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How to add content to iTunesU

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[edit] To upload content files

  1. Login to Brock University on iTunes U at: https://www.library.brocku.ca/itunesu/index.php
  2. Click on the podcast's title or thumbnail
  3. Upload And Manage Files
    Upload And Manage Files
    Click "Upload And Manage Files" in the Tools area at the top right. iTunes U will then display the "Upload and Manage Files" webpage in your default web browser so you can select the files to upload as well as the location where you want to upload the files.
    • In some cases you may want to click a tab to indicate the group where you want to upload the files.
  4. Click "Add New File", click "Choose File", and then select the file you want to add from your computer and open it. You will then have to wait for the file to upload.
  5. Repeat this step for each file you want to add to the podcast.
    • Once you files are added you may want to "Move", "reorder", "replace", or "delete: files, or edit metadata for files you previously added:
      • To move a file to another group, click the tab for the group where the file currently exists, select the file’s checkbox, choose Move Selected Files To from the Choose Action pop-up menu, and then choose the destination group from the pop-up menu.
      • To reorder files within a group, click the tab for the group where you want to reorder files, and then click the file’s Up or Down Triangle icon to move the file up or down one position in the list.
      • To replace a file, click the tab for the group where the file currently exists, click the Replace icon for the file you want to replace, click Choose File, and then select the new file. iTunes U displays a status indicator and begins uploading the file you selected. Replacing a file rather than deleting and uploading a new file is important if you want to save previously defined bookmarks and iTunes U popularity index entries associated with a file.
      • To delete a file, click the tab for the group where the file currently exists, and then click the file’s Delete icon. To delete multiple files at once, select the files’ checkboxes, and then choose Delete Files from the Choose Action pop-up menu.
      • To edit file metadata, click the file’s Edit icon, type a new file Name or Artist, and then click the Save icon to save your metadata changes. By default Brock University's information will be added.
  6. Click Done. This should bring you back from your web browser to iTunes.

[edit] More Information and Help

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies (CTLET) supports instructors and others that are adding content to iTunes U. You're welcome to contact Matt Clare in the CTLET at http://www.brocku.ca/ctlet/staff

More information can be found at Apple's iTunes U support web site: http://deimos.apple.com/rsrc/doc/AppleEducation-iTunesUUsersGuide/AddingContent/chapter_5_section_2.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TempBookID-Replaced

Recommended Content Formats and Settings

  • Exporting content is fundamentally about achieving the ideal compromise between high quality and low file size.
  • iTunes U only accepts files for upload that are smaller than 1 Gigabyte. Larger files will need to be reduced or partitioned.
  • Audio files must be either AAC or MP3 with appropriate file extensions (.m4a, .mp3).
  • To use specific cover artwork with an audio track, use the AAC file type format (.m4a).
  • Video files must be MPEG4 optionally with H.264 compression with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov).
  • The majority of content captured for podcasts DO NOT benefit from being in stereo.
  • Documents should be in Portable Document Format (PDF)

When you create and edit video or audio content, export your videos by targeting iPod, iPhone or Apple TV from the Export pop-up menu in QuickTime Pro (or related iLife, etc tools).

Quality Medium Properties
Good Audio Stereo or mono AAC VBR, 24 kHz sample rate

Stereo or mono MP3 VBR, 24 kHz sample rate

Screen MPEG4 screen capture 50% of main display, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
Video 640x480 (720x480 for 16:9 wide screen) MPEG4 Video, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
Better Audio Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate

Stereo MP3 VBR, 44 kHz sample rate

Screen MPEG4 screen capture 66% of main display, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
Video 640x480 (720x480 for 16:9 wide screen) H.264 Video, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
Best

For very rare cases

Audio Uncompressed Stereo WAV or high-rate AAC or MP3, 48 kHz sample rate
Screen MPEG4 screen capture 75% of main display, Stereo AAC VBR, 44 kHz sample rate
Video 640x480 (720x480 for 16:9 wide screen) Uncompressed Video, Uncompressed Stereo, 48 kHz sample rate
Diagram of common aspect ratios.
Diagram of common aspect ratios.

Most small variations are generally not an issue.

Standard definition is 4:3, the common "wide screen" or "HD" ratios are 16:9, and for some reason the iPhone/iPod Touch uses 16:10.33.

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