Thursday, October 21, 2010
CNN iReport roundtable: Boot camp week seven

Please join us here today at 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss the final topic of our iReport boot camp: Storytelling.

 

We did things a little differently this week – instead of opening the iReport storytelling assignment ahead of the roundtable, we’ll start accepting submissions afterward. Today, we’re pleased to welcome CNN All-Platform Journalist Sarah Hoye, who knows exactly how important good storytelling is.

 

As an All-Platform Journalist, Sarah is responsible for producing every aspect of a story – she shoots photos and videos, writes stories for CNN.com and scripts for CNN TV, she edits video packages together, and even does occasional live shots on the air. In many senses, she’s like an iReporter: covering stories all on her own.

 

Sarah is here to answer your questions about how to tell a story from start to finish. This roundtable is also a great opportunity to share your story ideas with Sarah and ask any technical questions you might have. In the meantime, you can check out her expert storytelling tips from last week.

 

If you're new to the roundtable, here's how it works: We'll open comments at 3:00 p.m. ET and you can post your questions and comments for Sarah at the bottom of this post. Talk to you then!

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October 21, 2010
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Welcome to our storytelling roundtable! Comments are now open.

October 21, 2010
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C'mon in :)

October 21, 2010
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Our expert today is CNN All-Platform Journalist Sarah Hoye - you can read her mini-bio above. Sarah's here to talk about your story ideas and answer any questions you may have about how to cover a story, whether they're technical or editorial.

October 21, 2010
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Howdy, howdy.

October 21, 2010
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Hi there

October 21, 2010
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Good afternoon everybody!

October 21, 2010
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Greetings, everyone!

October 21, 2010
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Hello everyone!

October 21, 2010
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Is it okay if I put still pictures as well as moving video, I only have a small Canon digital camara

October 21, 2010
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It is 12.30 p.m. in the night in Sri Lanka

October 21, 2010
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Absolutely! Stills and video add different dimensions to a package.

October 21, 2010
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I hope everyone is excited for the final installment of boot camp! We're officially opening the assignment today. If you want feedback on your story ideas - now's the time to share.

October 21, 2010
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@sunethra I am continuously impressed with your willingness to adjust your schedule to come to the roundtables! You're awesome.

October 21, 2010
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Good day . I am joining this late and  can't get out much. Can I do use past video and edit it.

October 21, 2010
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@tyson What is the submission deadline for the final assignment?

October 21, 2010
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So what's everyone thinking about for their local landmark? I can't wait to see what you choose...

October 21, 2010
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Hello All! :)

Sorry to be late.

October 21, 2010
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Hi, iReporters, iReport producer and Sarah Hoye!

October 21, 2010
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Here's an example of how I used stills and video: http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/07/14/pennsylvania.haiti.adoption/index.html

October 21, 2010
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Thank you Rachel.  appreciate your comments

October 21, 2010
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Hi Sarah! How do you decide how much B-roll to shoot? I feel like I always shoot so much, and have to sift through it later.

October 21, 2010
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Hi Mark

October 21, 2010
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What ho old chaps

October 21, 2010
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SarahCNN, I can not open your link.

October 21, 2010
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@mpgomatic - good question. We'd love to have them in before next week's roundtable, so by Tuesday, Oct 26. Here's the assignment link.
October 21, 2010
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I don't have the editing capability of using more than one shot of video and splicing them together.

October 21, 2010
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@dsashin You can never have too much B-roll. Ever.

 

But, a good rule of thumb is to hold 10-15 seconds on action or detail shots. The more angles/vantage points the better.

October 21, 2010
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Hi Sunethra!

October 21, 2010
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Good morning everyone from the Philippines. For me I'm planning to do a story about landmarks of the landmarks of the 3 biggest malls in the world found in metro Manila. I already did the interview and some photos but I got problem on the storytelling. And is it ok if I don't have video of me interviewing because I hold the camera while interviewing. Thanks.

October 21, 2010
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I managed to open the link, but the video is not working, may be it will work later on

October 21, 2010
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Try this link @markpel.
October 21, 2010
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I dont have enough memory to take long videos

October 21, 2010
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@Staff..just so you know, when you click on the "Blog" toolbar, this roundtable is not coming up.

