MLA Distance Education
Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m., central time
MLA's webcast is designed to be viewed on any modern office Microsoft Windows-based
or Macintosh-based computer made after 2000 with a network Internet connection.
Typically Windows-based computers are completely ready for webcast viewing.
Most Macintosh users only need to download the proper version of Windows Media
Player (free). Here is a quick overview of the requirements.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater (downloads: Windows
- Windows Media Player 9 or above (downloads: Windows
- 300kps or higher speed Internet connection (The program will be streamed
in 300, and 500kps speed, we recommend 300kps for desktop and 500kps for projection
use. The 300kps speed should be used at sites that experience problems
and where the network is unable to handle the higher speed.)
- Sound card and speakers (make sure your sound is on!)
- Screen resolution set to 800 x 600 or higher
Follow these steps to setup Windows Media Player to accept captioning, if needed.
This is not required.
- Open your Windows Media Player
- Find the menu bar at the top of the player that reads [File View Play Tools
Help]. If you do not see the menu bar at the top of the player, you need
to hit Ctrl-M. This will bring up the menu bar.
- Click on Play
- Scroll down and select "Lyrics, Captions, and Subtitles" from
- Select "On if Available"
Now your player is ready to accept captioning.
Testing Your Computer
Registered sites will be allowed access to the webcast test slate on Wednesday, April 11 and again 24 hours
prior to the actual broadcast. This allows sites to test their connection and
computers before the event. Information will be sent to registered sites and individuals prior to the test. If there is a problem, stay calm and work with your
IT person and IT help desk to try to fix it. Working with your IT help desk
will be the best way to fix any problems because most Internet access problems
are specific to each location. If it is not a local problem and you are not
able to fix the problem, please contact the webcast help desk at 630-942-4251.
If you do not speak with a staff member, just leave a message and someone will
get back to you.
Most Frequent Connection Problems
- Pop up blockers: Pop up blocking software should be disabled to view
- Buffering: Buffering is the term that describes when a webcast starts
and stops midshow. Buffering is a necessary evil of streaming media technology.
You can decrease the amount of buffering that occurs on your system by following
the steps below.
- Start Windows Media Player.
- Pull down Tools and select Options.
- Choose the Performance tab.
- In Network Buffering section, set buffer to 30 seconds.
- Click OK, exit, and restart the player.
- Firewall and proxy server problems: If you are attempting to listen
to or view the webcast from your office and are not able to receive the audio
and/or video, your institution may have a security system in place that blocks
such feed. Please talk to your network administrator about your company's
firewall, proxy server, or other security systems before the webcast.
- Freezing audio and video: We have experienced this issue in the past
and whenever we investigate it, it is a problem with the receiving site. The
500K stream is a fair amount of data, some sites can handle it and others
cannot. If more than one desktop on a network attempts to view the stream
at the same time the load adds. Three 500k streams will completely overload
a T1 data line. If the sites network is robust enough to handle the stream,
500k is a good balance of speed and resolution for use in a conference room
or small amphitheatre. If the audio and video continue to freeze, we recommend
switching to the 300K stream. We also recommend that subscribers watching
on a desktop or bandwidth limited site to use the lower 300K speed.
For more information, contact Debra
Cavanaugh, email@example.com, 312.419.9094 x32.