User Instructions for maximum enjoyment of the new Hybrid DVD
The DVD disk is a unique "Hybrid DVD" that can be played in standard DVD players like the one in your living room as well as on most modern PC computers (with or without DVD player software installed). The software that plays the PC Autoplay Version does not work on MAC computers, nor does the screen saver. The Hybrid DVD configuration allows one to play standard DVD programing and use the same disk to access digital files via a computer. On these disks we have added a .scr file that allows the show to run as a screen saver (with audio) when your computer is idle. Should you choose to install it. An MP3 of the soundtrack is available on the Postcard From Modoc Hybrid DVD.
To play the DVD just drop the disk into your home DVD player and experience the sights and sounds of the wetlands through your home entertainment system. You can choose to play the show once or select "Loop All" from the menu and it will play until you stop it.
To play the PC Autoplay version just drop the disk into your computer DVD drive. Your computer will recognize the show and load it automatically. At the menu you can choose to click on the photo of the Sandhill Crane to run it once or click on “Loop All” to play it all day. To end the program hit the “esc” key to return to the menu. Hit the “esc” key again to leave the menu and go to your desktop. The Hybrid DVD is designed to begin playing (PC Autoplay) when inserted into the computer. It is a DVD ROM disk and cannot be read by a CD ROM drive (hey, you know you need to upgrade that drive).
To install the Screen Saver on your PC it is necessary to allow the PC Autoplay version to begin, then use the “esc” key to return to your desktop.
Open the disk with Explorer or My Computer (use File>Open) to see the Screen Saver file (TRIBUTE_H_SCREENSAVER.SCR or POSTCARD FROM MODOC SCREENSAVER.SCR).
Copy and paste the Screen Saver file to the \windows folder of your hard drive (C:\windows if your hard drive is drive C).
Now use the Control Panel to select the Screen Saver (Start>Control Panel>Appearance and Themes>Choose a Screen Saver> click the down arrow to select the file and then choose how many minutes your computer will be idle before the Screen Saver plays).
When the computer is idle and the Screen Saver is playing use the “esc” button to return to the last program that you were using.
You can also download the SHOW.EXE file to your computer and play it whenever you wish. Most computer video files stutter when played from the disk (due to I/O lag, or the time it takes to read the data on the disk). This is particularly true for older machines. If you copy the SHOW.EXE file from the disk to your hard drive and play it from there you will have much better results. The procedure is relatively easy and, like neurosurgery, you will be able to teach it to others after you've done it a few times. The procedure:
Open the disk with Explorer or My Computer (use File>Open) to see the show file (SHOW.EXE). It is an application file (.exe) and has the streaming media player within it - its own player. It is virus free but you can scan it if that is your way.
Right Click on the SHOW.EXE file and select "copy" from the menu that appears.
Navigate to your hard drive and open a folder that you would like to use to store the file (My Videos is a good choice.
Right Click in the folder that you have opened and select "paste". The show is now on your hard drive.
One more step completes the process. Right Click on the SHOW.EXE file in its new location and select "Send To" > Desktop (create shortcut). Now you can run the show by Double Clicking the new icon on your desktop (it is black with a tiny ShareTheRoad sign).
Don't save the SHOW.EXE file to your desktop! It is a very large file and will use too much memory while on the desktop. Save it to your hard drive or play it from the disk. Just a little tip.
If you have any problems or technical questions please e-mail us and we will be glad to help.
Many of the photographs used in these productions (and many more) can be seen in our Sandhill Crane Galleries. Navigate to the Birding and Wildlife Field Images page and select the Sandhill Crane thumbnail.
The ShareTheRoad Productions Hybrid DVD makes it's debut!
Tribute To The Glorious Sandhill Cranes is a collection of photographs and field audio recordings presented in a video slideshow format. To learn more about the project and ShareTheRoad Productions' ongoing effort to support the work of Save Our Sandhill Cranes please go to the Tribute page.
Postcard From Modoc National Wildlife Refuge; Summer Home of California's Greater Sandhill Cranes introduces field video into the mix as well as field stereo audio recording via a parabolic microphone. To learn more about this "oasis for wildlife in the high desert of northeastern California" please surf on over to the Modoc page.
Thank you for supporting ShareTheRoad Productions' effort to tell the story of the Pacific Flyway Sandhill Cranes and the work of Save Our Sandhill Cranes. You can learn more about this volunteer non-profit organization by visiting their web site: www.SOSCranes.org.