Category Archives: Digital storytelling

Why video needs to be part of your communications strategy

Right off I want to say I am thinking particularly about charities and community groups using social media, but of course it could apply to almost any organisation.  [I should also add that I train charities and community groups to use video, so this is a special interest of mine.]

OK. Let’s start with a coupIe of eye catching recent headlines about video Continue reading

Digital Storytelling – How to improve your audio

Whenever I’m running a video training workshop my advice is always to buy a camera with an input for an external microphone as there’s nothing like poor sound to ruin an otherwise good video.

However if your camera doesn’t have an input for an external mic you can still record high quality audio by using a microphone connected to an external audio recorder, for example one of the Zoom or a Tascam handheld recorders, and then synchronise the audio and video in the editing process. Continue reading

Digital Storytelling – Video Editing Software options

After my recent post on low-cost video equipment I thought it might be helpful to follow it with a similar one on editing software.  This isn’t intended as a comprehensive guide to all available editing software, both Open Source and commercial, for that the best guide I have found is this Wiki page; rather it is a simple guide to some of the software packages I’ve used at one time or another.   Continue reading

One easy way to make a GIF

I’ve always liked the GIF, but despite my love of all things tech-y and having access to all sorts of editing software, it’s long been admiration from a distance.  I’ve never tried creating one.  Until now.

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Inspired by Tumblr’s Liba Wenig Rubenstein and her account of the The Rise of the Animated GIF at Media Trust’s Digital Storytelling conference I decided to have a go. And these are the, admittedly rather gaudy, results.

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Digital Storytelling – low cost video equipment

Thanks to all those who attended my workshop on digital storytelling as a participatory process at Media Trust’s Digital Storytelling conference last week (7 Nov 2013) at Channel 4. Digital storytelling banner_v2

Towards the end of the session we looked at the practicalities of the process and I promised I would put up some information about the equipment we have been using at Media Trust. Continue reading