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Making Sense of Oral History

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Making Sense of Oral History by Linda Shopes Making Sense of Oral History offers a place for students and teachers to begin working with oral history interviews as historical evidence. Written by Linda Shopes, this guide presents an overview of oral history and ways historians use it, tips on what questions to ask when reading …

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Quick Tips for Better Interview Video

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Quick Tips for Better Interview Video by Scott Pennington and Dean Rehberger Moving from audio only to video and audio recording is not a small transition. Frame composition, lighting, and background are only a few of the considerations now affecting oral history recording that previously- when only recording audio- were of less importance. With that …

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Achieving Good Audio

Achieving Good Audio Recording Levels by Doug Boyd It is of paramount importance to monitor recording levels during the digital recording of an oral history interview. The dynamic range of a recorder or a microphone is the range between the highest level and the lowest level (the noise floor) of sound that can be captured. …

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The Art of Lighting for Recording Video

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The Art of Lighting for Recording Video Oral History Interviews by Doug Boyd To capture professional looking video, you do not need expensive equipment. However, you do need to understand how your camera sees the scene. A digital video camera sees differently from the human eye and it needs light to process images. Professional photographers …

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Microphone Strategies for Recording Video

Microphone Strategies for Recording Video for Oral History Interviews by Doug Boyd Professional video recording technologies are becoming increasingly accessible and affordable. However, nothing will degrade the effect of professional looking video more than a video with bad sound. One of the keys to creating “professional” quality video is to also record professional quality audio. …

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Understanding Microphones

Understanding Microphones by Charles Hardy and Doug Boyd Choosing the appropriate microphone for your interview is just as important as choosing the right recorder.  Different microphones serve very different purposes and will yield very different results. For decades, oral historians have been recommending the use of external microphones in order to achieve high-quality results.  Even …

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Digital Audio Recording: The Basics

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Digital Audio Recording: The Basics by Doug Boyd In the context of audio, “analog” refers to the method of representing a sound wave with voltage fluctuations that are analogous to the pressure fluctuations of the sound wave. Analog fluctuations are infinitely varying rather than the discrete changes at sample time associated with digital recording. Simply …

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Designing an Oral History Project

Designing an Oral History Project: Initial Questions to Ask Yourself by Doug Boyd It is a great feeling when you commit yourself, your organization or your community to an oral history project.  It is a great privilege to record someone’s life story and a great responsibility to care for that story in a preservation environment.  …

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Tutorial on “Checksum” for Digital Preservation of Oral History

Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has written  on his blog Digital Omnium a post about the importance of checksums and the digital preservation of oral history.  The post, titled : A Simple Act of Digital Preservation: The Checksum and Oral History, features a video introduction/tutorial. Tweet

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