Software Self-help - Students
List of Topics:
- Recording and Saving Audio Files
- How to Telephone for Students
- How to use WIN TV
- How to rip a DVD using Handbrake
- Microsoft® Frontpage
1. Recording and Saving Audio Files
*Log onto the computer with your University-assigned user-name and password.
- Record your file using SANAKO Duo. Use the shortcut on the lower toolbar to open the program.
- Push the RED button to record. Make sure the microphone is not muted (there is not a red "/"over the headset). Ensure that the microphone is also not muted by the computer as well. You can do this by double clicking on the speaker icon at the lower right of the toolbar and looking at the "Live In" volume bar.
- Save your file. Under File in the Sanako unit, select Save As.
- Save the file to your H: Drive as an .mp3 format according to your professor's instructions. In naming your file, be sure to include your last name. (To save the audio portion of a video source, save the file to your L: Drive as a .dis format.)
- Listen to your recording to verify its quality.
- Open My Computer and double click on the H: Drive. Find your file, right click on it, and select Copy.
- Open the drive and folder where the audio file is to be saved for professor review.
- Right click and select Paste to place your recording into this folder so that your professor can retrieve it.
- Do not delete the file from your H: Drive until you have verified that your professor has retrieved your recording.
- If you need any assistance, ask the TMC assistant on duty
- Note: your professor may want you to send the file to her/him via electronic mail. Simply attach the file to your message for your professor.
2. How To Telephone for Students
- Log onto you computer which allows you to save your audio file to the desktop of the computer or on your H: Drive for eventual emailing to your professor or placement in you class folder on the L: Drive.
- Open up the Sanako Duo.
- Take a look at the Duo and notice that there is a collection of single digits in the middle part of it.
- To Dial another student click on the numbers in correct sequence. Numbers your are dialing that are less than ten (10) have to have zero (0) in front of them.
- Look at the large screen and pick a number of the person whom you wish to contact.
Dial that number.
Ensure that your microphone is not muted before speaking.
- You can regulate your listening volume with the Sanako vertical bar on the right.
- To end your call with a party, click on clear.
- Now you are ready to dial someone else.
- To record your conversation, press the red button on the face of the Sanko Duo unit.
- You can listen to your conversation by pressing on the green button for listening.
- If you want to save your recording, go to file, Save As, select the location where you wish to save the file, make certain that the file is saved as an .MP3, then name the file with your name, and click okay.
3. How to use WIN TV
We generally use WinTV when the teacher wants to feed something, like TV, from the console to students at workstations. This way they can watch on their own computer and capture stills from the media.
- To open WinTV, either click on the TV icon that has the words WinTV located at the bottom of the screen, or go Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Hauppauge WinTV -> WinTV 2000.
- FROM THE CONSOLE, select what the appropriate media you will be viewing. If it is TV, select "VIDEOTAPE" under Program Source in the pull-down menu. Then, click the "Transfer" button.
- Open WinTV from a station and the image should be feeding in. If it is not, make sure that the source at the station is C1 (The source is listed in the lower left hand corner of the window). You can change sources by clicking the thin green button in between Channel Up and Channel Down buttons which are located in the upper left hand corner of the window.
Some other things. For full screen, click the button to the left of the Channel Up and Channel Down buttons and underneath the "WinTV 2000." To exit full screen simply right click.
To take a still, click the SNAP button which is located at the lower left hand corner of the WinTV window. A small picture of the still should appear to the left. Right click it to save it to an appropriate location, such as a student's H Drive.
For captions, click the CC button above Photos. Please note that some channels do not have closed captions.
ATTENTION. When you are finished, make sure to unclick the transfer button at the console.
4. How to rip a DVD using HandBrake
- Insert the DVD or mount the DVD image by opening the image file.
- If DVD Player starts automatically, quit it.
- Launch HandBrake.
- Select the DVD in the detected volume or browse for the mounted DVD image and press Open:
- HandBrake will scan the titles on the disc.:
- Under Destination press Browse:
- Type the DVD name into the Save As box, choose the appropriate folder for the file and press Save:
- Click the Audio & Subtitles tab. Set sample rate to 48. If you have instructions concerning language or subtitles, change those settings accordingly:
- When you are ready, press Rip. The process will take awhile, so please be patient.
5. Microsoft® Frontpage
Before you even start
- Create a folder in your H:/ drive, and call it "public_html"
- All files and pages in your website must be placed within the public_html folder
- Your eventual web address will be "http://home.wlu.edu/~YOURUSERNAME" in lower-case
- Frontpage, like MS Word, automatically brings you to a blank webpage. As you become more accustomed to Frontpage, you will notice many similarities to other Microsoft software, especially MS Word.
- In the bottom-left corner of the Frontpage window, you should see a horizontal bar indicating your 'view' of the webpage. Design view is the easiest and simplest interface to use, especially if you have little knowledge of HTML. Preview view will show you exactly how the webpage should look when viewed in a browser from the internet.
- Use the text and font controls as you would in MS Word. You can insert pictures and WordArt in the same way. (Insert --> Picture --> then make your selection.)
So What's Different from Word?
- New functions in Frontpage include: background, hyperlinks, pictures, horizontal lines, and tables.
- Change the background of your webpage to an image or color (Format --> background)
- To make text link to other pages, highlight it and right click, then select "Insert Hyperlink", or press Ctrl+K. The menu will prompt you to choose the type of hyperlink.
- Images can be made to link to other pages in the same fashion.
- Horizontal lines can be added to create divisions and compartments within your page.
- Tables are the nuts and bolts to a page's design and layout. They are often necessary to ensure that images and text go where you want them to go on your page.
When Creating Tables, Keep the Following in Mind- Tables can have their own background colors.
- Tables have a border between cells that can be made invisible or have their own color as well.
- Cells and Rows can always be modified by right-clicking within their areas in design view, then selecting either table or cell properties.
- Cell spacing is the amount of space between individual cells within a table.
- Cell padding is the amount of space between the outline of a cell and content within a cell.
One More Thing: Your home page within the public_html folder must be named "index"
- The server on which your website is hosted does not instantaneously update information. Please be patient!
- It is suggested that you place all your images within one folder, so that you can keep your public_html folder organized.