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Digital story shopping list

We looked at workshop space in the last post, today it’s the kit.
You want to bid for funding to set up a digital storytelling project, but you’re not sure what you’re going to need? Here’s a list to build from of examples of equipment needed to run digital storytelling and participatory media workshops. The kit specified below is all portable so, as long as extra trained personnel are available, workshops can be held in external community spaces as well as in the Workshop base.

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Here’s the shopping list:

  • laptops with software to capture/edit/show video, image and audio with mains leads and spare batteries. I think Apple computers have been better-suited to digital storytelling than PCs, whilst there’s a higher penetration of PCs here in Wales. At least two of the laptops to be designated and set up for trainers.
  • image scanner(s) which can be powered from the USB lead – not plugged into the mains
  • Bluetooth-enabled printer(s)
  • some digital cameras with fast, large memory cards
  • tripod (e.g. Manfroto)
  • two microphones (e.g. Rode)
  • USB audio interface by Edirol or M-Audio
  • two mic stands, cables, windshields and clips script stand
  • portable audio recording solution
  • portable powered speakers
  • DV camera for archiving stories. MiniDV tape, not disk, with DV-in enabled.
  • other appropriate capturing/authoring devices as required for workshops (e.g. Nokia N93 mobile phones)
  • tape, disk, card and storage stock
  • portable hard drives
  • data sticks
  • external USB floppy drive and card reader
  • USB and firewire cables
  • mains extensions/splitters
  • gaffer tape and rubber mats
  • flight cases
  • trolley
  • access to transport suitable for carrying equipment will be needed by trainer
  • other equipment, as advised by trainer

Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 5 September 2007.

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