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  1. 1. How did you use mediatechnologies in theconstruction and research,planning and evaluationstages?
  2. 2. Research stagePrimarily I used www.google.co.uk and www.wikipedia.com (for factsand figures as a minority question the use of this) as seen below
  3. 3. Research stageFor useful documentary research and archive footage I used www.youtube.com (left)to convert these videos I used www.keepvid.com (right) where you enter the URLand download the file.
  4. 4. Research stagewww.bbc.co.uk/sport and www.skysportsnews.com are reliable andtrusted sports websites and so were every useful for investigating money infootball.
  5. 5. Planning stageMicrosoft Word was used for the majority of the planning phase. Wedocumented the Formal proposal, logging sheets, scheduling, editdecision list and the questionnaires. On word I took advantage of thetools at my disposal to create tables and graphs which enhanced theclarity and interpretation of my work.Uploading photo’s via the use of a USB cable and my phone(Blackberry Bold 9930- below left) meant we could show evidence ofour planning and the whole process (as shown below). The Blackberryhas a 5 MP camera with a flashlight and so was well suitedenough to capture images that we could use.
  6. 6. Construction stageFor all our filming we used a Cannon XM2 Camera (top right) with the added use of a Tripod(below left), Clip Microphone (below right) and Boom Mic. The boom mic was simple to pluginto a port on the camera and I opted to use it for the recording of the narration as it has amore clear cut and velvety sound, I wanted the highest quality audio for our narration and theboom mic was the best option.The Cannon XM2 is a pro camcorder so we knew we were getting good quality and it camewith many useful features such as the playback option, the handle, the built in mic and theports for headphones and clip mics. Portable, light and easy to set up it proved to be an idealpiece of equipment for this kind of filming. Another good feature was on the LED panel inwhich you could see the left and right audio level bouncing and so could monitor the audioquality.The clip microphone was used for all interviews (except one in which the battery ran out andso we had to scrap the interview when editing), it was simple to use and we also always woreheadphones whilst recording an interview so that we could ensure the sound was OK andwould not hinder us later upon review when editing.
  7. 7. Construction stageAfter each piece of filming we uploaded the footage by capturing it off the MiniDV tapes through the use of a DV capture deck which linked to the computerenabling us to control the capturing which was a smooth process.The software we used for editing was the CS5 version of Adobe Premier. Thiswas used for all aspects of editing which included putting into a timeline(corresponding with our timeline in planning), cutting the footage down andsnipping it into sequence, controlling audio (including unlinking audio andvideo), importing archive footage, audio and video transitions (e.g. dip toblack, cross dissolve), audio balancing (fill left, constant gain), text generation,time re-mapping (such as slow/fast motion) and cropping/resizing of videofootage. Another function of Premier that was paramount to the aestheticquality of the piece was the manipulation of still images through the use of keyframing and basic animation (e.g. the zooming on the stats). Also woreheadphones throughout the editing process so that any kinks with audio couldbe smoothed out so that there was no errors (e.g. a poor transition or inconsistant volume).
  8. 8. Construction stageOn Adobe Premier there is lots going on and so the SamsungLCD monitor T200 HD was pivotal for previewing my work as Iwent along and gave me good perspective of the progress Iwas making.
  9. 9. Construction stageAfter finishing the documentary we then moved onto completing a print advert for it, for this we used AdobePhotoshop CS5 this was enjoyable to do as well and involved a lot of work with the computer, we had beforehand took a couple of pictures of a football sat on top of a vast amount of fifty pound notes which we made viathe use of printer, this was great as it automatically showed what the documentary was about and contrastingfootball and money together, the way in which we gained the fifty pound notes was through research, we usedinternet explorer to help us for this and we found the exact dimensions of the note, then found an image ongoogle. We created an exact fifty pound note but it wasnt double sided we only had the queens head side. Aswe took a couple of pictures we had different shots and views of the ball, but came to a group decision on thepicture we used.For the printed advert we used Photoshop CS5 which we had had some experience with but not much, we hadsome assistance and guidance but after a few sessions on Photoshop the whole group could use the programrather well and we could add some quite advanced effects to the image.On the whole we basically broadened the colours of the ball, grass and redness of the fifty pound notes beforeadding the relevant text, info and logo (all within the conventions of print adverts) we thought this was a grandidea and which would capture passers by eyes and grasp there thought and this could potentially lead to themfinding out more on the documentary and even view it.
  10. 10. Evaluation stageQuestion 1.To answer this question me and Matt decided that we could worktogether to create and script a more detailed and relevant response andso I drafted a script split it into 4 colour coded sections and assigned a 2paragraphs each to me and matt. For this I used Microsoft Word toscript the dialogue we would be using for the recording.In the background we broadcast our documentary that was onwww.youtube.com (shown on the top right) through the use of aprojector, this was very important to the visual aspect of the recordingas the projected image/video was clear and large.We then made use of Matt’s HTC desire smart phone which records780p with 8 megapixel camera.We uploaded the video to www.youtube.com onto my account wherewe made it public ready to embed, so it was a familiar and simpleprocess.
  11. 11. Evaluation stageQuestion 2. For this question I went about a similar process of usingMicrosoft Word to draft my answer (below), as this gives me clarityand structure. Then it was a case of using the Cannon digititalcamera I have at home which I knew was reliable due to pastexperience with it. I left the lens over the camera and recorded myvoice with the built in mic. I then uploaded the video through myUSB cable, saved it into onto my computer and uploaded thevideo to my www.youtube.com account.
  12. 12. Evaluation stageQuestion 3For this question used www.prezi.com to create a prezi which includedpictures, video clips, text, fonts and themes then uploaded it to my blockby copying the embed code.
  13. 13. Evaluation stage Question 4For this question I have used Microsoft PowerPoint and incorporatedsuch tools the back ground effects, text, titles and picturesHere I have taken screen shots of me composing various slides, I ampasting a screen shot (left) and sending the picture to the back so thattext can appear in front for it (right).

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