SOHA Conference

March 31-April 3, 2011 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Computer Workshops

[UPDATED] Southwest Oral History Association will be holding two all-day hands-on computer lab workshops at the Spring 2011 conference.

Important: Workshops begin at 9 am sharp. Please arrive early to get yourself situated. (The lab will be open at 8 am)

No food or drink in the lab, so allow plenty of morning caffeine time before you arrive.

The DISKovery Center is located at 353 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Southwest Oral History Association Computer Lab Logo

The Diskovery Center computer lab is set in the heart of Little Tokyo. With 20 iMacs plus instructor station, participants have the opportunity to learn new skills in audio and video, led by experienced technology instructors. Though the workshops will be offered in the MacOS environment, the workshops are designed to apply to Windows-based computing as well.

Diskovery Center Computer Lab

Diskovery Center Computer Lab

Workshops:

Diskovery Center Storefront

Diskovery Center (Street view, with man wearing white tee shirt standing out front)

  • Thursday, March 31 (all day): Digital Audio ProductionThis hands-on workshop will introduce you to basic digital audio editing workflow from sound-in, processing, to output. Using a sample audio interview, you will conduct basic edits, create an interview index, an audio CD, and an MP3 file which you will post to a web page. [Read More]
  • Friday, April 1 (all day): Digital Video ProductionIntroduction to normal workflow of editing a video project. Using a sample oral history video interview, you will be led through importing, processing and editing to create a short excerpt of an interview, which you will then export, upload to YouTube, and post in a web page. [Read More]

Cost:
$100 SOHA members
$125 non-SOHA members.
(lunch on your own)

Digital Audio Production

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to basic digital audio editing workflow from sound-in, processing, to output. Using a sample audio interview, you will conduct basic edits, create an interview index, an audio CD, and an MP3 file which you will post to a web page.
The workshop will use two freely-available software applications. Audacity is cross-platform (Mac OS, Windows, Linux) open-source audio editor. iTunes is available for both Mac (included) and Windows (freely downloadable).

UPDATE: Get a preview of the audio we will be working with (The mushroom cloud color snapshot in a box of family photos)

During this all-day workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Navigate around Audacity’s interface
  • Set up the computer and Audacity to record audio directly into the computer (suitable for both recording an interview on a laptop and for digitizing cassette tapes or minidiscs using playback-and-record)
  • Import digital audio files (made using portable digital audio recorders)
  • Conduct basic edits (adjusting gain [volume], trims, cuts, and blending a two-channel interview into balanced sound)
  • Use Audacity’s Label controls to break the interview into smaller segments, suitable for both generating an interview index and for breaking the recording into separate audio tracks
  • Add metadata to your recording excerpt
  • Export audio, then import to iTunes, create a playlist, and then burn an Audio CD
  • Export from Audacity to web-suitable MP3 audio file (for the web)
  • Upload the MP3 clip and embed it in a web page

You will receive written and illustrated documentation, and a list of online resources for more information.

Please bring a portable disk drive (USB or firewire) or a USB mini drive (also referred to as USB stick, thumb drive, jump drive, flash drive) with at least 1GB free space.

Susan A. Kitchens

Susan A. Kitchens Susan A. Kitchens founded and edits the information and how-to website,Family Oral History Using Digital Tools (familyoralhistory.us). She is the Computer Press Award-winning author of 4 computer software how-to books, and has conducted demos, workshops and instruction for nearly two decades. She’s is a digital renaissance woman doing design, illustration and writing for print, web, and new media.

Digital Video Production

This all-day workshop will introduce you to the normal workflow of editing a video project. Using a sample video of an oral history interview, you will be led through the process of importing, processing and editing to create a short excerpt of an interview, which you will then export, upload to YouTube, and post in a web page.
The workshop starts with an introduction to video and its use on the web, then will inspect example oral histories and the issues involved in their production.
The hands-on instruction will take place in two sections.
In Section 1 (Input: How to get your raw footage into the computer and organize it with a video-editing program and save an excerpt), you will learn how to:

  • Download footage from a camera and import it into a video project.
  • Conduct basic editing functions and use them effectively.
  • Add graphics and titles.
  • Add narration/voice over go over adding voice over in post.
  • Understand video file formats and how to save your project.
  • In Section 2 (Output: How to take your video master and prepare it for use on the web), you will:

  • Set up a YouTube account and upload your edited video project.
  • Receive an introduction to other video sites such as Vimeo and other open-source video players for the web.
  • Add your YouTube video to a special web site created especially for this workshop. (We will not cover how to design a website.)
  • Learn about the most appropriate venues for your project.
  • Burn your project to a CD/DVD for archive purposes and discuss technological obsolescence.
  • Workshop participants will receive instructional handouts.

    Software used: FinalCut Express (or iMovie) on Mac OSX.

    Printouts of screen shots of Windows Live Movie Maker (for Windows 7/Windows Vista) will be included as part of the instruction handouts, so you can pinpoint how to go through the same process using a Windows-based computer.)

    Participants will need to have access to a web-based email account during the workshop, or else have created an account on YouTube before you arrive at the workshop (you’ll receive instructions when you register for the workshop).

    Richard Kinney

    Richard KinneyRichard Kinney is the lab coordinator for the Digital Media Center at Pasadena City College. For the past five years, he has organized and taught digital media and computer skills workshops for faculty and community. Prior to that, Rich worked for many years in multiple aspects of the film industry.

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