Katie Video Conversions

The Technology Help Desk maintains a number of multimedia workstations and equipment for converting various types of media (VHS, DVD, CD, etc) into other formats including Flash for streaming on Katie.

If requesting ITS support to complete the process, a minimum of 10 business days is required. These instructions will show you how to complete the majority of steps involved on your own.

  1. Fill Out Video Stream Request Form
  2. Video Conversion Steps
    1. VHS
    2. DVD
  3. Visual Hub Conversion to Flash
  4. Copy to Katie Video Streaming Server
  5. Placing Your Video on Katie

Fill Out a Video Stream Request form.

1. Log into http://katie.luther.edu.
2. Select the course for which the video will be shown.
3. On the left side under Administration, click Video Stream Request.
HD video request
4. Complete the form and click Submit.
5. Deliver the media (VHS tape, DVD, etc) to the Technology Help Desk.

Note – The Help Desk will not break any Digital Rights Management or copy protection. It is the user’s responsibility to secure permission if necessary. Information on copyright can be found on the Luther Copyright webpage.

VHS Video Conversion

These instructions assume you are using the multimedia equipment located outside the Help Desk in Preus Library. These apply to the silver Philips VCR/DVD combo units.

  1. Insert the video tape.
  2. Change Source to VHS.
  3. On the white Canopus, select Analog In.
  4. Open iMovie.
  5. Click the Camera icon or select File – Import.
  6. Click
  7. Import and choose Create New Event. Enter a file name and click Import to start the process.
  8. The video will import in real time.
  9. Click Stop and then Done to finish importing.
    1. Note – Keep track of the video length since iMovie will continue to record even after the tape itself ends. This may lead to unnecessary length and an increase in file size and processing time.
  10. Click File – New Project. Select Standard Aspect Ratio and then click Create.
  11. Click and Drag the video clips into the project window. Press Command+A to select all the clips or highlight sections of clips.
  12. Click Share – Export Movie. Select the quality. Medium is the default and works best in most cases.
  13. Click Create.
  14. When complete, go to the Visual Hub instructions.

DVD Conversion

These instructions assume you are using the multimedia equipment located outside the Help Desk in Preus Library. These apply to the silver Philips VCR/DVD combo units.

  1. Insert DVD into the computer.
    1. If the DVD movie begins to play, press Command+Q to quit.
  2. Open HandBrake.
  3. Click Source.
  4. Select the DVD and click Open.
  5. Select the Title and Chapters to import.
    1. Length of the Title will be displayed. Often, the Menu is considered a separate title from the menu and does not need to be imported.
  6. Select Destination. By default, it should be: /Volumes/Save Projects Here/Movies/Flash Conversions/dvdtitle.MP4.
  7. Under Video, use the following settings:
    1. Format : MP4 file
    2. Video Codec : H.264 (x.264)
    3. Framerate : Same as Source
    4. Average Bit Rate : 768
  8. Under Audio, use the following settings:
    1. Audio : Enable Subtitles if necessary
  9. Click Start.
  10. When complete, go to the Visual Hub instructions.

Visual Hub Conversion to Flash

  1. Open Visual Hub.
  2. Click Clear All to remove any existing movies (located on the right side).
  3. Select Flash from the To bar.
  4. Click Advanced – Load Settings.
  5. Select Flash Settings.vhub (located in /Volumes/Save Projects Here/Movies/Flash Conversions) and click Choose.
  6. Click and drag the file(s) to convert into Visual Hub.
  7. In the Save To field, click Edit and choose /Volumes/Save Projects Here/Movies/Flash Conversions/
  8. Click Start.

Copy to Katie Video Streaming Server

Access to the Katie Video Streaming server is restricted. Contact the Technology Help Desk to have your file placed on the server and then use the following instructions to place the video on your Katie site.

Placing Your Video on Katie

Once your video has been converted and uploaded to the Katie Video Streaming server, a string of HTML code will be sent to you via email.

Follow the Flash Video to Kate Page video tutorial to add the video to your Katie course.