Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tired of Buffering?

When you play video clips in lessons or presentations, does the video stop playing to buffer? This can be a frustrating experience and takes up valuable class time. Buffering occurs so that a portion of the video can be pre-loaded into temporary storage on your computer. If your connection is overloaded, at its peak, or not a high-speed enough connection then buffering can leave you with a sporadic series of jerky clips.

One Possible SOLUTION: Download the video to your tablet or storage device in advance. This will allow the video to play without accessing the internet, thus avoiding the buffering.

If you are using DISCOVERY EDUCATION or LEARN 360 to access video footage, it is quite easy to download the video since there are built in downloading features in both products. However, if you get your footage from a site like YouTube, another tool will most likely be needed.

Provided below is one online downloader program that is free and easy to use.

 There is no software to download/install to use KEEPVID. 
  1. Simply go to the site.
  2. Enter the link of the video you want to download.
  3. Click Download (located at the end of the link you entered).
  4. Select one of the file types you want to download.
  5. There will be a pop-up window at the bottom of your screen. Use the menu arrow next to the Save button and select Save As. Then choose where you want to save the file and click Save.
The table below shows file types available from KEEPVID and provides a brief description.

A good time to download footage is during NON-School hours, during evening hours and on weekends. After you download footage a few times you will start to see certain times that work better than others.

Basic use of internet searching and websites does not use extensive amounts of bandwidth. But on the flip side, there are bandwidth uses that "hog" larger amounts of this resource. Some "bandwidth hogs" include streaming video, many online gaming sites, online music and uploading or downloading large files/amounts. Keeping these uses of bandwidth to a minimum during class periods would be a HUGE help.

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