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Using a Shotgun Microphone for Video Interviewing
By: Douglas A. Boyd - 04 March 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 [...]

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 [...]