Josey’s Audio Slideshow Experience

I originally used iMovie to create my audio slideshow, which was extremely difficult to use. It was at my convenience at the time and I decided to give it a wing! I found that the font types were not consistent throughout each slide although I was using the same title pages each time. Strange. I was not able to extract audio from film as easily as I would have liked. For the final piece I started over using Final Cut Pro X, which was a lifesaver. It was so quick and direct. I enjoy putting together audio slideshows mainly because I love taking photos. I think it’s awesome that a photo can tell you so much about someone or something.

I found it really helpful to take as many photos as possible and to record even the littlest things because you never know when you will need it. I didn’t plan my script out before I went to the Wandering Goat Coffee Company. Instead, I went there with only a pen/paper and my camera. I sat there and observed the place. I spoke with the employees and customers to get a better sense of the cafe. I was really surprised to find out so many things about the coffee shop. I was inspired being there. I also went at a great time because it was not crowded, which gave me time to speak with the employees.

After I gathered all the data I then put the script together. For some reason this really worked for me. After learning so much about the Wandering Goat I plan to film there as well. I think I can get something more intimate and personal if I focus on this one cafe.

Audio Slideshow Experience

By Nick Pothetes

My experience with the audio slideshow was a positive one. I’ve been working with audio slideshows for a while and they’re never difficult, but you do run into kinks along the way that are always a bit troublesome. For me the hardest thing about the audio slideshow is planning for the entire piece before you can put it together. It would be like trying to make a collage by taking magazine clippings, but you can’t put it together until you’ve gone through and gotten all of your clippings. It works out, but there may be something you wish you have that you missed. The problem with the audio slideshow is that you can’t just go cut more pieces of paper for your collage. Your story happened and you have what you have.

For me I felt that my biggest issue was that I had too much natural sound. Typically this would be a good thing, but because I had to capture so many soundbites, because my story topic covered a cappella singing, I felt that my projects timeline (the palette that I arranged my story on) was choppy. This is a critique that i’ve had thrown at me in the past in previous journalism courses and I really need to keep a eye out for that problem.

Finally, I was really pleased with Final Cut Pro X. This is the program I used to create my audio slideshow. I think many people opted for the program Soundslides because they had infamous memories of terrible render times, and resolution issues in the original Final Cut Pro. This is no longer the case. Final Cut Pro X is much more user friendly, has 0 render times, and looks a lot more like iMovie. It’s easy to use and I’d recommend it to anyone!

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My Audio Slideshow Experience: A Tale of Madness and Terror

Let’s talk about slideshows, specifically audio slideshows, specifically audio slideshows made for J333, specifically the audio slideshow I made for J333, “How to Be At a Party When You Don’t Know How.” I subtitled this post, “A Tale of Madness and Terror,” which is an example of hyperbole, a writing trope commonly employed by the ten-year-olds who work at BuzzFeed. It is hyperbole, yes, but only just. Like all of my experiences with multimedia, creating this audio slideshow was a nightmare.

A particular sort of nightmare, though, since it stirred within me strong feelings of nostalgia, the preferred mood of my generation. Working in an Allen Hall lab (which feels like being inside an iPhone), tinkering with and cursing at SoundSlides–it all reminded me of working in an Allen Hall lab, tinkering with and cursing at SoundSlides, back in my sophomore year, before the building’s reboot.

After I completed my SoundSlides audio slideshow quickly enough (perhaps too quickly), I clicked “Export,” and waited for it to convert into a video. But all I got was a “publish_to_web” folder, a tangle of folders and sub-folders and files. I was confused, so like most confused people, I did the same thing over again: I clicked “Export” and I got the tumorous mass of files and folders again. This is the SoundSlides people’s playful little interpretation of being helpful, apparently.

Long story short, I finally figured out how to convert my slideshow into a video, after three hours of procrastination and a half hour of Googling. I didn’t have any natural sound (aka party noises, in my case) so I had to fix that on the second go around. I used iMovie instead.

Eugene Marathon video process

Today was the big day! The Eugene Marathon began today at 7 a.m. and continued on into the afternoon.

