[kepler-dev] Tutorials and Demos

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Fri Apr 6 00:14:32 PDT 2007

    Here are four small clips from a video that I had done on a  
project very similar to Kepler. The original format was stored in high  
definition and exported to create a DVD. We also created streaming  
Quicktime Web videos. I have roughly translated them to Media Player  
and Flash in case you don't have Media player installed.

    I've done some background work and found a good Flash editing tool  
that will let me do the same type of editing I did for these, but in a  
very compact and efficient flash format. The flash file included below  
is rough at best because of the very "bloated" files I used as  
originals. I can create much more streamlined Flash videos given  
additional time.

1 of 4: Front Matter:

QuickTime: http://glenjarvis.com/FrontMatter.mov (preferred)
MediaPlayer: http://glenjarvis.com/FrontMatter.wmv

   This is the basic "front matter" from the video. Quite a bit is  
lost in the web format including voice quality and the richness of the  
"cube" effects. Obviously a different, but similar approach could be  
done for Flash.

2 of 4: Genbank Blocks:

QuickTime: http://glenjarvis.com/GenbankBlocks.mov (preferred)
MediaPlayer: http://glenjarvis.com/GenbankBlocks.wmv

    This video was a hypothetical software package that would do what  
Kepler does. Several workflow environments were analyzed in this  
video, and this analysis is what would happen if Lego Mindstorm(R)  
programming (for children) could be adapted.

3 of 4: Child's Play

QuickTime: http://glenjarvis.com/Childsplay.mov (preferred)
MediaPlayer: http://glenjarvis.com/Childsplay.wmv

    The Lego Mindstorm(R) programming that was done was downloaded and  
run on this robot. And, we see the robot take to his programming and  
"sting his host." It's a fun clip.

4 of 4: Apple Automator

QuickTime: http://www.glenjarvis.com/AppleAutomator.mov (preferred)
MediaPlayer: http://www.glenjarvis.com/AppleAutomator.wmv

    Apple does interfaces very well. It's a shame that they are often  
so limited to just the Apple platform. As another "alternative"  
considered to the workflows we were trying to produce, we considered  
the Apple platform for a quick fix (until a more advanced platform  
could be created). This was before we realized that Kepler was out  
there and is perfect for what we want to do.

Bonus:  Flash Translation with Quizzes

Kepler Flash: http://www.glenjarvis.com/KeplerFlash

    I spent some time trying to migrate these four videos to Flash.  
However, it seems that the "migration" idea is flawed. There are huge  
performance bottlenecks that would not be fixed until the videos were  
completely "re-storyboarded" from scratch using a Flash tool.

    Please forgive this version - it's rough at best. There are now  
dead links, and other problems (including streaming performance). I am  
sure I could have done a much better job on this - but I want to just  
demonstrate the idea. With this platform, we can be much more  
interactive, ask quizzes, have them graded, etc. We could even have  
photos of examples that would continue when the user clicked on the  
appropriate button to either run the example, etc. A lot could be done  
with this. Again, I apologize it's this rough. You'll probably have to  
pause the video quite a bit until it loads and then play to continue  
through the samples.

    As rough as these examples are, I think you'll agree it's a good  
springboard of where to go and a bit further than where we are now.

Warmest Regards,

Glen Jarvis
glen at glenjarvis.com

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -M. Gandhi

This is great!  Yes, we did a little bit with movies, but it was a rather
half-hearted attempt because Kepler was not very far along and we knew it was
going to change dramatically.  Send me your examples -- I'd be happy to work
with you getting some more of these.

Not pressing - I'm in a meeting this week and probably won't start working on
this until late next week.  So perhaps I'll have a set of workflows ready to
send you when you have the time in a few weeks.


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