Friday, March 14, 2014

Embedding Youtube Videos With Specific Start-Stop Times

Do you need to embed Youtube video so that just a section of it plays, rather than the whole thing? Tech Leader Suha walks you through it.

Here's the code, in case you missed it:

For starting at a certain time:   ?start=120  (120 is an example. It refers to a number of seconds.)

For starting and stopping at
a certain time:                           ?start-120&;end=130  (again, the numbers are examples.)

This technique works on blogs and Google sites, and very likely all websites. It's a nice way of highlighting the relevant section of a long video, while still respecting the copyright and creative integrity of the video's designer.

Please note: this method works today, but it may not work in the future because Youtube is always evolving. You may know of another way to do the same thing; if so, we'd love to hear about it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

You Can Edit PDFs On Your Chromebook and Netbook

Have you ever wanted to type directly on a PDF? Well, you can. In this short video, Tech Leader Suha walks you through PDF Escape, available in the Chrome Web Store.

Suha filmed this on a Chromebook using Chromecastify. She then edited the footage in WeVideo, and then used Audacity to record her voice-over, which was then uploaded and inserted into the video timeline.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lots Of Professionally Photographed Free Images Available

For those of you trying to blog responsibly, there's a new image source available. Getty Images has made thousands of its royalty-free stock images available for embedding at no cost. 

Getty is a commercial image/video source; professionals use it to purchase images for websites and catalogs and brochures. If you're designing something that's going to be published on the web, you have to be ethical about using other people's creative work.

So, for example, if I want an image of a puppy, and I want to make sure I'm using it ethically, I could go to Getty Images and grab the embed code, like so:

What you're getting there is a professionally photographed image, embedded in a legal, ethical way. Getty is probably letting bloggers use this service to increase awareness of the huge stock of images that they have for sale.

This is only available for embedding on noncommercial sites, so if your site is generating revenue from ads, it's not for you.