Lynda.com is Free for OSU, Technically

What is Lynda.com?
Lynda.com offers well organized tutorials on all kinds of software such as the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite, various other multimedia programs, professional development topics, project management, programing languages, and more. To be clear, I don’t work for Lynda.com nor do I get a kickback for endorsing them here. It’s just a really great product, and I’ve gained a lot of advanced expertise all on my own using the tutorials available. You can see all the topics and courses available without logging in, so take a look to see what I mean. You can even watch some of the videos, just not entire courses.

Inside of Thompson Library at OSU. Photo features a staircase overlooking a main floor and several stories of the building with glass walls.

Thompson Library

How do I get free access?
You’ll need a free Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) membership to get free access to Lynda.com. Bring your BuckID to Thompson Library to sign up for a CML membership. You’ll need to fill out a form listing an Ohio address, which should ideally be your home, but could also be your office, dorm or department. After completing the form, you’ll get your CML card and PIN on the spot. Alternatively, you can sign up for a membership at one of the many CML branch locations around Columbus or online. If you choose the online option, you may have to wait up to 10 days for your library card to arrive in the mail.

How do I sign into Lynda.com for free?
Don’t go to Lynda.com and click on the Sign In button like a normal paying user. Instead, visit go.osu.edu/lyndacml, to be prompted Continue reading

Remove Background Noise in Your Video

Research suggests that audio is actually more important than visuals when perceiving the overall quality of your movie. Unfortunately, even when recording in a proper video studio, low levels of background noise will sneak into your recording. It’s usually caused by things we tune out in our daily lives, such as air conditioning or the hum of a computer fan.

screenshot showing where to click to reduce background noise of a video clip

Fortunately, most video editing programs have an audio filter to reduce background noise. Let’s take iMovie for instance, the video editing program that comes standard on all Mac computers. Once you’ve dragged your clip down into the timeline, click on it to make sure Continue reading

Compress Video Before Upload

Once you’ve finished editing your video, you’ll likely export it as a high quality mov, avi, or mp4 file ready to share with the world. It’s done and it’s beautiful, but the file size is HUGE or perhaps you need to have it specifically in mp4 format. Never fear, MPEG Streamclip is here!

This free program does a great job of converting your mov or avi file into an mp4, which makes it compatible with just about any software such as Powerpoint or streaming service such as YouTube. Even if the file is already Continue reading

Save or Transfer an iMovie Project

Although iMovie makes it easy for beginners to create a movie, saving a copy of the project to keep with you or open on a different computer isn’t exactly intuitive. This tutorial is specific to using iMovie on a computer, and does not apply to iMovie for iPhone or iPad. Instructions were written based on the assumption that the project is being saved to box.osu.edu OR a USB drive. However, steps are the same whether you use box.osu.edu or other cloud storage such as Google Drive, and whether you use a USB drive or other physical storage such as a portable hard drive.

Create your movie as usual. Follow the steps below to save a copy of your project. This allows you to open the project on other Macs and continue working on it next time. Continue reading

Tech Tools to Work Smarter

Here are slides to a talk I gave earlier this year at the OSU Administrative Professionals Conference. Tons of recommendations for tools I use in order to cut wayyy down on email, make meetings more efficient, and manage people/projects. Some are OSU supported, and some are not.

*Note: each slide w/ an asterisk is stating the tools I’m about to introduce that accomplish that goal. Each simple slide (black background with large white text) is the particular tool being recommended, so subsequent slides are describing features and ways I use that tool. Although I’ve embedded the presentation into this post, I recommend you flip through the slides here, from Haiku Deck’s website so you can see the presentation notes for context.

Carmen’s Down. How to deal.

You might have heard that Carmen has been on a little unplanned hiatus. Meanwhile, check out these Carmen Alternatives for Coursework. The page outlines alternate ways to accomplish the major functions Carmen provides such as tracking grades, sharing content, and accepting assignments. It’s always stressful when the daily tech we depend on fails us, even though realistically we know that this will happen every once in a while despite the best efforts.

This video always gives me the attitude adjustment I need to take a breather, enact an alternative, and be grateful when my service comes back online.

3D Printing for OSU Coming Soon!

The Digital Union is getting ready to launch a pilot that will make 3d printing available to all current faculty, staff, and students for free! We’re currently working out all the nitty gritty details such as policies, procedures, maintenance, and software. I can’t tell you too much yet, but stay tuned. Here’s a 3d vase we just printed to test out one our brand new MakerBots!

Gray 3d printed vase; very angular. In the background is a word mark on the wall that reads Digital Union, Enarson Classrooms Building.

And as if life couldn’t get any better, I just found that Lynda.com offers seven different courses on 3d printing, so take advantage of your free access to these online tutorials, and we’ll see you in the lab.

 

Make a Video Available to Your Class

Computer generated graphics of lego movie characters fleeing from an explotion in the background.Have a video on disc or tape  you need to make available to your class? Unless you made, and therefore own the copyright to that video, you’ll want to go through a service offered by the Office of Distance Education & eLearning called Secured Media Library. According to the website: Continue reading

Easy Screen Recording on Mac

Screen recording window w/ red record buttonDespite the misnomer, Quicktime Player actually does a lot more than play videos. You can use it to make screen recordings, and it’s oh so easy! Here’s the method I recommend, which involves recording and saving your video using Quicktime, then compressing to an mp4 of reasonable file size using MPEG Streamclip.

Install this software to record from your computer OR reserve time to use the Digital Union recording studio, where we have all the software, hardware, and staff assistance to help you get the job done. Either way, here’s what you’ll need to do. Continue reading