Multimedia for Social Change

December 22, 2009, 12:31 am
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December 18, 2009, 4:50 pm
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When I first signed up for MM4SC I really didn’t know what to expect. After the first day I knew this would not be like any other class. What I really enjoyed about the class was the unconventional methods the class to approach topics. Also, students had an active voice in what is being taught. On the first day we brainstormed on topics and skills we would like to learn about. From that, we formualted a tenative syllabus for the semester.

Although the class is still in the developing stages there is still great potential for future students to fine-tune the class. There are some tribulations I faced this semester. For example, because the class is
open for exploration it is easy to be over ambitious. How the class is structured you start working with your non-profit on the third/ fourth week. Thus, time because of the essance.

I learned that working a non- profit can be challenging. I faced lack of resources, miscommunication, and cooperation by participants.
When working with a non-profit or and organization collaboration and compromise becomes key to your project.

To future students I have three essential recommendations.

1. Have a focus plan. This will help you with time management but also give your community partner an over outline of what you are
going to do.

2. Know what your community partner needs and be able to distinguish that from their wants.

3. Take this class for four units. It’s worth it.

Finally, to all those who are considering taking this class. I enthusiatically say Do it! The class always you to be involve with an underserved community in LA, learn and produce multimedia, and in the smallest sense create chanege.

December 11, 2009, 2:06 am
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December 3, 2009, 1:17 am
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After last weeks play sessions with Susana I was interested in seeing how my nieces and nephews would react to a game such as Darfur is dying. Over, the thanksgiving break I had three of my nieces and two of my nephews, who are not too familiar with Darfur to play the game. To my surprised they instantly became infatuated by the game.  After they played I asked them a couple question about what they thought and was surprised by their immense curiosity.

My nieces and nephews ages range from 8-11 so, they are old enough to understand more complex ideas. After talking with them they expressed that they enjoyed the drama of the game but also because they had created attachment to the characters. What left me most enthralled was their enthusiasm to learn more about what was happening.

So, what I did was I created just a simple info sheet for them about what was happening in Darfur and how there are many organizations try to help out. My nieces and nephews were so motivated to help out that they decided to sponsor a family. Unfortunately, we didn’t have to access to a family in Darfur so we decided to sponsor a family from our hometown that has young children and who is struggling financially.

When I step backed from all of this I realized it al had started with the Darfur is Dying game. What is so great about games like Darfur is Dying and other games for social change is not solely their entertainment values but the enlightenment they bring to viewers. What one receives from theses games is a consciousness, affection, and consequently an investment to solve the problem at hand.

Youth Radio Update
November 17, 2009, 10:56 pm
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This week I worked on the final cut tutorial and filming the marketplace video. Everything was going well until we ran into a problem. After filming and uploading them we figured out the files were avi and we need them to be mov. I found some programs that would convert them but most cost money or only converted half of it.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to any other alternatives or free converter programs?

Also, I added something to my list of to-do’s. After talking to many student interns I realized many of them will be graduating soon and will either apply for college or a job.

What I decided was to help the students create an online resume. We will create a blogger account and embed their works with a bio and references. This blog will be constantly updated by them and allow to display  their new works.

Update: Youth Radio
November 12, 2009, 2:50 am
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This past week has been a stumbling block for me. I was out sick and had to deal with some family issues. I was unable to conduct the soundslide workshops and have postponed them. I decided to go with soundlide because even though it is difficult to share and embedd it allows for more control then other picture slide show counterparts. Right now I am just struggling with time management.

I have received the topic for the video project which will be what current film would best describe the current economy?

Here is the link to what the video will look like when it is finished.

November 12, 2009, 2:13 am
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Part 1

Screening and Marking in the Final Cut Pro Interface

Upon completion of this lesson, students should be comfortable performing

the following tasks:

• Launch Final Cut Pro

• Open and close projects

• Navigate the Final Cut Pro interface using menus, keyboard shortcuts, and

the mouse

• Play and navigate clips in the Viewer

• Play a sequence in the Timeline and Canvas

• Mark clips in the Viewer

  • Importing video to final cut
  • If you are importing Flip video you will have to compress it

Part 2

Editing Clips to the Timeline

Upon completion of part 2, students should be comfortable performing

the following tasks:

• Manage project elements

• Make Overwrite and Insert edits

• Manage Timeline tracks

• Import clips

• Edit audio clips

• Move clips in the Timeline

• Use drag-and-drop editing

• Change volume of sequence clips

Part 3

Finishing the Rough Cut

Upon completion of  part 3, students should be comfortable performing

the following tasks:

• Set edit points in the Timeline

• Add cutaways

• Edit narration and music tracks

• Import folders into the project

• Copy and paste clips

• Work with markers

Part 4

Trimming to Refine Clip Duration


Upon completion of  Part 4, students should be comfortable performing

the following tasks:

• Understand trimming

• Trim using the Ripple tool

• Trim clips in the Viewer

• Trim an edit point by dragging

• Trim clips in the V2 Track

• Extend an edit point

• Trim using the Razor Blade tool

Part 5

Trimming and Adjusting Two Edit Points

Upon completion of Part 5, students should be comfortable performing

the following tasks:

• Trim two edit points at the same time

• Slip In and Out points

• Roll edit points

• Extend edit points

• Slide a clip

• Reposition a clip

• Keeping clips in sync

Part 6

Upon completion of Lesson 6, students should be comfortable performing

• Create subclips

• Create subclips using markers

• Use markers to sync clips

• Change poster frames

• Create a storyboard

• Replace edits

Part  7

Upon completion of Lesson 7, students should be comfortable performing

the following tasks:

• Reconnect unlinked media files

• Play multiple formats

• Work with master clips and match frames

• Log notes in Browser columns

• Find and label project items

Part 8

Upon completion of Part 8, students should be comfortable performing

• Use cross dissolve

• Use the points to fade in and out

• Use effects  on transition

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