October 21, 2010
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SarahCNN, now I can open it.

October 21, 2010
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Hello Sarah- I'd like to do local interviews. Nothing extravagant, but reading blogs and such everyone is saying that you need expensive cameras and microphones. I know that sound is key, but is a consumer digital camcorder that bad?

October 21, 2010
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@Sherbien Yes, it's OK not to have yourself in the shots. If you have time to set up your camera on a tripod to include yourself try it. If not, focus on the elements of your story.

October 21, 2010
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@KCRep Do you have Windows movie maker? It comes on pretty much all computers running Windows. And iMovie comes on all Macs.

 

If you really don't have a way to edit stuff together, try to upload a series of short videos and photos that tell your story. Maybe a couple still shots, a couple videos with b-roll, and a video interview? So that at least all the pieces are there. And you can use the text portion of the iReport to tie it all together.

October 21, 2010
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@tyson Thx! I have a location in mind. Fits the season, seeing that it's almost Halloween. Largely a question of whether I'll have enough time to shoot and get it cut.

October 21, 2010
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Thanks Rachel, I will try that.  I might have movie maker and don't even know it. Thanks.

October 21, 2010
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@BrainPosts Some consumer digital camcorders are of poor quality. However, there are some great products out there too. If you're in the market for new equipment, first establish a budget and then try out the equipment at your local electronics store.

October 21, 2010
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@Sherbien - that sounds interesting. I didn't realize 3 of the world's largest shopping malls were in the Philippines.

 

Could you tell us a little more about your plans? Doing all three sounds like a challenge - have you considered focusing on the largest?

 

 

October 21, 2010
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Is it best to use a tripod when you are filming yourself? I have one but really haven't tried it .

October 21, 2010
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Hi everyone!

October 21, 2010
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@mpgomatic - oh, that sounds fun. Well if you want any advice just let us know - we are here for you.

October 21, 2010

Just popping in for a little while- It's been quite some time since I have been in here:)

October 21, 2010
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@cherryrn You bet. The tripod is your friend!

October 21, 2010
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@BrainPosts If/When you are in the market for a new camera, look for one that accepts external microphones.

October 21, 2010
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Tyson, thank you!

October 21, 2010
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Good afternoon everyone

October 21, 2010
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@tyson It's an abandoned state psychiatric hospital. Need to shoot without getting thrown in jail. ;)

October 21, 2010
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If you don't have a tripod, you want to steady your camera as best as possible...

October 21, 2010
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Good advice @mpgomatic!

October 21, 2010

Tripods are good if you don't have a lot of distance to travel while getting the story- Last night I hiked through the woods at 11pm to get a better shot of a huge fire in our town, the tripod would have been better.. I used a fence support to steady the camera:)

October 21, 2010
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@SarahCNN- that's the problem. I figured out a budget of about $750 total and I'm finding contrasting information about whether to use a camcorder or a DSLR. Lenses, etc... I'm a web geek so I've done enough online research and even called manufacturers, but many of them give you open ended answers. This might make for a good story for CNN: recommended hardware and software for the amateur reporter/vlogger. Do a good/better/best budget deal.

October 21, 2010
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BTW - those of you who participate in week 7 will be hearing from iReport producer Katie. She got pulled into another meeting today - but had some words of wisdom to share. Katie wanted to take a crack at this last assignment - since it's arguably the toughest one in the series. She choose an Atlanta landmark - Oakland Cemetery. Check out her video. She writes: "I learned a lot from shooting this video. Next time, I'd bring a tripod to steady the shots and an external microphone to cut down on the background noise. I was glad to get plenty of b-roll to choose from, which helped keep the video interesting."
October 21, 2010
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Thanks, @zdan!  My older big(ger) camera has dual XLR mic inputs, but my new little camera has a mini-jack. I picked up a Juiced Link box so I can use my XLR mics with the little cam.

October 21, 2010
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I have never used a tripod.

October 21, 2010
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@BrainPosts that's a great idea. i'll definitely file it away for a future story. i think a lot of ireporters would benefit from some sort of equipment guide!

October 21, 2010
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I have too many landmarks to choose from, but, am I supposed to interview someone that works there?

October 21, 2010
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Tripod - almost always good.

