Sometimes an audio recording from a lecture capture is ideal for listening on-the-go. Currently, Adobe Connect is being piloted at Ohio State; however, Connect only offers a rudimentary recording and editing feature with its .flv (Flash) output file. Although Adobe states the .flv file cannot be exported as an audio file, it is possible to convert it into an audio that can be used to create a podcast…with the right tools, of course. If you want to give your students a chance to review your lecture anytime/anywhere, here’s how:
- Export the recording as an .flv (Flash).
- Go to Squared 5 and download MPEG Steamclip for your operating system. No worries…it’s free.
- After downloading, installing, and opening MPEG Streamclip, drag the Connect .flv file into MPEG Streamclip.
- After the file loads, click File and export Audio to MP4 ACC.
- Name your file, select the save destination on your hard drive, and save it.
It took about 3 minutes to convert a 54 minute .flv file into an audio file. The result was an .m4a file that opened in iTunes. From there I can load it to an iDevice (e.g., iPod, iPad, iPhone) or other device.
Using MPEG Steamclip, you have the option to convert to multiple audio and video formats, and the files can be stored on several services, such as oCIO Media Services.