Posts Tagged ‘Media & Journalism’

10 incredible interactive audio experiences

December 1, 2009

Here’s a great collection from 10,000 Words of 10 interactive audio projects. Great, innovative uses of both music and ambient audio in these samples.

Ten tips for using music in multimedia

November 23, 2009

Music is an all too frequently overlooked facet of multimedia production, says Eric Maierson of MediaStorm. I especially appreciate this tip:

Music should not be used as simply background sound. It’s an integral part of multimedia, as important at times as your images, narration, or video. Effective music editing creates a rhythm, a call and response, with your other media sources.

It’s great advice, so read it now!

Updated tutorials for Audacity

September 8, 2009

Here is Mindy McAdams’ excellent lesson plan on learning Audacity, the No. 1 free audio editing program. Check it out – and thanks Mindy!

Cheat sheets for multimedia and web producers

August 27, 2009

Mark S. Luckie has another great post up at 10,000 Words with more than 20 time-saving tips on such crucial programs as Audacity and Pro Tools. Thanks Mark! Also, see Mindy McAdams’ Audacity tips here.

How to find free audio, photos and video for online projects

August 5, 2009

Here’s a post on Mashable by Bard Dybwad that lists places to find free material for your blog or other online project. In the audio section she lists a handful of sites to search for music and other audio. Enjoy!

Using music in news television

July 29, 2009

Shawn Montano, a news video editor who blogs here, has a wonderful, hands-on post about how he uses music in his stories. Among his themes: Music can really help a story, but it’s easy to abuse. I would add that it’s often better to create your own music, or find someone to produce what you need, than it is to stumble through online directories of canned music.

And don’t forget: NEVER steal music! That is, don’t use music that you don’t have the rights to use. The results can be costly.

Field recording tips

July 29, 2009

Audiotuts+ has a new installment in its series on field recording. Lots of good info in here, especially for journalists just learning how to compile multimedia projects.

Five quick fixes to elevate your next interactive

July 27, 2009

Here’s an excellent post by Tracy Boyer over at Innovative Interactivity with five tips on making your next multimedia project better.

10 great multimedia pieces from the Times

July 9, 2009

Here’s Mark S. Luckie’s post in 10,000 Words highlighting 10 great multimedia and interactive features from the New York Times.  Espcially fun: photographer Bill Cunningham’s whimsical piece, The Water Dance. Yes, there’s a bit of music, but it’s Cunningham’s bemused narration, together with the arresting images, that does it for me.

Enjoy!

Free multimedia apps for journalists

July 3, 2009

I commend multimedia journalist Adam Westbrook, who wrote this post for Innovative Interactivity highlighting several free applications for multimedia journalists.

In the post Adam mentions a couple places he likes to go to find license-free music for his projects. If you can’t create the music yourself or find someone who can, these are good options:

Jamendo
I still stick by Jamendo as the place to go to get licence free, quality music for your productions. The quality of the music is high, but it will take a long time to find that perfect piece (my advice: only search for the French musicians!)

There is, however, a challenger in town…

Humtoo
Works in much the same way as Jamendo, utilizing a community of amateur music producers to create a whole array of sounds for multimedia types. The difference is that Humtoo seems to aim itself more at the professional media market, with clients including ITV and Current TV. It also has a forum where producers can request the types of music they want.

Music for broadcast is royalty free…but for everything else, it seems you might have to negotiate.

Thanks Adam!