Monthly Archives: November 2008

MovieMaker tip in STV 408

Hey all,

Through some looong frustration in my other class, I discovered how to make the AVI files from the FlipVideo cameras import into MovieMaker. (iMovie is another story I’ll have to deal with later.)

If you’re in STV 408 working on videos and need to import an AVI file from the Flip Cameras, do the following if you’re still getting an error message when trying to import into MM:

  1. plug the camera into the computer
  2. open My Computer
  3. open the FlipVideo drive
  4. open the DCIM folder to reveal the AVI videos
  5. drag whatever AVIs you need to the desktop (or some other location you want)
  6. open MovieMaker
  7. Goto Tools>Options and choose the Compatability tab
  8. click in the check-box for the MPEG4 codec to activate it
  9. Click OK in the Tools window to close it
  10. Goto File>Import into Collections and browse for your AVI file and click OK
  11. Your AVI file should now import into MovieMaker.

Good luck!

group server space now available


You now should have access to a shared space on the student server. When you log into the student server space, there is a folder at the top called /239/ (no slashes; that just indicates that it’s a folder). Inside the /239/ folder are three sub-folders:

  1. narrative (Julie et al’s group — sorry; I didn’t know you weren’t doing a narrative anymore when I assigned the group name)
  2. impact (Jessica et al’s group)
  3. myspace (Matt et al’s group)

Y’all can upload videos there and share them among your group members. Actually, all of you (including andrew) have access to all the other group folders, so don’t screw with anybody else’s stuff — just go in and get what you need if you need it).

Also, I have the tapes Ariana was looking for — they’re in my office. I”m headed in momentarily and will put them in the 408 lab next to the instructor’s machine marked for you when you come in on Sunday.

Thanks to Amos for opening the lab for everyone, Sunday at 5pm. Call him, or me, if you need him to oepn it another time.

Finally, I’m guessing that you don’t need the external hard drives immediately since you now have shared server space, so I’ll order those for backup but will get them online (where they’re cheaper) and have them for next week.

Don’t forget your proposal revisions are due by 5pm today.


using webvpn to access student server space

As mentioned in class, here is how you use the WebVPN from home to access your mounted drive on the student server space.

(1) On your home computer, open Firefox (or another browser — but if you don’t have Firefox, you should get it.)

(2) Go to and login using your ULID and password.

(3) You will see this page, where you should type \lilt-web02 in the Browse window and click Browse (See Figure 1)

Figure 1

Figure 1

(4) The next screen will show two folder options, communications and english. Click english.

(5) Next you will see a list of ulids. Find yours and click on it. It will open your student server folder where you can download or upload whatever files you need. (See Figure 2)

Figure 2

Figure 2

Flip Videos


I downloaded all the BTS footage from the Flip Video camera and uploaded it in AVI form to the class website under Resources. Download as needed, but, yes, it’s 200+ megs of uncompressed video 🙂 I’ll hang a CD of the stuff on the outside of my office door in case anyone wants to peruse it in easier form before class.