Absolutely, this is ok. Make sure your export settings match the file specifications required by our cablecast servers here at the Edina Playback Facility.
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Forms for program submission can be accessed online as can the SWSCC Policies and Procedures page. Reading through the policies will likely answer most, if not all, of your questions. The majority of questions asked are answered on pages 4–6 and have to do with Drop-Off Procedures and Scheduling of Programming. If you choose to submit programs electronically, it’s a one-step process under the Forms section of this website.
Each program submitted in DVD form for playback on SWTV’s Public Access Channel must be accompanied by a Public Cablecast Request Form. An Educational Cablecast Request Form should accompany SWTV’s Education programming.
The Edina Playback Facility partners with the City of Bloomington to provide producers with resources such as a studio and video production equipment. Those interested should contact Bloomington Community Access Television (BCAT) at 952-563-4980.
Please do! Utilizing our video bulletin board is a great way for a Public Access Producer to promote a television show, or for a resident of the Southwest Suburbs to promote a community event or bring awareness to an organization. Graphics can be in .png or .jpg format and should be 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. Please avoid using decorative fonts and overly saturated colors. The Edina Playback Facility reserves the right to request changes. No commercial advertising allowed.
Unfortunately, the Edina Playback Facility does not have the staff available to assist residents and program producers in the creation or modification of bulletin slides. We will notify the public online should that policy change.
The process by which you convert a DVD to a file is called ripping a DVD, and there are many programs you can use to do it. A quick search for download software rip DVD program should yield you a number of options.
The reason that Public Access Producers are encouraged to use MPEG Streamclip is because it's cheap, (and often free), to install and set up, it has the ability to export files that conform to our required file specifications, and it's the program that is used at the Edina Playback Facility. This consistency allows us to better assist you in the process of converting, or ripping, your DVD should you need guidance.
In the same way that PCs require the installation of Quicktime Alternative 1.81 for MPEG Streamclip to work, Macs typically require the installation of the MPEG2 Playback Component to work. You will need to purchase it and install it. Please contact the Community TV Administrator for installation instructions as they are contingent upon your OS (952-826-0359 is our department number).
The speed of your internet connection will largely determine the speed of your file upload. Using an online speed test can show you your download and upload speeds. (Be sure to choose the location nearest you when running the test.) A typical high speed residential connection may yield upload speeds of 5 Mbps or more. At a rate similar to this, a 1 GB file could be uploaded within a half an hour.