The majority of video and audio content delivered on the web has transitioned to HTML5 over the past 2 years. The compression process has gotten simpler as long as you take into account, remembering to compress your content and following a couple of simple guidelines. In order to deliver optimal content across devices we have two simple ingredients:
- Downsample the audio from stereo to mono
- Switch from 44khz to 22khz
- Use the MP3 codec at 64 kbit/s for the bit rate
When authoring content, whether you are using a tool or building in html you want to create a workflow to insure you will be able to easily update, edit and swap out audio or video assets based on your needs. Selecting a workflow where assets are external and named for understanding a week, month or year after you have launched your project will help to insure you can quickly identify and update assets as needed.
Tools to Check Out
There are dozens of tools that can be used for audio and video compression, here’s a short list of what I use daily:
Handbrake.fr – a free opensource video transcoder for
Check out and learn what inspired Susan Kare’s original mac icons. Remember they fit on a disk.
One of my favorite parts of eLearning Guild events is DemoFest. During Learning Solutions last week, it provided an opportunity to look, learn, share and hear what worked, what didn’t and how a project evolves from concept to launch. There were over 50 tables to visit, and you learn about this year’s favorites on a complimentary Best of DemoFest Webinar on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 AM PT.
We’ll be presenting our project which won an award for Best Social Collaboration Solution for Community Dashboard for C-Suite Idea Exchange.
Register below to learn about the award-winning projects in several categories and get some great ideas to apply to your work!
Watch the Recording at https://www.elearningguild.com/olfarchives/1586/best-of-learning-solutions-demofest-2018/
Whether you are experimenting with an idea, developing a new interactive experience you can now utilize Google’s Poly in your app or while using TiltBrush to pull together an idea quickly, storyboard a concept or just play around. Learn more at Google’s developer site or watch the quick video for a quick overview of how developers are using it.
Most games today, focus on telling a story, providing a puzzle or provide you with a challenge. As you advance, you can level up, saving your progress or restarting from the last point. This new game by Bennett Foddy offers the complete opposite where he provides impossible gameplay and forces you to lose everything and start over. Good, bad, or just something you need to try because it is just different. Why not?
We moved to Zoom last month and loving it. I work with several teams every day brainstorming, reviewing, and focusing on creating new experiences for our audiences. We had been a Webex house for several years and during a recent visit to San Francisco last month saw a billboard with Zoom.US on it and decided to check it out. Wow, it is powerful, what I love in the first couple weeks:
- Using an iPad Pro in a meeting with an Apple Pencil to quickly communicate, highlight, sketch or visualize a concept while someone is sharing their screen. Great for quick feedback and communication. Previously, would have to switch presenters, files or take a picture we can now focus on the creative side. (Quick video highlight below demonstrates remote view, while I am drawing on an iPad, viewers can see the highlights, and we can brainstorm the user experience.)
- Recording can be automatically saved to your desktop or the cloud and shared immediately.
- Quick visual feedback with icons or via chat.
- No problem sharing an invite and having first-time users view in their browser or quickly install and video chat with no roadblocks to date (using with several users around the world.)
Register today for the free Best of DemoFest webinar on Nov 15, 1pm EST via @eLearningGuild #DevLearn
Register today for the best of DevLearn 2017 DemoFest Webinar where you can learn about the winning solutions and what worked, lessons learned and gain some inspiration for your next project.
Excited to be attending and participating in this week’s DevLearn. If you are new or experienced attendee, 5 reminders of things to check out at the event.
HYPERDRIVE – Tuesday 3.30-6.30pm, this is a fun in-depth look at several select projects where you learn about the challenge, problems, outcomes and lessons learned. I love this session herding about what worked, what didn’t; and seeing real projects and thinking what I might apply to a future project. Each project is scored by a panel and 3 projects will be selected to present a more in-depth version on Wed.
Morning Buzz 7:30 – 8:15 – Get up and connect with the community about the latest topics and trends to have a conversation and share your insights, Wed-Friday.
DevLearn HyperDrive Showcase 1.15-2.15pm – Whether you were able to attend HyperDrive or not, check out this session for a little more time and insight on the winning projects. Must watch for ideas and inspiration.
The Guild’s keynotes have been amazing in recent years, but especially loved Glen Keane earlier this year at Learning Solutions and walked away inspired and excited about what we do. Whether you have seen him or not, if you want to be inspired and get a creative boost attend his keynote 4.15-5.15 on Embracing Technology-Based Creativity.
DemoFest – With each eLearning Guild major conference, attending DemoFest on Thursday evening from 4-6 will showcase over 80 tables where you can learn about projects that were using in VR, Mobile, Onboarding, Academic among other themes. This is a great opportunity to connect with peers and learn about what they did, what worked and what didn’t and while listening and viewing think about what you like, what you don’t and what might apply to your next project.
Hope to connect, share and swap notes!
Get the most out of your conference experience by starting with this morning brainstorming session with award-winning eLearning expert Nick Floro. You’ll explore design trends and walk away with resources, tips, and techniques to help you build your next generation of learning.