Posting audio or video recordings to the projects blog

STEP I: Write a post on the course projects blog

1. Posting to the class projects blog is restricted. To get permission, email the instructor Eric Charry (echarry) the name of the person designated to upload your group’s project. If that person already posted for the midterm project, then they still have permission and there’s no need to email the instructor.

2. Once you get permission, go to the class projects blog: musc108proj.blogs.wesleyan.edu
Login (under “meta” way at the bottom on the left side) with your Wes email username (e.g. gcostanza) and email password (e.g. bosco). Click “Write a post.” Title your project as follows: Group name: “Name of Piece”

2a. If you get bounced to WesLive (Wesleyan’s Community blog) it means that you neglected to carry out step 1. DON’T POST TO WESLIVE.

3. The actual post should have the following info: name of person 1 (instrument), person 2 (instrument, vocal), etc. Composer: person’s name; lyrics: person’s name. If you electronically sample anything, list the title and composer of the piece you sample. List the name and place of recording studio and engineer. Be sure to list the names of everyone in the group and their role in the recording.

4. Then type in the title of your piece.

5. Go to STEP II and follow the instructions for uploading an audio or video file to Wesfiles. Once you have copied the Full URL from your Wesfiles audio or video file you can continue on to #6.

6. Highlight the title of the piece you just typed in, click on the chain link in the menu, paste in the URL from Wesfiles (leave “open link in the same window” as is), and click “Insert” in the box.

7. Check off 2017: spring (midterm) under Categories on the right hand side. If you have a video, also check off “videos” under Categories.

8. Click PUBLISH if you’re ready for your post to go public. Otherwise, click SAVE, which will save it as a draft and not show up for public viewing.

9. If you want to upload photos or artwork, use the upload function below the post window. If you add much supplementary material, use the MORE icon (4th in from the right on the post menu bar) so that the post will just show the first few lines of text and enable the user to click on “Read the rest of this entry” to see the rest.

10. Check to make sure that your audio or video file plays directly in your browser window–that is the only acceptable format. If when you click on your file  it opens up in iTunes, go back to Step II, #2a and fix the content type.

STEP II: Upload your audio or video project to the class space on Wesfiles

1a. Audio recordings must be mp4 format (if it’s not mp4 then import it to itunes and convert it to AAC).

1b. Video recordings should be in Quicktime format and compressed to less than 100Meg.

2. Log on to Wesfiles (via your portfolio) and upload your audio or video file to:  https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/courses/musc108/2017SpMid. If you’re not sure how to do log on to wesfiles, take this direct link to wesfiles first: https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu  (at some point in this process you will have to login with your wesid and password). Then click on the icon that looks like a folder at the top left of the page (just under the icon with a cardinal and the WesFiles heading), then double click “courses,” then scroll down to “musc108” and double click on it. Then find 2017SpMid and double click on it. NOTE: your project must be deposited in the musc108 course space on Wesfiles (not your own Wesfiles space).

IF YOU’RE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE FOLLOWING STEPS TRY USING A DIFFERENT BROWSER (e.g. FIREFOX, SAFARI, or GOOGLE CHROME)

2a. For audio files: click in the box to the left of your file to put a check in it, then click on “Manage” at the top menu, and within that menu choose Content Type. Confirm that the content type is audio/x-m4a. If it is audio/m4a, change it by typing audio/x-m4a in the box to the right of New content type. Then be sure to click Apply.

3. If you did #2a. above you’re already in the Manage window, so click on Summary on the left side (skip the next sentence). If you are back at the listing of files in the 2017SpMid folder, click in the box to the left of your file to put a check in it, then click on “Manage” at the top menu and within that menu choose Summary. Copy the Full URL (not the Intellilink) of the file. Go back to STEP I, #5 and continue there for pasting.

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