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Monday, October 20, 2014

KettleCorn Maker Video Remix assignment

For this assignment you must report on a  breaking or ongoing news event using Mozilla's KettleCorn online video remixing platform. For the first step in the project you must shoot video of your selected breaking or ongoing news event (from now on the "news value" of your story will be an increasingly important part of your grade). You will assemble a video clip that is two to three minutes in length.. This video may be one continuous shot or it may be several clips edited together. After you have your video assembled upload it to YouTube.
Create an account with KettleCorn and sign in. Get the URL for your video off of YouTube and load that into the Media button on the upper right side of the frame and hit the plus button on the video to add it into the timeline. For this assignment you must add at least one of each of these events: a lower third, text, popup, Google map,  image with a cutline and a Wikipedia link. You may add more than one of each these events if it helps you report your story. Use the timeline to place events where your want them on the video. Once you have completed your video remix, save your project and then hit the share button. Grab the embed code and place it on your blog along with an appropriate head line and a brief introductory paragraph.  These are the MINIMUM requirements for this assignment. There are so many things you can do with this platform I expect some projects that dazzle me. Have a rough draft of the project online by Monday, October 27th at 5 pm. This project's final deadline is 5 pm on Wednesday, October 29th at 5 pm.

Here is a brief example I made of a KettleCorn video about New Orleans.

Here is a brief video remix I did using Popcorn Maker of a concert honoring Fats Domino.  

Below is a video remix done by Alex Mowrey for last spring's class. 

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.