Self Initiated Project – Week 11

I have been researching into magazine layouts and trying to make the content for the as yet untitled West Hull FM listener promotional magazine.

After looking at magazine layouts, I have decided to keep the page count to 4, which will allow for a quick turnaround for the station, and it is something that can be built on in the coming months with further issues.

I would be happy to keep the count at 4 for the first 3 issues, before moving to multiples of 4 going forward.

Another item that needs to be addressed is the name for the publication.  I feel it needs to be something that reflects the community that West Hull FM serves, and I will be canvassing opinions in the local area to try to nail down a name in the next few days.

The Media Pack project is continuing, and I have started adding more content to the InDesign layout, using inforamtion from West Hull FM and also from the OFCOM documentation used to apply and gain the FM licence back in 2007.

Filming has also continued, where time and weather has allowed, and I have organised the raw footage using the Creative Cloud application available through Adobe Creative Suite.

By doing this, I want to be in a position to edit the videos in the next week or so, as there are a lot of videos to produce and upload to either Vimeo or YouTube.


Colour editing of photos

In the Creative Futures session on Monday, four members of the team visited the Fruit Market area to take general establishing shots of the area using our smartphone cameras.

All photos will be uploaded to the Shoebox Productions Gmail account using the photo storage area.

Using Camera Raw, a piece of software within Adobe Creative Cloud, I have been experimenting with colour adjustment.  The main thing that I have looked at is removing all colours except for one specific colour.

The photos below show the difference between the original and a photo where all colour has been removed except for red.

The left photo is the original, with a range of colours used, a large amount of blue on the left, green on the wall in the distance, and a light brown tint to the pavement and road.

By using Camera Raw, I have altered all colours except red from the default of 0, to a figure of -100.  In the images above, I have altered the red to +100, giving a stronger edge to the colour.


I feel with a tighter crop, possibly re-taking the shot without the cars in the distance, this style of highlighting a specific colour will be something that I will be promoting within our group discussions.

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 – Rough Cut Video


I exported a rough cut of my video, and requested a viewing from my lecturer, and a couple of people who have not been involved in the process of filming and editing.

My reasoning for this was to get their opinion as a viewer, rather than as someone completely immersed in the project.

The initial cut is available on Vimeo, and I have deliberately kept that there, to refer back to whilst making the final cut, and for comparison at the end of the final project.


Sound Assignment – Beds for Podcast

As mentioned elsewhere in the blog, I’ve used Audacity previously to create music shows for an online radio station, so using that experience, I thought it would be a good idea to try to put together a smaller podcast in order to see what information I had retained.

The music clips were taken from bands, up and coming, and also established, and because this podcast will not be published, I did not request talent release.  I will represent the podcast visually so that I can demonstrate what I have done to create the work.

Initially, I researched royalty-free beds, so that there was music in the background of the podcast.  I found a track that I thought was suitable from FreeSFX.  I selected a track called “After Dusk“, which was described as a funky dance loop.  However, the music file was only 31.53 seconds in length, so had to be altered to ensure that there was enough of it to make the bed long enough to cover the podcast.

Podcast Loop

Podcast Loop

As the music track is designed to be a loop, it was fairly easy to ensure a smooth transition between the end of the track, and the beginning of the second instance of it.  There was a very small duration of silence at either end of the track, which required removal.  The examples below shows the start and end of the track with the silence.  Once the silence had been removed, then it was easier to make the match with another instance.

By removing the silences at either end of the file, I was able to replicate the track numerous times so that it became a longer track.  I made the track longer than the 10 minutes duration of the podcast, so that I was able to fade out the end at the 10 minute stage.



AfterDusk 11minute



Sound Assignment – Working with Audacity

Audacity is a audio editing program that is available to download for free.  It doesn’t have all the tools that are available in Audition, or Cool Edit Pro, but for basic editing, the price tag cannot be argued with.

I have used Audacity for a couple of years now, to create voice-tracked links for my radio shows, and also to ensure that the music tracks are of a similar level throughout the hour of music that I am producing.

The photo below, is Audacity, and I have imported a MP3 of Utah Saints – Something Good ’08.  As you can see the waveform is large within the two stereo elements of the track.



By using the tools within the software, you can change the sound of the track, changing the volume, adding bass/treble, or fading in and out to name a few.  The next image shows the same track, but it has been through the normalisation process.  This process takes the peaks and makes changes to them.  It also removes the DC offset, which takes the top and bottom away from the track.




With these waveforms, you can start to build a selection of songs, and voice-tracked links in order to make a radio show.

The photo below shows an entire hour of music, including the voice links, that I created for a radio station that I worked at back in 2014.

Show - SHCR



The mix between the tracks and the links, have been edited to create a seamless hour of radio.