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How-to Guides
These guides and forms are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) that you can view online or output to paper on your own printer. The guide How-to Merge IPIX Hemispheres is also available in a step-by-step Virtual Tour.     Go Back Back

How to Merge
IPIX Hemispheres

Merging IPIX Hemispheres
Panorama Capture
Quick Reference

Panorama Capture Quick Reference
Video Capture
Quick Reference

Video Capture Quick Reference
Image Log

Image Log
Check List for IPIX Kit

Check List for IPIX Kit
Check List for Video Kit

Check List for Video Kit
IPIX Studio Software
User Manual

IPIX Studio User Manual
IPIX Wizard Manual

IPIX Wizard Manual
RealNetworks Video
Production Guide

RealNetworks Video Production Guide
Writing with Sources
A Guide for Harvard Students

Writing with Sources
VFT Course Tool Overview

VFT Course Tool Overview

IPIX Quicktime 3D Stereo Red/Blue 3D Glasses for Viewing Anaglyph Images Video Still Images Writing

Equipment Manuals
These equipment manuals are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) that you can view online or output to paper on your own printer. Note that some documents are long (the GLI camcorder manual is 104 pages, the Nikon 995 camera manual is 94 pages).     Go Back Back

Canon GL1
Video Camcorder Manual

Camcorder Manual
Nikon 995
Camera Manual

Nikon Camera Manual
Osprey 50
Video Encoder Manual

Osprey Video Encoder Manual

Stock Photo Sources
Public domain (free) and commercial (fee for use) stock photography archives.     Go Back Back


Login and Logout
You must be an authorized user to create or edit a Virtual Field Trip. Click the login link at the top of this page. Enter your username and password, then click "OK to Continue". The server will authenticate your credentials, and if successful, you will be permitted to enter the authoring environment. Please click logout when you have finished your session. Note that your session will time-out if left unattended after about 20 minutes. If this happens, just return to the login area to re-enter. To become an authorized user with password access, contact your instructor or teaching assistant.     Go Back Back

How to Link your Virtual Field Trip from Other Websites
The VFT database remembers the details of your Virtual Field Trip, the locations of media elements, and the presentation sequence of each show. Web pages are created dynamically--assembled "live" in realtime. So you can enter a Tour or Show on any Page and the entire presentation is regenerated. Simply copy the page address from the browser's tool bar and use it on your course web page just like you would any hyperlink.     Go Back Back

For example, the URL address of the first page in the demo presentation is:

So, the hyperlink is created in the standard way by writing the URL inside an HREF tag:
<a href="http://harvarddce.mediathree.net/VirtualFieldTripCourseTool/vft/media.cfm?selectedTour=1&selectedShow=1&selectedMedia=104765">

and will function as a standard clickable text link: AnyName

W3C Validation (Tip for Webmasters)
If you are writing HTML or XHTML to meet specifications of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and wish to use the W3C Markup Validation Service, you may substitute &amp; for each ampersand (&) in the URL. It is a work-around for a quirk in the WSC SGML parser which does not recognize the ampersand. The use of &amp; will enable your document to pass formal validation. The resulting destination address is exactly the same. This option is not required for the hyperlink to work properly, and may be ignored by typical users.     Go Back Back

Help Messages
Help messages are built-in to this course tool. Roll your mouse (and pause) over form fields to view helpful tips about the type of information to enter and the suggested format. Where necessary, additional instructions are included at the bottom of the page.     Go Back Back

Recommended Browser
This tool is designed to be compatible with multiple browsers and computer platforms. For best results, we recommend MS Internet Explorer for viewing and editing presentations. Some functions require Javascript (enabled on most current version browsers with usual default settings). If you have a popup stopper installed, you may wish to temporarily disable it in order to see content in popup windows. Some popup stoppers will allow windows to open if you hold the CTRL key down while you click on a popup link. Most problems can be resolved by installing the current version browser.     Go Back Back

Help with Audio-Video Playback
Most problems are resolved by installing the current version browser (see above). If your computer system is not new, you should install free updates to your operating system now available to fix program bugs and close security loopholes. Players for IPIX panoramas, Quicktime, RealMedia, WindowsMedia, Flash, etc. are also available free of charge. Follow this link for additional Help with Audio-Video Playback.     Go Back Back


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Copyright and Fair Use
According to Gordon Harvey, author of Wrtiting with Sources, A Guide for Harvard Students, you should, "Never leave your reader in doubt as to when you are speaking and when you are using materials from a source." Remember, it is your responsibility to insure that the presentation you create with this course tool represents your own work, and when you refer to the ideas or work of others, that you clearly cite your references. For images and media you should obtain the copyright holder's permission to use material in your presentation, or use one of the public domain sources listed elsewhere on this page. As a student or instructor you are permitted under the copyright law to make "fair use" of images, text, video, and other graphics for non-commercial educational purposes within reason. See the links below for more information about US copyright law and Fair Use recommendations. The Virtual Field Trip Course Tool provides input fields for captions and copyright notices to enable you to properly credit sources. Whether you use a public source (such as NASA), a commercial stock photo house, or a classmate's snapshots, you are expected to give credit where credit is due.     Go Back Back

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Virtual Field Trip Course Tool is a collaborative teaching and learning project of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Distance Education Program at Harvard University Extension School and the Information Technology Department at Harvard School of Public Health. Sponsored by the Harvard University Office of the Provost. Created by Peter Zevitas and Zachary Zevitas, Science Network (Boston). See copyright and credits.

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