Creating my digital collection was enjoyable for me. And creating is my key word. My collection was revolved around helping a beginning piano teacher. I shared tips I had learned along the way, demonstrated some theory and technique, and had images of some of the different types of pianos that people play on.
I was able to involve some people to help me. There is a music store in town and they were wonderful to me. As Teresa pointed out, the collection took more time to put together than I anticipated. One of my goals was to have different formats of material as a part of my collection. For the most part I achieved this. I had documents, scanned images, photo images and video images as a part of the collection. I wanted to have some audio as well but I did have some of this as a result of the video.
I want to share what I came to discover as I did the video. The file format that was downloaded on the computer was AVI. When I attempted to download this to OMEKA, my videos were stalling big time. I figured out it was due to the size of my file. All of my files exceeded the 10 MB size. However the videos came out better on the computer after I downloaded them than what they were on the camera. I could see the image better and I could hear the voice better. But I wanted them to go on the OMEKA collection so I had to figure out a way to downsize the size of the video. I went on Google and put in AVI which led me to the discovery that I could convert these to a different file format. So then I attempted to find some freeware which I did find which is Prism Video Converter. I converted my videos to an mwv file format. It compressed the file to almost 8 MB but it was still too large to be downloaded on OMEKA. I had done some searching on other converting software prior to this and did find 4U AVI MPEG Converter. This is a trial version. Trial versions do not allow you to view the whole video clip. They allow you to view a percentage of it and when you purchase the software then you can see the whole clip. Of the trial software I checked this one let you view the most. It allowed me to see 60%, so I adjusted my video to account for this and was able to put most of what I wanted to on the OMEKA site. The software I experimented with was easy to use, so that was good. The MPEG files ranged from 2-5 MB and this was an agreeable size for OMEKA. My question now is 8MB of video equivalent to 8MB of still images?
I also discovered I could download more than one photo to a file and still download it. I downloaded the scale and was able to download all 7 images in the same file on OMEKA. I did a lot of experimenting and learned things along the way. I also experimented with Google Sites, but did not like how the set-up was. If I had more time to really delve into it, I probably could have figured out more things. Experimenting allowed me to learn so now I feel more comfortable creating a digital collection.