Ts2012, week6


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6th lecture for my course Transient Spaces at RMIT University.

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Ts2012, week6

  1. 1. Agenda More tips on ways to find great online content Interview tech options Interview tips Vox pops v. ‘proper’ interviews Using the zooms Let’s get the zooms
  2. 2. More ways to find online content
  3. 3. Interview recording options1. Using the voice memo function on your phoneExample:http://cyclistsvmotorists.tumblr.com/post/18943146494/oscar-is-a-cyclist-a-motorist-and-most-recently Audio quality can be quite good, but remember to keep the phone close, and find a quiet place. But not too close or it might distort! The problem is that you can’t test the levels, except by doing a test recording and listening to it through headphones.
  4. 4. Interview recording options2. Using a Zoom http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v= T9GIzarhwyE Example of outside recording: http://cyclistsvmotorists.tumblr.com/post/19828660885/intervie w-with-beck-roy-bicycle-transport Most important things: Check the levels Make sure you are actually recording, not on pause.
  5. 5. Interview recording options 3. Recording a Skype interview  My test with quicktime resulted in poor quality (http://cyclistsvmotorists.tumblr.com/post/19775280974/the- second-interview-for-my-melbourne-cyclists)  As usual, I’m more concerned about audio than video, if the vid is too bad, you can always just use a still.  Great tips for audio improvement here, but rather technical – and you may not be able to get around the Firewall http://www.blogarithms.com/index.php/archives/2007/12/23/skype- for-interviews/
  6. 6. Interview recording optionsSummary of the easier things: Quit all applications except what you really need good broadband Make everything as quiet as possible Both parties should use a headset USB mic if possibleEg,http://shop.skype.com/headsets/#/#categoryid=1&sortby=3&subcategoryid=&filter=&manufacture=&price_range=~30|30~60|60~90|90~&page=1
  7. 7. Interview recording options They recommend audio recording software called CallBurnerhttp://www.callburner.com/ Free 30 day trial And post-production audio level software called The Levelator:http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator FREE You’d also edit out the clicks, umms, stutters etc in Audacity (or similar)Note: don’t edit the audio if you’re going to marry it up with video, itwill get out of sync.
  8. 8. Interview recording options4. Recording a phone call to the Zoom / computerExample: http://cyclistsvmotorists.tumblr.com/post/20256167726/interview-with-edward-hore (recorded to computer)
  9. 9. Interview recording options
  10. 10. Interview tips
  11. 11. Interview tips
  12. 12. Interview tips
  13. 13. Interview tips
  14. 14. Interview tips
  15. 15. Vox pops v. ‘proper’ interviews A vox pop is a stranger off the street who you ask a couple of questions to as they walk by. You will get an unreflected, off-the-cuff opinion rather than a carefully thought through response. They are useful for capturing the public mood, but it will be superficial. A proper interview is organised in advance, you’ve given the interviewee warning about the subject matter, you’ve found a good (quiet, well lit, uninterrupted) location. You will get more interesting answers this way.
  16. 16. Interviews: things to try Recording a phone call to the computer Using the Zoom outside (in the wind, for example) Do a few ‘vox pops’ outside Try out a few of your real questions, to see if people understand them the way you mean If the lab computers have Skype, try recording a Skype phonecall Using the voice memo on your phone