Fall 2011

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Other Notes

Apple iDVD Revisited,
Part 2

Low Cost or Free Applications that All Teachers Should Have



The City and County of Denver is conducting a group of workshops for creatives and curative businesses. These workshops will be held each Saturday 9 a.m. - Noon from September til December 2011. The cost is $10.00 per session. For more information or to registration visit Create Denver Workshops.


With each edition of the Multimedia Resource Center's Newsletter, we will provide teaching / learning resources. These will be on the web site but are noted in this publication to give them more attention.

This material on "iDVD" you may use or you may share with your students.


•iDVD Themes

•DVD Theme Pak (some free)

• Rocket Download


• University of Utah

• iMovie 09 and iDVD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide

• Apple Training Series: iLife 08 Apple

Other Notes

Comcast Jumps into Education

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Comcast, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced a program aimed at providing low-income families in Colorado with Internet access and lap tops at reduced prices.

Families with school students who qualify for free school lunch, now qualify to have Internet at $9.95 per month and lap tops for $150.

David Cohen, a Comcast spokesperson, says almost 50,000 Denver Public School students, and over 250,000 students in the the state of Colorado will qualify for the program called Internet Essentials. The program will also provide free digital literacy classes to the families.


Ron Bruner of the Multimedia Resource Center.

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Apple iDVD Revisited, Part 2

Tags:Apple iDVD, Key Features, Modify and create new iDVD themes, Education, Teaching.

This is the second of three articles on customizing Apple's iDVD. In the first article (see: Apple iDVD revisited, Part 1), we altered the semi-transparent apple window logo and made a new custom window logo complete with color. In this article, we shall learn to create new and simple themes.

iDVD 11 installs with theme packages 5, 6 and 7. These themes are very well designed images, but they have very limited "Drop Zones." Drop zones are areas within the theme to place or "drop" images, photographs or videos. With limited drop zones, the end product still looks the same but with different images here and there.

The default theme is a great example of this. This is a beautifully well designed theme of swirling images and text. It has two drop zones but with everything filled it still looks the same.

The Simple Way

Open iDVD and go to the themes pull down menu. Select all. Scroll down the dropdown menu and select the Lavender theme. If theme packages 1 thru 4 are installed, Lavender will open. Skip down two paragraphs. If this lavender is grayed out, clicking it. should produce a dialogue box prompting an upgrade which will install the missing theme packages.

If this doesn't install the older themes, I have provided a copy at Mmrresourcecednter.org. To install these new themes, go to Library > Application Support > iDVD > Themes. Drag the iDVD 1, , .3 and 4 into the theme folder.

Now, open the Lavender theme. Notice that there is no drop zone. The total image can be replaced by another other image.

Create a graphic image, minimum size 6 X 9 inhes—for this example, I chose an image of the Doors. Drag and drop the new image on the Lavender Theme. Change the text to fit the theme. Drag in the video buttons. Now you have a totally customized and new theme.

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Low Cost or Free Application That All Teachers Should Have

Each year, as school begins, I find myself gravitating to a few select applications to help prepare me to prepare my lessons and I thought I might share them with you.

Before I begin, I am going to make certain assumptions. There are numerous media playing applications, plug-ins, etc. that should be installed on all computers. Adobe's Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Air, Shockwave Player, Apple Quicktime for the PC, Flip4mac for the MacIntosh and VLC Player should complete the list.

Here is the list. If you have others that you use please feel free to share them with me. You may e-mail me at the Multimedia Resource Center.


FireFox (free) is my browser of choice. It's not because Internet Explorer or Safari are very adequate browsers, but neither has the vast number of plug in helpers the are available for FireFox. So go to Mozilla and download a free copy of FireFox.

Download Helper

Install and open FireFox. In the Address bar type plug ins. In the Mozilla plug ins (free) search bar type download helper. Click install.

This is a fantastic little plug in that allows the download of all YouTube videos and about 80% of all other videos on the web. This is a real plus. Instead of linking to a video and hoping the bandwidth and the connection allows it to play, this material can be played directly from the hard drive.

Any Video Converter and/or Kigo Video Converter

Many of the videos that download from the internet are in an FLV format and VLC player will show them, but often I need to change the file format. Any Video Converter (free) and/or Kigo Video Converter (free) will convert almost any video to other common file formats. I prefer Any Video Converter as it seems to encode a little more rapidly.

ScreenFlick. HyperCam or CamStudio

ScreenFlick ($25) is a simple-to-use, razor sharp screen recorder for the Mac. For PC try HyperCam ($42) or CamStudio. Neither gives the clarity of ScreenFlick but they do a great job for the money.

The first usage of this is obvious—creating short videos of software operations but I find I use my screen recorders for much more. There are many video examples that are not downloadable. More and more, I find that I use the screen recorder to capture these videos to show them in class.

Audio Recorder 3.2.2

"What about sound?" would be a good question. Audio Recorder 3.2.2 (free) is the answer. This extremely small, Mac only, application records in both mono and stereo. It's especially useful to create quick down-n-dirty audio podcasts. It's also useful to capture music, speeches and other sounds to use in any media. As of yet, I haven't found a PC equivalent.

SoundConverter and/or Switch

Much like video files, sound files need a format change. Got a Wav that needs to be a Mp3— SoundcConverter ($10) and Switch (free for Mac $30 for PC) are the applications for this job. Switch is free but, I prefer SoundConverter as it offers many more file format for conversions. Whatever file format that is needed, this application will probably be able to makw the conversion.


iTunes (free) is a part of the Apple system on the Mac, but it is a free download for the PC. In addition to being a mild converter for both video and audio files, the Apple Store has the largest library of educational video and audio podcast on the internet. For other podcast libraries, many of which can be used in the classroom, go to the Multimedia Recourse Center.

iMovie and Premiere Elements

The last applications, and one of the most expensive, are iMovie (free on the Mac) and Premiere Elements ($79 educational). A video editor is essential to cut, combine or rearrange videos that are downloaded the internet to use in the classroom.

That's my list. If you have additions or other applications that you use often as an educator, feel free to contact me.

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