 

However if you want a certain effect you might want the "steadicam" look (though you'll get varying answers on that)

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-504407

October 21, 2010
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@BrainPosts In that case, you want the best picture quality audio in that price range. And if you want to splurge for an external mic, do it!

October 21, 2010
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@daelmer

 

I use a monopod. works great for on the go! :)

October 21, 2010
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Hi all! Special congrats to ChrisM' and all that have taught me so much. Thank you. What ho Henry, just finished posting you.

October 21, 2010
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@KCRep your interview subject doesn't necessarily have to be someone who works there. It could be someone who visits there, or has something interesting to say about it. A historian perhaps.

 

Tells us about some of the places you are considering and what makes them interesting and we can help you narrow it down.

October 21, 2010
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I have a sony digital camera that I am currently using for my videos. Can someone explain how I can or would use  Windows movie maker to edit or produce a good video?

October 21, 2010
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@KCRep You want to narrow your focus. What landmark stands out above the others. Then you want to talk to people ranging from workers, historians or visitors who can help tell the story of your landmark selection.

October 21, 2010

Thanks @ChrisM, I use a hand held camera/video recorder.. Sometimes it is easier to just hold it than to carry a tripod too. I had a few fences I had to climb in the dark last night, can't imagine having all my stuff with me too..

October 21, 2010
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Hey all!

 

@SarahCNN when choosing a story or topic what sorts of things do you look for and what types of stories or elements would make you want to steer clear? (Realizing of course you may not always have the luxury of choosing!)

October 21, 2010
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YES, please do an equipment guide. The market is so cluttered and most of us want to get started, but it's not like we have an infinite budget to test out different equipment. Doing the interview is one thing, but recording it properly makes a world of a difference.

October 21, 2010
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Tyson.....The Richard Nixon Library is really close to me, I was thinking about going there, but they don't allow pictures inside.  So the interview would have to be outside.

October 21, 2010

@verichards8 I use the same program for editing video, best advise I can give you is to jump in feet first. Teach yourself through trial and error.. It took some time, but I taught myself.

October 21, 2010
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Sarah....Disneyland is another very close location to me, that might be even better, interviewing guests?

October 21, 2010
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Good advice ChrisM. On my wish list. I have a "steady" button on my camera, but learned that when you're zooming waaaaaaaay in, even the slightest variation is enhanced mega fold so a tripod is a necessity for those long shots. I've used trash cans (ick) and the car when all else fails.

October 21, 2010
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@dmi2 When jumping on a story, the first thing I think of is how visual the story--that determines the approach (print, video, etc.). Overall, when deciding on stories, you want them to be compelling, if you the reporter aren't moved, how will the audience. But above all, they must pass the "Who Cares?" test.

October 21, 2010
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@verichards8 there are tons of good Windows movie maker tutorials on YouTube. Free and if you minimize the window you can play/pause as you test it for yourself. It's how I taught myself to use iMovie, GarageBand and others.

October 21, 2010
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I have auto focus and non auto focus. Would I get better video without Auto focus? i am afraid of not being able to adjust things.

October 21, 2010
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Thanks Sarah! But my problem is that the editing also, I can't transfer big files from iPhone to hp. Last time I got 3 hours of timapse of metro manila but I can't transfer it to hp.

@ Tyson actually there are 4 malls included in the 10 biggest malls but the other mall is in Cebu. I'm thinking of starting the story with the premise that Filipinos loves shopping despite of the quality of life we had then an interview with the representative from the mall saying that the owner of the mall is a former owner of a small shoe shop then he strives until he has the 4 biggest malls in the world. Then I will ask them how can I differentiate one mall from the other.   Is that ok?

October 21, 2010
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@ChrisMorrow Great suggestion about the monopod. I like that even better than a tripod, I think - more mobile. Sometimes I even fold the tripod legs in to make it like a monopod! iReporters - if you're going to use a monopod, you can keep it steadier by wrapping a leg around it or standing against a wall while you hold it.

October 21, 2010
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@hhanks - not enough time to do a ghost story ... but it's one scary place ... Very Weird NJ.

 

I posted questions for Robert & Zach. I hope they enjoy 'em! ;)

October 21, 2010
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@SarahCNN - Thanks. I'll try and ask that question more!

