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– This week’s class was dedicated to audio slideshows: researching, watching and creating. An audio slideshow is mostly made up of a series of short images which tells a story alongside audio, either an interview or music. “There are five types of photos that make for good visuals in an audio slideshow: the scene setter, the medium shot, the portrait, capturing details, and capturing action.” (http://www.mulinblog.com/how-to-shoot-photos-for-an-audio-slideshow/).

– We watched numerous audio slideshows on blogs and websites such as the Washington Post and The New York Times’ special edition of “One in 8 Million”, which included a lady who rescued animals and a man who brings up his orphaned Grandchildren. One that caught my eye was on The New York Times website, called “On The Street, The Water Dance” which incorporated the movement (‘jump’) of those on the streets of New York City when it snows and the edge of the paper are drowned in the melted mush.

– The “On The Street, The Water Dance” works well due to the voice of the narrator is interesting and amuses the audience, he is able to tell a joke and describe exactly what is happening. Especially when he compares the everyday New Yorker to that of the tourist. The pictures link in very well with the audio especially when he is comparing the types of shoes the people wear – business men in their pointy shiny shoes compared to that of those in their thick snow boots. Despite this there are still some negative points, I felt the piece went on a bit to long and after a while and the pictures were too repetitive, could have been funny to gain pictures of their reactions or ruined shows, maybe a relation to what happened afterwards or a progression in the story.

– We then focused on Final Cut Pro and focused on the basics we needed to create our own audio slideshow on a subject. Important notes – When open the program, you must first go to system settings > click set on the top ones and divert to the same folder. File > Save project as in same folder. Right click on sequence one > settings > change to HDTV 720P (16:9) for better quality. File > Import > File / Images. Right click on the space on the left and you can view as large icons if needed. CMD R – Render.

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