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Answers from the Digital WebCast WWUG

Some replies to questions posted in the Digital WebCast forum By Stephen Schleicher
As more and more questions get posted to the Digital WebCast WWUG, more and more people are starting to answer. Here is a selection of some of those responses.

Dreams of Career in Webcasting
Streaming newbie posted the following a few weeks ago:
"I am a multimedia/web design student who is on the verge of entering the "real world". What are some of the opportunities in web video and streaming? I know this is a new area and am hoping some of you can give me insight into the nature of the field of multimedia on the web. "

WWUG reader Adam responded with the following; "It might depend what experience you recieved in school. What school did you attend and did you learn a specialty? Being able to program seems to be the most desireable skill. It seems that more and more people are learning the basics to web and related areas but not enough people can do web programming such as ASP, database, javascript, etc."

Streaming Software Demos
Ed, a software seller wanted to put streaming demos of the software up on his site and wanted to capture data from his computer screen. Adam responded again by suggesting he look at windows media encoder from Microsoft.

Chet, had another suggestion; "There are dozens of 'right' ways to do this. I suggest that if you don't need full motion video, try using RealSlideShow Plus. This will give users of all bandwidths a clear visual while listening to your narration describe the software package and how to use it.

An example of a RealSlideShow Plus presentation can be found at real.com "

You can also find an example of RealSlideshow Plus at the Digital WebCast site. This streaming slideshow focuses on how you can use RealSlideshow Plus to demonstrate products to potential clients.

Streaming Your Radio Station
Speaking of the Digital WebCast site, Hopeton Campbell from Fordham University writes, "Can anyone give me a general idea about what is needed to put a small radio station on the web? Thanks for the help. "

As always a good place to start is at Digital WebCast. Check out the Digital WebCast Internet Journal that we reported on back in January. This has some great tips and tutorials on how to get your radio station streaming over the Internet. On a side note, be sure to follow up with BMI and ASCAP to make sure your webcasting rights are secured.

What Else is in the WWUG?
The Digital WebCast WWUG also serves as a place for readers to respond to articles, editorials and feature on our sites, and Leigh-Anne had a response for David Nagel on his recent article on ImageReady and Dreamweaver.

"It was a good article, but I think using the ImagReady HTML extension for Dreamweaver is a lot easier than David's trick. Don't you think?"

As always, if you have a streaming media question, please feel free to post it in the Digital WebCast WWUG, with the growing number of forum users, your question is sure to get an answer. If you have other questions about other software or hardware products, the WWUG is almost certain to have a related forum for you to post in.

Thanks for the questions, and more importantly, thanks for the great comments and answer from all Digital WebCast readers out there.

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at schleicher@mindspring.com

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