Hello everyone, for weeks I have been trying to launch a mini video series that I will dub Thursdays Top Tips. This is in a bid to give a more personal presentation for some of our information. I personally had a chunk of time off and wasn’t able to actual film the clips ready to use before my holiday so that has delayed the efforts somewhat, I apologise. If you follow our Instagram you will have seen that I had said I will be introducing this soon.
After returning I filmed the intro and first episode ready to upload but have then hit odd roadblocks in trying to post it out for you guys. As the original idea was to have these on Instagram we tried to keep them short just as 30 sec – 1 minute videos which I’ve seen before on Instagram (Video 1 the introduction was 43seconds and video 2 the first episode about My Career Enriched was 31seconds these times include the titlecards/splashcreens I was using). But it wouldn’t let me upload them from either to Instagram or Facebook via the sites directly or the social media manager we use. I have checked file types and sizes which should be useable but still get an error message when trying to upload them and this has been attempted with both the raw video file and my edited version where I’ve trimmed the start and end of the clip as well as adding a title card.
Picture of the thumbnail and title card I was trying to use
I also went to find a PC designed for video editing so that I could use adobe premiere to trim and edit certain parts and convert it form a .mov to .mpeg4 even through Facebook says it accepts both formats I attempted to eliminate this potential issue. Via premiere and media encoder I cut down the file size as well, although again checking what you can upload this was well within a usable range. I still had no luck in uploading, at this point it had been attempted directly from the iPhone, my workstation and the editing suite still with no luck. It has allowed me to upload it to my personal Facebook page but not the Careers Page.
The Video editing Suite
On a side note whilst using the video uploader in Facebook I also played around with adding subtitles, although the auto generated ones didn’t quite work manually typing them in was easy enough once I got the hang of it. If I do find out how to get the videos up I will aim to utilise this feature so the videos are more accessible.
I might have to scrap the video idea and just present this information with images.
But: What’s your opinion? Should I keep trying to get the videos up? Have I overlooked an obvious fix?
Widening Participation Retention Graduate Intern at UoC
Full time within Library and Student Services (LiSS) Lancaster. Fixed term until 30 September 2015, National Minimum Wage*
The University is looking for a motivated, and skilled graduate to contribute to the development and delivery of a number of initiatives and interventions targeting Widening Participation (WP) students. You will work alongside other colleagues on the implementation of the University’s new Office for Fair Access (OFFA) Agreement and post 2012 approach to Widening Participation.
The post of WP Retention Graduate Intern is located in the University’s Library and Student Services, within the Academic Engagement, Skills and Retention Team. The role-holder will work alongside the WP Retention Officer and the WP Learning Enhancement Adviser in the development and delivery of a number of pre-entry and on-programme retention initiatives in order to raise students’ awareness of university life and study, and to support their transition into Higher Education, through their programme of study and into employment.
The post offers University of Cumbria graduates an exciting opportunity to gain valuable work experience as members of a team with a strong commitment to supporting students at all stages of the journey into HE study and beyond. As part of the role, you will also have the opportunity to study a University of Cumbria Post-graduate Certificate qualification with fees waived and study time allowance for the duration of your contract.
Applicants will need to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a positive and flexible approach to work, good IT skills, and the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Jason Hettrick, WP Learning Enhancement and Retention Adviser on 01524 385682, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants also have the opportunity to contact our current Graduate Intern for an informal chat about the role at Lauren.email@example.com in Lancaster.
The closing date for this post is Midnight on Sunday 23 November 2014. It is anticipated that interviews for this role will take place on Friday 28 November 2014 in Lancaster.