David Whitfield – Further Developments to Video/Magazine – Walking Tour of Hull

A further development of the Video and Magazine, could be using the content, together with other famous people from Hull, to create a walking audio tour.

Using David Whitfield, together with other people that my peers have covered in the assignment, a walking audio tour could cover each of the famous people.  Thomas Ferens, Jack Harrison, Phillip Larkin and Ebeneezer Cobb Morley, could feature in a tour of the city centre, created for tourists from a variety of countries, on a headset that can offer the tour in various languages.

Audio Guide Handset

Audio Guide Handset

The headsets are used in a variety of museums and walking tours in large cities around the world, and this could be a future development of the project.

David Whitfield – Accessibility – Audio Book – Editing Audio

Creating the audio book within Adobe Audition is something that I have wanted to do since considering alternative output options a few weeks ago.

As I was able to use a powered microphone and sound mixer, the audio had more depth to it, rather than cheaper microphones I have used in the past.

In Audition, I was able to add bass and treble, amplify the volume, and ensure the audio file is as tight as possible, without losing any of the recording.

I have recorded a video to show the process I completed for this task.

YouTube Video

David Whitfield – Accessibility – Audio Book

Creating subtitles for my video pitch, which will subsequently be used in the full documentary allows me to cater for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  After considering this, I also looked at ways in which I can engage other sections of society that may not be able access fully, either the video or magazine spread.

By using a microphone and sound desk within University, I will be able to create an audio file of the text from the magazine spread.

I will read the magazine text, and record that into Adobe Audition.  From there, I will be able to adjust the volume of the recording, add extra bass and treble to it, and filter out any outside ambient noise, to ensure that a clear and sharp recording will be recorded.

Using that audio file, I import it into Audioboom, so that visually impaired users will be able to access the document.  Another advantage of an audio recording is that people who want to access the content on the move, regardless of their visual status will be able to download it, and listen along, whatever they are doing.

 

AudioBoom

AudioBoom

The audio file is available to download from AudioBoom, via this link

David Whitfield – Future Developments of Magazine and Video – 3D Visualisation

With the increased use of 3D visualisation, another development I have considered is to build a 3D world, and to incorporate audio and video within the product.

Using a 3D headset and headphones, it will be possible for the user to see and hear different types of content.

Through App development, a scene would be developed, for example, a 1950’s theatre, where different elements of the theatre, contain video, audio, and text based content.

By the user “walking” through the theatre, they would be able to access the content, and see in either 2D or 3D.

A similar product was built and designed at the Hull School of Art and Design by students on the Games Design course, using Hull Paragon Station, circa 1914, where the user could “walk” through the station as if it was 100 years ago.

Paragon Station Interior 1914

Paragon Station Interior 1914

An example of where content could be added to this image is a newspaper on the bench, which the user could click on to open and news articles from David Whitfield’s career could be viewed.

Voiceover – David Whitfield

After formative feedback, I decided to re-record my voice over, as it was pointed out to me that the initial voiceover track contained too much content about Hull as a city, not about David Whitfield the man.

I rewrote the script, concentrating on David Whitfield, in a morning, and using my sound studio and recording software, I ensured that the voice over matched the video content.

Before Amendment Voice Over

Before Amendment Voice Over

In the example above, the audio is raw, and unamended.  It lacks depth, volume, and would sound a little “empty”.

Voice Over - Audacity

Voice Over – Audacity

Using the Audacity software, I was able to increase the bass and treble within the waveform, and also increase the volume of the audio, so that when it is imported into Premiere Pro, I can adjust it to match the audio from the piece to camera as well as the music.

Audio – David Whitfield

When filming my video, I relied on the microphone built into my camera for my audio.

I imported the raw video/audio into Premiere Pro, and reviewed the files, and found that the audio from the piece to camera files was of a very poor quality, and unsuitable to use in the final product.

On reflection, that was being very ambitious, given that I am recording in November, a month usually wet and windy, and the built-in microphone is particularly susceptible to wind noise.

I will be re-recording the piece to camera shots, together with an external microphone and recorder.  By matching the audio from the recorder to the video from the camera in Premiere Pro, I will ensure that the lip sync is absolutely spot on.

A lesson learnt regarding audio/video recording especially when outdoors.

Filming Considerations – David Whitfield

When planning my filming time in and around Hull, I have many different factors to consider in the process.

As all of my filming is to be done outside, the weather conditions are something that I need to look at.

Generally the weather in November can be changeable at best with days of sun, rain, wind and cloud.  Those can all happen in the same hour.

Looking at the forecast over the next couple of weeks, there are a couple of days where the weather looks favourable.

Permissions for filming is another factor to look at.  I have chosen locations that do not require permission to film.  They are all in public places, but even these need a little forethought.  By taking a little extra time to film, I can make sure that members of the public aren’t in the finished video.

I have my own kit in the form of video camera and tripod so the usual planning of kit availability isn’t required, but I am a little concerned about the quality of the audio, so I will be sourcing an external audio recorder to make sure that outside audio sounds as good as possible.

Voice over audio, if required, will be done at home using a mixer desk and microphone and then enhanced using audio editing software.

Filming Locations – David Whitfield

When thinking about filming locations for my three minute pitch documentary for David Whitfield, I have been mindful of using a variety of locations, without using too many different ones.  Locations need to be visually stimulating and add to the script that I am writing for the piece.

Suitable locations that I have selected for the pitch documentary are Hull New Theatre where there is a statue of David Whitfield, Hull Marina, Queen Victoria Square, and Queens Gardens.

By using a combination of these locations, together with a piece to camera outside the Hull New Theatre, I feel that I can use these locations to add to the piece, and create a three minute video pitch using HD video, audio both onsite and voiced over, and then editing them all together using Premiere Pro.

Shot List – David Whitfield

On my way into work this morning, I walked past the statue of David Whitfield that is located outside Hull New Theatre.

The sun was peeking through the clouds, and gave a nice setting to the statue, which was surrounded by leaf fall.

One of the main shots that I am considering using for my video piece is the statue in the morning sun, with the different colours of leaves on the trees and also on the ground surrounding the statue.

Using this lighting from the morning sun, will also be for a brief piece to camera which will give a background to my reasoning for the documentary pitch.

I will be using my camera and tripod, which will be controlled by my camera assistant, so that as I walk towards the statue, the video footage will pan across my walk, with me ending up at the statue, with a direct shot of me talking to the camera.

Technology – David Whitfield

The documentary pitch and magazine spread will require a number of technologies to be used in order to create the finished product.

For both products, I will be using Tom’s Planner in order to keep a close eye on timescales and show process throughout the project.

For the documentary pitch, I will be using the following technology:

  • StoryBoardPro – To create a storyboard in order to build a plan to create the video pitch.
  • HD Video Camera – To record HD footage in and around Hull.
  • DSLR Camera – To take high quality still photos
  • External Audio Source – Either a microphone attached to the camera, or recording to an external device.
  • Mixer Desk and Microphone – To record voice over pieces to overlay the video footage.
  • Adobe Audition/Audacity – To add effects such as extra bass and treble to the recorded audio.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro – To edit the video, add audio, titles and captions to the final product.

For the magazine spread, I will be using the following technology:

  • Adobe Photoshop – To crop, alter and render photos taken.
  • Adobe InDesign – To create the layout, add text and photos to the finished product.
  • DSLR Camera – To take high quality still photos