Media management encompasses the organization of media assets from research and writing through sharing and archiving. Below are some best practices for keeping track of files as you work on your project.
We recommend creating a shared Box folder to store all your digital assets. You can share this folder with the members of your group and your professor and TA. iMovie files do not save on box without creating a zip file. See the instructions below for how to backup your iMovie library.
External drives can help with saving files and moving your project file around between computers. If someone in your group has an external hard drive it can be used for backup or for transferring media between group members.
Staying organized is essential as you collect and create various assets for your project. Organizing and naming all your files will help make collaborating smoother. Above is an example of how you can stay organized during this process.
Always backup your media and project files in at least two locations! It’s important to always back-up your media and project files in case your computer crashes or hard drive malfunction. All machines in the DDS are wiped weekly.
Prior to recording, review all of the settings in your application. Where applicable, change settings to the following recommendations:
Airplane Mode. Turn on Airplane Mode to avoid audio interruptions like texts and notifications if recording on a phone.
Room tone. When possible record at least 30 seconds of silence in the space you are recording to help with the editing process.
Test test test. After you record a track, play it back and listen through headphones for any interference and check your levels.
We recommmend recording remote interview using two simultaneous methods:
Backing up your audio files
Once you are finished recording, name your audio file on your device. Sharing your audio file to a computer will differ based on your phone, operating system,and application. Most applications will allow you to share your files with yourself via email or to an application like Box or Google Drive. Connecting your device to a computer via USB is another way to retrieve these files from your phone. Transfer all your recorded files to a platform that will let you download the individual media files, which you can then open in an editing application.
At a minimum, you should still include these components at the end of your podcast:
Individual Credits. If you are working as a group, you should include each individual and their respective role in the production. If you partnered with any individuals or organizations outside the class at any stage of the process you should also include their name in the credits.
Purpose. A short statement can be read at the end of the podcast such as, “This podcast was produced for [course name] at [institution’s name] in [semester, year]”.