Zoom Podtrak p4 and phone interviews
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Zoom Podtrak p4 and phone interviews

Zoom has just released the PodTrak P4 ($199), an impressive recorder with the built-in ability to easily conduct and record high quality telephone interviews. As more of our oral history projects include remote interviewing, most of the focus is on online web conferencing systems such as Zoom or TheirStory. Web conferencing systems add an important…

Three-Point Lighting for Video Oral History Interviews
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Three-Point Lighting for Video Oral History Interviews

For several years, professional video technologies have become increasingly more affordable and accessible. We see more oral history projects utilizing HD (high definition) and 4K video as the primary recording method for interviews. Professional-looking video interviews can be a powerful way to capture and disseminate oral history; however, from a user’s perspective, bad-looking video can…

Microphones, Oral History, and that “Radio” Sound in the Field: Shotgun Microphones
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Microphones, Oral History, and that “Radio” Sound in the Field: Shotgun Microphones

This is the third post in the series Microphones, Oral History, and that “Radio” Sound in the Field about the microphone options for trying to achieve “broadcast quality” recording when not in a studio. The first post in the series focused on handheld electronic news gathering (ENG) microphones; the second post focused on lavaliere microphones….

Digital Audio Recorder: Sound devices Mixpre-3…OMG
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Digital Audio Recorder: Sound devices Mixpre-3…OMG

In my mind there were three tiers of portable audio recorders: the low-end (under $400), the mid/high-range professional ( $401-$1,499), and the super premium recorders (more than $1,500). For years, this tripartite structure worked quite well. If you were aiming for professional recording, I would steer you to the mid/high-range recorders. However, the competition between…

Using Jotform for Oral History Deed of Gift Submission
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Using Jotform for Oral History Deed of Gift Submission

There is a tremendous amount of attention placed on the numerous technical challenges involved when remotely recording oral history interviews; however, the logistical challenges can be of equal importance. One logistical challenge is the simple act of obtaining signatures for consent forms, release forms, or the interview deed of gift. When conducting in-person interviews, there…

USB Microphones: The Bumblebee
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USB Microphones: The Bumblebee

As oral history and podcast interviewers around the world look for remote interviewing solutions for conducting oral history interviews during a pandemic, a lot has changed about the way we conduct oral history and our notion of best practices. However, there are aspects that have, indeed, stayed the same. Best practice for recording oral history…

Webinar: Using Theirstory for Remote Oral History Interviewing
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Webinar: Using Theirstory for Remote Oral History Interviewing

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History recently launched a national interviewing project using a new video interviewing platform called TheirStory. This webinar will present how to use TheirStory for conducting remote oral history interviews. Specific topics will include a general overview of the platform, the use of TheirStory for individual interviews as well…