How did you use media technologies in
the construction and research, planning
and evaluation stages?
Blogger is a website that people can upload different forms of information that they
have made too so people can see this on the internet.
I have used Blogger to upload all of my work from the start of the year. This includes
uploading Word documents, Powerpoint documents, Video and Audio files, Prezi
Files and Taggle files.
Premier Pro is a video editing programme that is used to edit video files. This is what we
used to edit the footage that we filmed and combined the edited footage with music and
a voice over as well as on screen graphics.
To start of with as a group we went out and filmed various footage that we wanted to use
to make our documentary. Once we filmed all of our footage we selected the files that we
felt were the most suitable and imported them into Premier where we started to cut
down the footage and place them in order using the razor tool.
Once we had done a rough edit of all the footage we then went
over the different video files again and cut them down even more
specifically to make the documentary flow smoother. This meant
making the intro quicker and more appealing so the viewer would
be more incline to keep watching. With the interviews we
filmed, instead of placing them all in together, we cut them up
and used parts mixed with the vox pops and others to answer
questions in detail. When the footage of interviews are playing we
used cut away shots over these clips so the person being
interviewed is still talking but the cut away shows what they are
talking about. This makes the clips look more professional and this
goes by the typical codes and conventions of a documentary.
On the print screen above it shows how we there is a clip of an
interview with the audio below it. We placed a cut away shot over
the clip of the interview but kept the audio of the interview
uninterrupted. This meant the sound from the interview carried on
playing whilst the image in the screen changed to someone baking
Once most of the footage for the documentary was in order and
edited properly we began to put the title of the documentary in
the opening sequence and the names of the people we
interviewed in the clips where they were talking. To do this we
right clicked on the project box where all the video files are
dragged to, went on to the new item drop down and clicked on
From this we could put a title on
top of the footage that would be
When the title had been added
we used a video transition effect.
The effect we used was the cross
dissolve, this made the name of
the person being interviewed
slowly fade into the picture and
slowly fade out again.
Once we had completed editing
the footage of the Documentary
and a voice over had been added
to the audio, We found a music
bed to play throughout the
documentary. We dragged the
MP3 file into Premier and placed
it under the voice over and
Photoshop is a graphics editing programme that is commonly used to design and edit
various things such as photos, logos and other digital based work.
We used Photoshop to create the print advertisement for the advertising campaign.
We started off by drawing sketches of what we felt would look good as a print
advertisement, once we had a few sketches we chose a design we felt was most
suitable and went further into making this a print advert. Firstly I went out and used
and SLR camera to take pictures of a cake. Once I had taken about 15 photos of the
cake from different angles and positions I imported them onto the computer and
looked at which photograph was most suitable.
I simply dragged the picture of the
cake into a new Photoshop file and re
sized to how it would look on the
print advert. Once I had done this I
was ready to start adding designs to
Now that the picture had been cropped to the right size I added the
channel 4 logo in the right hand side of the picture.
To delete parts of the logo so that you could see the background
image I used the magic wand tool and clicked on specific parts I
wanted to delete, selected control and inverse and then deleted it
so that you could see the background image instead of the white of
the logo but without deleting the logo itself
I then added text to the image, to do this I simply clicked on the horizontal type tool and
then made a small box in which I could type my font into.
Finally used the rectangle tool to create the rectangle background for the texts, I then
went on blending options and changed the colour of the box.
Audacity was used to create the radio advertisement and the voice over for the
To do this we went into the college radio room to use the mic to record into. To record
the voice over for the radio advert and the voice over for the documentary we simply
opened up a new document in Audacity and clicked on the record button, whilst it was
recording everyone in the room had headphones on and stayed silent. The person doing
the voice over spoke directly into the microphone. The reason everyone in the room had
headphones on is so we could listen to it as it was recording and make sure the playback
Once we had recorded this we put it onto a pen drive and imported it into our
documentary and a separate Premier file that was used for the radio advert.
HD Sony Camera and SLR Camera
We used the Sony HD video cameras to film all of our footage
for the documentary. To use the cameras effectively we also
used tripods. When we were filming interviews we used the
tripod to create a steady shot that used the rule of thirds
correctly. We also used the tripod for other shots such as cut
aways and establishing shots as this makes the documentary
look more professional rather than mediocre.
When we were filming interviews we used a small clip mic so
the sound would record on the camera.
The SLR cameras were used to take pictures of the cake that
was used for the print advertisement. I tried a variety of shot
types with the camera to get the right picture. This included
extreme close up shots, close up shots and medium close up
shots. I also swapped between automatic and manual settings
to get different effects when taking the photo.
Tagul was used to write down our
documentary content ideas after we had
come up with our main idea for the
Once we had come up with a large variety
of content ideas we put them into Tagul
and these words then created the shape
of a cup cake. Once this was on our blog
the person viewing the Tagul file could
click on a certain word that made up the
image of the cupcake and this would
automatically search into google.
Prezi was used during the research stage when we were
analysing various documentaries. I analysed Louis Theroux:
The City Addicted to Meth and used Prezi to present the work
that I did when analysing the documentary.
Firstly I started up a new Prezi document which
gives you the option to select a template that
you want to use for the layout of the analysis.
However I started a blank Prezi as I didn’t want
one of the pre set designs.
Once the new document has started it is
simply a case of adding a title, subtitle and
then adding the text around the blue circle.
PowerPoint was what I used to analyse some of the
documentaries we watched at the beginning of the unit. I used
this because it is probably the most simple and straightforward
way to write down and analyses of something as you can write
about each topic on a separate slide.
SlideShare is the programme that I
used to upload my PowerPoints to
blogger with. This was a very simple
task as all I had to do was click on
the upload button and then find
the specific PowerPoint file that I
wanted to upload, once it was
successfully uploaded I copied the
embed code into blogger and the
PowerPoint was then on my blog.
YouTube was used to watch the
documentaries at the beginning of the year
when we were analysing the documentaries.
This was also used to upload the voice over
video I made of screenshots from a
documentary I analysed, from YouTube I
could upload the video to my Blogger
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.