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CM210 Multimedia Storytelling

Exercise #3: Slideshare Slidecast Exercise Due 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23


Exercise Overview This activity will prepare you to create your Self-Introduction Audio Slideshow. Youll practice importing photos into PowerPoint, uploading your PowerPoint slides into SlideShare (slideshare.net), adding an MP3 audio file to make a SlideCast, synchronizing slides and sound in SlideShare, and embedding the SlideCast (audio slideshow) into your Wordpress blog. 1. The photos will be assembled into a PowerPoint slideshow. A good rule of thumb is one photo for every five seconds of audio so approximately 18-24 photos needed. 2. The soundtrack should be a single-track narration that you write and record. 3. The PowerPoint slides and audio track will be uploaded to slideshare.net (you will need to create an account) and synchronize the slides and audio using Slideshares Slidecast feature. The Slidecast can then be embedded into your Wordpress blog. 4. You are required to prepare a storyboard print and submit the narration with for this assignment at the beginning of class on Monday, October 1. that includes the narration used with each photo. Guidelines 1. A self-introduction will obviously include where youre from and perhaps a bit about your family. But try to avoid making the introduction just a chronological list of where youve lived, the schools youve gone to, and the activities youve been involved in. Pick one aspect of your personality and charactere.g., your interest in fashion, your love of cars, your work ethic, the challenges youve had to overcomeand focus on that one aspect and how it developed/evolved. The best selfintroductions will have threads running through them from beginning to end. This assignment can benefit from archival photos from your childhood years. Dont wait until the last minute to start gathering these photos. Contact family members now to mail you printed photos or to email you digital photos that you can use in your slideshow. We will not cover photo editing before this assignment is due; therefore, the quality and composition of the photos will not be considered in your evaluation. However, try to avoid using photos that are out-of-focus or under- or over-exposed. The narration is the most important component of this exercise. Review the tips for Writing the Script in Kobr, pp. 179-85, and follow the suggestions. Consider Kenneth Kobrs introduction to his chapter on Recording Sound: When it comes to video and multimedia, sound is king. Youre reading this statement written by a visual guy who started out as a professional photojournalist and who wrote the book on becoming a photojournalist. But even I have to admit that in the world of multimedia and photojournalism, sound is the most important element not pictures. Allow me to repeat that. For multimedia and videojournalism, sound is the most important element. (103) Control the variables of your recording environment and re-record your narration as often as necessary to get a high-quality audio track.

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