Multimedia

SOUNDSLIDES

Audio slideshow examples
One in 8 million
Rye Playland
The chess tournament
Divine Inspiration

Some student examples: Fall 2009

Tugboat tales by Ally | Life behind the glass by Evelyn | Roller Derby by Olivia

Slideshow tips

• Read the Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency chapters 10, 11

• Choose a compelling central character performing an interesting action/activity. Interesting voice and willingness to tell stories about self a plus.

• Audio: up to one minute with natural sound. Source introduces self at the beginning. Reporter’s questions edited out.

• Photos: You’ll shoot a lot of photos (possibly 100 or more) with a lot of variety: wide, medium, tight. But you might only use 10, the best of the best.

• Title and endslide: Title slide gives the title, endslide credits the reporter. You can create these using Photoshop or using the lower thirds feature in Soundslides.

• On your webpage, you should have a headline, blurb and photo that links to your slideshow.

• To publish, export your slideshow, then upload the contents of the “publish_to_web” folder to WWW/slideshow” using Webdisk. Your link will be: http://tiger.towson.edu/~username/slideshow/index.html

• You’ll want to create a slideshow folder in your WWW folder on Webdisk. Here is how. 1. Open the existing folder within which you want to create a new folder. 2. In the box labeled DestinedName, enter the name of your new folder. 3. Finally, click the MkDir (Make Directory) button to create the folder. Here is more on Webdisk

• Soundslides user manual located here

Making simple title slides in Photoshop

* Title slide: using this practice image, we’ll create an opaque cover and headline. You’ll want to layer your photo, decrease opacity and when you’re done “flatten” the image. You can do this all through the “Layer” tab on top.
* End slide: we’ll create a black box with your byline and the date. You can say Produced by Your Name with the date underneath.
* Save both as jpgs.

Soundslides practice | user manual

* On the desktop, create a folder called: slideshow raw files.
* inside of that file, create two folders: audio and images
* copy your images you intend to use to the images folder: image01, image02, image03  etc.
* copy your title slide and end slide to the images folder.
* copy the audio to your audio folder
* open soundslides: load audio, images
* input captions, change any necessary preferences
* save and export
* publish ONLY the “publish to web folder” by copying the contents to WWW/slideshow. (NOTE: When I tried this on my Mac, I could not upload the folder to my WWW. I had to upload the files one-by-one. Basically, recreate the contents of your “publish to web folder” in your WWW/slideshow folder. This means the folders named 400_600, 600_450, the files named index.html, etc.. All of it should be in your slideshow folder.)
* create a link on your homepage by linking to http://tiger.towson.edu/~username/slideshow/index.html. This URL link will go into the title slide you paste in your post. In edit mode, click on the “edit image” icon and paste your URL into the Link URL field.

AUDIO (sound clips)

Samples from Fall 2010

Types of sound

Actuality: an audio soundbyte. It’s the newsmaker’s “actual” voice. Adds emotion, variety, credibility, impact to stories.
Natural sound: The sound that’s happening around you as you report your story, such as the crowd cheering at a Ravens game. It pulls the reader into the story.

Audio journalism inspiration

This American Life | StoryCorps | Radio Lab | The Signal | Media Storm

Getting started

  • Always carry spare batteries. Make sure the mic battery is fresh.
  • Use an external microphone. Wear headphones during the interview so you know exactly what the recorder is recording.
  • Make sure the recorder is recording when you start. (“Test … 1 … 2 … 3 … ” and watch the levels indicator)
  • Don’t let the subject hold the mic. Don’t move your hand on the mic. Don’t swing or bump the mic cable.
  • Ask before you record.

The interview

  • Start by asking the subject to say his or her full name, job title, hometown, age, etc. If they say it too fast, ask them to say it again more slowly.
  • If the p’s and s’s are too pronounced while recording, move the mic and ask the subject to start over.
  • Ask questions that lead your interviewee to tell a story. Questions that lead to only “yes” and “no” answers make for bad audio.
  • Ask your interviwee to answer questions in full sentences.
  • Let your interviewee do the talking. Listen silently. Don’t say “uh huh,” just make good eye contact.
  • If you missed the soundbite, play dumb: “Huh? What’d you just say?” People will repeat what they said and improve on it.
  • It’s ok to take notes. The recorder can’t record visual details.

Afterward

  • Collect relevant natural sound, like hammers, crowds, water, traffic, street muscians.
  • Be ethical in your editing. Edit out um’s and ah’s, but don’t change the meaning of an actuality.

Editing audio

  • The Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency ch. 4 is a good beginner’s manual for editing audio.
  • You’ll use the free program Audacity to edit your audio.
  • If your recorder doesn’t output your files as WAV files, you can use Media Human’s audio converter or Switch to convert them.
  • To upload a piece of audio to your computer for audio recorders that do not have a USB hookup: connect the “audio out” of your recorder to the “audio in” of your computer. Open audacity. Press record in audacity as you press play on your recorder.
  • To delete um’s and ah’s: select and press the delete key
  • To undo: ctrl-Z
  • To move a piece of audio: edit menu or use ctrl-X and ctrl-V, just like you were copying and pasting in Microsoft Word.

Exporting audio as an MP3

  • Click on “File” then “Export as MP3″
  • You’ll get an error message if you haven’t downloaded the lame_enc.dll MP3 encoder. Here’s how to do it.

Posting the audio to your WordPress blog

  • Create a folder called “audio” in your WWW folder on Webdisk. Here is how. 1. Open the existing folder within which you want to create a new folder. 2. In the box labeled DestinedName, enter the name of your new folder. 3. Finally, click the MkDir (Make Directory) button to create the folder.
  • Copy the mp3 file to WWW/audio folder on your network drive or using Webdisk. (The upload window is in the lower right-hand corner). *Note: You don’t have to create an audio folder, you can just drop the file in your WWW folder.
  • Using Webdisk, adjust the permissions on your 1) your WWW folder, 2) your audio folder, and 3) your mp3 file. Do this by checking the box on the far right and then clicking the CHMOD button at the bottom. Type in 0755 for folders, 0644 for files. Note: If it’s not working, type in a 0711 code for your WWW folder.
    • Here’s the WordPress support page for the audio shortcode. Paste the shortcode into your WordPress post while in HTML mode. It will look like this [REMOVEaudio http://tiger.towson.edu/~username/filename.mp3%5D if the file exists in your WWW folder and like this [REMOVEaudio http://tiger.towson.edu/~username/audio/filename.mp3%5D if you created an “audio” folder. Take out the “REMOVE” bit. I just put that in because otherwise the audio icon would show, like this
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