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Monthly Archives: November 2009

A nice video detailing the release of a fantastic collaborative album between Dr. John and some musical greats.
Nice B-Roll footage of him walking ’round Crescent City, as well as interviews with the other musicians and showing some studio time.
Bon temps roulez, y’all.

~ Josh Cutchin

I found many interesting video stories in Sometimes, you don’t need to watch a full video to know a whole story. The scenes of the ocean waves in a hurricane of the deleted clips are very impressive! I think they did have at least two camera to record these: one on the ship and another on another ship nearby. But, I think that they also shoot the repetitive fishing actions from the same camera to make matched actions in this clip. Bellowed the video, there are a playlist contains more clips. I wish you also enjoy them!

Here is the linkage:


I tried this earlier but I don’t think it worked – good multimedia documentary about the Galapagos Islands.

This video explains why we should be impressed even when hitters do something as “basic” as get a base hit. The leadoff hitter is a testament to the importance of good hitting (not just good home run hitting). The lead off hitter is generally a player who has a high batting average, high on base percentage, faster runner, hits to get on base–not so much for power or to hit home runs.

After considering that, then the respect for the home run hitter sets in because so many factors need to occur for a home run to occur.

To me, it adds  context to the significant accomplishments of the baseball’s hitting legends  and why they comprise a small yet distinguished and celebrated group in the sport.



Here’s a link to a video with good transitions. It is about cooking soup.

Since it is the holidays, I’m sure everyone had lots of turkey. I found a good video clip (with good shots/b-roll) on how to make a crispy golden roast turkey. Enjoy and make sure to watch the transitions in the video!

Click here to see the video clip:



Okay, here’s what we need to be working on …

By 5 p.m. on Friday, November 20, you need to have an audio slide show uploaded to the server in the lab. Lab will be open on Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Friday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. I’ll look at that over break and send you a critique and grade. If you’re happy with it, you’re done. If you’re not, you should shoot and record another story or profile piece. Make sure your audio is clean and the photos well controlled. Don’t choose something indoors, choose something outdoors to make the photo side that much easier. That piece will need to be uploaded to the server by the start of class on December 1 – which essentially means you’ll need to upload it on Nov. 30, lab is open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. then.

All of the software is available for free except for SoundSlides – that has a free demo, but you’ll need to move the project onto a lab computer, open it, save it, then export it to clear the demo message. I will not accept a project with the demo message on it. You will also need to have a headline and cutlines on all of the images – just a single sentence explaining what’s happening in the photo or how it pertains to the story.

For readings, you should finish off the Mindy McAdams RGMP (if you haven’t alread) as well as the Journalism 2.0 book. Both have lots of tips for handling video that are helpful. Which leads to …

Your video shoot. Find a simple story to tell, a profile of a newsworthy person who does something visual and repeatedly. Heres what your final piece will need:

  • An interview – find a good, quiet location, move in close so the camera microphone will pick up their audio and get them to talk about the subject.
  • B-roll – also called cover shots, you’ll use these to fill in the story. Doing the interview first will help you figure out what you need to shoot. Every video shooter and editor will tell you this: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH B-ROLL.
  • Matched action – you need to shoot one repetitive action from at least two different angles so you can edit them together to make it look like you had two cameras shooting at the same time. Make one a medium and the other a close-up to keep it simple.

You’ll bring this footage into class on Dec. 1, when we’ll talk about the editing process and then have you start editing. The final video will be due on the server by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. We will edit in Final Cut Pro, but if you are more comfortable (and have access to) iMovie or Movie Maker, I’m okay with you using that. You will have to turn in a QuickTime (.mov) file – make sure your version of Movie Maker can do that, some can’t.

Here are links to two video pieces you should take a look at. The first is a very simple, straight forward piece. The second is infinitely more complex, but a stunning example of the power of video:

You should be looking at lots of online video now. Find a great piece and give us a link to it, that’s the last part of your assignment. Let’s see those by the end of this week.

Hi Class,

Here are two videos that I thought were good.  One is a critique of Fox news [] and the other is about the death penalty [].

The link above is for an audio slide show by NYT sports writer Jay Schreiber from early 2008. At that time, Roger Clemens was a public relations disaster having been named in the Mitchell Report, in which former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee claimed he injected Clemens with  steroids. Schreiber sets the scene because both will testify before Congress. He begins by reminding the viewer about the 2005 Congressional hearings on steroids (Mark McGuire and his not being there to talk about the past and Rafael Palmeiro’s finger wagging) and then moves on to argue/predict that the 2008 hearings will be of greater consequence than the 2005 hearings.

cnet is a site interested in all things technology-related. This link is an audio slide show where cnet covers the the photo shoot of Major League Baseball 2k9, a video game. San Francisco pitcher Tim Lincecum is the cover person for the game and the show is about the process that goes into the photo shoot and how the player movements for the game are captured.


Professor Johnson,

I was wondering if you could post the class notes with the information on the camera modes and operations.