Help

Table of Contents

Storemedia being supplanted by MediaSpace

With MediaSpace having the ability to protect and restrict access to media as well as being able to adapt deliver of media to work with different devices and bandwidth it just makes sense to transition to the newer platform. Been a good run but technology marches on.

The media already on Storemedia is not being removed but people are encouraged to use the migrate feature of Storemedia to copy their media to MediaSpace and replace Storemedia links with MediaSpace links to the copied material.

Storemedia will continue to accept packages of the sort Presenter or Camtasia Studio generate because these collecion of files are not yet handled by MediaSpace.

File types and compatibility

media
file type \ Delivery
streaming download
only podcast iTunes/iPod
.mov (hinted)
.rm  
.ra  
.rmvb  
.wmv  
.wma  
.mov  
.mp3  
.mp4 H.264 only
.m4v  
.avi    
.mpg/.mpeg    
.swf    
.flv  
content package
(Camtasia, Breeze)
   

Streaming

Streaming media allows small portions of the media file to be continuously downloaded, played and discarded, creating a 'stream' of video and audio. This hampers efforts to save the media to disk (though not impossible) and is a good solution if you do not want your audience to make a copy of the file. The quality of streaming media depends greatly on the quality of the network connection -- inconsistent or slow network connection will result in stop-and-go, drop and skip frames, or low quality streams.

Download

Incrementally downloads the media file and stores the entire file on your audience's machine, to be played back at their convenience. Since the playback is not dependant on network speed, it is the preferred delivery method for files which require high quality media or for connections with inconsistent speed.

Certain media players support a progressive download method, playing the front portion of the media while the reminder downloads. This saves your audience some wait time, but a common problem occurs with inconsistent network connections is that the playback catches up with the download and stalls.

A podcast can be created by combining a downloadable file with an RSS feed.

Podcast

Podcasting is a way to make available media files as a subscription, enabling your audience's podcast clients to download your media files regularly. It requires an rss feed (syndication/subscription) and a set of media files. A subset of podcasts works with iPods and iTunes.

iTunes/iPod

In order to play your media files on iTunes and iPods, they must use the video formats H.264 or MPEG-4, and have file formats of either .m4v, mp4 or .mov. For audio recordings, compress using MP3 audio format and use .mp3 for the file format.

Files created for iTunes and iPods may belong to a podcast, or be downloaded and played separately.

Uploading a file to your download or streaming area

To upload a file directly to the download or streaming area, click the "Upload File" link in the appropriate areas.

upload tab

Click the "Browse" button to locate the file on your computer, and then click the "upload" button. Note: To upload files from other websites, you must first save the file to your computer, and then upload the file from your computer to StoreMedia. You are responsible for obtaining and adhering to permissions from their copyright owners.

Creating a folder and adding files

To create a folder, click the "Make Folder" link. Name your folder and click "create".

make folder tab

The folder will appear on the page immediately. You can also create folders within folders.

folder created

To add files to a folder, click into the folder and you will see the folder's content.

folder content

While you are in this folder, click the "Upload File" link and upload your file into this folder.

Obtaining the link to your media file

"Show Link" provides a direct URL to be inserted into a HTML page as a link. Your audience can then click on this link in their browser to stream or download and play your media file.

To generate the URL, click on the "Show Link" link under the corresponding media file.

Copy the entire the URL and paste it in email, websites or ANGEL editor as desired.

Edit the file or folder name

To edit the name of a file or folder, click on the "Rename" link under the name of the file or folder.

rename link

rename text

A box will open with the current name of your file. Make any changes to the file name and click the "rename" button at the bottom right hand of the box. Your file name will change to reflect the modifications made. If you have linked to this file or folder previously, remember to update all its references.

Creating feeds on the RSS page

Let students subscribe to your RSS feeds, and be updated with the newest material as you add new media.

