How did you use new media technologies in the construc4on and research, planning and evalua4on stages?
During the course of crea4ng my blog, music video, digipak and magazine advert I used a number of new media technologies to help with the research, planning and evlua4on: • Unsigned.com • Scribd • Google • MicrosoE Word • Final Cut Express • MicrosoE Power point • MicrosoE Publisher • Slide Share • SurveyMonkey.com • Youtube.com • Digital Camcorder • Bluetooth • BlackBerry Curve • Digital Camera • iMac • HP Laptop
Google was a key aspect in all stages of research, planning and evalua4on of our music video. It was our primary search engine and image library. Almost all of the images I have used thought my blog are from Google images apart from the one that I created myself on other soEware programs.
MicrosoE word was is generally the piece of technology most people use for word documents. However as we could type posts straight up onto the blog I rarely used it in any of the stages in create our blog and music video. The only 4me I really used MicrosoE word was when we needed to highlight and print the lyrics of a song. It is an easy piece of soEware to use and print from, plus thanks to the highlight feature it has we was able to highlight annotate diﬀerent parts of the lyrics so we knew what we was doing at each part of the song. Publisher is another MicrosoE soEware. The only stage I need to use publisher was the construc4on stage. This is because I used it to create the magazine advert. The reason I used MicrosoE publisher was because it has many diﬀerent layouts that I can choose from and it made it easy as aEer I choose the layout we just had to change the informa4on colour and pictures presented on it. MicrosoE PowerPoint is the key piece of soEware I have used in the evalua4on stage of our project. For all four of the evalua4on ques4ons I have created a PowerPoint and then used an external website to make them compa4ble with ‘blogger’. I choose to use MicrosoE PowerPoint for the evalua4on ques4ons and it is a lot more ‘presentable’ for larger chunks of informa4on than just wri4ng it up onto my blog. This way it will keep my blog a bit more 4dier and organised.
Final Cut Express was one of the two key pieces of soEware/technology in crea4ng my actual music video. This is a brand new piece of soEware and it was the ﬁrst 4me I have used it. It is diﬀerent to the edi4ng soEware that I used last year for my thriller, and a lot more complicated. So to help me get use to the soEware my group create a preliminary video. This was solely to lets us get use to the soEware. As jumping straight into new things doesn’t always work. Final Cut express has hundreds of diﬀerent features and allowed us to make the most of our music video and I feel it wouldn’t have turned out as good it we used the older soEware that we used for our thriller. Adobe Photoshop is a graphic edi4ng soEware. I used this soEware to help me in the construc4on stage of my project. It is the soEware I used to create my digipack. It is possibly the most complicated piece of soEware I had to learn thought out all four stages. Although I had some experience in using Photoshop before it was on a windows computer and it is a lot diﬀerent when you use it on the iMacs. Almost like a whole new soEware altogether.
YouTube is one of the fastest growing Websites in recent years. If you look at how big it is now and think that it was only created 6years ago. It is a site were people can upload anything and everything in a video format. YouTube was used in the research stage, the was to look up other music videos to help us with ideas and give us some inspira4on. Also we used YouTube to upload our music video and our preliminary video. This allowed us to make them compa4ble with blogger so we able to post them o our blogs. Channel $, obviously a well know TV channel, recently showed a program called top 100 music videos. This had all the best music videos ever made and was a huge chuck of the research stage. It gave us ideas and inspira4on to make our music video be_er and more crea4ve.
The Camcorder was one of the two key pieces of soEware/technology that I used to create my music video. The diﬀerence between the camcorder that we used this year compared to the one we used last year was the fact that this one is HD. This means that the picture quality is a lot be_er and clearer to see. Not only did I use the camcorder to create my music video but I also used it to create our preliminary video. So therefore it was a key pieces of technology in the planning and construc4on stage. The only 4me I really used the camera was to take pictures of the storyboard and anima4cs. This was to help with the planning stage of the music video. Although there are other pictures throughout my blog they were mainly taken on my phone then blue toothed to the iMac.
Slideshare and Scribd are two similar websites. Both of them are used in the evalua4on stage. This is because they can both convert a PowerPoint into a format that makes it compa4ble with Blogger. I decided to use these websites as they were the best websites I could ﬁnd for this purpose.
Facebook is a fast growing social networking website. This is the Website that I used to ask people to complete the diﬀerent surveys in the research and evalua4on stages that I created on SurveyMonkey. Bluetooth is a piece of technology that allows the transfer between two diﬀerent devices, such as, in the case I used it a mobile phone and a computer. Thought the process oﬀ all stages I used bluetooth to place pictures I took from my phone onto blogger. As we were not allowed to use copy righted music we had to ﬁnd music from people who were unsigned. This is where Unsigned.com came in. it is a site ﬁlled with 1000’s of people who put there music on. We searched around for a while and ﬁnally found a song the whole group like and then emailed the band for permission to use their song. SurveyMonkey is a website that allows people to design, create, and distribute surveys. This is the website that I used to create my two surveys from the research and evalua4on stage.
Though out all four of the stage I had to used these four pieces of technology. Firstly is the iMac computer which is what I used to do my work on blogger at school. Secondly is my laptop which I used to do my work on blogger at home. To help me use ﬁles from the iMac to do work at home with I would use my USB s4ck to take ﬁles home and work on. Finally I used my mobile phone to take pictures with that I have put onto my blog.