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Monday, October 13, 2014

KettleCorn Video Remix Proposal

Things are going to start getting interesting beginning with our next project. For this project we are going to be using Mozilla's KettleCorn online video remixing too. KettleCorn is an improvement on Mozilla's Popcorn Maker that was produced specifically for journalists. Here is a link to an article explaining the improvements in this new media tool: Introducing KettleCorn: Forking Popcorn Maker for journalists. Here is a link to the KettleCorn site. I suggest you take a look at it and get a feel for how it works before I demonstrate it to you in the next class. By the way, KettleCorn does not work well with Internet Explorer so use Chrome or Firefox.

Your assignment for Monday, October 20th by 5pm  is to post a proposed subject for this project with an entry on your blog. The subject must be a breaking or ongoing news event from which you will shoot video and then use KettleCorn to add additional contextual information. This project's deadline will be at 5 pm on Wednesday, October 29th so take that into account when you come up with a proposal.

Here is an example of a KettleCorn video.
If you want to see more examples click on this link.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Updated Requirements for Audio/Video Slideshow

Since we had the software update snafu I have adjusted the requirements for the audio/video slideshow assignment. You can use either a voice-over or music bed for your slideshow or you may combine the two. Any of these will be acceptable. If you want to use a our handheld cameras to record video to use as audio you will have to convert the video file to an audio file, preferable an mp3. You can do this using the free Any Video Converter program. You just load the video file and then convert it into an mp3. Then you should be able to load it into Window Movie Maker using the music button. As always, your creativity in telling your story is the most important part of any assignment so I am looking forward to seeing some great projects for next week.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Timeline Assignment

A typical Dipity timeline.
   Your next assignment is to create a timeline using the online resource Dipity.   Dipity allows you to create a timeline incorporating photos, videos, text, mapping and various other informational resources. Timelines are an excellent storytelling tool when you are reporting on an event or placing into perspective the evolution of a social or political issue. They are also an excellent tool to document someone’s life history.
   For this assignment you need to find an event that you can cover that takes place over a period of time or find a bigger social issue or political issue relevant to college students that you can document on a timeline (For example: the evolution of women’s rights on college campuses).  You could also document the history of an organization on campus or provide the timeline of someone’s life, perhaps a significant faculty member. Remember they must have relevance to other students on campus--not your boyfriend or mom and dad.
Remember that all videos and photos used in your timeline must be taken by you or your need to get permission to use the material and then give credit to the source.
    The minimum requirement for this assignment is the creation a timeline with at least 10 events. Of course the more photos, videos, mapping and supporting material you have the better your timeline will be. After you have created your timeline you will embed it on your blog with an appropriate headline and an explanatory paragraph.

    Next Monday I will demonstrate Dipity to you. I want you to come to class with a proposed subject for this assignment. 
The timeline is due by 5 pm on Monday, Oct 20th.

FYI-mapping is an essential part of this assignment but Dipity likes longitude and latitude more than an actual address.  I will show you how to get the longitude and latitude for any location using Google maps.

Here are links to some examples of Dipity timelines: Obama's inauguration, How the debt talks spiraled into crisis and a history of flooding in Greater Lewis County (scroll down past the video). Below is a timeline from last semester's class.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Audio Slideshows

Before you settle on a subject for your audio/photo slideshow take a look at these examples. These slideshows feature natural sound and voice-overs provided by the subjects of the slideshow (not from you). Here are some examples you can look at  from a class similar to ours at George Washington University.

