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If you currently have content stored in your Adobe Connect content area you may download it by following these instructions:
- Navigate to your content area
- Locate the content you want to download
- Choose Download Content as shown below
- Go to Download source file(s) and click on the content
- It will be added to the Download folder on your computer and may be uploaded to Box and linked to Canvas from there
Adobe Presenter Files. Presenter files, because they are Flash files cannot be played from Box. They need a web server formatted specifically to stream them across the web.
Users who now rely on the Adobe Connect server to publish and host their files will be accommodated by a new Presenter hosting server at https://its-presenter.unl.edu.
New presentations will be published locally and then uploaded to the Presenter server for streaming as explained below.
For existing Presenter files already hosted on the Connect server, the download process is simple, download the source files from the Download Content area in your Content folder. This will download the entire zip file including everything needed to allow playback from the new Presenter server.
- Do not unzip the folder. Upload it to the new Presenter server https://its-presenter.unl.edu Once the file is on the server a new URL will be created, file and paste it into your Canvas course. VIDEO
- It is possible that depending on how your presentation was originally published that it may not play on the its-presenter.unl.edu server. In this case you may download the Source Files (seen below) from Connect, open in Presenter and re-publish them as a zip file to your desktop and then upload the resulting zip to its-presenter.unl.edu. VIDEO
Archiving Recordings Made In Adobe Connect
In Adobe Connect 9.5, you can convert a recording to an offline copy in MP4 or FLV format. This conversion happens on your local system using the Adobe Connect add-in. On Mac only one instance of add-in can be launched at a time so you cannot attend a meeting while creating an offline recording. On Windows, multiple instances of the add-in can be launched simultaneously so you can attend a meeting while converting one or more recordings offline.
- Login to Adobe Connect Central and locate the recording that you want to convert to MP4.
- Against the recording, click Actions to open the pop up menu and click Make Offline. The recording is opened in the add-in along with a pop-up dialog.
- In the Offline Recording dialog, select MP4 or FLV as an output option. Also, select the quality using either the slider or by customizing the settings of the output by selecting Advanced Options.
- Optionally, to save the Advanced Options as the default, click the check box Set as default.
Note: The set as default option is client specific that means on a specific machine a user can continue to use set defaults. On a different machine, the system default (HD quality) remains.
- Click Proceed with Offline Recording. Browse and save the file in a local folder. The recording will play in the add-in and get converted to MP4. A dialog box pops up when the conversion is finished and provides the details of the actual recording.
Note: The actual quality and resolution of the generated MP4 depends on your system resources and may be equal to or lower than the chosen settings. Check the popup dialog box at the end to find the Resolution and the FPS achieved.
As mentioned above unlike Adobe Connect which used Pods to share various documents such as PowerPoints and PDFs, Zoom sharing is done entirely by sharing one’s screen. If you wish to share a PowerPoint for example, simply open the PPTX and share your screen in Zoom.
While Adobe Connect uses a lot of system resources and bandwidth when using the screen share option, Zoom utilizes resources more efficiently while sharing any kind of document including high definition video with sound.
One drawback to sharing video with Connect was that the video had to be downloaded and converted Flash to have the ability to share both video and the accompanying audio. Zoom does not require this, allowing a user to share a video directly from the internet with sound in full screen at high definition.
As you can see from the screen shot above most of the features found in Connect are also available in Zoom including polling, breakout rooms and chat but Zoom also adds a built in Closed Caption area that allows a user to use a third-party service to create captions as the meeting happens. Chats and Polls may also be saved as Rich Text Documents.
The invitation area in Zoom offers an improved design and integrates with Outlook calendar and Office 365 email. One may also invite attendees on the fly within an ongoing meeting very simply and quickly.
Learning and Emerging Technologies will be offering ongoing in-person training to help users make the transition and on-call support will be available as well. In addition, Zoom itself offers weekly training sessions and has an impressive support and training center.