• digital storytelling,  japan,  media literacy,  mobile,  timeless

    Media Exprimo, Japan

    Back in 2003, BBC Wales organised an International Digital Storytelling Conference. Two of the many attendees travelled to Cardiff all the way from Japan to be with us: 1. Akiko Ogawa, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Studies on Contemporary Society at Aichi Shukutoko University and 2. Aske Dam a Norwegian participatory media specialist who has worked extensively in the Far East on developments in mobile technology. This wasn’t the last time I met Akiko and Aske. They’ve both maintained a lively interest in Digital Storytelling developments in Wales. In fact, Akiko has returned to Wales twice: she came to a Digital Storytelling workshop we ran in Cardiff and she…

  • audio,  mobile,  Wales

    Happy St David’s Day

    Happy St David’s Day Here’s a short clip of a song sung by children at a school in south Wales to celebrate the national day of the patron saint of Wales, sung at Cardiff Castle on 1 March 2008. I’ve obscured the images of the children on purpose. Diolch i chi blant am godi calonnau pawb a gwneud i ni deimlo’n falch i fod yn Gymry. Click to play Recorded using the excellent hand-held Zoom H2 audio recorder, with thanks to Zoom for the loan of this.

  • digital storytelling,  mobile,  technology,  timeless

    Handheld TV production

    Done it! I’ve managed to use the Nokia N93 to capture, record and publish video which is good enough for broadcast on TV as well as the web. OK, what I’ve made is only ten seconds long, to work around ShoZu’s 4MB upload limit, but it worked. Here’s the clip on YouTube and here it is on Blink.tv. (These two links should launch in a new browser window.) (GM 2017: Blink TV changed its terms of service, so this has now been removed from that platform.) The only kind of editing I’ve managed on the Nokia so far is to mark new In and Out points on video clips and…

  • digital storytelling,  mobile

    Using a mobile phone to tell a story

    The three production phases on mobile are: 1. capture easiest of the three, but the author needs to decide which forms to adopt 2. edit (a) on the phone, limited scope but it’s possible to mark ins and outs on clips and assemble them on the phone. (b) on computer. Technical issues include formats, conversion, standards, etc. 3. publication (a) ftp via 3G connection using software like ShoZu or MobyExplorer to private ftp server, blip.tv, YouTube, etc. (b) via lead, card reader, wireless or bluetooth to a computer connected to the internet. Vloggers have been doing this for years, of course. What’s changing is the video quality on phones like…