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The videos from Project 4

19 Dec 2008

All videos can be accessed directly from the links here:

Project 4: Video

If there’s a question mark after your name, it means your video is not here:


The assignment and grading criteria, as you know, are here.


Uploading the videos

6 Dec 2008

The YouTube channel for our class is ufjournalism.

The login and password information were e-mailed to you on Dec. 6. Please check your e-mail and don’t make me resend it to you.

The screenshot below shows that I expect you to title, describe and tag your video IN CONCERT WITH your team members to ensure that EACH video has a UNIQUE title.

If you have any questions about this, please post them as coments here.


Project 4: Video

15 Nov 2008

Details about the video project are online now.


Check the specification on your own point-and-shoot still camera. If it meets or exceeds these specs, you’re ready:

  1. Image stabilization (essential)
  2. Video at 640 x 480 at 30 fps (absolutely essential); video must include audio
  3. 2 GB (gigabyte) high-speed SD card or larger
  4. USB 2 output

If you do not have a suitable camera, please make every effort to borrow one. If you are unable to borrow one, please contact me immediately so we can make arrangements.


Video assignment for your blog

10 Oct 2008

In the effort to promote your blog, you need to let people know about it — and make it seem interesting. I’m going to require you to make a video to promote your own blog. The video must be less than 1 min. 30 sec. You must appear in the video, talking to the camera. I would like you to use a Webcam so that you can practice the skill of interacting with a little beady eye sitting above your computer screen.

You should write out a script for yourself, but you should NOT read the script while making the video. It’s going to sound like reading if you do, and that would be bad. Very bad.

You should also adjust the lights in the room to make yourself look good. A lot of people shine a bright light on their face when they are using a Webcam, but this makes their face look flat and unnatural. Experiment with two lights, such as a desk lamp and a standing floor lamp. Position them to the side. If you position a floor lamp to shine on your hair, the result can look quite nice.

Make sure your voice is clear and easy to understand.

You might need to re-do the video five or six times before you get something decent. Please put in as much time as you need to produce a good end result.

If you have a MacBook, you can use iMovie to record with the built-in Webcam (info here; also, a video about how to do it in iMovie 08). In versions before iMovie 08, just open iMovie and do what you see in the image at left.

If you have a Windows laptop, you may have a built-in Webcam, and you may already have software for recording. If you have Windows, a Webcam, and no software, have a look at this free software. If you don’t have a Webcam, find a friend who does.

You will upload the video to both YouTube and Facebook. You will send me a direct link to the YouTube video, and you will send me a link on Facebook too. If your Facebook profile is private, you’ll have to show it to me in class.

You don’t need to post the video on your blog, although you can if you’d like to.


$10,000 prize for reporting

9 Sep 2008

YouTube launched Project: Report this week. It’s a three-round competition for video reporting. Round 1 requires a profile of someone in your own community. The video must be 3 min. or less.

If you’re in this class and interested in working on a video story, let me know.

Also see the rather lame announcement at YouTube Citizen News.