Wednesday, 1 September 2010

A new look at King's Daughters

Sometimes it's good to take another look at a project, particularly if you've learned some new tricks.

A little over year ago I visited King's Daughters, an innovative project of the Bicycling Empowerment Network, in Katutura, Windhoek's largest township. In a nutshell they train former prostitutes to become bicycle mechanics.

I was very moved by this encounter and decided to produce an audio slideshow. Although I had a Marantz audio field recorder and a very good microphone, I only had a small point and shoot digital camera - a Canon IXUS 950. However, with good light during the day it produced reasonable images.

Back home I produced my audio slideshow with a programme called Soundslides which is a great way to get into audio slideshows. It's fast, intuitive and very straight forward. All you need to do is produce your soundtrack, import your pictures, arrange the order to suit your story, add some transitions and you're done. Here's how it turned out.

In my eyes Soundslides produces a clean looking result and is a very good way to start off and have fun, but if you want to do something more advanced, the natural progression is to move up to video editing software.

I've now started using Final Cut Pro. It really makes a difference, even with a relatively straightforward audio slideshow. Why didn't I do this sooner? Well, probably because I didn't have a Mac agile enough to run it. But of late I've been using a new MacBook Pro and have an HD video camera. Hopefully a DSLR will follow soon. I have several really good lenses from my old Canon film camera that I want to put back into action. Now, there's no excuses for not producing more multimedia! Here's my new look at King's Daughters produced on Final Cut Pro.

King's Daughters: Tools for a New Life from Barbara Gruber on Vimeo.


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