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To start my filming I went to the race expo on Saturday and filmed packet pick-up and the various vendors. I left with some good stuff and ended up registering for the Women’s half marathon in August.

Today I arrived at the start line bright and early to meet with the couple I was interviewing. This was Michael Thompson and Amira Fahoum’s first full marathon so I asked a few questions about how they were feeling and more about their training then let them warm up.

At 7 a.m. the runners were off and I stayed on Agate street until the last corral left. Then I got coffee. I headed up to 19th avenue and waited for the first runners to hit the 8 mile mark. I filmed on 19th for around 45 minutes then attempted to head down by the river.

Here is where I was met with trouble. The trails were cleared strictly for the runners so I didn’t have any good location to shoot from. I gave up on the river and headed back to the finish to meet a friend who was running the half.

I filmed for a little in recovery area then made my way to Hayward to watch the finishers. Michael and Amira told me they expected to take about 5 hours and by this time it was approaching 12 p.m. so I stayed at the finish until I saw Amira’s hot pink “I thought you said RUM” headband. I got a great video of them finishing out strong, which I sent to Michael immediately once they crossed the finish line.

Finally, I met them in the recovery area and finished up my filming while they iced legs and drank down chocolate milk.

Overall the filming went very well. I had a few issues with not having great angles and positions but I think I made it work. However, I realized that I don’t have the filmmakers eye. I made sure to get wide shots, close-ups, and medium shots but I think I may have some lags in transitions.

I ended up using my iPhone for a lot of the filming because the tripod I had was acting up and my video recorder kept tilting. I don’t think the videos turned out horribly and I am excited to edit them into a single-flowing piece.

Today was a very long but fulfilling day and I was very much inspired to get back into racing as soon as I can!

Final Cut Pro X vs. Soundslides: Creating An Audio Slideshow

The ups and downs of using different software to create an audio slideshow. 

By: Laura Witherspoon

About two weeks ago I dusted off my Final Cut Pro skills, that I learned during the Gateway to Media series at the SOJC, to create an audio slideshow about Falling Sky Brewing. I haven’t created an audio slideshow since Gateway so needless to say I was a little rusty. 

Getting the photos and audio wasn’t the hard part. I scheduled my interview with ease and arrived early enough to sample the beer and food. It was also a beautiful afternoon so I was able to get photos of their patio as well. 

When I sat down with my interview source he was a bit soft spoken and at times it was difficult to hear. I knew it would be hard to use the audio from the interview so I used the quotes and information for my captions and voice-over script. 

Sitting down to edit the audio was trickier than I remember. I haven’t had a chance to use Final Cut Pro X so it took me a few hours to make my audio file. I also confess I wasn’t quite sure how to save my project file for the audio in case I wanted to come back and re-edit something. I tried going back to edit some parts but realized I would have to start over in order to fix any part of the audio. 

After creating my audio track, I wanted to take a break from Final Cut Pro X and use Soundslides to put everything together. I’ve never used Soundslides before but I thought it would be easier than Final Cut so I wanted to give it a try. For the most part it was easy and straight forward until I got to the exporting phase of the project. 

I decided to google “how to export a Soundslides project” and found information on Soundslides’ support page. First I had to “export & zip” my project. Then, take that file and upload it to a converter, after the file was converted I was emailed a link to my slideshow. It was smooth sailing until I uploaded my slideshow to Youtube and realized my captions were missing. 

I scoured forums and support sites to try and find a way to convert my project, include my captions, and be able to embed my slideshow into a WordPress post. I found a solution to keeping my captions in my slideshow but had trouble finding a way to embed it into WordPress. I was able to upload my slideshow to a Soundslides hosting site which kept my captions but the embedding code kept getting deleted in my WordPress post. After a couple hours of trial and error, the best solution I could find was to hyperlink my audio slideshow in my WordPress post. Although I wasn’t able to embed it, I was able to keep the captions which are vital to my piece. 

Through this process I learned Soundslides might not be the best solution when trying to avoid Final Cut. I think Soundslides has a lot of potential but should work out its exporting bugs so that it is easier to convert and embed while keeping all facets of a slideshow. 

