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Cleaner Direct

Uploading and encoding By Stephen Schleicher
In addition to the many improvements discreet has made to cleaner 6, one of the nice new features is the ability to have cleaner automatically upload your streaming file after it has been encoded.

When you have set up the streaming settings for your clip in the batch window, double click the destination column to open the Destinations Panel.

Click on the FTP Server radio button to let cleaner know you want to send the encoded file to your streaming server. If you have not already added the FTP information, click on the Add button.

This will open the custom dialogue box to enter the FTP information you need. This is the streaming server, not your regular server; cleaner 6 will only upload the streaming file, not the html code.

With the information entered correctly, press the OK button.

In the last area, create a custom name for the encoded file. Make sure you are entering the correct extension or it could cause errors on the remote site.

Click the OK panel to exit the Destinations Panel, and press the Play button to begin the encoding process. When the encoding is done, cleaner 6 will begin uploading the file to the ftp directory.

There are a few drawbacks in the current new release. The first is that cleaner 6 does not tell you if you have entered the wrong password information, nor does it inform you if you having log in troubles.

The second issue you need to be aware of is not a problem with the FTP direct option, but rather the Mac OS as it relates to cleaner. Many people are still encoding in Real format. While cleaner 6 support Real encoding, it only works currently under Mac OS 9.

Other than those two issues, the FTP direct upload works very well, and saves you a great deal of time from having to manually move the files yourself.

When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products Stephen Schleicher can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at schleicher@mindspring.com. You can also visit him on the web at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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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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