Visual Communicator Workshop

Note--MacIntosh users will need to view these videos through Windows Media Player, which is a free download.

I. Startup

1. Click open one of the Visual Communicator templates on the desktop or when inside the program, under the Projects tab.

II. Action Palette Text and Background

1. If you want to change the title, click on the right hand side of the first action tray, so that the Title Graphic on the Actions Tab shows in the lower left area.

2. Click Edit and type in Your Title. Then click on the double arrow to put in your second line of the title. Click done.

3. Click on any of the other action palettes with text and edit them as needed. Also scroll the time line bar down to the end (at 1, 3, or 5 min.) to edit the closing screen.

4. Background. If you are using a V-Screen or either an added animated or still background, click the V-Screen tab and re-click Active to auto-calibrate. Move yourself out of webcam range and click OK. The templates include an animated background.

5. Or you can use any .jpg or .gif image to create your own background. Click the Graphics tab in the lower right window and the drop-down arrow to browse your computer for an image file. Drag the image and place on top of the previous image on the left-hand side of the V-screen.

III. Teleprompter

1. Delete the text in the teleprompter and type your script in its place. If you have a long script, copy it from a word-processor and paste it here.

2.  Right click in the teleprompter area to alter the size of the font.

3. Click and drag each action palette according to how much time you want it to last and in horizontal alignment with your teleprompter script. Drag the scroll speed all the way to the left, so that it is as slow as possible.

4. Click Rehearse. This will scroll through the teleprompter and action palettes. Each action occurs as the pink bar passes over it.

IV. Record and Publish       

1. Click Record. Begin reading your script after the opening screen. Click Stop when finished if necessary.

(Hint--know your script well enough to be able to look directly in the camera. Otherwise your eyes will be going back and forth while you're reading.)

2. Click Review to adjust timings. If you move the Action Trays, you will need to re-record.

3. If satisfied, click Publish. To put the video into WebCT, choose, "Create a webpage with your video embedded." Click next. Uncheck any boxes about style and layout.

4. Click Publish a Windows Media video .wmv, choose the location on your computer where you want to save the video, such as your Desktop, rename it, and then click Next.

5. Click the size your audience requires and then Next. Click Finish and OK.

6. Close the program. When a box appears, saying, Save Current Shown, Click NO.

V. Upload to WebCT

1. You will have three items published:

On a PC, choose all of these (by dragging your cursor around them) and right click and Click Send to … and choose Compressed (zipped) Folder.

2. Open WebCT and inside your course, click Control Panel, then Manage Files. Create a new folder for the video files.

Then click Upload.  Browse for your zipped folder and then Upload again to the newly created folder.

3. Choose the folder by clicking its radio button and clip Unzip.

4. Go back to your homepage and click on Add Page or Tool, and then choose Single Page. Browse for the index.html file of your video and add it to your homepage.

VI. Add a PowerPoint file (optional)

1. Save a PowerPoint file (.ppt) to your computer or other disk.

2. Open one of the PowerPoint templates.

3. Click Browse tab and the drop-down arrow to find your file. Drag your PowerPoint to an empty space on the timeline about 6 seconds below the camera action tray. Each PowerPoint slide is then created.

4. Rehearse. After 1st slide appears, click Pause and write down the time in the left-hand clock, talk about the slide and then note the end time. Repeat by clicking Resume and wait for the next slide, click Pause, etc., until you have a list of all the times for each slide. Click Stop.

5. Drag the camera tray on top and slightly below (overlapping) the first PowerPoint slide. Click on the Actions (left) side of the camera tray. Change Pause Time for the amount of seconds listed in your talk about that slide. Right click Smart Position Next Action. Right click on camera tray and Copy this Action.

6. Find next PowerPoint slide, right click and Paste Action. Repeat the previous Step 5 for every slide. Publish and Upload as described above.