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ma2 Hi; Can any one help me on these questions:

1. Using "MM extensions" (ebookpower), how could I create ebook with AUDIO.
(a) - What is the best format (MIDI, WAV, RAM etc).
(b)- What is the best method to record the voice - and best software to use?
(c) Is it good idea to include the voice files into SOURCE folder or outside folder and link using "MM Ext." (A HREF="##AMM.)

Again, the CD I am talking about is a Tutorial CD which may include more than 100 pages of DATA  and most of these pages require some sort of voice to go along
with it.

2. What is the best method to use for Video recording using ebookpower (or Screen Movie Recorder).
(a) is it possible to play Vedio and read the DATA in the CD (I am asking this becouse when the vedio is playing it is impossible to read the DATA unless you
close the video).


Thanks you all.


Posted on: 1:03 am on May 22, 2004
Storyman From your descriptoin I'm not sure exactly what you are trying to achieve. It seems what you may be looking for is TechSmith's Camtasia, which will record screen motion and audio. With Camtasia you can record the video of what is happening on the screen while recording your voice. You can then edit the audio and video.

Having dealt with these types of CBTs, I'd recommend that you invest $100-$150 in a good vocal microphone and possibly another $50-$100 in a small mixer with a pre-amp. The mixer is not absolutely necessary, but will allow you greater control of the recording quality of the audio. (It is best to start with the best audio quality possible because it is impossible to improve the quality of the recorded sound.)

The question of how protected your files will be once the Activ e-book is built is another matter. Frankly, it is unclear if Activ e-books security will shield MM files from prying eyes.

(Edited by Storyman at 11:50 pm on May 23, 2004)


Posted on: 7:43 am on May 24, 2004
ma2 Thanks for your reply, and here is the clarification of what I want to achieve:

1. I have "Screen Movie Recorder" from EbookPower, and whant to use with "Active-ebook-compiler", my question is: is it possible to incorprote the video inside a page or pages of the book? what command to use to achieve that? - I can amnage easly to create a video that can be shown as a seprate page, but I need video whih is a part of the page or showing while you are in the page of the book. - Also what is the best method to use to record a Video using "Screen Movie Recorder".

2.  Over the weekend I managed to create some Aodio using "Audio Mid Recorder", found here:http://www.mp3towav.org/audio-mid-recorder/
and managed to incorprote the page of the book, that seems fine for now, but may question is: do you know better "AUDIO RECORDER' ?.

Hope my queistions are clear and also Sunil may answer.

Thank you all.


Posted on: 3:32 pm on May 24, 2004
Storyman Although I have not done so with Activ e-book, it would appear that it is possible to do what you want to achieve.

To put the video within a page try using tables (do not use frames because you will create other problems for yourself.)

The program I use to record audio is Sound Forge, which was recently purchased by Sony. I am not certain of the current availability.

As for Screen Movie Recorder, it is not a program that I am familiar with. As mentioned in an earlier post the program I use is Camtasia, which will record both the onscreen video and audio at the same time. The program also allows simple editing and transition effects.

Are you using a video editing program to sync up the video and audio? From what you have described it seems that you are recording the video and audio at seperate times, which means that you have to find a way to sync them with some other program.

With Camtasia you can output an AVI (video and audio)file so it can be placed on the HTML page as you would normally. I believe there is a demo version available for download.

In regards to security there is another thread that addresses the issue. It mentions that Activ e-book will remove the temp MM file that it created when opening the e-book.


Posted on: 4:26 pm on May 24, 2004
ma2 Again I appreciate your reply and your suggestions. I really do.

No, I am not recording the video and audio at separate times. The Screen Movie Recorder can record both the onscreen video and audio at the same time. I managed to do that. But still I have problem to put the video within a page.

In the manual accompanied with “Screen Movie Recorder” it only mentioned that when the video is playing you cannot access the page – you must close the video to go back to HTML page.  

The other issue is that: Using Active e-book compiler you can put all HTML files in a SOURCE folder, but E-bookPower (the creator of Screen Movie Recorder & Active e-book compiler) suggested that it will be wise to put all video files into separate folder and link together using "MM Ext." (A HREF="##AMM…..), so that the E-book can start easily from the CD. THE QUESTION IS: is it possible to link a "video file" that is in a separate folder into a "HTML page"? How can you achieve that?

Also in ealier reply you (Storyman) mentioned that “Active e-book will remove the temp MM file that it created when opening the e-book.” What does that mean? How it affects the CD? What can some do about it so solve that?

Thanks

(Edited by ma2 at 6:43 pm on May 24, 2004)


Posted on: 6:39 pm on May 24, 2004
Storyman Although the program you are using suggest that the files be placed in seperate folders Activ e-book does require that ALL of the files be placed in the same folder.

What file type is the media stored in? AVI, MPG4, etc.?

Just to review that I understand the quest. You want the video to display within the page that the viewer is currently looking at--you do not want another window to open to display the movie.

There is another recent thread where the chap had a problem with MM extension in Activ e-book, so be aware that the problem you are having may not be entirely yours.

Basically, you want to create tables to format the page out. Within one of the tables you will place the Activ e-book script which will call the video (see the other thread because the chap gives the code that he used.) It is best if create a table cell that will fit the video without any resizing.

Good to see that the software you are using for creating the videos also records your voice. I'm not sure why you are looking at programs to edit the sound. Depending on the file type you might be able to use something like Adobe's Premier or something less expensive like Pinnacle's Studio 9 (it might be 8). Those programs are used to edit video with sound. If you are doing a lot of this type of work it might be worth the investment.

Regarding the issue about the temp files being destroyed. When the user opens the e-book it creates a temp file on the hard drive--regardless if it is being run from the CD-Rom or hard drive. Since the video files are not encrypted (from my understanding) you don't want them lingering around after the program is closed. Activ e-book removes the temp files it created when the program was opened.

(Edited by Storyman at 11:34 am on May 24, 2004)


Posted on: 7:32 pm on May 24, 2004
EBookCompiler



The other issue is that: Using Active e-book compiler you can put all HTML files in a SOURCE folder, but E-bookPower (the creator of Screen Movie Recorder & Active e-book compiler) suggested that it will be wise to put all video files into separate folder and link together using "MM Ext." (A HREF="##AMM…..), so that the E-book can start easily from the CD. THE QUESTION IS: is it possible to link a "video file" that is in a separate folder into a "HTML page"? How can you achieve that?

We created both programs

The ##AMM are NOT are a separate folder, but commands to play the video in the same (or a separate) folder.  

However you indicate you want to play the video in the page rather than in a window.

In this case:

1. Use ScreenMovie Recorder to record the video

2. Don't use the ##AMM commands for play back.

Instead use HTML tables contain the HTML OBJECT tag to play the video.  The video should be in the same folder as the HTML.  In the SRC attribute be sure NOT to specify a path to the video, just the filename.

For details on the HTML OBJECT tag, look in an HTML reference, e.g. search for HTML OBJECT in Google and you will find dozens of pages on it.  The attributes described for IE are the ones to use


Posted on: 3:24 am on May 27, 2004

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