Cool tools

Speaking of video and such, broadcast prof Diane Guerrazzi sent us an email from BEA 2012 (the annual Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas) about a cool new FREE smartphone app for journalists. She wrote:

“I just saw an impressive demonstration about using an iPhone or an IOS device (iPod Touch, iPad) for newsgathering. It’s all through an app: Voddio.

“[It] can record video and audio, edit right in the phone, and the system can integrate into systems such as EZNews.”

Might be worth checking out at

Post your podcast

You’ve finished your podcast, and it’s sounding pretty good … now what? You need to find a place to host it so your friends and fans can listen to it, of course!

The bad news is that WordPress (at least the free version we’re using) doesn’t support audio uploads, unless you pay for an upgrade. Bummer!

But there are other options, including free podcast hosting sites like, Podomatic and Soundcloud. Once you’ve uploaded your podcast to a site like Podbean, you’ll be able to put a link to your podcast on your topical blog — and complete the final step of the podcast project. It’s worth a point.

BTW, another option is to import your podcast audio track into iMovie or MovieMaker, along with a single photo in the video track. Save this project as a “video,” upload it to a video hosting site, and embed it into a blog post. Voila! Now people can listen to your podcast.

iMovie pointers


As you continue working on your video for the video assignment, you might want to check out Brad Shirakawa’s recent video on making a simple iMovie video. (Brad teaches an evening section of MCom/APSC 63 … thanks, Brad!)

Also, be sure to check out the video & multimedia links listed on the Resources page of this blog, which includes links to tutorials on Windows MovieMaker.

When you’ve completed your video, you’ll need to export/compress it (i.e., “share”) for the web, and then upload it to YouTube or a similar video hosting site, such as Vimeo.

Once you’ve exported it, you’ll write a short blog post introducing your video for your topical blog. You can either embed your video in your blog post (the preferred method), or include a “live link” to your video in your blog post.

This assignment is worth 10 points (that’s 10% of your final grade). It’s due next Monday/Tuesday, April 23/24 (depending on your section).

Some fun videos

If you need some inspiration, check out some of the videos created by MCom63 students for this class last spring:

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Video project


For this assignment, you will shoot and edit a 2- to 4-minute video on a subject related to your topical blog.

You can use iMovie [Mac], MovieMaker [Windows], or similar video editing software to create your video. Be sure to include a title slide at the beginning of your video to introduce it, and another one at the end to list your film credits. Add transitions as needed to make your video flow smoothly. Include some audio: You may want to use music to introduce your video and to end it, as you did with your podcasts; you may also want to use background music and/or narration.

When you’re done, you’ll save your completed video for the web, and upload it to YouTube or another video service. Finally, you’ll put a link to your video (or embed it) in a blog post on your topical blog.

To prepare for this project, you will first complete a storyboard (1 point) outlining your video for the my review. (I’ve emailed you some simple storyboard templates and a sample storyboard for reference.)

(10 Points; 10% of Grade)

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Online A.S. election guide

Check out the Spartan Daily‘s online Associated Students election guide, a multimedia package complete with pics, profiles and videos of individual candidates, as well as links to the Daily‘s recent A.S. election coverage. (Consider it another prototype for your final multimedia project.)

This election guide was put together by editor Kyle Hansen, who took this class last year. (Yes, we profs like to brag on our success stories, and we certainly count Kyle as one of them!)

Like you, he started a blog when he took the class; he’s still writing Kyle’s Comments.

Video storyboarding: the next step, the next assignment

You’ve been playing with iMovie, creating a short video using stills and video clips recorded with the built-in iSight camera on your Mac.

The next step is to actually plan a video — that is, to come up with an idea for a simple story, develop a storyboard that outlines the story and the shots you’ll need to make it work, and then shoot your video and edit it into a 2-3 minute piece. This will be your video project. (And if you’re really on the ball, you’ll think ahead and create a video that can also work as part of your final multimedia project…thus killing two birds with one stone!)

Your storyboard for your video project is due Tuesday, April 1.

What’s a storyboard, you ask? Here are a couple links to information on storyboards and storyboarding:

UPDATE: To create a video, you need to shoot video…and not just in front of an iSight camera in the computer lab. Some of you are planning to use the video mode in your digital cameras. Some of you are planning to borrow a camcorder from the DBH equipment room after spring break (we’ll hope they survive the Mexico trip).

However, if you’re interested in acquiring a camcorder of your own, here’s one possibility: I just watched NTY Tech Writer David Pogue’s video review of the Flip Ultra video recorder, a low-cost, easy-to-use, “point-an-shoot” version of a camcorder. It’s under $200, and it looks pretty neat. I think I may get one.

Direct link:

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