In my Multimedia Journalist research, I’ve come across some AWESOME blogs on the topic. But being a Multimedia Specialist (not just editing, but also pulling wires, terminating cables, programming user interfaces and such), I wonder if some of the audio tools being used are really giving the quality of sound that the final package deserves?
At the moment, I’m only using a cheapo Panny voice recorder and capturing it through Audacity. But if I could dream for a sec? I would totally get a Marantz PMD-660K . Yeah, it’s totally clunky looking, but with the card option, XLR & USB options…it’s completely sweet. I have a suspicion that I’m still stuck on the lessons I got from grizzly old broadcast guys, though. I see the need for an external storage or a raid setup is in my future.
As far as cameras, I’m hoping to upgrade to a Canon (Powershot SD 700/800 series…maybe). Multimedia Shooter recommends the SD series in their Starter Kit. I’m tackling audio and photo composition now, as well as testing out Windows Movie Maker and Soundslide. I have a bit of experience with Final Cut Pro at work, so once I get the audio/photo/video down I can test my newsmaking skills with that as well.
Maybe I won’t have to go to grad school if I can scrape together my kit, skills and j-abilities? (Speaking of which, I came across a great blog about whether or not people should go to grad school for journalism from Mindy McAdams. I don’t know if I’m in the execption, but plan to post a question and possibly get some advice.)
In the meantime, check out this example of using Soundslides: the day after Obama’s win in photos/audio (by Erik Castro).