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    Default BibleWorks7 - New user tutorial for OT in NT work

    I just finished an exercise I've created for a class I am teaching this fall on the OT in the NT. I use Matthew 4.4 and its citation of Deuteronomy 8.3 as a reason for helping students ask questions about the texts and discover the resources they need to use. In particular, I include six short videos that feature the use of BibleWorks7.
    I think it is a pretty good demonstration of the kind of work one can do with BibleWorks7, but it also is an attempt to show what is available online and to walk students through the process of accumulating information to make sense of a text and the history of its interpretations.
    For BibleWorks7, it includes: setting limits, simple word searches, command line examples, use of versions; Word Analysis and Resource Analysis tabs features;
    Report Generator; Synopsis Tool (and various SDF files); Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK); Archer & Chirichignoís OT Quotes in the NT; and Tovís Parallel BHS and LXX.
    I posted the exercise as a PowerPoint show, but it includes all the links to the videos and a host of web sites. Here is the start page: OT in the NT Exercise - Matthew 4.4
    If something is not working, or if you have other suggestions, I would appreciate hearing about it.
    Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
    Professor of Biblical Studies
    Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
    ltsg.edu - CrossMarks.com
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    What program did you use to create the WMV files?

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    Since I can't afford Camtasia or one of the other video captures, I used the free Microsoft Windows Media Encoder. Took some playing around to get the settings right (and if you can tell, videos E and F are probably better quality than the others), but it works... and did I mention it is free?
    Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
    Professor of Biblical Studies
    Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
    ltsg.edu - CrossMarks.com
    Biblical Studies and Technological Tools

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGVH View Post
    Since I can't afford Camtasia or one of the other video captures, I used the free Microsoft Windows Media Encoder. Took some playing around to get the settings right (and if you can tell, videos E and F are probably better quality than the others), but it works... and did I mention it is free?
    The videos looked fine to me. Thanks for turning me on to the free MS Encoder. I didn't know about it.

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    Thumbs up Nice Job!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGVH View Post
    ...If something is not working, ... I would appreciate hearing about it.
    Everything I've seen so far looks really good! Your students will benefit greatly. I am unable to download the videos though. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm sure I'm missing a simple step.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adelphos
    Thanks for turning me on to the free MS Encoder.
    Ditto!

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    I did update the PPT show this morning to correct some bad links, and I just fixed up another little problem, but it should work...
    The videos are WMV files, and when you click on the link, it should open up in Windows Media Player (or whatever other program like Real Player) you have set as your default WMV player.
    Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
    Professor of Biblical Studies
    Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
    ltsg.edu - CrossMarks.com
    Biblical Studies and Technological Tools

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    Smile Excellent Help

    Thank you for sharing what you put together for the classroom. You used a couple tools I knew were there but had never used. You also provided a helpful process for using the digital resources out there for finding out more about the ancient references to the text.

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    Thumbs up Very, very helpful. Your students are blessed.

    I totally agree with Greg - this is an excellent help. Audio-Visual exposure to the shortcuts and tools, excellent way to learn. I'm going to be using the l/limit command line shortcut today. Way faster than the button bar.

    Thanks for making the videos available for download. Thank you for $upporting the band width fee$.

    I did experienced some audio difficulties w. 4.4b, but that could just be my machine. This is not a complaint (I ain't got none), just merely a heads-up.

    When I switched from IE7 to my MSN browser, I was able to play the wmv files. Probably should thought of that yesterday.

    Thanks again.

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    Thanks for the encouraging words. Glad it is helping.

    (I suspect that you weren't getting things to work using IE7 because the browser cached the old file and wouldn't actually download the new one.)

    Yeah, video B audio is lousy. (It was an early trial.) I had redone video A. When I get a chance I'll update B.

    BTW, it took a while to figure out settings that work. If anyone else tries using Windows Media Encoder (WME) to do a similar deal, what finally worked for me was this. (And I suspect this all has to do with my audio and video cards, so it may very well be different for you.) First, make sure your microphone is functioning and is not muted. Start WME and use "Capture Screen" during the wizard quick start. Then select either a specific window (make sure the program you want is already running) or a region or the entire screen AND be sure to click on the "Capture audio from the default audio device." In the next dialogue choose the window or define the region. In the next, I ended up using "High" quality. It was a bit tough reading the small text in BW7 with lower quality. Finish naming and all, but before you start encoding, click on "Properties" in the menu bar. Then click on the Compression tab. Click on the "Edit" button on the Destination line, then on the Import button on the Name line and choose schi.prx. Then (IMPORTANT), click on the Audio check box to enable it and be sure it is using Window Media Audio 9.2. (Why the schia.prx -- the "a" at the end indicating audio -- doesn't work is beyond me...) In the Target Bit rates box, it should be 322 Kbps. Click OK, then Apply, and then you are set to start encoding. Easy, no?!?!
    Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
    Professor of Biblical Studies
    Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
    ltsg.edu - CrossMarks.com
    Biblical Studies and Technological Tools

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    Mark,

    Have you figured out any way to zoom or unzoom the screen? I find that when I do a full screen capture that it is often too small for textual features to be read. I wonder if there's a way to zoom in and out after the fact.

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