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A place for your files

UW-Eau Claire has a large network space available to everyone at the university called the Projects Drive (known as the P drive). Each semester, there will be a work area on that drive for your raw video footage and all other documents associated with edTPA. You will have until four weeks after the semester ends to access this information in the Projects Drive. Remember to destroy all video files after completing edTPA.

Note: For the Spring 2016 semester, the folder on the Projects Drive is named 2165.edTPA. You can find your individual folder in either ES or SPED. Please contact us below if you have trouble accessing your folder.

How to organize and access your drive

Having the raw video footage available until you receive official scores from Pearson may be helpful. Keeping your files organized and easily accessible will save you time in the long run. Here’s one example of how to organize your files:

  • raw_video folder (where you have all the raw footage; may be 4-5 hours worth)
  • task1 folder (all files for Task 1)
  • task2 folder (all files for Task 2)
  • task3 folder (all files for Task 3)

Accessing the projects drive

When transferring video to the drive it is best to be on campus or somewhere that has a very fast internet connection or it could take several hours to do so.

The Projects Drive should appear as a network drive on any General Access Computer on campus.

On a Mac, the drive should appear on the desktop and be labeled Projects. Simply click on the drive, navigate to the edTPA folder and find your folder. You're ready to move files in and out of your Projects Drive space.

On a Windows computer, go to the Computer; one of the attached drives should be labeled P. That's the Projects Drive. Double click to open the drive, navigate to the edTPA folder and find your folder. You're ready to move files in and out of your Projects Drive space.

If you map the Projects Drive to your laptop when you are on campus, transferring video files will be very quick as we have a very fast wireless network on campus.

On a Mac, click on your desktop. Look at the menu across the top of the screen. One of the choices is Go. Look at the dropdown menu under Go, one of the last choices is Connect to Server--select it. In the server box type smb://mass.uwec.edu/projects and click Connect. You'll be asked for your university user name and password. The Projects Drive should appear on your desktop. Use it as directed above.


Be aware, this method for accessing the Projects Drive works fine for documents and images. It may not work well for video files unless you have a very fast internet connection. There is also a limit as to the file size you can transfer. If your video file is larger than 3 GB, this method will probably not work. You will need to come to campus to transfer very large files.

Start a browser (try Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer). In the URL address bar, type https://students.uwec.edu and hit return. You should see a dialogue box asking for your university user name and password. Then you should see your files listed. On the right side should be the contents of your H drive. You should see listed on the left all the campus drives you have access to. One of the drives should be the P drive. Click on that, navigate to 2165.edTPA, go to either the ES or SPED folder (whichever is appropriate to you) and locate the folder with your user name. Open your folder. Look up and you should see icons/controls for uploading, downloading, renaming and deleting files. You should be able to manage your files once you get here. Once you are done using the Projects Drive, click on your name in the upper right corner to close the Projects Drive. If you follow the directions and you have trouble uploading or deleting files or get odd error messages, quit the browser you are using and try another browser--that might work.

Editing video clips

Once you have your video shot, you need to make video clips that meet the specifications of your handbook. The clip requirements (number of clips, length and what should occur in the clips) vary by the handbook. Make sure to read your handbook carefully.

If you are coming to campus or own a Mac, we strongly suggest using QuickTime for speed and simplicity. You don't need to have any skills with video and there are only a couple of steps involved. Keep in mind that you should never create your clips directly from the Projects drive. Always copy your file(s) from the Projects Drive to the desktop and then start creating your clips.

Three common ways to create clips are through:

  • QuickTime (Mac version)
  • iMovie (Mac)
  • Movie Maker (Windows)

This is the simplest and fastest way to create the clips you need for the edTPA. QuickTime for the Mac has some basic video editing capabilities and that's all you need for the edTPA. Be aware, QuickTime on Windows does NOT have the features described below. Remember to not use clips that include students who opted out of being on camera or didn’t fill out the permission form.

