Today we start getting stuck into the practical software side of the workshop... by the end of the weekend it would be great if you had all...
- downloaded and printed the 'How to Make a Digital Story' document and read pages 9-12 thoroughly! RFT_Overview.pdf
- downloaded and printed and read the relevant edit software guides - MovieMaker RFT_MovieMaker.pdf
if you're on a PC, iMovie RFT_iMovie.pdf
if you're on a Mac
- started a tutorial exercise (if you feel you'd like to do one) or set up a new project (if you're wanting to get straight into it) using the software you'll be editing your story with...
Remember we have a FEAST/SHine deadline... and we're aiming to be wrapped up by the end of the month/early October... so there's no time to waste!
By next week you'll be starting to record your voice overs so, whilst you're downloading documents you may like to download the Audacity
guide (free software you can download off the net, suitable for both Macs and PC's
. I'll also be asking you to do a test voice record using the microphones you already have built into your computers. For many of you the audio quality of these microphones is likely to be inadequate so I'll probably be recommending a couple of cheapish ($20-50) models you can get easily from places like Officeworks and Dick Smiths. Fear not - this is the ONLY possible out of pocket expense for the entire workshop... and you'll find it's well worth it when it comes to viewing (and hearing) your story on both big and small screens!
For those of you who're starting to play with generating images you'll want to check out the PhotoPlus
manual (PC only) RFT_PhotoPlus.pdf
or have a look at photoshop.com
if you're on a Mac
That's quite a lot of 'homework' already... particularly as most of us are still nutting out what our story is about, who it's for, what images and music to use... and how to get around the site.
So, the activity for this session is easy... go to Forums>Virtual Workshop>My status quo is...
and let us all know how it's been going for you... i.e 'I can't find my way around because there are too many places to post discussions'
; 'I don't see any difference between blogs and forums'
; and 'I don't know which groups to join'
... through to... 'I haven't really had time'
and/or 'I'm terrified I won't be able to master the technology'
!! Also, hoping we might get one or two 'I'm having a blast and can't stop thinking about all the stories I want to make...'
But, please post something
to let me know you're out there and still in the game... for me, facilitating an on-line workshop is unexpectedly lonely ; )
Having spoken to some of you yesterday I am going to try and simplify a few site navigation things... maybe I should offer a prize for anyone who can pick the differences... in any case your feedback is very welcome...