March 27, 2009

Editing can be another hurdle in the process of producing a convergence piece.

It’s not so much the process of taking the raw vision and turning it into news, it’s more that you need to learn the ideosyncrasies that come with Final Cut Pro.

As a person who has never used this complicated software, it is bloody hard! I’m sure that, like anything, with practice I’ll learn the ins and outs. I think the biggest time consuming thing is learning all the buttons etc. When Shawn first got the class to open up the software and start playing with raw vision, it was absolute chaos; nobody had any idea what they were doing. Once I got a feel for it to begin with, it wasn’t so bad.

The fact that I enjoy doing this sort of stuff makes it so much easier. If you didn’t like it, then learning everything would be a real struggle. As far as editing goes, I had great success with Pro Tools, the program used in JOUR215, so it won’t take too long before this new software worked out.

In the mean time I want to keep an eye out for techniques that are being use in the industry, especially some of the new innovative stuff. Television, especially, is a pastime where change isn’t always appreciated. Only now are younger cameramen trying new techniques. If I can incorporate that into some of my convergence piece, it would be great.


Some new ideas

March 23, 2009

While its not directly related to news, I’ve been finding some fanstastic camera techniques in several recreational videos. This one, a mountain bike trailer, effectively combines the natural surrounds, the stunts and the speed of the trails. It’s definitely worth a look.

Filming vision – harder than it looks

March 23, 2009

While cameramen working in metropolitan and regional television make it look seemingly easy, I’ve come to the conclusion that shooting vision isn’t something you pick up on overnight.

Even something as simple as a interview shot can have its challenges. Given that the camera I use is basically automatic everything, there are a myriad of things that i DON’T have to think of. When shooting stuff, constantly plagued by having shaky hands and also not framing small enough. I guess it will come though.

I find that in my own work now, I’m appreciating the different camera angle available and how they work to develop the story. This has undoubtedly come from going out and getting stuff by myself. I find that my stories are becoming more creative. It seems the only limit is some of the technology we’re using at this stage.

Video – the most effective visual medium.

March 17, 2009

Video has to be, by far, the most effective visual medium.

In a news sense, the audience is instantly captured by a succinct script, NATSOT audio, insightful grabs and captulating vision. The use of video cameras this week showcased just how many different angles there are to capturing live vision. Anything from tilts and pans to low angle shots, zoom-in or zoom-out shots; even still action shots where the subject does all the talking.

The world of video photography is an intriguing one. After capturing some vision for class recently it became obvious to me that everyday cameramen working for news stations do a brilliant job. The cameras we used in class were fully automated, yet many people struggled on getting clear, unshaky shots. A camera man working for a company carries around a large camera which doesn’t have autofocus, has to be manually white balanced and is extremely sensitive to the outside elements.

Knowing this, one element of my first post ‘a new path’ has been answered. The citizen journalist cannot easily replicate the techniques and vision used by professional cameraman. The fact the years of work go into making a decent camo, it would be unfair to suggest that an amatuer using a handycam is going to be as effective.  

As the weeks continue, I will surely discover the element of being a convergent journalist and whether the ordinary citizen can match the trade standard. Sure, anyone can go out there and write a story but can a citizen journalist captulate the audience as a professional would – we’ll soon see.

March 12, 2009

It seems as though Convergence Journalism is popping up everywhere. At a quick glance I found three news sites which use Convergence methods on a local, national and international scale.




A new path

March 6, 2009

After a combination of convergence journalism subjects as a part of my degree as well as my own time in the media, it is becoming very evident that a new form of journalism is fastly evolving. Convergence, meaning the combination of words, audio, still picture vision, moving picture vision or even slideshows, is now becoming the new standard for upcoming journalists. This rule particularly applies to the print journalist, who is now being asked to work with other forms such as video and audio for internet publication.

The question arises “will convergent journalism” change the nature of the beast – will it alter a craft that, for so long, has been concrete in its ways? It appears that way. For starters, convergent journalism has helped developed the modern citizen journalist, who, with the accessibility of the internet, can provide very much a similar role to the traditional  journalist.

I guess one of the major outcomes I hope to gain out of this subject is to discover the reality of the citizen journalist: what are the difficulties of a normal, everyday person has to overcome to produce distinct new stories; and are they comparable to the media industry standard. Given that big industry names have credibility and reputation to their name, it could be difficult as a solo university journalist to replicate the same outcomes given there is no company or logo support (i.e.) some talent could discount the seriousness of interviews because it won’t actually go on to be a mass publication.

As the weeks progress, I will try to emulate some of the standards of the mass media in producing pitches and stories, and see how their stories can be enhanced using convergence methods.

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