Speeding video uploads

Untitled DocumentWhen a video (eg; in AVI format) is uploaded to the server, software within the edudigi platform converts that video to a file format call Flash (file format ‘.flv’). Flash is a technology that can stream and deliver good quality video while compressing the file size – typically between 30 – 50 times. It’s important we do this in order to make the system workable – and affordable! The problem with this type of file is that *you* must wait a l-o-n-g time for the upload to finish – then wait a further time while the server converts the video to Flash.

So – simple premise ... if you produce the Flash format video on your PC *before* uploading, the upload time will fall by a factor of 30-50x *and* you will also save the time the server would take to do the conversion to Flash. Another benefit of converting to Flash before upload is that, you are also able to upload Flash videos directly into blog and mixed media web pages created here.

A free software utility [Any Video Convertor – Free edition - http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/] can convert DV format AVI files you currently produce from your video editing software and convert them to a working Flash format. For your convenience, a copy of the *PC only* installer of this program has been stored on theprimarychannel server and can be downloaded by clicking this link.

When you download the file 'avc-free.exe', save the file in a location on your PC (or network share) where you can access it. Once downloaded, double-click the file name to launch the installer and follow the simple install process.

Once installed, launch the program and you should see a screen like this:

AVC FREE start screen

Getting ready to convert

Before you convert your first video, there are a couple of steps you need to perform to setup the AVC-FREE software:

  1. First, set the output folder by clicking the "File" menu in AVC-FREE then clicking the "Set Output Folder" item. When the dialog box appears, navigate to a folder on your machine where the encoded videos should be saved - the software will automatically create a sub-folder within this folder (called 'FLV' if you do everything right) where the converted files will be saved.
  2. Next you need to set the "Profile" of the converted video - this should be set to "Flash Video Movie (*.flv) from the drop-down at top-right of the AVC-FREE window, like this: AVC-FREE profile selection
  3. Finally, you need to make one change to the "Video Options" section to specify the output dimensions of the converted file. If you are using wide-screen cameras, set the "Video Size" to 512x288 - if you are using older 'square format' (4:3 format) cameras set the "Video Size" to 360x288 like this: AVC-FREE set video size
  4. DO NOT make any other changes to the settings.

Converting files

As soon as you have finshed the setup instructions above, you are ready to convert video files. It is possible to convert a number of video files in one pass - the software will let you know how it is progressing.

To start, either press the "ADD VIDEO" button or drag video files from your file explorer into the AVC-FREE window.

Once you have files in the window, press the "ENCODE" button and .. that's it!

The program will convert the files, placing the converted copies in the folder you set earlier. You can then uploaded the Flash ('.flv') files directly to a project or insert them in a web page or blog post..