Converting MP3s to MP4s

Hey everyone, this week in my internship I have basically continued with my work from last week.

I’ve received all of the resources I needed from Dr. Lester to create youtube video versions of the Florida Historical Quarterly Podcasts. I’ve been using each individual issue’s front cover as well as the MP3s for the podcasts to crate an MP4 video that will later be uploaded to the website, RICHES MI, and Youtube itself. This process is pretty time intensive, so it has been consuming a lot of the time dedicated to the internship. Each video takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes to make. Dr. Cassanello and I have been using Premiere, a video editing software, to create these MP4s. The program is very intuitive, especially for someone who has had no experience editing or creating video!

I’m also currently still creating bibliographic entries for all of the FHQ Podcasts. Dr. Cassanello recommended this during our initial meeting with the FHQ faculty in May and the presence of bibliographic notes will hopefully let students cite our work in the classroom. Podcasts are inherently hard to cite as most student wouldn’t consider them a source, but if the note is present on the website it will let those students get one step closer to using the podcast as a source. I know plenty of students who stick to typical sources due to their lack of knowledge when it comes to creating citations and pre-generated citations should allow the podcasts to be cited in as many places as possible.

The rest of the work all depends on Mrs. Lee Dotson’s timeline with creating the STARS website. Currently, the website has not been published, nor has anyone been given administrative rights. Once the website is set up, Mrs. Dotson should give Dr. Cassanello and me rights to edit, which will allow for us to put in more specific information as well as the MP4s. With the MP4s on the website, a user will be able to stream the podcast directly from the browser without having to download it.

I’ve alos begun matching the podcasts to a physical location on GoogleMaps. We decided that small maps to show where the articles are talking about would be useful for students and viewers. Giving the podcast a spatial element lets users connect with the material that much more, in some cases they may actualy go visit some of the public history sites mentioned.

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