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Digital Audio Recorders: ZOOM H5
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 29 July 2014 - 0 Comments

I love the Zoom H5.  In full disclosure, I have never been much of a Zoom type of guy.  It started with the guitar effects pedals in the ’90s…They were designed (and priced) for [...]

Oral History: It’s the Moments that Matter
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 23 June 2014 - 1 Comment

One of the most powerful things about archived oral histories is each recorded interview contains hundreds, if not thousands, of moments filled with content that possess near infinite potential for engaging future researchers in [...]

Using a Shotgun Microphone for Video Interviewing
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 04 June 2014 - 0 Comments

For my video interviews I have always preferred lapel microphones for capturing the audio.  In my short article “Microphone Strategies for Recording Video for Oral Histories” published on Oral History in the Digital Age my bias [...]

Enhancing OHMS, Enhancing Access to Oral History
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 03 June 2014 - 0 Comments

Typical archival institutions are delivering oral history collections online using repository systems that fail to accommodate oral history’s complex, multidimensional nature. As a result, the majority of interviews being posted online provide challenging user [...]

Sneak Peak at the OHMS Viewer: Segment Linking
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 21 May 2014 - 0 Comments

We just added a new feature to the OHMS viewer–the ability to create direct links to individual segments in an OHMS index.  Now, you can dynamically send your users to specific moments in an [...]

Flash Media Failures: Lessons Learned
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 13 January 2014 - 0 Comments

One of my greatest fears has  always been the risk of recording a one-of-a-kind oral history interview and having an unknown digital data or technical failure.  I spend a lot of time obsessing about [...]

Digital Audio and Broadcast Wave
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 11 October 2013 - 0 Comments

Contrary to common perception, the “Wave” is not, itself a “format” but a container for housing a particular set of data.  The Wave as we tend to use it in oral history, folklore  and [...]

Oral History and Video: Shallow Depth of Field
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 26 September 2013 - 0 Comments

As high-end video technologies become more and more affordable, oral historians are now able to create a video “look” that was once reserved for cinematographers and professional videographers.  In photography, I have always loved [...]

Informal Survey: Streaming Oral Histories
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 20 August 2013 - 0 Comments

I am putting together a list of options for audio and video streaming oral histories and I am trying to get a sense for who is using what and if you are happy (with your [...]

Audio Software for the Archive
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 11 August 2013 - 0 Comments

I often get asked which audio software is the best to use in the archive.  Again, no easy answer as to which is “best.” Most basic packages will allow you to digitize and do [...]