DRAFT

Reader:

This document is a working draft. It will evolve over the next few weeks that we cover the 2007 NPT Preparatory Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria, I am sure.

This project, BanningtheBomb.tv and the current incarnation, the NPT Newsreels, is an experiment. It is an experiment in creating grassroots media. I hope that many who come to this site, leave thinking of the message they want to get out, and that they can produce media of all sorts.

Stephanie Fraser, Producer


INSTRUCTION MANUAL


NPT NEWSREELS RECORDING SET UP

Set Sound Levels

  1. Go to the Apple Icon (top left)
  2. Click on System Preferences
  3. Click on the Sound Icon (Second row, far left)
  4. Check your sound levels (Put them up as high as possible, unless your test movie indicates otherwise.). Use the slider in the middle of the screen.

Open iMovie HD

  1. Open a New Project for each Interview
  2. Save it in the Movies folder (it's a good, easy way to find the original files.)
  3. Click on the camera button - Camera Icon - to enable the iSight Camera. The screen should show you what the camera is seeing.
  4. Play with the angle of the screen, until you get something you like. Keep in mind that it is better to have more light on the face. And it is better to have simple, non-reflective darker backgrounds. Just practice and see what you like.
  5. Click on the "Record with iSight" button, make sure it is recording. And if this is your first time with the person or the place, be sure to listen to a sample of their recording and adjust accordingly the sound, the light or the angles.
  6. When ready, get the people to introduce themselves. Who. What. Where. When and Why.
  7. Brevity is very important. Long clips are big files.
  8. At the end, when they have finished, get them to say that we have permission to use the interview in future projects. But make sure this is after the end of the "talk".
  9. Thank the person, get a business card (or two), make sure you have their information. In fact, you can enter the data into the Record Adding Form right then. And be able to verify the spelling. Or not... you can always do the data entry when the file is edited.

Editing in iMovie HD

  1. MAKE A COPY OF THE FILE BEFORE YOU EDIT IT. KEEP AN UNTOUCHED ORIGINAL.
  2. Each "take" or recording will be a "clip" in the right part of the iMovie screen.
  3. You can click on it to view it in the large viewer.
  4. Or you can drag it to the timeline, in the lower part of the screen.
  5. Find the actual "in point". Place your "playhead" there and then hit "Command-T". This will split the clip and you can highlight the unusable part and delete it. POOF!
  6. Add Titles by Going to the "Editing" button right above the timeline and choose "Titles" and then scroll down until you see "Subtitles".
  7. DON"T GET FANCY WITH THE SUBTITLES. please.
  8. Play with this. It took me a minute to get it to work, but it's pretty intuitive. Don't worry if it takes a minute to get it going. Watch the ones I did in NYC for ideas of placement of subtitles.
  9. When the editing is done.
  10. Click FILE | EXPORT | FOR WEBSTREAMING.
  11. Voila!
  12. Choose where to save the file in your computer.
  13. Give it a shortish name with no breaks or fancy characters.

 

FTP-ing the File to the Server

  1. STILL WORKING THIS OUT >>>>

 

Adding the information to the Database

  1. Go to the form page I made for adding the record to the database.
  2. Follow the instructions on the page.
  3. Check that the info is correct.
  4. Email me if it is not. I will correct the information.