October 21, 2010
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Got your message @ecotraveler

October 21, 2010
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@KCRep - that's too bad they don't let cameras inside. Doing the Nixon Library from the outside only would limit your package visually. Ideally you can pick a landmark that you can access to. What else are you considering?

October 21, 2010
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@KCRep Contact the Library, there may be a workaround. You want the specifics on the photo restrictions. As for Disneyland, narrow even further. What about Disneyland, is there anything new there this year, any major milestone. Once again, contact their public relations office, they may actually have some ideas for you!

October 21, 2010
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Repost with correct link:

 

@mpgomatic - Is there a ghost story attached to what you're doing? If so you have one day left to post - http://ireport.cnn.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=499910

Looking forward to it!

While I'm at it, that goes for everyone - a few deadlines on assignments tomorrow. Still looking for your town's ghost stories.

AND still looking for questions for Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Galifianakis and director Todd Phillips by tomorrow -

http://ireport.cnn.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=504418

Back to your regularly scheduled roundtable.

 

October 21, 2010
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what sort of waivers do we need when taking photos or videos of public and semi-public places?

October 21, 2010
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Hey can I get a plug in for something I did for PBS?  I'll be on the Nightly Business Report tonight ...

October 21, 2010
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@SarahCNN fantastic storytelling advice. every time i work on a story, i'm constantly asking myself two questions: "so what?" and "who cares?" a story needs significance or it's not newsworthy.

October 21, 2010
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@Sherbien - wow, that story sounds fascinating and worth pursuing. For this assignment - I think you should narrow it down to one landmark. Trying to do 3 (or even) 4 malls sounds like too much to fit into a 3-minute package.

October 21, 2010
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@rachel8 - another great question I'll ask.

 

@BrianPosts has an interesting point - do you get/need releases for people or property?

October 21, 2010
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Hi again irachel. I've used a "tripod" gizmo that's flexible, like a snake that will wrap around anything. It's short, but it's been invaluable for my wildlife shots when I'm out rockin' and rolling' on a boat to get whales or birds. It wraps around railings and posts. Getting the wildlife to cooperate can be tricky, but at least 1/2 the battle's won. Monopod of course, for long shots you can set up tho. Thanks.

October 21, 2010
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@BrainPosts public places are fair game unless you're shooting kids, in which case you need a parent's permission. anywhere private has more rules - usually you want to make sure you have the owner's permission to shoot.

October 21, 2010
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@Sherbien What video editing program are you using?

October 21, 2010
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Ryn

I have tried to upload 3 ghost stories, 2 were the same and one different one. All failed processing.  I did have one post on the 18th, but nothing has worked since. I am logging in using my new email and I am using jpegs. I had gotten an email from Kyle earlier asking about this.

I can also only see the first photo on everyone's post, including my own. It has been this way for a couple of months. I really wanted to post the ghost reports before the deadline.

Any suggestions?

October 21, 2010
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Anyone else willing to share their landmark ideas? We're so excited about this project.

October 21, 2010
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A must have for all of you is: MPEG Streamclip, video converter. This may help for some of the rendering and/or file format problems.

October 21, 2010
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@ecotraveler oh yeah, like a gorillapod? those things are awesome. i think if i had a tight budget a monopod would still be first on my list, for me personally, but a gorillapod is a great tool to have.

October 21, 2010
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Thanks Brian I will definite ck it out and experiment with it.

October 21, 2010
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Hi everyone!!

 

Yes,the tripod is my friend!

October 21, 2010
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@rachel8 - Thank you for the clarification.

October 21, 2010
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Ryn, can you send an email to me at Tyson.Wheatley@cnn.com with a description of your problems? I'll ask our developers to look into it.

 

Be sure to include what kind of computer (PC or Mac) and browser version (Firefox 3.5, IE7) you are using.

 

October 21, 2010
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Ryn

Sure Tyson Thank you very much!

October 21, 2010
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Ok, maybe I will do Knott's Berry Farm.  They have alot of great visuals without having to pay $40.00 to get in.  That's even closer to me.

October 21, 2010
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Welcome to those of you new to our roundtable. Remember to hit refresh to keep up with the posts :)

October 21, 2010
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I mentioned in an earlier chat that I sometimes use my tripod as a poor man's steadycam. Flip one of the legs out to full horizontal, then rest that on your shoulder. Hold each of the other legs with your hands and you're good to go.

