[kepler-dev] Tutorials and Demos

Laura L. Downey ldowney at lternet.edu
Fri Apr 6 14:50:53 PDT 2007

We have Camtasia here at UNM which will make movies in various formats so
Deana will have access to that.  We specifically got it so we could make
CBTs (computer based training), and demos and tutorials.  I think Samantha
did a bit with it but I don't know how much.


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From: kepler-dev-bounces at ecoinformatics.org
[mailto:kepler-dev-bounces at ecoinformatics.org] On Behalf Of Ilkay Altintas
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 2:36 PM
To: Glen Jarvis
Cc: kepler-dev at ecoinformatics.org
Subject: Re: [kepler-dev] Tutorials and Demos


Hi Glen,


These clips are very nice. I'm looking forward to what you will generate for


Which Flash tool are you using?






On Apr 6, 2007, at 12:14 AM, Glen Jarvis wrote:


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

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

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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