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

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

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

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