Boot Camp Day 2: Videos are About Action!

NASHVILLE-   It’s 7 p.m. and we’re just wrapping up from a 10-hour day as the Multimedia Boot Camp continues here on the Vanderbilt campus.

We didn’t go out into the field today as much as we worked for hours and hours on the audio for our first audio and photo project.   Clearly, i’ve been emphasizing the wrong things when it comes to teaching my students how to use the popular photo gallery-producing software, Soundslides.

What I learned today about how to work in the Audacity audio editing program is going to be immediately put to work as a I try to edit some audio gathered last week at the AEJMC Conference in Denver, Colo.

Even something as simple as having a project presentation at the END of the project completion (instead of waiting until the end of the course) is an important lesson.   I’m used to doing end-of-semester presentations  (usually during final exam days).   But, starting this fall, we will be taking time as we go through the class to have students present and critique each other’s work.

Video Revelations

Usually when it comes to shooting video, I think I’m reasonably informed.  Boy was I wrong!   After we all presented our projects to the class, we were not only were introduced to quick keys in editing with Final Cut Express (similar to those in Final Cut Pro) but also sent to start  cutting and organizing video clips in minutes.  Wow!

Then, minutes later Val Hoeppner, our instructor dropped the BOMb of the day: “If there is no action, there is no video”

All of this time, I’ve been focusing on video for the Web as shooting and cutting soundbites and video of places.  But, what about video of action?

not me!

Well, until now.

Hoeppner’s point is that action is key to making the best story with video camera.  Duh!  I should know that as a broadcast television producer.    The problem is I have not been doing it with my camera.

Tomorrow– Day THREE.. we will be shooting and editing our first video pieces.

it’s going to be another grueling day.  But, I’m ready for it.

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Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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