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ICTP Workshop 2007/Useful Links

Please note that the present pages on the ICTP workshop were obtained from a mediawiki used during the workshop. There may be a number of links that go to missing pages, and other inconsistencies. Much of it is also very informal, and should be seen as workshop notes!ICTP Workshop 2007/Category:Links


[edit] 1 Collections of links elsewhere

[edit] 2 Legal Issues

It's essential to understand rights, and Creative Commons.

Legal information about podcasting in particular, but this applies equally well to other types of media:

You might also be interested in the legal guide for bloggers:

[edit] 3 Media: html, pdf, images, audio, video

Some of the links are marked '(UBMB)' which means that you can get this package by looking for it through the synaptic package manager built into Ubuntu (possibly requiring the Medibuntu repository). Where a link has been marked 'UBdeb' it means that a stand alone Ubuntu 'deb' package exists (that's not part of a repository. You need to install these with a package manager individually.

[edit] 3.1 Web design

Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us If you haven't seen it, go see it!

RSS, Podcast specifications:

[edit] 3.2 pdf handling

ICTP Workshop 2007/User:Jan/BlogEntry: 2007 December 07 08:36:49 UTC

When a presenter shows up with a Powerpoint (YUCK!) and you want a podcast, you can

  1. export it to PDF ( can do this)
  2. use PDF Toolkit to burst this into a page per slide
  3. use the pdftotext comand to make a text version of each page (this command could be supplied by poppler-utils or might be bundled in another package like xpdf on older distributions, see wikipedia's entry)
  4. use ImageMagick to convert each page from PDF to a PNG image

To install all the above tools on Ubuntu, you need to have

  • OpenOffice (included by default)
  • pdftk
  • poppler-utils (included by default)
  • imagemagick

[edit] 3.3 Images

[edit] 3.4 Encoding audio

[edit] 3.5 Encoding Audio and Video

[edit] 3.6 Editing Audio (and editing music)

For sound on linux there are various sites available that list packages. A common problem is that it's difficult to find which packages are well maintained, and have the functionality you need. Many packages look quite nice, but then you discover that the last update was 6 years ago! So you've got to read around, and see which packages have got reviews, and which packages seem to be well maintained! Also, if somebody is bothering to package it for Ubuntu, then it's probably useful in some way :-)

[edit] 3.7 Editing Video

Free Open Source

& Other video editors for Linux, some easier to run or easier to use, include

Free Applications, not open source

  • Avid Free DV (Win and Mac), cut down version of professional application, might need getting used to

Low cost / bundled application

  • Windows Movie Maker (single track only, XP only, vista?)
  • iMovie (single track only, Mac only)
  • Final Cut Express (many tracks, Mac only, good value for money!)

More expensive applications

  • Final Cut Pro (Mac only)
  • Adobe Premiere (PC and Mac)
  • Avid (PC and Mac)

[edit] 3.8 3D Animation

  • Maya (a standard commercial package, certainly one of the most wide spread 3D animation packages, it has a free personal learning edition, for Mac and PC), and select 'personal learning edition'

[edit] 3.9 Screen capture utilities: Wink

Wink seems to have the best functionality out there to add buttons, text boxes, and tools to improve focus to your tutorial. Although it is freeware, it is not open source and you are not allowed to redistribute it.

One can also use Free Software for Screencasts to create tutorials on Ubuntu. And many other tools on Linux.

Tutorials specifically on how to use or install Ubuntu, for example (created with many different tools):

A good non-free tool is Camtasia.

[edit] 3.10 Serving multimedia

More common FOSS servers used for video

  • Apache (web server, could be used with flash-php module, UBMB)
  • Lighttpd (web server with some flash http-streaming capability build in, UBMB)
  • Red5 OS flash server (for streaming flash, flv) (UBdeb)
  • Darwin Streaming Server (for streaming quicktime and mp4)

Less common FOSS servers

  • Helix Community Server
  • The Italian free server
  • Shoutcast / Icecast family of servers for audio

Commercial servers that come for free with the 'server version' of the OS:

  • Windows Media Server (comes with Win 2003 server edition, and prob with Vista server),
  • QuickTime Streaming Server (comes with OS X server on Mac)

Commercial servers:

  • Helix Universal Server
  • Flash Media Server.

[edit] 3.11 Distributions for Multimedia

[edit] 4 Tutorials

Tutorials specifically on how to use or install Ubuntu, for example (created with many different tools):

[edit] 5 Web Applications

[edit] 5.1 Use on local webserver

[edit] 5.2 On the web

  • Wordpress
  • YouTube for media hosting
  • Internet Archive for media hosting

[edit] 6 Initiatives

[edit] 6.1 OCW

[edit] 6.2 ICT for schools / thin clients

CT for schools cookbook

[edit] 7 Video over IP

ICTP Workshop 2007/Video over IP

[edit] 8 Interesting Read

IM=Interruption Management? Instant Messaging and Disruption in the Workplace

Add free codecs article

Ogg Vorbis/Theora on Firefox, Opera

[edit] 9 Miscellaneous

Offline view of pages in firefox

More relating of the counter tool used in ICTlogy site


Mind mapping tool. Free for personal use. I haven't tested it, but it's been recommended to me!

BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure ...)

Mailing list for help with Ubuntu Apache Moodle etc