Fall 2014 Tech Clinics Announced

Have you been working on CLE or multimedia projects this summer in preparation for fall courses? If you have, I am sure you have questions or even better, want to share some of the great work that you have done. Just in time for the Fall 2014 quarter, we are excited to announce dates for the upcoming Tech Clinics offered through the Learning Technologies Group and UCSF Library. You can register for a Clinic today on the Tech Clinics page. Continue reading

iMovie 10: New Workflow

imovie-10-icon In our previous post, we discussed important changes to the most recent version of Final Cut Pro, and how those changes affect your video editing workflow. In this post we will have a similar discussion about the changes to the new version of iMovie.

The latest version of the application is iMovie 10, and it is installed on each of the Mac workstations in CL240 and CL245. It is a simple yet powerful video editing application that has undergone a number of makeovers in the past few years. Improvements in version 10 include a refined interface, color matching features, native file editing (no more waiting for an import to finish before you can start editing), ability to export to MP4, and the use of a new “library” file to manage your projects.

It is very important to understand the new library method for file management, because all of our workstations in the Tech Commons area are “locked down” and files are erased upon reboot! Continue reading

Final Cut Pro 10.1: New Workflow

In the 4th quarter of 2013, Apple released a new version of its operating system (see previous post on Mavericks). Following that update, Apple also updated a number of their apps, including a “point” update to Final Cut Pro X. The application was updated from version 10.0.9 to 10.1. This update to Final Cut Pro is significant, because it fundamentally changes how project files are managed and archived. Both Mavericks and the new version of Final Cut Pro are available on each of the Macs in the Tech Commons, CL240 of the Parnassus Library.

This is especially important to users of our multimedia workstations, because our local hard drives are “frozen” and erased every night. So if you don’t properly manage your projects, you could lose your work! Continue reading

Need a Cure? LTG Tech Clinics Announced!

tech_clinics_logo3The Learning Technologies Group is thrilled to announce the launch of Tech Clinics, which consists of two separate, all-day, collaborative learning events held on the first and fourth Friday of every month. All Clinics will take place in CL-245 Multimedia Multipurpose Room in the UCSF Library Tech Commons. Below is additional information and registration instructions for each Clinic. Continue reading

Spellchecker Workarounds for the CLE Text Editor

Spellchecker graphic

Recently, you may have a noticed that the spellchecker icon in the CLE’s text editor has completely vanished! How could this have happened, you ask? The short story is that Moodle (the e-learning platform that powers the CLE) was borrowing Google’s Spell service, which Google has now discontinued.

Nevertheless, this begs the question: what will those of us who perpetually misspell words like “rhythm” or mix up whether it’s the “i” or the “e” that comes first do to cope and keep our pride intact?

No worries, everyone! There are some handy workarounds that are already built into internet browsers. Pfew! Take a look at the chart below or follow the Spellcheck support document created by LTG to determine the steps you can take to view spelling suggestions for any misspelled words you find in the CLE text editor (depending on whether you use a PC or Mac computer and which internet browser you use).

PC

Internet Explorer (v9) Unfortunately, there is no shortcut
Firefox (v24) Ctrl-RIGHT-click
Chrome (v30) Ctrl-RIGHT-click

Mac

Safari (v6) Ctrl-click
Firefox (v24) Ctrl-click
Chrome (v30) Ctrl-RIGHT-click

Please note these are the functions of the latest versions of each browser, so results may vary if your browser is not up to date. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these shortcuts and we’ll be sure to let you know if the spellchecker once again becomes available as a built-in feature of the CLE!