Basics of Audio Reporting

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Basics of Audio Reporting

  1. 1. Audio<br />Good audio is the basis of multimedia.<br />
  2. 2. Audio<br />Voices<br />Emotion<br />People telling their own stories in their own words<br />Allows audience to imagine visuals<br />
  3. 3. Audio<br />WHAT YOU NEED TO GATHER AUDIO:<br /><ul><li>Digital recorder (that saves as .wav, .wma or .mp3 format)
  4. 4. Headphones
  5. 5. Microphone
  6. 6. Cables
  7. 7. Backup batteries</li></li></ul><li>Getting Started with Recorder<br />1. Turn it on.<br />2. Find record, stop, playback, files etc.<br />3. Plug in headphones and microphone. <br />4. Press record.<br />5. Listening on your headphones.<br />6. Start talking. Listen for sound quality. Reposition mic.<br />
  8. 8. Tips for Interviewing<br /><ul><li>Find a quiet place.
  9. 9. Record 30 sec of room tone.
  10. 10. Get comfortable. Make your subject comfortable.
  11. 11. Ask a introductory question.</li></li></ul><li>Tips for Interviewing<br /><ul><li>Encourage the subject to answer in complete sentences by keeping your questions short and open ended.
  12. 12. Avoid “yes” or “no” questions.
  13. 13. Ask subject to repeat herself if necessary.</li></li></ul><li>Tips for Interviewing<br /><ul><li>Do not move your hand or shake the device.
  14. 14. Do not say “uh huh” or talk while you interview. Listen.
  15. 15. Maintain eye contact. Listen. Nod.
  16. 16. Get an ID: Name, age, occupation, location.</li></li></ul><li>Tips for Interviewing<br /><ul><li>When you are done interviewing, let the recorder continue to run. Sometimes this is when you get the best stuff.
  17. 17. Make sure you have your ID.</li></li></ul><li>Collect Other Sounds<br />Room Tone<br />The background sound of the room. Turn on your recorder and let it run <br />for 30 seconds.<br />Use it to loop under your interview later.<br />
  18. 18. Collect Other Sound<br />Sound Effects<br />Makes audio more vivid.<br />Car doors slamming. Eggs frying. Dogs barking. Birds chirping. Gavel pounding. Dentist drilling. Etc.<br />

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