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Matthew Morocco
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Russ thumbsup just posted more teaching tutorials on the following topics:

ASL 201 - Learning ASL by Russ Gifford
ASL Session 5b: MGs, ROF, Leadership, and Cowering
ASL Session 6: Advancing Fire - Assault Fire - Spraying Fire - Area Fire
ASL Session 7: Basic Fire Lanes, Part 1
ASL Session 8: More Fire Lanes, Smoke
ASL Session 9a: Firing Mortars (to Hit #)

the next are really helpful since they go over AFVs.

ASL 201 - AFVs and Advanced Topics
ASL Session 9b: Firing Guns, Part 1
(To Hit using Infantry & Area Target Types)
ASL Session 10a: Firing Main Armaments
(To Hit using HE: Infantry Target Types)
ASL Session 10b: To Kill vs Armor
(To Hit/To Kill AFVs with Bazookas)

Here's the link:
http://www.russgifford.net/asl_training_sessions__new.htm

I'll cross post this on the Gamesquad forums also...

Thanks again Russ for the hard work. Has MMP gotten your name on a counter yet?
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Actually, AH did....

BTW - I MIGHT have an answer for the iPad!

Do they play mp4's?

If so I will post one tonight, and if people could test them, it would be great!!
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Yes. They play mp4s - I would be happy to test it on my iPhone.
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They can and I would be happy to test it for you
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I'll attempt to play them also.

EDIT: Forgot my manners. Thanks for your work on the tutorials much appreciated!
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I'll do it too!
Thanks Russ!!!
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A huge thanks for this Russ, I can see you put a lot of effort into it and it is a great help to a relative newcomer to ASL like me.

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No problem - I am going to put one of the short ones up IF IT WORKS at all!

It SAYS I can do this - have NO IDEA how big the resulting file will be.

BUT MUST MAKE BIG NOTICE HERE:

I DO HAVE TO RECUT THE FIRE LANES video - it is a bit unclear and there are SUBTLE but IMPORTANT points I NEED to make!

1. The 2nd edition ASLRB makes it VERY NICE in SPELLING OUT THAT there are 'HARD' Hinderences, and 'SOFT' Hinderances. (See the INDEX, page 10.) How each of these impact the Fire Lane is different. See second paragraph, A9.22.

I WILL fix these and you can download them this weekend. Until then, I may unlink these.

2. And I implied that further MF expenditures will get you attacked again - BEEEEEEZZZZZZP! Wrong answer! Residual ONLY attacks again IF you meet certain criteria - which I will spell out!

Since I wanted the Fire Lanes to be REALLY REALLY SHARP - and I didn't. I'll get it.

3. Also - I might try to redo ALL the audio, on at least a few of these. Good lord, that voice over sucks!

Sigh....

WE will get there!

Thanks for hanging in there!


---Russ
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OK - I still intend to post 5B in MP4 tonight - if the machine gets it done.

It gave 3 options:

1 for HD/Desktop/DVD
1 for Internet/portable
1 for Smart Phones

I thought - well, I'll do the HD just to see how it goes, and then do the next two as the test.

I am still waiting for the HD one to finish. (uh oh...)

But as soon as it finishes, I'll do the smart phone version. Assuming it will move a BIT more quickly, I'll try to get the medium done after that.


So much for having time for any voice over re-do's tonight!

---Russ
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Well, spoke too soon on all of it. It bombed during the final creation of the video file on both the full HD version, and on the medium internet version.

Have to do some further investigations....

My apologies for holding everyone up. I will figure out something, though. One of the reasons I let these sit since creating them in 2011 is the fact the world had changed since the originals were produced. I knew iPads would be a huge draw, and the fact I produce my videos using Flash was not going to work. So I shelved everything.

The SHOULD change over easily to mp4.... so, I will keep trying.

Thanks again for your interest, and your understanding.

---Russ


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Just out of curiosity - what video formats WILL work on an iPad?

Does it have an app that will play a windows movie format?

---Russ
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OK - this is STRICKTLY a test for the iPad / smartphone, I guess:

(the file will have a evaluation sticker because this is a trial copy of the software - if it works cleanly, I may purchase the software, in which case the branding bug will NOT be present on any videos I make then.)

http://www.russgifford.net/ipad/SessionTest/SessionTest.html

Mine makes it to my iPod -- but I don't hear audio.