 

I also have a cheap shoulder rig that I picked up on eBay. I added manfrotto slide-in mounts to make it quick and easy to mount the camera.

October 21, 2010
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I'm using windows movie maker and a trial version of pinnacle. I was not able to submit a beautiful time-lapse of metro Manila because I can't transfer to my hp so everytime I'm doing the interview with this assignment, using my iPhone I make sure that the video material will not last to 5 mins then another cut again.

@Tyson thanks for the advice I think narrow it to the largest one because I have hardyime thinking how to thread all of this

October 21, 2010
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@tyson - there are lots of landmarks in an older city like Charleston, but I want to try Fort Sumter. It involves limited access, boat rides, but I think interesting visuals and sounds as well as the history.

 

October 21, 2010
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@KCRep - I bet you could get some aesthetically pleasing shots at the berry farm. One suggestion: Be careful with the lighting. I'd avoid going at noon because the footage will be too bright. Try before 10:30 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. These times are known as the 'golden hours' of photography!

October 21, 2010
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Ran into a situation where the couple didn't want to be seen together (oops) lest their respective spouses view the shot, so I always ask now if it's ok to photograph them together and tell them why. They always laugh - or politely decline.lol. I ws told it was ok to photo the back of a person if you're shooting something around them and can't get them out of the shot, or if their faces aren't clear? Is that true? Thanks.

October 21, 2010
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What is the rule about using pics from the web?  If it doesn't say copyrighted or may be subject to copyright rules is it okay to use a pic in our story?

October 21, 2010
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Zdan....thanks!!!  Great advise!!

October 21, 2010
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@Sherbien MPEG Streamclip, import the QT file, convert it to AVI or other mpeg format; otherwise try getting QT Pro.

October 21, 2010
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@ecotraveler that is HILARIOUS. and kind of awful.

 

yeah, shooting someone's back is generally okay. or, like, if they're in the background and you can't clearly see who they are. that's usually fine.

October 21, 2010
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Also, for those of you using the iPhone or Nano. Update your iTunes software, there were some changes that have helped with the glitches.

October 21, 2010
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@KCRep - I've been informed that's an amusement park. Sorry for the confusion! Who would you interview there? I'd want to hear from the fat lady that sings or maybe the person who guesses your weight. How do they do they do their carnival-like skills?

October 21, 2010
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By the way when is the deadline

October 21, 2010
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IZdan, in the North it´s dark on this time.

October 21, 2010
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@verichards8 re: taking pics off the web...don't do it. even if a picture doesn't say "copyright," every photo is automatically copyrighted the moment it is created under US law. you can only use stuff that's in the public domain or creative commons licensed - usually a photo will specifically state that it's public domain or CC licensed if it is. if it doesn't say that, don't use it.

October 21, 2010
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Oh my, I just remembered, 41 years ago, my wedding cake came from Knotts Berry Farm's bakery!!!   That will be my story!!!!!!

October 21, 2010
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@verichards8 I would suggest not using photos from the web unless permission is given to you.

October 21, 2010
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Thanks, izdan! Lighting has been a bear for me. Thanks for the tip. And any more equipment tips, much appreciated. I'm making the leap to video and need all the help I can get on making the choice.

October 21, 2010
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@verichards8 Also, forgot to mention, we almost always favor original content on iReport. So even if you send us something that IS in the public domain, we're probably not going to use it on CNN - we're looking for stuff that you, the iReporters, create.

October 21, 2010
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zdan, it's an old fashion western themed amusement park lol.  No fat ladies, except me lol.

October 21, 2010
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@dmi2 Fort Sumpter sounds like a great choice. I bet you get some fantastic broll!

Who are you thinking you might interview? Civil War historian? Park official?

October 21, 2010
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Thanks Sarah I will buy the software.

October 21, 2010
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just a couple minutes left, so get in your final questions for sarah! she'll be back next week - same time, same place - to review your work. we can't wait to see what you come up with!!

October 21, 2010
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MPEG Streamclip is FREE! QuickTime Pro, you have to buy.

October 21, 2010
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Thanks everybody for letting me chat with you today!

