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.

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