My colleagues and I had a little fun with a company-wide tech survey.
Colleague Eva-Marie Ayala and I had some fun with the iPhone and Fort Worth’s new parking meters on Monday. In the process, I learned five key things about editing in the iMovie iOS app.
1. Move clips from iPhone to iPad: After shooting the video, I used Apple’s camera connection kit to import the clips to my iPad. (Editing on the iPhone’s small screen is not a fun experience.) Unfortunately, you can’t import just any video format, so if you shot video using something other than an iPhone, you’ll just have to see if the iPad will accept it. You’ll know it worked if the Photo app opens.
2. Keep your expectations low: I edited the clips in the iMovie app and overall it worked OK. The biggest drawback: The app version does not allow you to separate audio and video tracks, so B roll is not an option.
3. Use WiFi to export full-res video: I exported the video at full resolution to YouTube (It took only a few minutes.) and was happy with the quality. Uploading the HD file to Vimeo took about 15 minutes on WiFi (for a 44-second video), and I saw little difference in the quality.
4. Export to your Mac if necessary: I ended up exporting the clips to iPhoto via the sync cable so I could handle B roll in Final Cut Pro, thus ruining the entire iPad-only experiment (oh well).
5. The iPad works for breaking news: Trying to shoot and edit the entire project on mobile devices wasn’t as awesome as I had hoped. But if you’re not as addicted to FCP as I am, and especially if you’re handling breaking news, the setup will work just fine.
Just know going in that your post-production options are limited, unless you want to move to a laptop.
People come up with all kinds of reasons not to change. It’s only human to want to spend time where we’re comfortable, even if we have to dig a hole and cover ourselves with leaves to avoid reality.
In legacy print newsrooms, it seems that the latest pushback against change goes something like this: We’re “spending more time on the medium, the technology, than the content.” That line, from an LA Times report on Digital First Media CEO John Paton, was attributed to “a 32-year New Haven (Conn.) Register employee.” But I’ve heard it on many occasions.
I understand the sentiment. I know that those who say it are sincere in their fears that the quality of our journalism will suffer as we try to do more with less. Continue reading
We are in the midst of dissecting the results of a newsroom-wide survey of technical skills, which is leading to some interesting discussions about priorities. It seemed like a good time to share this job description for a 21st century journalist, which was the result of a brainstorming session by a Digital Strategy Committee at the Star-Telegram. (Note: This has NOT been officially adopted at our newspaper.)
And, yes, this is much easier said than done. Continue reading
Colleague Steve Wilson, whose work with the iPhone video camera was referenced in a previous post, shares his list of accessories:
“I have a little mini video kit for my iPhone that I now carry with me that reporters might find useful.
- Mini smartphone tripod that can also be mounted on a full sized tripod ($5.99).
- iPhone microphone adapter ($23)
- A Lavalier microphone with long cord ($22)
It all fits in a small bag that I keep in my desk.
The “How to Make the Nellie Cruz cutout” was shot with my iPhone using this mini tripod.
In my last post, I posited that Twitter might be the shortcut to the digital transition that we’ve been searching for.
Now, I’d like to make the case that the new generation of smartphones, especially the iPhone 4 and 4s, may be the only hardware we need for field reporting.
In my six years working for the Star-Telegram’s digital operations, I have learned to use at least nine cameras and/or camcorders, plus three digital voice recorders. And Windows computers. And Apple computers. And iPads. And Android tablets. And so on.
And I’ve put many of my eager colleagues through that hell along the way.
But in midsummer 2011, I bought an iPhone 4. And I realized that I was holding a simple yet high-quality device that would allow us finally to spend more time creating content than we do learning technology.
With the iPhone 4 and its newer sibling, the 4s, journalists can shoot good-enough video and photos, can record decent audio, can access high-quality productivity apps, can stream live video, can keep in touch with the office through video chat, IMs or text, and can even attach a Bluetooth keyboard and write an entire story in a pinch.
The Star-Telegram’s AME/Design won a fellowship to the Knight Digital Media Center’s January Digital Storytelling Workshop. I collected some of her tips, via Twitter, and her final video.
Below are her posts through Day 3, via Storify. More tips, from Day 4.