I hadn't started producing a weekly IT Conversations news podcast like Doug did. He's continuing his for the Conversations Network. I may do that in the future. Even so, I want to comment about shows I especially enjoyed. I did that yesterday with Larry Weber's talk from Syndicate. I tried something new: audio clips.

Audio clips are one of chronically underused features at IT Conversations. You may not have noticed, but underneath the "Play Now" controls on each shows detail page is a link that reads "Create a Clip or Excerpt." When you click on this, you get a box to type in a start and end time and then the tool returns the URL that goes with that portion of the show you're excepting. Couldn't be easier.

I used it to clip five parts of Larry's talk and highlight the text. I think it's a great way to blog about some portion of a show. You may not want to do five clips from a show, but even adding one to blog post can add real information, in the speaker's own words, to your entry. Give it a try.

Someone asked me how I did the little speaker after the link. If you look, it's not in the source. I added a class="audioclip" attribute to the hyperlink anchor and then put this in my CSS file:

a.audioclip  {
    background: 
        url(/images/ico_speaker.jpg) center right no-repeat;
    padding-right: 18px;
}

I think it would be even neater if we could just use an embedded flash player like we have on the IT Conversations homepage \t \t , but right now, the stream application used by the flash player doesn't understand the start and stop parameters that the clip application uses.


Please leave comments using the Hypothes.is sidebar.

Last modified: Thu Oct 10 10:47:18 2019.