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Funders Conference at Hutton Hall

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Today, a funding conference was held at Hutton Hall with local MP Liam Byrne in attendance. I was there as part of my Online Journalism Masters course to record what happened for the website I was developing.

As well as videoing the start of the meeting, I also audio recorded the event as a backup in case the video was corrupted or the sound was not of a sufficient quality.

After the meeting, I interviewed Mr Byrne about a recent news report regarding academic achievement in his constituency and also about the meeting he had just attended.

As I was planning to use audio and video recordings, I set the camera up on my tripod, framed it and then stood with the field recorder to conduct the interview. However, once I had set the camera up, he stepped forward, meaning his head was outside the screen area. When I watched it back, I was disappointed this had happened and that I hadn’t been able to monitor it while conducting a fluid interview while holding the audio recorder.

To make the framing better, I cropped the screen so the main focus for the display was his face which made to cutting off of the top part of his head less obvious. The uploaded video is below.

Fortunately I had the audio backup which I could use instead and the nature of the interview meant that it would lend itself to video or audio equally.

This would have been an ideal opportunity to have someone live Tweeting what was discussed at the meeting for the benefit of those who could not attend but were interested. Unfortunately, with video, photographic and audio to contend with, I was not able to do this myself.


Written by Andy Watt

July 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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