Archive | April, 2009

Civil Rights Veterans Today

14 Apr

An article in Salon on Civil Rights Veterans has interviews and photographs with some people who were also interviewed for Eyes on the Prize I and II.

During the week of Obama’s inauguration ceremony, photographer Lauren Hermele met with several veterans of the U.S. civil rights movement and talked to them about the change of government

The article includes a slide show of black and white portraits of numerous Civil Rights workers including, Roger Wilkins, interviewed for Eyes on the Prize II, and Courtland Cox, Lawrence Guyot, and Bob Zellner (pre-interview only), all interviewed for Eyes on the Prize I. The filmed interviews for Eyes I can be read in their entirety at the Eyes on the Prize I Interview site, produced by Washington University’s Film and Media Archive and Digital Library Services (DLS).

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Planning to Digitize? Some Questions to Ask

7 Apr

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While digitized media have almost seamlessly woven themselves into the living and learning habits of their students, many faculty members confess to feeling lost when it comes to incorporating audio and video clips into their lectures and syllabi.

You are not alone: most producers, cinematographers and editors ask the same questions every day.  There’s an astonishing variety of delivery formats – whether for broadcast, the lecture hall, the Web or smart phone.  The blessing of contemporary media is that it’s digital; the curse is also that it’s digital.  And worse, it could be extinct tomorrow.

Here at the Film Archive, we grapple with these issues every day.  What we’ve learned is that professors can help themselves by asking a few simple questions:

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What rights do I have to the material I wish to digitize?

Is the media something I created myself or have I been granted that permission by the rightful owners?

Does the university have rights to the material (as in the case of a Film Archive)? Is my presentation considered fair use? This guide on Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code can help answer some questions about reproductions.

What is my intended audience?

Is the content for my own research?

Will it be seen by students, colleagues or mass audience?

What is the means of presentation?

Will the content be projected on a screen or formatted for streaming, podcast or download?

Will I need a DVD or just a file for my computer?

What kind of computer do I use?

What kind of operating system or platform does it run on?

Knowing the answers to these questions can help your audiovisual specialist or technician help you.