How to Create an Audio Slide Show with Soundlslides (Fall11 OJ2 version)

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  • 1. How to Create an Audio SlideShow Using Soundslides
    Mark Berkey-Gerard, Journalism Department, Rowan University
  • 2. Audio Slide Show
    Three stages:
    1. Gathering and editing audio
    2. Gathering and editing images
    3. Producing audio slide show by synching sounds to images
  • 3. Think Story First
    Not about a lot of information
    But a sense of the experience
  • 4. Think Story First
    Think of your story as “someone does
    something
    because”
  • 5. Think Story First
    What do you want to
    communicate?
    One idea.
    Keep it simple.
  • 6. Think Story First
    Audio Structure:
    Begin with something interesting
    Build to the point (the why?) of your story
  • 7. Think Story First
    Layer photos:
    Pacing (balance wide, medium, close and content)
  • 8. Audio
    Good audio is the basis of multimedia.
  • 9. Audio
    Voices
    Emotion
    People telling their own stories in their own words
    Allows audience to imagine visuals
  • 10. Audio
    WHAT YOU NEED TO GATHER AUDIO:
    • Digital recorder (that saves as .wav, .wma or .mp3 format)
    • 11. Headphones
    • 12. Microphone
    • 13. Cables
    • 14. Backup batteries
  • Getting Started with Recorder
    1. Turn it on.
    2. Find record, stop, playback, files etc.
    3. Plug in headphones and microphone.
    4. Press record.
    5. Listening on your headphones.
    6. Start talking. Listen for sound quality. Reposition mic.
  • 15. Tips for Interviewing
    • Find a quiet place.
    • 16. Encourage the subject to answer in complete sentences by keeping your questions short and open ended.
    • 17. Avoid “yes” or “no” questions.
  • Tips for Interviewing
    • Do not move your hand or shake the device.
    • 18. Do not say “uh huh” or talk while you interview. Listen.
    • 19. Maintain eye contact. Listen. Nod.
    • 20. Get an ID: Name, age, occupation, location.
  • Collect Other Sound
    Ambient Sound
    The background sound of the room. Turn on your recorder and let it run
    For 2 minutes.
    Use it to loop under your interview later.
  • 21. Collect Other Sound
    Sound Effects
    Car doors slamming. Eggs frying. Dogs barking. Birds chirping. Gavel pounding. Dentist drilling. Etc.
  • 22. Editing Audio
    Audio Editing Programs
    GarageBand (for Macs)
    Audacity (for PCs and Macs) – Free download
  • 23. Editing Audio
    Common Types of Audio Files You Should Be Able to Recognize
    .wma (windows media audio)
    .wav (uncompressed windows file)
    .mp3 (most universal audio format – the Soundslides format)
    .aiff (Mac and standard podcasting format)
  • 24. Editing Audio
    1. Plug your recorder into the USB.
    2. Drag your audio file(s) onto your desktop.
    3. Make a copy. Ctrl and Click. Duplicate.
    4. Edit the copy, NOT the original.
  • 25. Editing Audio
    Switch Audio Converter
    A free download
    Works on both Macs and PC
  • 26. Editing Audio
    Switch Audio Converter
    Go>Applications>Switch
    Drag file in.
    3. Set Output to .aiff for Garageband or .wav for Audacity.
    4. Hit “Convert” button
  • 27. Editing Audio
    • Audio length = slide show length.
    • 28. General rule is one photo for every five seconds of audio (ie 90 sec = 18 photos)
  • Editing Audio
    • Don’t start with an ID…but if you have one it should be in the beginning third.
    • 29. Weave natural sound and interview.
    • 30. Export as .mp3 – High Quality
  • Photos
    • Take a lot of photos
    • 31. You need one image for every five seconds of edited audio. (i.e. 90 sec = 18 images)
    • 32. Wide, medium, close-ups.
    • 33. People. Action. Telling details.
  • Preparing Photos
    • Select only the photos you want to use
    • 34. Crop
    • 35. Rotate
    • 36. Color Correction
    • 37. Make sure they are saved as .jpg “High Quality”
    • 38. Put them in a folder
  • Soundslides
    • Made by journalists for journalists
    • 39. Application for creating slide shows and audio slide shows for the Web
    • 40. The standard at many online news publications
  • Soundslides Plus
    • Easy to Use
    • 41. Works on both MACs and PCs
    • 42. Cost $69.95. But you download free version. It will display “Demo” at beginning,
    • 43. Can only be purchased from website.
  • Soundslides
    Soundslides will:
    • resize all of your images for you
    • 44. allow you to order them any way you wish
    • 45. take care of file name and linking
    • 46. retrieve any embedded caption information
  • Soundslides
    Soundslides will NOT:
    • rotate your images
    • 47. allow color correction
    • 48. crop or allow you to crop
    • 49. allow editing of audio files
  • Soundslides
    1. Open Sound Slides program (Go>Applications>Sound Slides Plus)
    2. Upload Photos (JPG button and select entire folder).
    3. Upload Audio (SND button).
  • 50. Soundslides
    Edit your slide show.
    Adjust the timing for each image, drag the ends in the timeline at the bottom.
    Click the play button to preview the audio track and adjust the timing of the images.
    Save every time you make a change.
  • 51. Soundslides
    Save.
    Export. It will create a folder called publish_to_web.
    Save that entire folder as well as your original files.
  • 52. Soundslides
    Publish_To_Web folder contains all of the information for your slide show:
    • images of different sizes
    • 53. audio file
    • 54. HTML code
    • 55. Flash code (.swf)
  • Soundslides
    Important: The entire contents of the Publish_To_Web folder must be put on your Web site in order for the slide show to work properly.
  • 56. Think Story First
    What do you want to
    communicate?
  • 57. Think Story First
    Think of your story as “someone does
    something
    because”