How about you?

Please report results if you can. Thanks....
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Worked ok for me on my girlfriend's iPad. I don't know what version it is though, I have an inherent aversion to apple products (as I type this on said iPad)
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Russ G. wrote:
OK - this is STRICKTLY a test for the iPad / smartphone, I guess:

(the file will have a evaluation sticker because this is a trial copy of the software - if it works cleanly, I may purchase the software, in which case the branding bug will NOT be present on any videos I make then.)

http://www.russgifford.net/ipad/SessionTest/SessionTest.html

Mine makes it to my iPod -- but I don't hear audio.

How about you?

Please report results if you can. Thanks....


iPad 2 (currently sold but old model) running iOS 5.1 (last major version). Video but no sound in either Safari or Chrome.

iPad 4 (current retina model) running iOS 6 (current major version). Very slow to load, the timer at the bottom isn't updating, can jump between slides but the counter doesn't update. Seems to halt often and require manual skipping between sections but we have both some of the slides and sound. (woo) Random drop-outs in the sound, though :(

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Ran on my iPhone 4S in a safari window! I was even able to advance through slides using the forward button.
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I just ran it in my iPhone 3 (Operating system 6.1 {10B141})also in a Safari brower. I had to hit the slide to advance, but audio & graphics worked fine.

Will try tomorrow to see how it works with iPad.

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OK - so, counting me and my iPod (= to original iPhone without the Phone/camera) we have 5 different tests...

With 5 different answers.

All rightie then. Sigh.

Here is the humor: I ALSO tested it on Chrome, Firefox, and IE 9 on PCs - and this LOADS MUCH FASTER than the Flash version, and runs great.

Can't win one here.....

OK - BACK to the drawing board I guess!

----Russ

Please - if anyone can do so, please test it another time or two.

Talk to you all soon.
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On Android 4.2, it plays... but no sound.
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I tried a couple more times and it doesn't advance on its own. Seems I was too hasty in my first test. I apologize.

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mojayhawk wrote:
I tried a couple more times and it doesn't advance on its own. Seems I was too hasty in my first test. I apologize.



So the presentation pauses at the end of each section and then I have to hit forward typically three times, waiting for a few seconds each time to see if the audio will start this time. It is useable, but frustrating, and only on the most recent iOS.

:(

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thepackrat wrote:
mojayhawk wrote:
I tried a couple more times and it doesn't advance on its own. Seems I was too hasty in my first test. I apologize.



So the presentation pauses at the end of each section and then I have to hit forward typically three times, waiting for a few seconds each time to see if the audio will start this time. It is useable, but frustrating, and only on the most recent iOS.



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Same with me. iPhone 4GS with latest OS.
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Re: Russ Gifford's latest teaching sessions posted!
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So the presentation pauses at the end of each section and then I have to hit forward typically three times, waiting for a few seconds each time to see if the audio will start this time. It is useable, but frustrating, and only on the most recent iOS.

And same for me as well. Has anyone with iOS tried viewing the flash version with the Skyfire app? It's supposed to be able to run some .swf files but not all. I don't have the app to try it.
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SD40 wrote:
thepackrat wrote:
So the presentation pauses at the end of each section and then I have to hit forward typically three times, waiting for a few seconds each time to see if the audio will start this time. It is useable, but frustrating, and only on the most recent iOS.

And same for me as well. Has anyone with iOS tried viewing the flash version with the Skyfire app? It's supposed to be able to run some .swf files but not all. I don't have the app to try it.


Flash is really quite awful on many levels, and I'd like to encourage Russ to keep trying to find a nice solution that doesn't involve it. We're so close!

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Tried it several times on my iPad 2 running iOS 6.01. Each time it loaded but didn't seem to play right away until I clicked a menu item. Audio came through nicely when it played but the UI was giving me no feedback, the pause and play buttons didn't seem to work and the forward and back buttons were also unresponsive.

Is this perhaps a problem with the audio not loading completely before the player starts to show the slides?
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Checked the link out in a chrome on my Mac and I do think that the issue is that there is audio trying to load in the background but there is no feedback from the player.

Also, controls are just as unresponsive in Chrome as it is on my iPad so it's not an iPad issue
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