enCore v.4 User's Guide

How to Use a Generic Recorder

With this simple device you can record and play back conversations in enCore. These conversations will be saved, and can then be viewed over the Web or e-mailed to the participants.

Verb Summary

start/stop Recorder
set Recorder to anything
play anything on Recorder
setdelay Recorder to anything
p*ut/in*sert/d*rop anything in Recorder
re*move/ta*ke/g*et anything from Recorder
@lock_for_open Recorder with anything
@unlock_for_open Recorder
@opacity Recorder is anything

open Recorder
close Recorder
g*et/t*ake Recorder
d*rop/th*row Recorder
gi*ve/ha*nd Recorder to v*iew Recorder dis*play Recorder connect Recorder to @webpref*erences Recorder

Instructions and Information on Specific Verbs (Commands)

Using the Encore Object Editor

You can create a recorder by using the Xpress Object Editor and selecting Generic Recorder and Player from the list of objects available. Once you have created the recorder, you can use the commands detailed below to operate it.

Using Specific Verb Commands

start recorder
This command starts the recorder and creates a log of any conversation in the room. You will be prompted to give this log a name; just type in a name for your log (such as Library Workshop 8/21/01, or mylog) and the recorder will start. A message will be printed letting everyone in the room know that the recorder has started.

stop recorder
This command stops the recorder. It also prompts you to email the log to yourself.

When you stop the recorder, you will be asked if you want the log for the session emailed to you. You will see:

Would you like me to send the log 'Library Workshop 8/21/01' to your registered email address? [Enter `yes' or `no']

Type yes and the log will be emailed to you.

Messages will be printed that inform you that the e-mail has been sent, giving you the URL for the conversation log and letting you know that the recorder has been turned off. Now the Recorder is no longer making a log of the room's conversation.

play log# on recorder
Using this command, you can play any log in your recorder. The recorder will "replay" a previous conversation by printing the contents in the talk area. LOOK at the recorder to see is contents. If, for example, you wish to play lof number two, you would type: play 2 on recorder

setdelay recorder to #seconds
If you want to change how fast enCore plays back a log when you use the play command, you can set the playback speed by using the setdelay command. Example: setdelay recorder to 3

set recorder to private/public
This command controls the use of the recording device. When you create a new recorder, it is set for public use, which means that anyone can operate it. Set recorder to private authorizes only you (the owner) to operate the recorder. Set recorder to public returns the recorder to public use so anyone could operate it.

Viewing, Sharing, and Recycling Transcripts

Once you stop the recorder, it saves the discussion that was recorded onto a note. Various ways exist for viewing the note and letting others know how to view this discussion.

Viewing the Transcript (three ways)

  1. Within enCore: Click on the Recorder icon, and the different logs saved inside that Recorder will show up as clickable links. Click on the link for the note you wish to view, and it will open the transcript in the viewing area.

  2. Via the World Wide Web: You can open the transcript as a separate page on the World Wide Web. When you stop the recorder, it will print the URL for the transcript, which you can then bookmark. Or, you can look up the object number for the transcript and use that to view the transcript over the web. To find the object number of the log, simply type @examine logname or look logname . You should see the number of the transcript object in the text window. To then view this log via the web, add this object number to the URL of the MOO. For example, if your log were object #563, then you would type in this web address: http://linnell.english.purdue.edu:7000/563

  3. Via Email: If you had the transcript emailed to you, you should be able to look for this email message and open it.

Sharing the Transcript with Others

If you leave the log as a note inside your recorder, others can access the log in the ways described above. However, these logs take up a lot of quota (your allotted memory in enCore). The character who creates the transcript (the person who starts and stops the recorder) is the owner of the transcript. Since each enCore user has a limited quota of space in enCore, it is generally a good idea to copy the log and archive it in another way for sharing with others (such as copying the log into a text file, postint it as a web page, or sending it to yourself by email). Then, it is recommended that you destroy (or recycle) that log note to conserve your quota. Once you recycle the log, though, it is no longer available inside enCore.

Recycling the Transcript

To recycle or delete your log:

Find out the object number for the log you want to recycle by typing @examine logname or look logname

Then type @recycle object#

If the log were object number #467, then you would type
@recycle #467

You could also use the Xpress Object Editor (click the Objects button or the My Stuff button), look at the list of your objects, and recycle the object from there. Either way works well.


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Questions? Comments? Email Lennie Irvin
This guide is based on materials developed for the Encore Open Source Documentation Project by Lennie Irvin and Erin Karper. Menu courtesy of Milonic.

Page last updated 08-09-04 --LI