Video tutorials on multimedia and social media intended for journalists
Tutorials cover the following topics:
- Recording and processing an audio recording in Audacity
- Creating and processing video in Windows Live Movie Maker
- Creating a slideshow of photos with Flickr
- Use of the SoundCloud service for sharing audio recordings
- Creating a slidecast (slides + audio) with SlideShare
- Editing and publishing video content on the web via Youtube
- Advanced processing of photographs using GIMP
- Tactics and techniques for promoting content via social media
In addition to the tutorials, 2 more resources in the form of presentations have been developed:
The first tutorial enables the acquisition of technical skills for creating and processing audio recordings in Audacity, intended for web posting. The video covers the following features: removing noise from the audio recording, reducing or enhancing the volume, normalizing the amplitude differences, generating silence, processing multiple audio recordings simultaneously and mixing them, and similar useful features. Moreover, the Windows Live Movie Maker tutorial allows for the acquisition of technical skills for creating and processing (editing) video recordings intended to be posted on the web. The video begins with a description of this tool’s interface, and continues with the methods for adding content, adding an audio background, use of animations, effects and templates, editing embedded audio and video recordings, selecting the appropriate format when saving etc.
Furthermore, the Flickr tutorial focuses on a few features available on the Flickr photo upload service. At the beginning, the sign up procedure for the service is described, as well as the method for uploading photographs, creating photo albums, editing information for each album, group editing of photos and albums, photo sharing, creation of slideshows from photos, and embedding them into web articles.
The methods for sharing audio recordings and embedding them in a web article are explained in the tutorial for the Soundcloud service. Here, the procedure for signing up and creating a user account is also covered, as well as profile management, recording and publishing audio recordings, editing details about the recording, creation and use of sets with audio recordings, embedding audio recordings in a web article, Dropbox etc.
Combining photos with an audio background was covered in the tutorial on Slideshare, and users were able to see how slide casts or multimedia products are made with a simple combination of slides and audio. This tutorial explains the method of signing up for the service and the basic editing of a profile, posting and editing presentations, combining slides with other multimedia materials, i.e. adding video or audio, sharing and embedding presentations etc.
The fifth tutorial was created to explain the possibilities for publishing and processing video using YouTube. This tutorial presents the procedures for registering a user account, uploading videos on the service and editing the details for the uploaded video, adding formatting tags, recording video using a webcam and making a slideshow of photos, processing uploaded videos, adding and editing effects, adding subtitles, combining various videos, analytics of the number of visits of a certain YouTube channel, sharing and embedding videos, creating playlists etc.
These four tutorials provide an introduction on how to post and create various forms of multimedia contents through free web services and use them to enrich web articles.
The tutorial on GIMP covered the tools available within this free photo processing software, such as the tool for changing the dimensions of photographs in order to adapt them to a format for web publishing, the tool for cropping parts of the photograph, improving the quality of the photograph, editing, applying effects such as the blurring of a certain part of the photograph showing sensitive information, for example data from a personal ID, registration plates, etc. This tutorial enables participants to acquire basic technical skills for processing photos intended for web posting.
The last tutorial aims to enable users to acquire knowledge about the latest trends for successful promotion of online content through the social networks Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Pinterest and Instagram, the methods for having a clear perspective over the sea of information flooding the social networks on a daily basis, and methods for reaching an even larger audience and having a stronger impact through the social media.