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You've spent a good chunk of time looking for specific content. You want to save it, easily find it again, and share it with others. You've got a blog and want to embed images from LUNA into it. How do you effortlessly do all this? Simple, create Media Groups.

Media Groups are an integral piece of LUNA and have many tools to help you organize and share your select content.

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Creating Media Groups

Media Groups are a great way to save, organize, and share select media. Upon registering for an account in LUNA a private Active Media Group is automatically created and named "My First Media Group". As you browse LUNA you can easily add media to your Active Media Group and create as many Media Groups as you like to then embed, link to, playback as a slide show, or use for creating presentations.

To create a Media Group:

  1. Go to Create in the LUNA main menu and select Media Group, or select Create Media Group from the My Groups Page.

  2. Enter the name of the Media Group you wish to create.

  3. Check Yes or No to making the Media Group public.

  4. Type in a password if you want to password protect your Media Group.

  5. Select a folder from the pull down menu to store your Media Group. If you have not created any folders it will default to My Groups.

  6. Check the box if you want to make this group your Active Media Group.

  7. If you choose, write a description of the group, up to 50 characters long, which can later be used to search Media Groups.

  8. Media can only be added to one Media Group at a time- your Active Media Group.

  9. You can change which group is your Active Media Group in your User Settings, or and even simpler way is from the Active Media Group pull down menu located next to the Keyword search box.  

  10. After finding the media you would like to add to your Default Media Group, simply click on the icon in the upper right corner of the thumbnail. You’ll see a white border flash around it once it’s been added.

  11. Media will remain in your Media Group until you choose to edit it.

              

Creating a Folder for Media Groups

Media Groups can be listed individually or saved into a folder. To organize your Media Groups use the Create Folders function.

 

Folders can be saved in other folders and will be presented in a simple tree structure.

 

Folders created for a Media Group will also appear in Your Presentations list.

 

 

 

 

 

Your Active Media Group

As soon as you register an account in LUNA, an Active Media Group is created. This first Active Media Group is titled "My First Media Group." As you browse content in a collection you can add this content to your Active Media Group.

Checking what is already in your Active Media Group

While browsing LUNA and looking for content to add to your Active Media Group you might want to check to make sure you haven't already added that content. For a quick reference to see what is already in your Active Media Group, open the Active Media Group panel located at the bottom of LUNA.

 

Changing your Active Media Group

You can easily change which Media Group is the Active Media Group:

  • Using the pull down menu below your username, select the Media Group you wish to designate as the Active Media Group.

          

  • In your user account settings, select the Media Group you wish to designate as the Active Media Group.

Viewing Media Groups

By clicking on the title of a Media Group you can view the media in that group as a page of thumbnails. You can quickly change the size of the thumbnails and the number of thumbnails per page using the viewing tools.

   

 

From this page of thumbnails you can also do the following with your Media Group:

 Edit Media Group properties (name, publicly viewable, password, folder, default, description)

 Manage the Media Group

 Reorder media

 Copy the Media Group

 View the Media Group as a Slide Show

 Export the Media Group

 Export Media Group to PowerPoint

 Add external media (Flickr images) to the Media Group

 Add personal media from My Uploads

Viewing Media Groups as a Slideshow

In addition to viewing the media in a Media Group as a page(s) of thumbnails you can view them as a Slide Show. The Slide Show can be used for immediate playback, and as with all other pages in LUNA, can be linked to and embedded in an outside application. Only images and pages from BookReader objects will appear in a Slide Show. If you've got audio, video or other media in a Media Group these will simply be omitted from the Slide Show.

To view a Media Group as a Slide Show:

  1. Open the Media Group by clicking on its title.

  2. Click on the Slide Show icon. The Media Group will then be presented as a Slide Show.

  3. Mouse over an image in the Slide Show to view the paging controls. These controls allow you to move onto the next or previous slide, or view the image in the Detail View

  4. Audio, video and other misc. files will not be included in the Slide Show. So if you have 14 objects in your Media Group and 2 of them are audio files, you will only have 12 objects available in the Slide Show playback.

  5. You can link to this Slide Show by clicking on the Share This tool in the upper right corner, or Embed This to create an embeddable web widget of the Media Group as a Slide Show.

 

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