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What Videographers Can Learn from Public Radio
Will Coleyon 30 May 2014
Transcript of What Videographers Can Learn from Public Radio
Microphone is less intimidating
Measure of confidentiality
What's special about audio?
"Story of Self"
Participates with imagination
Intimate (headphones, listen alone)
Easy to multitask while listening
Eye contact easier
= better interview
Easier to record or edit than video
"Muslims Need Not Apply"
by @WillColey & Loris Guzzetta
Spoken Audio, i.e.
Radio talk shows
Audio within Video, i.e.
Image from "Radio: An Illustrated Guide"
by Abel & Glass
Location, location, location: Need quiet!
= Proper mic
+ Connect as Podcast to iTunes
Public Radio Exchange
Image from "Radio: An Illustrated Guide" by Abel & Glass
* Write like
Big frontier for digital audio = the car.
2/3 of traditional radio listening occurs away from home, much of that in cars.
Increasingly people using cell phones to listen to online-only radio in cars.
3 -4 inches
What makes a good story?
How can you make the best sounding story?
How can do radio producers get others
to listen to their stories?
"This American Life"
iPhone & Android App
"Most powerful testimonial I can provide for nonprofits is story of someone (a character) whose life has been effected by that organization. No talking heads. No scripted bits. But real, raw, emotional tape from a person whose life has been changed."
SoundCloud Smartphone App
Download & Setup
NYC Public Radio Club
Vojo.co: New tool for communities without regular access to Internet or "smart phones"
* Don't forget to check for confirmation email & click link to setup!
Using SoundCloud = Easy-to-share embeddable playe
+ You can measure listens
"Winning Justice at School: Part 2 "
by @WillColey & Loris Guzzetta
by David Weinberg
Click on image to listen
Ideally record audio first, edit & listen to it before shooting
If limited time, record "talking head" video but use little in final video
Capture action in the subject's own environment if possible (i.e. "b-roll"): stills and/or video
Gather images and ambient sounds of location that help set the scene
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PCM Recorder app for iPhone
More than half of Americans who go online listen to Internet radio services (Sept 2013)
"Fake it 'til you make it!"
Aaron Horenstein, The Media Map Project, World Bank Institute, 2011: "Percentage of respondents that use media sources every day, by region."
Occupy Bakery - Op-Docs
"Two-thirds of a good video is good audio."
Convening of Video and Audio Producers?
Parallel & Intersecting Tracks:
Spoken Audio & Audio within Video
Pew Research Journalism Project 2014
What did you notice in this radio story? Could you "see" what Marianne described?
What did you notice
about this story?
*Not there yet: Can't upload audio files*
Talking head video setup: Shotgun mic on boom stand