Podcasting Resources January 9, 2009Posted by Lee Cherry in 1.
Tags: experiment, new media, podcast, tutorial, universal design, video
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A lengthy overview and resources available for creating and setting up a Podcast; which is a bit or trial-and-error as well as a subtle artistic endeavor. This is a running document for students taking Universal by Design (iTunes Link) through The Center for Universal Design at NC State University, College of Design.
Audio and Video Capture
Get good audio.
- Garbage in = Garbage out… Cleaning up scratchy, muffled, inaudible audio is next to impossible.
- Use an external microphone if you can (even better, wireless lavaliere)
Otherwise — make sure the camera is close to the subject speaking.
- Pay close attention to background noise that may interfere with dialogue.
- Bring a pair of headphones so you can sample the incoming audio signal from the camera microphone output
- Shoot in standard definition when possible
– Although some video services are accepting HD footage the majority of what you will be producing will be just as visually compelling online
- Sometimes smaller is better (camera size)
- Tape is cheap. Time and opportunity are not.
– If you’re using SD or Hard Drive based cameras be sure to allocate tape sessions appropriately so you don’t run out of drive space during a shoot
- Tape provides an instant archive – swap, label, shoot, repeat.
- Don’t store projects on IT lab machines.
– Purchase a good external Firewire or USB2.0 hard drive, 500GB minimum
- Use a tripod to avoid the Blair Witch/Cloverfield look
– unless you are going for that sort of visual style
- Pretend that the zoom lens was never invented
– you can get better footage if you cover a wide shot and then a close up without awkward zooming
- Shoot cover footage (ambient)
- Trust your eyes over auto-focus.
- Pay attention to lighting (color, amount)
– check your camera settings for indoor vs outdoor lighting settings it can make a big difference to skin tone and environmental colors
- Don’t point directly at a light source.