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Digital Technology
EVALUATION
Evaluation of digital technology used
for RESEARCH
Digital Search Engines
Wikipedia - Advantages
One website we used for specific research was
Wikipedia. For example when we were
searching for fil...
Wikipedia - Disadvantages
However, Wikipedia does have its negatives. One
major problem with Wikipedia is that anyone
is a...
Google - Advantages
We used Google to find more specific research. Google is a search engine which finds websites accordin...
Google - Disadvantages
Although almost anything
you want to know can be
found out through a search
engine like Google, it ...
YouTube - AdvantagesYouTube is a site we made great use of to research opening sequences and find their codes and
conventi...
YouTube - Disadvantages
Only works well if you already know
what you are looking for.
It was easy to look up films such as...
IMDBIMDB was a great website for finding out various statistics and figures about
certain films we were researching. IMDB ...
British Film Institute (BFI)This website helped us out a lot when we wanted
to know who our films would be aimed at, our
t...
Evaluation of digital technology used
for PLANNING
Presenting Planning on
BloggerBlogger not only gives us the opportunity to record our work
to see the progress we have mad...
Viewing Other Work
On the blog we were able to
view other people’s work.
There were various other
media production groups ...
Accessibility
• The blog is open to
everyone to view and
comment just by
entering the blog web
address
• We are able to vi...
Using Different Media -
Images
We used a combination
of text and images so
that when we are
talking about a shot
from the ...
Using Different Media
- Videos and Presentations
We also had videos and
slideshow presentations
(hosted on slideshare) to ...
Final Cut Express
Final Cut was a useful editing software. Practising
how to use it was an important part of our
planning ...
Cameras
• We used two kinds of digital cameras in our planning work.
• We used Nikon 3100 DSLRs to take the stills needed ...
Evaluation of digital technology used
for CONSTRUCTION
Final Cut Express
• One of the main disadvantages of software like Final Cut Express, is that there is a
huge learning cur...
Using Final Cut
Sophisticated digital editing software which meant we could edit in a non-linear
way, trimming and re-orde...
Advantages of Final Cut
• Final Cut Express has:
• A clear layout
• Complete freedom to
alter almost everything.
• the abi...
Disadvantages of Final Cut
• The problems we faced from using
Final Cut Express were:
• We could only use it on the Macs i...
Live Type
• LiveType is another piece of software we used for our opening
sequence to create titles and credits and put th...
Use of LiveType
Live Type was a useful piece of digital technology because it gave us a
lot of editing options for our tit...
Construction Summary
• Advantages
 The equipment and packages
we used helped us to achieve
a high quality of results
 On...
Evaluation of Digital Technology
used for EVALUATION
Blogger
• We used Blogger to post all
of our coursework on. This is
a brilliant website as it is so
accessible. It comes w...
Comments and Feedback
We were able to use the blog to get feedback from another
school who did not know us and we found th...
Filmed Presentations
• We edited our filmed
presentations using Final Cut
Express. This gave the best of
both worlds – the...
Images and Text
• Thanks to the variety of
software and websites such as
Power Point and Blogger we
were able to present o...
Photoshop Mind Map
• When it came to evaluating
our target audience, our
thoughts were in short
bullet points. We thought ...
Commentary
• We used Final Cut Express to
layer a commentary on our
opening sequence under the
actual coursework.
• We wer...
Photoshop Montage
• We were able to create
a montage of stills on
Photoshop that gave a
very good visual
representation of...
PowerPoint
The use of slideshare technology has helped this evaluation because we
are all able to contribute individually ...
Evaluation Summary
• Advantages
 All our evaluations are stored together
on the blog with a copy of the final
work and al...
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  1. 1. Digital Technology EVALUATION
  2. 2. Evaluation of digital technology used for RESEARCH
  3. 3. Digital Search Engines
  4. 4. Wikipedia - Advantages One website we used for specific research was Wikipedia. For example when we were searching for film distribution companies, Wikipedia was useful for a starting point for facts. There is an entry on almost anything you look up and links to further information. As it collects information from a variety of contributors, and is read and amended by thousands, it is more reliable than it used to be because it is quite self-regulating.
