Workshop for Journalism Students

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Video: Make your first video

On Wednesday in the workshop, students saw a demonstration of the “five-shot method” for shooting video. The reason for using this method is that it makes editing video more easy. If you shoot without a careful plan, you will find it is very difficult to edit your video.

If you missed the workshop that day, here is an overview of the lecture:

Five Shots, 10 Seconds

This is the PowerPoint I showed about Windows Live Movie Maker. Please view it full-screen.

To find a tutorial for Windows Live Movie Maker (Windows 7), or Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP), or iMovie (Mac), please see the links on this page: Video Resources.

NOTE: Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) does the same things as Windows Movie Maker (WMM), but the menus and controls are different. Make sure you are using the correct tutorial for your software, or you will be very confused! The iMovie software also does the same things, but it looks very different from the Windows programs.

This is the first video assignment I give to my journalism students in the United States: Video Part 1. You can see the instructions I give to them.


Links to today’s examples

These are the five examples of engaging journalism that were shown during today’s meeting:

  1. I Hope So Too: Flash, audio, database
  2. Los Angeles Homicides: database, maps, blog
  3. Tracking US Airways Flight 1549: Flash, animation, graphics
  4. WNYC Radio snow map: SMS + map + voice messages + radio
  5. William and the Windmill: creative video editing

Explore them!

Software list for the workshop

The following software will be used in the workshop. Please download and install it on your own computer. The software will also be available for your use on the lab computers.

  1. Audio editing: Audacity (read instructions in this tutorial so that you install it properly — the link to the download page is in the tutorial also). NOTE that you must download the LAME encoder and follow the instructions for installing it. There are SIX STEPS on page 1 of the tutorial. FOLLOW THE STEPS.
  2. Slideshows: Soundslides (download)
  3. Video editing: If you have Windows 7, install Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM); if you have an older version of Windows, you should already have Windows Movie Maker (WMM). If you have a MacBook, get iMovie 09 or iMovie 11.
  4. Photo editing: Adobe Photoshop version CS 4 or later
  5. Animation: Adobe Flash version CS 4 or later

Before installing new software on a WIndows computer, you should ALWAYS first run the Windows update program and install ALL the security updates and Service Pack updates. If you do not do it, you are very likely to experience problems caused by Windows after you install new software.