Blog Post 8: Soundslides

The purpose of this project is to collect interviews, ambient noise and photos and combine them into a cohesive audio/video slideshow with the program Soundslides.

For this project my partner Miranda Anderson and I made a slideshow about the University of Wyoming Spirit Squad. Miranda collected audio from the head coach of the spirit squad Matthew Ortega and two cheerleaders. I collected ambient noise from the University of Wyoming football game against Utah State and photographed multiple practices and games.

Everything went very smoothly for the entirety of working on the assignment. Miranda has experience working with audio and I am a photographer so picking who would do what was a no-brainer. We decided the University of Wyoming Spirit Squad would be interesting visually and with audio so that was what we went with.

Using Soundslides was a very enjoyable experience. There aren’t too many options to choose from and the interface is user friendly. There were two issues I found with Soundslides. The first issue was the inability to add text boxes over the images. The program allows for captions and titles but if you need to add a slightly longer bit of text there is no way to. The second issue was the lack of spellcheck which is a luxury I appreciate in any program that I use. Other than those two issues Soundslides is a dream to use.

I never encountered any real problems while working on this project. The most difficult thing I encountered was narrowing the selection of photos down to about 7 seconds per photo. An unexpected issue was that the cheerleaders would look into the camera when I would try to take pictures. Both issues were fairly minor and barely impacted the production of the slideshow.

I enjoyed this project and would not change a thing about what was asked of me or what I was able to do.


Edited Audio

Here is the edited audio from my interview with University of Wyoming Senior middle defender Alison Clarke before her final home game as a Cowgirl. She talks about her college career and transferring from one Division 1 program to another.

Alison Clarke kicks a ball during her final home game as a Cowgirl during the University of Wyoming's 4-1 win over the Colorado State University Lady Rams, Oct. 31.

Alison Clarke kicks a ball during her final home game as a Cowgirl during the University of Wyoming’s 4-1 win over Colorado State University, Oct. 31.

Editing the audio from my interview with Alison Clarke was enjoyable. There were no major hiccups while working on the track that I encountered.

I used GarageBand to edit the audio because I have a MacBook Pro. After watching a brief tutorial on how to use GarageBand I was quickly able to start editing the interview. The program was generally intuitive and easy to correct mistakes on.

I enjoyed listening to the final result after working for a while to decide which clips I was going to choose. It was rewarding listening to my final product after hours of work because it sounded like I had planned for it to.

I did not like trying to find the export function in garage band. It took me a while and I felt it was not in an intuitive spot. This was only a minor inconvenience as once I figured it out I did not have trouble fining it again

When editing I was surprised how much audio of Alison I had managed to collect. The interview was on the short side but when I cut myself out I still had nearly 4 minutes of her responses. I was glad that was the case because some shuffling and banging could be heard in some of the clips and I did not have to use them.

I wish that I had not got some of the random noises in my recording. While I was not forced to use any tracks with those problems, I feel I could have recorded the interview again and avoided having my hand forced picking certain clips.