Visual Hub Video Encoding

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The following are instructions for encoding video files from a Canon FS-10 to be uploaded to the Stanford Video ftp server for rtmp streaming.

Go to the Academic Technology Lab, behind the Tech Help Desk in on the second floor of Meyer Library.

Look for ATL Station 3, and turn it on. Say hi to the ATL Manager, Kim Hayworth, if she’s there.

Login with the name and password.

Plug the power into the camera, connect it to ATL Station 3 with the USB cable, and turn the camera on. Make sure that the camera is in video playback mode, then use the joystick next to the screen to select PC Printer. Press the joystick to select.

Once the Canon icon appears on the desktop, open that location, and find the file for the lecture you just captured. It will be a large (>1GB) file with a .MOD extension. Copy that file to somewhere on the local machine.

Move the camera icon to the trash, disconnect the camera and the power cable, and replace everything back in the case.

From the Dock, open VisualHub.


The settings should be as in the screenshot below.


Drag the .MOD file to VisualHub. Start the encoding. It should take 10-15 min.

Once it is done, find the result, an .mp4 file. Rename this to the required name, something like 2011FHSLecture1. If you are not sure, go to the page where you should see the video, look about 2/3 of the way down the page source, and copy / paste to rename the file. Be careful about upper/lowercase.

From the Dock, open Fetch.


Login to the Stanford Video ftp server with the hostname, username, and the password. Make sure you set the connection to use FTP and not SFTP.

Drag the .mp4 file you just renamed to the server in Fetch and wait for the transfer to complete. The transfer usually goes pretty quickly.

You can hang around to make sure that the video plays properly, but the server usually takes 15-20 min to sync.

When you are done, quit Fetch, VisualHub, Firefox, and anything else you might have open.

Finally, shut the machine down.

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