Go to the RSS page on the top left.  You already have one default RSS feed, named "[userid] default." To add another feed, click "New RSS feed".

new rss

Add a title and description -- this is the general title for your feed, e.g., "all lectures", "photoshop tutorials". You may want to enter a Feed Publish Date so that the feed is only available after this particular date. The contact email will the email your students use to email you.

Also available are the options to get a warning message if you restrict your RSS feed to contain only files playable in iTunes (.mp3, .mp4, .mov). A "podcast" feed can contain any kind of media file, and the "feed" setting expands it further to all kinds of links, including web pages and files.

feed warnings

Your new feed will appear on your RSS page once you click "create.".

new feed

Linking to files from the RSS feed

To add a feed item to the RSS feed, click on the RSS feed to list all the items under this feed. Click on "New Item" at the top of the page.

new feed item

Add a title, description and the url for the item you wish to link. Click the "add" button, and you will see your new item. You may go back and edit the link information and url at any time by clicking the "edit" button under the link title.

rename feed item

Linking to files from the streaming and download pages

Alternatively, you can add items to your RSS feed directly from the streaming and download pages. Go to the page containing the media file you wish to add, and under the media file name, click the "RSS add" tab, and a box will pop up allowing you to title the feed and add a description.

add to feed from download

From the Feeds dropdown menu, choose the RSS feed, and click the "add" button. This media file will now be listed in the feed.

Sharing folders and rss feeds with others

You can share your folders and feeds with other users on StoreMedia. When you share a folder or a feed, you share all the contents of the folder or feed. In order to share a particular files or feed item, create a new folder or feed for it.

Under the options listed beneath the folder or feed you wish to share, click the "Share" link. If you do not see any options beneath a folder, it is a folder shared with you by someone else and you cannot change its permissions.

folder menu

This will open a new window. Type in the MSU NetID of the user you wish to share the content with and select their permissions.

share folder

Click the "Add" button and the folder icon will change to reflect that this content is being shared with other users. A folder with this same icon will show up in the person's folder you have shared with.

shared icon

You can use this "share" link to change or delete their permissions.

Create a podcast with rss feed and subscribe to it.

A podcast is an RSS feed linking to downloadable media files. The RSS feed pushes your content to your audiences by updating the subscribers of newly available media files.

1. Create a video or audio file

Follow the instructions for creating PowerPoint presentation, video and audio recordings under Creating Media Files. If you intend for your audience to play them in iTunes or on iPods, save your audio files as .mp3 or .aac, and your video files as .mp4, m4v or .mov.

2. Upload file

Upload your file(s) to the "Download" section of StoreMedia. The file names might be renamed to be compatible with media players.

upload

3. Syndicate using RSS feed

For every media file you uploaded, use the "RSS Add" tab to add this file to your RSS feed. A default RSS feed has been created after your MSU NetID. Click on the "RSS Add" tab under the file, fill in the information, and pick the default feed.


To view or edit the RSS feed, switch over to the RSS Feed area and click into the RSS Feed folder. You can also create new feeds here.

rss page
rss folder

Media files links can also be added to the RSS feed by clicking into the 'folder' of the feed. You will have to retrieve the link from the media file manually and add it.

4. Distribute RSS feed

Use the "Show Link" tab to copy the url and post it to ANGEL, or email to your audience:

show link

5. Subscribing

On the audience's end, they have received the RSS feed from your email or copied it from a website. They can subscribe and play it using a podcast aggregator such as iTunes or Juice.

In iTunes preferences, -> Advanced tab -> Subscribe to Podcast...

itunes subscribe

In Juice -> Subsciption tab -> "Add new feed" green plus icon.

juice subscribe

6. Updating

Subscribing is a one-time operation. Once subscribed to the podcast, the podcast aggregator can be configured to check for new material regularly, or on-demand.

In iTunes, select "Podcasts" from the Library on left, and then click on the "Refresh" button on the bottom right to check for updates; or set it to automatically update in iTunes preferences.

itunes check manual
itunes check automatic

In Juice use the "Check for new podcast" green double arrow button; or the "Scheduler" clock icon.

juice check manual
juice check automatic