Category Archives: Digital Composing Resources

How to Find Copyright-Flexible Music for Multimedia Presentations

This video provides one method for finding copyright flexible (Creative Commons) music via SoundCloud.

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Finding Copyright Flexible Images using Flickr

Need help finding copyright flexible images for a multimedia presentation? This video offers a step-by-step approach to finding media you can legally use via Flickr. Be sure to pay attention to the license type attached to each image and use … Continue reading

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My Concept in 60 Experiment

The Natural – An Oral History Trailer I was very inspired by The Olive Project by Erin Anderson when creating this oral history. I want to create more pieces that tell family stories and present them in a curated collage format … Continue reading

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Captioning Multimodal Texts

The graphic below is a rectangular pictorial chart with vertical alignment. The image is titled “Five Ways the Think Rhetorically About Captioning.” Since infographics are not accessible to screen readers, I have decided to caption this document in two ways, … Continue reading

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Getting (RE) Acquainted with WeVideo

For years, I’ve been looking for a video editing solution that would allow students, who are often beginners with video editing, to succeed at creating a micro-documentary film. If I could have it my way, I would simply teach iMovie and … Continue reading

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WeVideo

Hello multimedia enthusiasts: For years, I’ve been searching for a user-friendly, quality web-based video editing tool. Lately I’ve been playing around with a program called WeVideo. I can log into it using my Google credentials and create movies based on … Continue reading

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Embrace the Remix (TED by Kirby Ferguson)

Copyright and Remix are discussed in this TED talk by Kirby Ferguson. His premise is that all creativity is infinitely influenced by the works that came before our own. He gives examples that will stick with you after you view … Continue reading

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NPR’s Life Story in Six Songs

What six songs would you choose to tell your life story for you? Check out NPR’s website to see some annotated playlists from listeners.

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Ira Glass on Storytelling

These videos are excellent, easy-to-understand explanations of 1) the building blocks of a great story, 2) finding a decent story to tell, and 3) authenticity in multimedia projects from one of the most famous radio storytellers of this generation, Ira … Continue reading

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Converting MP4 Video Files to M4V Using Handbrake – Video Tutorial

This video tutorial explains how to use Handbrake to convert MP4 files into M4V files without buying expensive conversion software. If your  camera shoots MP4 files, you’ll have to convert them before editing them into iMovie 11 because iMovie 11 … Continue reading

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Converting MTS and MP4 Video Files for Use in iMovie 11

The last few days have restored my belief that the best part of being a teacher is the way it forces me to learn. I’ve spent several (maybe more than several) hours over the past few days helping students solve … Continue reading

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Places to Publish Creative Multimodal Texts

Mount Hope Magazine accepts visual-style narrative: http://mounthopemagazine.com/Submissions.html. Hypertext Magazine publishes creative multimodal texts like graphic essays, editorial cartoons, and more:  http://www.hypertextmag.com/about/.  

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Adding Type to a Path in Photoshop

As we work toward a rough draft of the visual narrative assignment, we are challenging ourselves by using new knowledge of Photoshop and other digital tools to communicate our first-person stories. You may find this tutorial useful if you are … Continue reading

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Getting Started with Illustrator CS6

If you’re just getting started with Adobe Illustrator CS6, you may find these videos helpful. I generally recommend that people begin by playing with typography and paths, and these videos explain both of those functions of the program. Link to … Continue reading

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Customizing your Facebook Design for Personal Use or Business

This article serves as a resource for customizing your Facebook page using  graphics. It also outlines some cautions that will get you in trouble with Facebook. This information could be useful for students using photo editing software for the first … Continue reading

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