One Local Grocery
Libya White House Protest
DC Brau
From the Dugout to the Desk

Here are some examples of slideshows that are national finalists in this year's Associated College Press category for audio slideshows.
Playground Pauley-UCLA Daily Bruin
Dance Works-George Washington University Hatchet
Dedication to the Goal-Michigan State News

Remember to have an event or topic in mind for your slideshow on Monday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Photo/Audio Slideshow Assignment

You will create a photo/audio slideshow about an ongoing or breaking news event. You will record audio from participants in the event to create the audio background for your slideshow. You might also record some natural sound for your slideshow. You can do this by extracting the audio from your video or by recording audio separately. You will then import related photographs to create a visual montage that coordinates with the audio.  I will show you how to pull both the audio and the photos into Windows Moviemaker  and create transitions between the photographs. If you wish you can add music to your slideshow. Incomptech is a great royalty free music website. You will also need to create a title card for this audio slideshow and include captions when they are needed. After you have created your audio slideshow you will export it as a movie and then upload it to YouTube. The finished audio slideshow should be between 2 and 3 minutes long. Embed the finished audio slideshow movie on your blog with an appropriate headline and a brief paragraph giving details about the event that was covered.

Here are some suggestions for this project.
  1. Make sure your audio is as clear as possible. I will show you how to use audio off a video to complete this project but you may use a digital audio device, including the audio recorders in the lab or possibly your phone (but check the quality of this audio).
  2. Make sure you have the best photos you can get for the assignment. Be careful about your lighting and make sure you are following the rule of thirds.
  3. Create a narrative with your photos that matchs the audio you have selected. I would suggest  leaving each photo up four to five seconds. You need to create transitions between photos. I would strongly suggest something simple like crossfade. Do not use more than one type of transition for your slideshow.
  4. Add an appropriate title sequence and credit sequence to the slideshow.
  5. Do not use photos that you have not taken or copyrighted music to this slideshow.
I will give you a demonstration of how to create an audio slideshow on Monday, September 29th. Be ready at that time to pitch an idea for what event you would like to cover for this assignment. The deadline for this project is Monday, October 6th at 5pm. To complete this assignment you must post links to your photo/audio slideshow up on the class Facebook page and on Twitter.

Here are a couple of examples from the last class.





Video Assignment


Each student will establish an account on YouTube. You should then link this account to your other Google accounts. After establishing your account use a digital camera to take short videos with a common theme or of an ongoing or breaking news event. Remember that the news value of your story is an important element of every assignment in this class. The videos should be between 15-90 seconds in length. One of the videos should be a direct quote from one of the participants in the event you are recording. Make sure to get the person’s name so you can write an appropriate cutline. Upload the videos (minimum of four-maximum of six) to your YouTube account and on each video include at least one caption about what is being seen. Embed your videos to your blog with appropriate cutlines and an appropriate headline. The videos, cutlines, headline and captions should tell your story so there is no need for additional text. This assignment will be due on Monday, September 29th at 5 pm.


Instructions on how to upload and embed videos on YouTube.

  1. You can download the videos off your camera using Photo Gallery. When you find a video you want to edit go to the Create tab and hit movie. That will import the video into Windows Movie Maker.
  2. Or you can download the videos directly to the computer and open Windows Movie Maker. Hit add Photos/videos button. Find your videos and load them into the program. Once you have a video loaded open up the project button and make sure you are in widescreen. Select Save Project As and name the the project and save.
  3. I won't go into all the details here but basic editing techniques can be found on this pdf about Windows Movie Maker. I suggest you print it out and keep a copy to consult. Trim the videos to appropriate lengths and add captions that give the viewer additional information.
  4.  Log into your YouTube account and hit the upload button. Select your video(s) and upload them.
  5.  For each video name it and tag it appropriately.
  6. In order to embed a video into another website or blog: Click the Share button located under the video. Click the Embed button. Copy the code provided in the expanded box.
                  ·You may also customize your own embeddable player by clicking on the embed code. 
                   When you click on the embed code the space below it will expand and reveal 
                    customization options such as:
                                              · whether or not to include related videos
                                              · whether or not to enable privacy-enhanced mode
                                              ·  whether or not to use the old embed code
                                              ·  the size

      7.       Paste the HTML code into the HTML window of your blog. Then go back to the compose
            window. Your video should appear.

Here is an article that gives some basic pointers on how to shoot video with a small digital camera. Here is a link to a fun video innovative ways to use a GorillaPod.
Here are a couple of links completed assignments from past classes: And you're on in 5..4..3..2..1. and  I HOPE that you are being safe.