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Video assignment

Use a Flip camera (or your own point-and-shoot) to produce a 3- to 4-minute video in Windows Movie Maker.

The video must feature an interview with an expert (professor, business owner) in your blog topic area. It can include other elements such as music, narration, and clips with other subjects, but the focus should be your [...]

Video, Flips and how not to flop

Some of you will (should) be finishing the slide show, so we’ll get a few headsets if you need to voice your narration. However, we need to keep pushing ahead, and give everyone the chance to to start work on your video over Easter break. (See Schedule for recent changes).

The assignment is in the post [...]

Slideshows and taking stock

Here’s the plan for today:

update on who owes what (law, ethics, 8 posts)
another look at Soundslides (e.g. Movement under Slide Info can be useful e.g. as a zoom effect but even that can be overused)
photo tips explained and a look back at some examples; plus here are a few more: force the flash if sun [...]

Posting Flash (.swf) in Soundslides

As I was saying in the previous post, playing a Soundslides presentation directly in WordPress, rather than on an HTML page (via its publish_to_web feature) has a non-obvious solution. You’ll see that at this point I have links only. I tried to Add Media via Upload/Insert but got only the link again. It’s exported as [...]

Soundslides and slideshows part 2

Your assignment is to create a slideshow with audio that lasts from 1:30 to 2:00. It needs a narration at least, but for extra credit and a better product, you can also add recorded sound/interviews and music. For free music, try Jamendo.com.  The procedure is up to you but here are some tips:

storyboard the show [...]

Practice photos

#gallery-1 {
margin: auto;
}
#gallery-1 .gallery-item {
float: left;
margin-top: 10px;
text-align: center;
width: 33%;
}
#gallery-1 img {
border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;
}
#gallery-1 .gallery-caption {
margin-left: 0;
}

The King’s Way, Prague

Audacity final update, tips, samples

OK. Some more tips/reminders:

Try the timeshift tool (double arrows) if you want to move some of your narration in between quotes
select, go to Effects->Amplify as another way to adjust sound, with preview
you can do the export to MP3 without using Quick Mix (in the handouts)
remember to split a stereo track, then just delete (use X) [...]

Switch

We’re missing a key piece of software. It’s called Switch (discussed below) and we need it to convert your WMA files from the Olympus to MP3 so you can mix it in Audacity.

I have it and can convert as needed today. Also MMS can do this for you. So let’s still aim to get this [...]

Playing audio

This turns out to be a bit of a can (of worms). Sort of like video embeds. You’ll note in the post below that I could only get a link to the MP3. I have since installed the Audio Player plug-in and have to see if it gives me a fourth option in the install [...]

Audio 2

Some ideas for the audio assignment: go ahead and download Audacity with the LAME encoder (both free) as mentioned on the first handout. Be sure you know where the encoder is installed, as noted. That’s what allows you to export to .MP3 so you can post it on your blog.

While you’re at it, get Switch [...]

Audio

OK. We’re going to dive into audio and Audacity. This will also be required knowledge for your Soundslides project after break.

You will produce a 90-second to two-minute audio story related to your blog topic. You need to have some narration, perhaps an introduction that lays out what follows (notably the question; see below), and at [...]

Ethics and images

As a followup to yesterday’s discussion, take a look at this example of how prevalent green-screen techniques have become:

And you probably remember this from 9/11:

Photoshop-ed plane