October 21, 2010
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Thank you @SarahCNN :)

October 21, 2010
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@tyson - It will be a little bit of the luck of the draw as to who will be out there, so certainly park ranger(s), other visitors, boat passengers. There are still canon balls and damage around the city so I was also going to try to talk to anyone connected with remaining evidence of the bombardment on the city side as well. Might be tricky to find someone with any real knowledge...

October 21, 2010
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Thank you Sarah!!

October 21, 2010
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Deadline is Tuesday, Oct 26. We can't wait to see your awesome videos. This is definitely one of the toughest challenges we've ever given at CNN iReport.

Good luck everyone - and remember to have fun.

October 21, 2010
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Thank you, Sarah!

October 21, 2010
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okay, guys, we need to wrap things up. the assignment is now open - go get started on your stories! just make sure they're uploaded on or before tuesday, and come back to the blog next thursday to get live feedback from sarah and the iReport team!

October 21, 2010
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I made clearance for the aerial photos I'll be using on my entry. Is it ok if the photos has clearance or do I need a written price from the owner allowing me to use the photos? Thanks

October 21, 2010
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Cya everyone ... watch for me on the PBS Nightly Business Report this evening! :)

October 21, 2010
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SarahCNN I receive email that include links from Dem Party and Pres Obama's website with offical white house or Dems party pictures although you all won't feature a story with those pics are those pictures "in the public domain or creative commons licensed - usually a photo will specifically state that it's public domain or CC licensed if it is"?

October 21, 2010
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Hi thanks sorry for arriving late Hi all

October 21, 2010
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Thanks sarah, I will download it then.

October 21, 2010
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Hi Sarah and CNN staff can I do a video for Halloween without interviewing anyone?

October 21, 2010
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I have a great story to share thanks

October 21, 2010
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Thanks everyone

October 21, 2010
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irachel8, in regards to your comment and my post today to hhanks: I developed the Nixon/lighting fixture theory in the VB Cavalier piece. For intrigue, tho it's true. Also, dead bodies in the attic was direct info I gleaned from my conversation on the lifesaving station, Henry. I do use some published info for background tho if it's historic, but change the wording and give credit if "quoted." Is ok? It's tough on the landmark assignment to make it interesting, include complete information, and come up with something new yet keep it honest. Any other suggestions?

October 21, 2010
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Thank you Sarah!

October 21, 2010
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Thanks again, Sarah and all.

October 21, 2010
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Larena, yes, you can. How are you?

October 21, 2010
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markpel thank you I am fine and you?

October 21, 2010
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hello guys, good morning from manila! i haven't participated on any rountable here, as my schedule wouldn't make it possible.

but am here now. i am planning to create 2 stories out of 2 landmarks. i hope to create good stories, and apply what i've learned.

thank you for this opportunity. am enjoying this very much.

October 21, 2010
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I just uploaded a video can you please see that it gets uploaded file size is 56 MB while you all were busy talking I uploaded mine.  I do hope it gets uploaded, gosh its 2.00 a.m. in the morning here!  Thank you

October 21, 2010
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I uploaded a video for this project now one hour ago, but it does not seem to be getting uploaded can someone please check, the file size 56 MB

October 21, 2010
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Is it okay to include "file" footage that I've taken in my story ... like I have a really good interview I did of the CEO of the Superdome during a press conference I was at, plus recent footage. The "file footage" was taken August 22 I think it was of this year, during New Orleans' Katrina remembrance stuff.

October 21, 2010
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Larena, I am fine, thank you!

October 21, 2010
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video is not getting uploaded

October 21, 2010
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Sunethra, I saw your great report!

October 22, 2010
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Thank you Mark,

Hello Ireport Team the boot camp video took 6 hours to upload??????

October 22, 2010
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just posted another one, but not gotten uploaded as yet

October 28, 2010
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If I wanted to here Arrested Development I would of tuned into BET I wanted to here currant news current affairs and topics currant and important to today

It seems ever since the president was elected CNN has gone out of its way to be more afro american friendly some what over the top going to fare maybe CNN should change its name to BET/CNN people are not stupid some time you just go to fare and try to much like the white neighbor of the tv show in the 70's the jeffersons trying to act black and looking foolish

what is going to happen if he looses 2012 and the tea party of republicans take office will you hire Lew Dobbs back ?

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