Joe Henderson talks on Eugene running community

Joe Henderson has run over 700 races and has written 25 books. He currently teaches running classes at the University of Oregon and has been in Eugene for over 30 years.
I wanted to know why Eugene was such a popular place for running so I went to Joe to find out. This is Sarah Rough reporting for Writing for Multimedia.
Joe: Today’s run is five miles, going up the usual half-mile a week and we’re going to the river today…
My name is Joe Henderson and I’ll be 70 in a couple months. I think of myself as retired but this is my passion of teaching running classes and coaching marathon runners.
Nike started a publication in Eugene called Running Magazine, which was a short lived effort, uh, but it got me here and I stayed here.
Eugene has been, since the 1960’s the running center of the United States. And there’s more runners per capita here than anywhere and there have been as long as almost anyone here can remember.
When I came to Eugene in 1981 I instantly felt that I was right at home. And it wasn’t that runners were lionized it was, it was more that runners were ignored, they were just part of the scenery. Nobody, nobody asked you why you ran or what you’re doing this stupid thing for, or, or harassed you when you’re out running. It was just normal.
There’s a place for everyone here. And a really good example of that was, this past weekend there was, for people who really wanted to have a good time and not be in a race situation, the Color Me Rad run. It had 6,000 people in the first year.
The U of O P.E. department has supported running since the 1960’s. There are not many universities that have this. But not many places are like Eugene either, where they could draw that many people.
When I see people catch fire, when I see them really develop the enthusiasm, where they come in here thinking, “Oh I’m gonna take this P.E. class, it sounds like it won’t be too bad, and then when it’s done I’ll go off and take another P.E. class. But to see them really get hooked on running gives me satisfaction.
If I can complete a marathon, do all the training and do that 26.2 miles on the day of the race…what other big thing can I take on. It gives them confidence that they can do this.
There’s hundreds of people, thousands of people around town who are just out running and so it is a really comfortable place to be a runner. And that’s why I have called it home for more than 30 years, and I’ll probably be here for the duration.

Making an Audio Slideshow

Making an audio slideshow for the first time was a challenging task. I met opstacles early on in the term. Originally, I had chosen to feature the UO Costume Shop for my term long project. However, after realizing the people who worked at the costume shop like to be backstage and not front and center with the spotlight on them, I switched my focus to the UO Urban Farm.

So with a gracious extension to the audio slideshow project due to the fact that I switched topics, I set out to take some photos at the Urban Farm. Photography isn’t my strongest suit, f-stops and aperture are foreign words to me. Luckily the camera I borrowed from the J school was great, and the sun that day was perfect for taking photos.

Nerves boiled up as I walked up to the farm director, Harper Keeler. I spoke with him briefly and reminded him of why I was there taking photos and he said that it was fine for me to walk around anywhere I’d like to snap some shote. And that is what I did.

It was hard for me to feel comfortable going around taking photos of people. It was akward and I didn’t want them to be weirded out by the fact that I was taking their photo. Needless to say, I started out taking photos of the plants. But slowly, I gained confidence and started taking photos of groups working together, then shots of individuals as well.

After a couple hours, a full SD card, and low battery, I headed back to download the photos and check out my loot. The photos were great and I was excited to get started putting the audio slideshow together.

Next came writing the script. It flowed naturally after spending time walking around the farm and talking to students. At the suggestion of one of my classmates, I recorded the audio using my apple headphones with the volume control/speaker, using Garage Band to capture the sound through my headphones which were plugged into my computer. Within a few takes I had satisfactory audio, however it was very awkward to hear a recording of my own voice.

With the audio recorded, I had a clear understanding of the different sections of the peice. I sorted through the photos and color-coded them so it was easy to go back and place them in their given sections. Then I decided to step it up a notch and added the Ken Burns Effect to the images.

What I didn’t realize is that zooming in on the photos like that caused complications when adding captions. I finished the video and exported, only to find that several of the captions were cut off. It took me quite a while to finagle the captions into the right place so that they wouldn’t be cut off, but in the end, I made it work.

Watching the exported video I was satisfied with my work, and even a little surprised that I was able to both take the photos, and narrate (both things I hadn’t done before) and it turned out nicely. Three cheers for trying new things!