  1. Put your raw video footage on the desktop of the Mac. DO NOT try to do this directly on the Projects Drive.
  2. Double click on the Macintosh HD icon in the upper right area of the desktop.
  3. Look down the left column, click once on Applications.
  4. Look down the list of applications and double click on QuickTime Player to start it.
  5. Go to File Open File and browse to the desktop and your raw video footage. It may take a few seconds to open.
  6. At the center bottom of your video footage, you'll see the normal video controls for play, rewind, advance, etc. Look under those controls and you'll see 0:00 and a little diamond-shaped control. Move the diamond to scrub through your video quickly to see what's there.
  7. If you know about where you have a potential clip in the footage, move the diamond to about that time. You might want to play it to verify that's what you want and look to where you want it to end. Write down the begin and end times.
  8. Look at the menu at the top. Go to Edit Trim. You'll see your footage with a yellow box around it.
  9. Move the left end of the yellow box to the time you want the video clip to start. Move the right end of the yellow box to the time you want the video clip to end.
  10. Click Trim (on the right bottom).
  11. Play the resulting clip and if it's not right, you can trim this clip or do an Edit Undo Trim and go back to the original footage and try again.
  12. Once you have a clip you want for the edTPA, make sure the time (in the lower right corner) doesn't exceed what your handbook allows.
  13. The clip you have is probably larger than the 500 MB maximum size allowed by Pearson. So you need to export it into a smaller file size.
  14. Go to File Export. Give your clip a name (use what is suggested by your handbook). Save it to the Desktop. Look at the Format option near the bottom of the dialog box and select 480 p. Click export. It may take a few minutes to export your clip.
  15. Locate your clip on the desktop. Play your clip and make sure it is what you want to use. Do a right button click on the file and select Get Info from the pop-up menu. Look and make sure the file size is less than 500 MB (it's near the top of the box). If it is, that's it. You've got your clip!
  16. If your clip is more than 500 MB in size, you need to do another export. Go back to QuickTime and this time select iPod Touch and do the export again, check the resulting file size. That should usually result in a file smaller than 500 MB.

 
  1. Put your raw video footage on the desktop of the Mac. DO NOT try to do this directly on the Projects Drive.
  2. Double click on the Macintosh HD icon in the upper right area of the desktop.
  3. Look down the left column, click once on Applications.
  4. Look down the list of applications and double click on iMovie to start it.
  5. Go to File Import Movies
  6. Browse to the desktop and locate your raw video footage. Name your Event (like Clip 1) and click Import. It may take a quite a while to open. Be patient.
  7. The video footage should appear in the Event area in iMovie. The Event area is usually on the top middle portion of the iMovie interface.
  8. Click somewhere on your clip. You'll see a yellow rectangle appear. Move the rectangle to the area of the footage you want in your clip. Drag the left and right edges of the yellow rectangle to include what you want in the clip in the rectangle.
  9. Click Play to preview your clip. If it's not quite right, adjust the yellow rectangle.
  10. Move your cursor over the yellow rectangle. At some point it will change to a Hand. Click and drag your clip to the Project area (it's on the bottom of the interface and looks like a series of rectangles with dotted/dashed edges.
  11. Look at the Project area and note the time. It will show you the length of the clip. Make sure it does not exceed the clip length specified in your handbook.
  12. You can adjust the length in the Projects area by clicking on the clip and adjusting the ends of the yellow rectangle.
  13. Right now, you have an iMovie file, not a video file that Pearson wants for scoring.
  14. Go to Share Export Movie. Give your clip a name (use what is suggested by your handbook). Save it to the Desktop. Look at the Size to Export on the bottom of the dialog box. Select Medium and click Export. It may take several minutes to export.
  15. Locate your clip on the desktop. Play your clip and make sure it is what you want to use. Do a right button click on the file and select Get Info from the pop-up menu. Look and make sure the file size is less than 500 MB (it's near the top of the box). If it is, that's it. You've got your clip!
  16. If your clip is more than 500 MB in size, you need to do another export. Go back to iMovie and this time select Mobile and do the export again, check the resulting file size. That should usually result in a file smaller than 500 MB.
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