  5. 5. Wikipedia - Disadvantages However, Wikipedia does have its negatives. One major problem with Wikipedia is that anyone is able to edit any article. Therefore, the content which is shown may not be totally reliable. Furthermore, Wikipedia did not offer specific answers to the way various things worked. For example, it did not describe the way in which various distribution companies operated. Therefore, we would have to do further research on another platform.
  6. 6. Google - Advantages We used Google to find more specific research. Google is a search engine which finds websites according to keywords entered in the search bar. With Google we were able to find thousands of different websites where we could find small bits of information on various different topics. Google was useful because we could search specific words to find information on it to help with our research. The related searches links at the bottom of each page also helped us to widen our research. We could also use advanced functions to narrow down time periods and so on.
  7. 7. Google - Disadvantages Although almost anything you want to know can be found out through a search engine like Google, it can be difficult and time-consuming to look through all the results and find the most useful sites. It was also the case that not all our searches yielded useful results.
  8. 8. YouTube - AdvantagesYouTube is a site we made great use of to research opening sequences and find their codes and conventions. An example of what we used were examples of opening scenes such as Batman which is pictured in the screenshot. We were also able to find tutorials and advice on e.g. lighting, using a dolly and so on. easy to search in anything you want to watch option to view small screen or big screen Can interact with other users via comments/liking - Advantages
  9. 9. YouTube - Disadvantages Only works well if you already know what you are looking for. It was easy to look up films such as “Green Street” which we had watched and knew might help. It was less successful to type a general search such as in the screenshot ‘opening sequences for social realism films’. Results tend to be student work, complete short films, lectures on social realism etc. YouTube does not have advanced search functions.
  10. 10. IMDBIMDB was a great website for finding out various statistics and figures about certain films we were researching. IMDB is an online database about tv and films. We used this website for finding out information for our target audience. We could find out, how much the film grossed in BOX Office; furthermore we could see which gender went to see a certain genre of film. Engaging visual media Main image of subject of research Detailed Information Links to related subjects Other Images of subject of research
  11. 11. British Film Institute (BFI)This website helped us out a lot when we wanted to know who our films would be aimed at, our target audience. It also was used to find how well our film genre(s) had done in previous years and if there was point in making a film in this genre essentially. It is very useful because the website has all of the data you would need to know all in one place and in a simple downloadable form so research is easy to find and learn. The way in which it is presented is very simple and bold also which helps.
  12. 12. Evaluation of digital technology used for PLANNING
  13. 13. Presenting Planning on BloggerBlogger not only gives us the opportunity to record our work to see the progress we have made to our media knowledge and our final AS product, but it allows other people from all over the world to see our work too. On this map, the countries highlighted in green are the ones that have seen our blog. This graph shows the amount of views we have got over 8 days. Calculates our page views.
  14. 14. Viewing Other Work On the blog we were able to view other people’s work. There were various other media production groups in our school. This allowed us to give feedback on their work as an external person who doesn’t know the storyline or its concept and to receive feedback ourselves.
  15. 15. Accessibility • The blog is open to everyone to view and comment just by entering the blog web address • We are able to view the blog at home, school and on smartphones
  16. 16. Using Different Media - Images We used a combination of text and images so that when we are talking about a shot from the trailer, it will be more user friendly, as our ideas are illustrated to the audience.
  17. 17. Using Different Media - Videos and Presentations We also had videos and slideshow presentations (hosted on slideshare) to share our research in a format we felt was better suited to that task.
  18. 18. Final Cut Express Final Cut was a useful editing software. Practising how to use it was an important part of our planning because until we knew how it worked and its potential, we would not have known how to film our actual coursework. Another reason planning activities on Final Cut
  19. 19. Cameras • We used two kinds of digital cameras in our planning work. • We used Nikon 3100 DSLRs to take the stills needed for our storyboard. • Canon HF G25 Camcorders to take the video footage for our practice tasks. • These cameras were vital because they were compatible with the editing software and transferred easily. Footage was backed up onto SD cards, could be viewed and deleted in camera and we were able to use auto functions when we were not confident and shift to manual as we became more confident.
