a digital video camera and will purchase a Epson scanner.
Would also appreciate recommendations for a video capture device for
digitizing short bits of existing videotape.
My two pence worth? You mention that the course will be online - I'm not
familiar with your G5 (Apple I guess, yeah?) but I make the assumption
that iMovie will create Quicktime type movies - If this is the case, you
would want to make sure that your client machines can view this. I
don't know if its available for the Apple, but Helix from Real Player
allows you to create their Real Audio/Video without too much grief and
for non-profit use, you can get it for a one year license.

As for camera's/video capture? It depends on the quality that you want
to provide, but some folk can do wonders with good lighting and a simple
web cam...

I hope that offers you something of use...

Please please please, stay away from Real, the Internet could really do

well without it. Nothing ever opens for me using Real on a Mac, and I remember
the fun times spent using Real player on my old windows 98 machine. Once
installed it tries to take over your machine! The more people who use
Quicktime or even Windows Media Player the better.

Yes.. those people at Real are the greediest bunch of assholes on the
planet. Their software does take over your machine anbd it sucks bigtime.
they simply can not compete with Apple and MS. I wish they would just go out
of business already.
Jul 20 '05 #4

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