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Featured in this month's episode are segments about high school graduates, baby boomers turning 65, and the eye condition cataract.

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What is i on NIH Vodcast?

Covering health research topics important to you and the nation, this public service vodcast is your information source from inside all 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH. Half an hour, once a month, we'll show you the excitement of advances and the important information that come from medical research.

For those who have the appropriate software and updates downloaded (see below) and would prefer to watch this month's vodcast on your computer, here is the direct link:

Technical Help

What is vodcasting?

Vodcasting, also called video podcasting or vidcasting, is a digital recording made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal video player or a computer. Vodcasting adds video to the downloadable sound files to which podcast listeners are accustomed. After downloading and saving a vodcast, users can choose when (if using a portable player) and where they want to watch the video, making them independent of television programming schedules. To subscribe to the vodcast so it automatically downloads each week, follow the directions below concerning software and system requirments.

How do I watch a vodcast on my computer?

To watch the feeds on your computer, you need to download vodcasting software and subscribe to an RSS feed (short for Really Simple Syndication) offering vodcasts. Many podcasting applications will also work for vodcasting. An enclosure feature in the RSS feed allows links to videos that can be processed by programs (like iTunes or Quicktime), which then automatically download the vodcasts, and leaves subscribers only with the work of finding vodcasts that catch their interest. There are many free or commercial vodcasting applications available for download. Here are a select few:

How do I watch the NIH vodcast feeds in my vodcast software?

Copy the URL and paste it into your podcast/vodcast application. For instance, in Juice, go to the Subscriptions menu, click on the “Add New Feed” button and paste the address into the dialog box.

Subscribing saves you the hassle of having to manually check for new vodcasts. For instance, the i on NIH vodcast is updated monthly. If you are a subscriber, the new content is automatically downloaded to the software on your computer each month.

I’ve subscribed to the NIH vodcast but don’t hear/see anything. What do I do?

First, be sure that you have video player software. Then check that the correct video file was downloaded to your computer. You may need to modify the update settings in your vodcasting software to ensure that this process occurs automatically. The i on NIH vodcast is updated each month.

Minimum System Requirements

If you want to listen to the i on NIH vodcast on your computer, please ensure that your system meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Processor: 3.0 Ghz + Intel Pentium 4 processor with 140 GB hard drive or equivalent
  • Memory (RAM): 1 GB of RAM
  • Internet Connection: Broadband (DSL, cable, wireless, satellite or powerline high-speed internet connections)
  • Sound Card: 16-bit sound card and speakers
  • Digital Media Player: Software player capable of handling MP4 video, such as QuickTime 7.
  • Operating System: Windows® XP, Linux, or Mac OS

Technical Support for Vodcasting Applications

We are unable to provide support for vodcasting software or to test our feeds with specific vodcasting applications. If you are interested in using this technology or need technical support, you should enlist the help of your computer support staff.

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Questions? Contact:
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About “i on NIH”

“i on NIH” is a monthly, 30-minute MP4 video program from the National Institutes of Health, your reliable health information source.

“i on NIH” is a service of the Office of Communications & Public Liaison.

This page last reviewed on July 1, 2011

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