First Multimedia Slideshow: Downtown Greensboro Park

For my multimedia class I was given an assignment on Friday, August 27th, to explore downtown Greensboro, find a person or place which best represents the city and create a 2-minute multimedia slideshow combining pictures and audio.   Tuesday of this week I turned in my piece and it received positive comments from my instructor and peers.   The topic I chose was Center City Park, a small 1.9-acre area mainly consisting of a grassy space, sitting accommodations and fountains.   It was an ideal location in the heart of downtown for residents to relax and share a common recreational space.

Being the first multimedia slideshow I had ever assembled I faced many challenges.   Much of my time was spent in editing trying to equalize the background noises in the clips when they were combined.   For example, even though I interviewed two different people in the same location away from the fountains, the fountains sounded noticeably different between the two recordings.   That was going to painfully stand out when the two clips lie side by side so I had to use both frequency-filters and separate recordings of the ambient noise to try smoothing out everything.   In the case of the couple I interviewed, I found no choice but to leave out the lady’s voice because the difference in the background noise was too great.

I also had to deal with creating a seamless interview from each interviewee.   That should’ve been easy but, again, two sound clips, even from the same person, can sound awkward and unnatural side by side.   For instance, one interviewee seemed to end each sentence with an upward inflection as if they were questions.   I don’t see any other way to fix that situation than to consciously ask the interviewee to not respond in such a manner.   But is that how one of the professionals would do it?   Virtually everybody who does recorded interviews have across people who are awkward being interviewed yet the show must go on.

The visual side of the slideshow was, fortunately, much easier to handle but there were still concerns.   First, I did not feel I had enough pictures to accompany certain parts of the slideshow.   This dictated the pacing of the slideshow against my choice.   Now one part of the slideshow would have very little change in pictures while another part would appear to have a flurry of them in comparison.   It goes to show that one can never have enough pictures and audio, especially when it comes to creating a multimedia slideshow.

Despite the difficulties I feel that the slideshow was a good first attempt.   I’m now assembling another slideshow for class which will be due this Friday.   Hopefully I’ll avoid some of the problems I mentioned above.

The slideshow can be viewed here.

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