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  • #31
    I record/mix/edit using Adobe Audition.

    I am a pro audio engineer and former Media Director at a large church in Texas. I am a certified Pro Tools user.
    I have found that you can functionally do with "Adobe Audition" everything you can with the super expensive Pro Tools program.

    For larger tasks like fullstage live multitrack recording you may need to implement upgrades, plugins,or outboard gear... but for vocal audio books and teaching files Adobe Audition is perfect.

    Hear the seminar recordings I did for Sampson Resources here:

    There are "listen to a sample" links on the product pages.

    Email me if you need help with audio in the future.
    [Edit - email addresses are not advised. Email address removed]


    • #32
      Free Audio/Video Streaming Servers

      There are really a lot of streaming servers out there that are in fact both free and of high quality. Some of the better ones that I know of are as follows:

      1. VLC Player (
      - Plays and streams many formats on Windows, OS X, Linux

      2. Darwin Streaming Server (
      - Leans more toward Apple and Linux servers but is great
      3. MPEG4IP (
      - Just for Linux but is also great

      I highly recommend to anyone to use Linux for streaming this kind of content online. Not only is it very dependable but is also very affordable (like, free ). Hope this helps someone.


      • #33
        Streaming video and audio

        Hi, I bumped into this and wonder if this might help? I figured if anyone knew about Windows Media Encoder (they would have mentioned it and since nobody did... ) which can be obtained @ It works for me quite well on my LAN as a pull from server. I have not tried push to server (and have clients pull from the true server on the internet - or at least that is how I understand it). Hope this helps someone! WINDOWS ONLY


        • #34
          To stream a video in WinPlayer try the following:

          <object id="MediaPlayer1" width=320 height=280
          standby="Loading Microsoft® Windows® Media Player components..."
          type="application/x-oleobject" align="middle">
          <param name="FileName" value="movie.wmv">
          <param name="ShowStatusBar" value="false">
          <param name="DefaultFrame" value="mainFrame">
          <embed type="application/x-mplayer2"
          pluginspage = ""
          src="movie.wmv" align="middle"

          Remember to change the "movie.wmv" to whatever you call your video.


          • #35
            Windows Media Streaming

            I found this and it worked wonderfully. Just go to and put in the information it asks for and it produces the html to place in your web pages. It does exactly what I wanted it to do.


            • #36
              So I was looking at the cit site....very cool

              Brent-are you a streaming server? If so, do I need to anything special when uploading video? I've got a large MP4 file (64M) that the folks I'm working with want up on the site.
              On-the-job training, always......

              May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


              • #37
                Sally, let me try to clarify this once and for all --

                People keep asking if our servers can stream audio/video. I don't know where this all comes from -- probably from web hosts that plaster information like:

                "We allow streaming.."
                "free streaming server.."
                "we don't charge for streaming.."

                etc etc all over their websites in a ploy to attract unknowing customers.

                The truth is any server can can stream video and audio or do podcasting


                A "stream" -- video, audio or podcast or whatever -- is just a binary file as far as the server is concerned. The server simply spits it out like any other file when asked for it. Nothing more, nothing less. The server cannot distinguish between a zip file, a PDF document, a GIF/JEPG or a video/audio stream file for that matter. All it knows is to send these in binary mode instead of ASCII (plain text).

                So what is streaming?

                "Streaming" is caused and happens in two places:
                On your website: You need specially constructed HTML links to your media file(s) in your HTML pages. These links don't tell the server anything but are specially constructed instructions to the Web Browser on the other side.
                In your Browser: You need a Web Browser capable of understanding the fancy HTML tags on the site. (Most modern browsers have this by default but if not, you can usually download a plugin for the browser). Requesting the file and streaming it on your PC is all done in the Web Browser.

                Uploading Media

                There is only one prerequisite when uploading media files and it's exactly the same as for any image file like a GIF or JPEG -- the file must be uploaded in binary format. Normally, if you upload with a FTP client (like FileZilla or WS_FTP etc), the program knw automatically to do this by looking at the file extension -- .mp3, .mpeg, .rm etc. However, it's bet to check the FTP software to make sure because if it uploads these file types in ASCII, they won't work.
                Are there other kinds of Streaming?

                Yes. There is "live" streaming. This is for something like a radio or TV station. This is something completely different to "static" streaming (above).

                Hope this makes it clear.
                Time's up


                • #38
                  It's semi-clear. I'm still trying to get my head around how I get the video to play as it goes instead of waiting for the hole 64MB to be ready. The cit site that sleepgone recommended asked me this:
                  What kind of server is your file located on?
                  Server Type? A Streaming server A Web server A Streaming server is a special media server designed to stream media files, and includes such server brands as Real's Helix Streaming Server and Apple's Quicktime Streaming Server. The CIT has a Helix Streaming Server capable of serving Real, Windows Media, and QuickTime streaming files used for UCSF academic instruction.
                  A Web server is designed to serve primarily web pages but can also serve other file types, such as web video (though as non-streaming downloads).
                  UCSF Faculty with WebCT courses can create links within WebCT that point to streaming files stored on the CIT's Helix Streaming Server. Alternately, UCSF Faculty can store non-streaming media files in their courses on the WebCT server, and make links directly to them.

                  And so that is where my question came from.
                  yeah. and I'm pooped tonight so my brain is working in slow motioN!
                  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


                  • #39
                    Helix is special software which can be used for streaming real time media like live radio or TV. That's not what we're talking about.

                    To stream static audio and video it's all done in the HTML. The browser then preloads a chunk of the file and bufferes the rest in the background while you watch (or listen to) it play.

                    Take a look at post #16 -- -- as well as post # 17 -- -- for an example (16) as well as on online form (17) that will make the link for you.
                    Time's up