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.
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.
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/
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
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.
Interview recording options4. Recording a phone call to the Zoom / computerExample: http://cyclistsvmotorists.tumblr.com/post/20256167726/interview-with-edward-hore (recorded to computer)
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.
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