Audio Editing Software

There are quiet a few ways in which you can add your own music, a podcast or any audio for that matter onto your blog. In her flipped lecture, Jenny talks about two such ways – Audacity and Garageband. Both of these are free softwares you can easily download. Garageband is available only on Apple products. I did some research and found another software that you can use – Podbean. The advantage of Podbean is that you can use it to store your music online and it provides an embedded music player that you can use on your blog. When downloading Audacity, make sure that you do not download the beta version till you are a computer whizz. After trying it out, I also suggest using your own microphone and not depending on the inbuilt one on your laptop.

The actual usage of these softwares is pretty easy as we are all familiar with the various button types, like play, record, stop, forward and the like. Jenny uses various youtube videos to explain how to use the software. I think this is the best way to go if you have a problem while using it. Play around with what you can do and you can pretty much just go from there. The Podbean application can be used to put your audio on the blog. You can do this by uploading your audio on Podbean, getting the code it generated and posting the code on your blog. What this will do is embed a player with your audio file on there and you are set.

I think the difficulty comes in actually deciding the content of your podcasts or audio files and I found this really good blog which has a decent number of tips which you can listen to and decide on what to follow.

http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/

I think podcasts are a great way to attract people to your blog. With millions of blogs out there, I find that finding one with an audio file is just welcoming and a relief truthfully. Rest your eyes, lie back or sit with a cup of tea and listen away. Makes life much easier I think and can really stand out in the crowd. Music is also a great way of convincing someone to stay on your site and explore it more.

I plan on using several podcasts in my interactive story as a way of inviting people to take interest and interact more with my idea. It is a good way to introduce different people’s interests and personality on a social media which is a major part of my story. My group and I are discussing something along the lines of digitally arranging marriages for which we need several characters we shall be introducing and some of the introduction will be done through different episodes or even varying formats of podcasts.

I was doing some research on this and I really like some different podcasts – music and intro podcasts that I might get ideas from for my blog. Some of the stuff I found:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/arranged-marriages-can-be-real-love-10-03-11/

This one talks about the believe in the western world that arranged marriages are loveless marriages, which can be refuted. I also love the length they have used for the podcasts restricting it to only a minute. I would want to set that as an average time for the podcasts that I use in my project.

These are a bunch of pod interviews with some bollywood stars. I like it. If you think you have some great pods you would like to share, which might help with my research, comment!

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Digital Image Editing (Flipped Lecture)

I have worked in advertising for sometime now. My entire day would go in observing my art partner while he did magic on photoshop. I was the writer. But, however much I tried, I never really got to learn all that much. Reading Jenny’s flipped lecture was very helpful for me because I was always looking to do more complicated stuff and always missed working the basics. No wonder nothing turned out quiet right!

One of the things in the lecture that was really helpful for me was the distinction between the different formats of pictures – jpeg, png, gif, tiff and eps. No one has ever taken the time to go through this as most would think you would be born with this knowledge. Now I know that if I want a smaller file, probably to use for the web, I would go for jpegs but when I want to take out artworks with much higher resolution for print, I would use tiff or eps.

I always forget to make copies of my work before taking it further and I feel I really do have the bad habit of overdoing everything. Apparently you can go back only for about fifteen changes you have made! It can be really frustrating, so I thought the advice to work on different layers and make copies was awesome. It is something I would have to remember doing.

I did this animation project for another class. When I started out, I gave it a black background, but thanks to Jenny, I was able to work out a beautiful background using an image from the internet and just using Gaussian Blur on it. It worked wonders, brought out my entire project. A great effect to use and something you can use even if your pictures are small and pixelated. With this you would never know!

Overall, I thought Jenny’s lecture was great. I did go back to the basics and came out stronger. It also forced me to look up some stuff on the internet and I found two videos on youtube, which I think are good watches if you are learning photoshop.

This video is perfect for us because it is specifically for the version of photoshop on our RMIT desktop. A lot of the versions are really different and some functions can be done differently. The new softwares also have the awesome shortcuts to help you save time.

This one is just for a really cool trick. The breaking effect. Check it out, who thought it would be this easy to do!

I also found a blog I really like on my RSS feed.

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/

It tells you a lot of cool stuff all the way to plugins. Check it out.

Photoshop for my Project

I am planning on doing a blog for which I need to have a lot of people active on it. It is very interactive and the outcome largely depends on my followers. I would love to make some characters using photoshop that I can animate and use on my site. I also want to use photoshop to design a nice logo for my website/blog. I would have to create both these elements from scratch and that means starting right at the basics. Thanks Jenny!