  20. 20. Evaluation of digital technology used for CONSTRUCTION
  21. 21. Final Cut Express • One of the main disadvantages of software like Final Cut Express, is that there is a huge learning curve which requires a lot of time and experimentation to overcome. Although there is this disadvantage, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. • On the bright side Final Cut Express is quite well equipped and makes it easy to organize your footage. Its features are more advanced than a lot of other software, making our filming seem more professional.
  22. 22. Using Final Cut Sophisticated digital editing software which meant we could edit in a non-linear way, trimming and re-ordering footage, layering clips together with different audio layers beneath. The package offers a lot of flexibility in editing.
  23. 23. Advantages of Final Cut • Final Cut Express has: • A clear layout • Complete freedom to alter almost everything. • the ability to mix audio and visual tracks together.
  24. 24. Disadvantages of Final Cut • The problems we faced from using Final Cut Express were: • We could only use it on the Macs in school therefore we could not do any of the work at home. • Also we could not all edit at the same time so it caused some problems. • The software we used was hugely costly, but vital to the completion of our piece.
  25. 25. Live Type • LiveType is another piece of software we used for our opening sequence to create titles and credits and put them into our film through Final Cut Express. It gave us quality looking text and some unique effects in animation. • However, like Final cut Express, it is hard to get used to and takes experience.
  26. 26. Use of LiveType Live Type was a useful piece of digital technology because it gave us a lot of editing options for our titles and credits to get the exact effects we wanted, as shown on the right hand side. We had the freedom to choose colour, font, etc. This made it easier for us to create a opening sequence to a high standard.
  27. 27. Construction Summary • Advantages  The equipment and packages we used helped us to achieve a high quality of results  Once we were familiar with them we could use these packages quite effectively. • Disadvantages  Learning the packages was difficult at times and could slow us down as we were novices.  There are a lot of e.g. effects and transitions which you can use but not always exactly what you would like.
  28. 28. Evaluation of Digital Technology used for EVALUATION
  29. 29. Blogger • We used Blogger to post all of our coursework on. This is a brilliant website as it is so accessible. It comes with an app that enabled us to complete our work wherever we were on ipads and our phones. We could also evaluate constantly throughout every stage because we were constantly looking back.
  30. 30. Comments and Feedback We were able to use the blog to get feedback from another school who did not know us and we found their impartial advice useful. This is a good example of the sharing capacity of the blog and of digital technology.
  31. 31. Filmed Presentations • We edited our filmed presentations using Final Cut Express. This gave the best of both worlds – the sense of personal engagement of our debate and some visuals and headlines to add structure and support for the audience.
  32. 32. Images and Text • Thanks to the variety of software and websites such as Power Point and Blogger we were able to present our work in formats where pictures were accompanied by text. • This added to the variety of our work using a multi-media format and makes the blog more engaging for an outside reader.
  33. 33. Photoshop Mind Map • When it came to evaluating our target audience, our thoughts were in short bullet points. We thought a mind map would be a good way to present these. • Using Photoshop allowed us to pay a lot of attention to presentation and make the mind map attractive for the reader.
  34. 34. Commentary • We used Final Cut Express to layer a commentary on our opening sequence under the actual coursework. • We were able to layer in the comments we received from other student s in feedback in both print and video formats, again making this more engaging for the viewer and reinforcing the evaluation.
  35. 35. Photoshop Montage • We were able to create a montage of stills on Photoshop that gave a very good visual representation of our genre and allowed us to see what we had done visually to stay within it.
  36. 36. PowerPoint The use of slideshare technology has helped this evaluation because we are all able to contribute individually but create a single themed piece of work as a group. It also makes you make short, simple points and illustrate with visuals.
  37. 37. Evaluation Summary • Advantages  All our evaluations are stored together on the blog with a copy of the final work and all the associated research and planning.  We have been able to use a variety of presentational formats appropriate to the task.  We have therefore been able to work as a group on these evaluations but at the same time make our individual contributions. • Disadvantages  Has been time-consuming getting all the information and visuals together. Digital technology cannot do this work for you.  A lot of our evaluation has been done informally and in conversation and this cannot be logged or tracked through technology.

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