All posts by Katerine Bran

From Paris to Wagner

This was one of the hardest videos to convert because when it first

downloaded on the computer it was an MTS file rather than mp4 meaning

it was not compatible with iMovie which is what I was using.  Originally,

this video was supposed to include two interviewees – one from Thailand

and one from Paris – but due to technical issues and lost data, I was only

able to include Nicole from paris. Creating this video was a lot faster and

easier than before – once I was able to convert the file into an mp4 file.

I gave her an overview of what I might ask prior to the actual

interview and I think she did a pretty good job of making her thoughts and

words flow together.  She talks about the great amounts of independence

she has and we get a look of how it would be to reside and remain isolated

from your family.



Beginning the process of editing an interview with pictures that go along with it, was a lot more complicated then it seemed. As I prepared myself to edit the shots of Olivia – my partner – that I took, I believed it would only be about a half an hour process but boy was I wrong. I learned a lot through using different applications in order to complete the piece and discovered that for me, iMovie was a lot easier to use then other things such as audacity.
When I was editing this piece I found it difficult because as I completed one step of the process I already had ten other complications that came along with that one step. The first thing that had to be done was editing the interview which included taking out the unnecessary words such as “like” or “uhm.” The was a tedious process itself although it got easier as I went along. After that was done, I went on to put the pictures I had taken of her, into the interview in order for them to flow with what she said. Unfortunately, the pictures were sometimes irrelevant to what she was saying. As I completed that step in the process, I continued on by adding room tone and the room sound into the interview in order to make the listener feel as if they were there as well. I did this by selecting the piece of sound that I wanted to use and dragging it to the part where I wanted to place it an then chose the option “audio only.”
Some of the problems that I encountered were downloading all of the material onto one single program. My computer did not support the documents and I therefore had to switch computers a lot. Through playing around with the program, I learned that putting pictures within the interview had to be done directly from where the pictures where taken rather then just sliding them in there because if I did it that way, it failed to give me the “cutaway” option. Also, when the interview was taken, the video camera was placed facing the wall which is something that I could not cover up in the video at times due to lack of pictures.

podcast reflection

Katerine Bran

Hamster Podcast


The Hamster 3:00 minute podcast I listened to was made – according to me – with not very many noises.  It seemed as if every noise was easily detectable for the reason that there were not too many occasions where the noises overlapped as they would have in a more complicated podcast.  There are about five different noises within the time frame which were put together in a certain manner in order to portray exactly what it was meant to portray.  Throughout the entire podcast, the theme of tranquility remained prominent through the low tones in the volume of the peoples’ voices and the majority of silence in the room apart from.

This video was prepared in its own way in order to go through with the message that it wanted to bring forth.  I believe that it was made to make the listener feel as if they were engaging in regular conversation with the speaker.  Soft voices were what the listener was first introduced with and then the narrator begins talking with the background noise being the room tone (silence).  Once the listener was caught on the words that the speaker was administrating -about 45 seconds in, sounds of the strings of a guitar were introduced into the piece.  The narrator began sounding more engaged in the conversation by making her voice more excited and then the music came to a halt at about one minute and ten seconds.  Throughout the entire time the narrator/speaker was speaking, there were soft noises of voices in the background engaging in the conversation itself.  At about two minutes and eighteen seconds, the hamster started to what it sounded like – eat although to me it sounded like a wind noise.  The guitar begins again about twenty seconds after pulling the story plot together while simultaneously keeping the casual, tranquil environment.