A nice long list of SND’s workshops this year, from advanced Photoshop to 3D graphics, with audio/video editing and Flash somewhere in between. via Will.
“Hello folks! Yes, you heard it right! Interactive Narratives have joined forces with ONA. We’ll be relaunching soon and we’ll be taking it to the level it should have been in the first place… a place where you can truly learn and exchange.”
Possibly an easy way to throw around a piece of Flash video with voice over documents. I’ll have to see what the encoding looks like – will screenshots be readable?
More notes from Cyndy Green on training newspaper staffs to weave video into their workflow. Just as with any story, planning and editing are part of the process.
Nice active video package Cyndy Green shot with a Casio Exilim point & shoot still/video camera.
Cyndy Green’s notes on training reporters to use P&S cameras at Canton.
You don’t know what it’s like for the web guy at a newspaper.
All day long, requests and ideas funnel in his direction, with no end in sight, and little help.
Web guys, this is for you.
Reporters, listen up. Here are five ways you can put together something wonderful for the web without asking the web guy a single question. All you’ll need to do at the end of each of these exercises is to send him a link or a hunk of code, if that. He’ll know what to do with it.
- Make a movie: Record your video. Edit it in iMovie (free on your Mac) or Windows Movie Maker (free on your PC). Upload it to YouTube. Send the web guy the URL. Bask in the glory.
- Produce an audio slideshow: Record your audio. Gather your photos. Forget about SoundSlides for the moment and edit it as a video file in iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Upload it to YouTube. Send the web guy the URL. Bask in the glory of your award-winning tearjerker.
- Create a podcast: Record your audio. Pick a photo or two to go with it, even if it’s just mugs of the people talking. Edit it as a video file in iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Upload it to YouTube. Send the web guy the URL. Bask in the glory of your ingenuity.
- Create an interactive map: Go to maps.google.com. Click on ‘My Maps.’ Follow the instructions. Add as much or little information as you have for each point you add to the map. Photos and videos go a long way. (Use the embed code from your YouTube videos here.) When you’re done, send the web guy the ‘link to this page’ URL or hit the ‘Customize and preview embedded map’ link, turn it down to ‘small,’ and send the web guy the embed code. He’ll know what to do with it.
- Create a social network: Go to ning.com. Follow the directions. I recommend choosing a topic that helps you serve the needs of the people you take the most phone calls and e-mail from. (Obscure high school sports coaches? Real estate agents? Kindergarten teachers? City council members?)
None of this requires any technical know-how. You don’t need any training to point-and-click your way through this process. Don’t sweat the details about things like ‘settings’ or ‘encoding.’ If questions come up, type them into Google. You’ll find the answers.
Most important: Don’t wait around for someone else to hold your hand through this stuff. You’re an adult. You can handle this on your own. Get started today.
(Yes, I know, I know. Next time I’ll use the phrase ‘web gal.’)
Melissa has an awesome summary of a training session on training reporters to report and edit for multimedia.
“As I said in my brownbag, you’re going to have to change the way you work. No more going out, doing interviews, then telling photo about it two days later. You’ve got to plan. You’ve got to work as a team.”
Current TV’s instructions for “producers” turns out to be a darn handy tutorial for training reporters and photogs on shooting and editing short video pieces. via Angela G.