Podcasting, Audacity & Learning New Tricks

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For week 6 we were asked to produce and publish a podcast. As week 5 was my first week of the module, I couldn’t speak about what I had learned from the subject just yet. Instead I chose to talk about why I chose to join IS30240.

I was very fortunate in that I was coincidentally given a mike for a lend today. It was a Rode NTG-2 with a cable with XLR to 3.5mm connections, which allowed me to record with my phone but with much better quality than using the phone’s built in mike.

Rode NTG-2

Rode NTG-2

Despite having the NTG-2 and a “sound proof” studio to work in, I was still picked up static. I decided to tackle the static with Audacity, as we were shown in week 5’s lecture. However, the phone saves audio as an M4P file, which is not compatible with Audacity. I then downloaded an audio converter from DVDVideoSoft and converted the file to WAV. Once this was done I got to removing the static in Audacity. It took a bit of experimenting but I got there in the end. Another problem arose when I went to upload the podcast to Podomatic. To upload a WAV file I had to use the Flash installer, and after doing so, the podcast wouldn’t play. At first I thought it was a problem with my computer, then I thought it was a browser problem. I tested it on Chrome & Firefox on my laptop, then on Chrome on a PC, but still no luck. As WAV had to be uploaded differently from other files, I decided to convert the podcast from WAV to MP3. After doing so, and reuploading the podcast, it finally worked.
Audacity Logo

Audacity is a bit fiddly until you suss it out.

What I can take away from this project is that no matter how good the mike is you will still get static, Audacity is fiddly until you suss it out, and podomatic doesn’t like WAV files. It was an interesting project and I am interested in podcasting again some time.

Last but not least, you can listen to the podcast here.

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Week 3 – Digital Photography

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This weeks lecture was about digital cameras. I’m so disappointed that I was not enrolled in the module at this time because I would’ve learnt a lot about digital photography and the functions of my DSLR. I have a Canon 700D which I use for vlogging on my YouTube channel. From the PowerPoint presentation I can see that the lecture would have explained in depth ISO, aperture, and the inner workings of my DSLR. From playing around with these settings I have finally found out how to get a filming effect that I had seen on many YouTube videos, which is the background blurring effect from reducing the depth of field.

Canon 700D

Canon 700D

The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a technique used to frame a scene in both photography and cinematography. The frame is divided into three, both vertically and horizontally, creating 9 boxes and 4 lines. The lines are used to position the main item and the boxes are used for background objects etc.

The Rule of Thirds. The right vertical line is used to position the lighthouse.

In film it is used to position the scene and the actors.

Week 2 – Web Design

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This week’s lecture was an in depth lesson on web design, which explained aspects of web design such as the Law of Gestalt, fonts, layouts and accessibility, alongside writing for the web.

“The whole is other than the sum of the parts.”
 Kurt Koffka

The key components of the Law of Gestalt are emergence (the whole is identified before the parts), reification (our mind fills in the gaps), multi-stability (the mind seeks to avoid uncertainty), and invariance (we’re good at recognizing similarities and differences). The princeples are the Law of Prägnanz, Closure, Symmetry and Order, Figure/Ground, Uniform Connectedness, Common Regions, Proximity, Continuation, Common Fate (Synchrony), Parallelism, Similarity, Focal Points, and Past Experiences.

Gestalt Principle of Closure. Our eye fills in the missing information to form the complete figure.

For more information about the Law of Gestalt and its principles click here.

Week 1

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Welcome to my blog for IS30240 Creating and Publishing Digital Media!

This blog will be about what I have learnt from the lectures, photography and a podcast.

Week one consisted of blogging basics such as learning how to use wordpress to host the blog and how to insert images, sound files and videos into them.

As I had not enrolled in this module at the time of the lecture I was not present, however I have a wordpress based website and an old wordpress based blog so I was already familiar with these processes.

 I had not enrolled in this class at the time this lecture took place.

About This Blog

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Hi, my name is Joey Harper and I will be using this blog for my UCD module IS30240 Creating & Publishing DigiMedia.

It will be used to host a journal of my learnings, original digital photography and podcasts.

For my usual blog, check out my website www.ThatJoeyFella.com, or my YouTube Channel ThatJoeyFella.