Human Rights Film Series Screening Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm

Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness Thursday, October 20, 20115:30-8:00 PM In 2008, Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was murdered in Patchogue, New York. Marcelo’s death was the tragic culmination of a wave of anti-immigrant violence in the community. Light in the Darkness chronicles the journey of Marcelo’s family and community members as they … Continue reading “Human Rights Film Series Screening Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm”


Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness

Thursday, October 20, 2011
5:30-8:00 PM

In 2008, Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was murdered in Patchogue, New York. Marcelo’s death was the tragic culmination of a wave of anti-immigrant violence in the community. Light in the Darkness chronicles the journey of Marcelo’s family and community members as they react to their loss, the crime and the root causes of violence. The latest in the Not in Our Town series, the film carries on the tradition of documenting how communities organize and act together to prevent and repair the problems of hate crime to create an environment of safety and respect.

Visit the film website
Resource Page (PDF)

This film will be shown at the American University Katzen Arts Center with discussion to follow in the Abramson Family Recital Hall. For directions and parking, click here. This film is free and open to the public. Come early as seating is limited.

Format Factory: Windows-only file conversion software

Want to rip a DVD to play on your iPad? Want to convert a video file to Flash? Want to extract audio from a video file? Want to convert your home videos to YouTube format? If so, check out what William Eberwein has to say about Format Factory, Windows-only file conversion software. As seen on … Continue reading “Format Factory: Windows-only file conversion software”

Want to rip a DVD to play on your iPad? Want to convert a video file to Flash? Want to extract audio from a video file? Want to convert your home videos to YouTube format? If so, check out what William Eberwein has to say about Format Factory, Windows-only file conversion software.

As seen on KK.org

Format Factory is a Windows-only piece of software that will convert any video format to any other video format. It will do the same for audio files. It will do the same for digital photos. It is free.

I have been using it for six years in my job as an eLearning producer, and my hobby as a “Let’s get this movie to play on the computer, the iPod, the iPad” and so on.

I have paid for and used virtually every other video format converter, and this one is the clear winner for ease of use, flexibility, speed, and being able to stack up several conversions and have them run serially. You can even add a new task while it is busy working on another.

Want to rip a DVD to play on your iPad? Easy.
Want to convert a video file to Flash? Easy.
Want to extract audio from a video file? Easy.
Want to convert your home videos to YouTube format? Easy.

It has built-in settings for iPod, iPad, Blackberry, Asus, PSP, and many other devices.

Advanced tools for the tinkerer allow you to choose the codec, aspect ratio, bit rates, and other settings. You can also trim segments from the video, or join video files. You can name and save your settings.

Did I mention it was free?

— William Eberwein

New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week”

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.

Sunday 10/16 at 4pm – Beginner Photoshop
Tuesday 10/18 at 12pm – Podcasting Plus Garageband
Wednesday 10/19 at 8pm –Making Movies in iMovie HD
Thursday 10/20 at 4pm – Video Compression/Export
Friday 10/21 at 11am – Advanced 3D Graphics for Video
Saturday 10/22 at 4:30pm – Flash: Drawing

See the complete Fall Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

Check out WeVideo, the collaborative online video editor in the cloud

WeVideoA free video editing and hosting site. Allows for social editing – a project can have content submitted by and be edited by multiple users. Simply shoot videos and photos with your mobile phone or camera. Then upload them to your personal or shared WeVideo media library. You can shape your story alone or together … Continue reading “Check out WeVideo, the collaborative online video editor in the cloud”

WeVideo
A free video editing and hosting site. Allows for social editing – a project can have content submitted by and be edited by multiple users.

Simply shoot videos and photos with your mobile phone or camera. Then upload them to your personal or shared WeVideo media library.


You can shape your story alone or together with others on the WeVideo canvas. You can add titles, effects, animation, music, narration and more to create your own video story.


We make it easy to share your video story in the WeVideo studio. Or publish your finished video to your favorite social-networking or video-sharing website, from basic to high-definition broadcast quality.



Here’s how it works:
With WeVideo, you simply upload your video clips, create your storylines, and edit them in the cloud. There’s no software to download. All video-story creation takes place in the Internet browser on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. And with WeVideo, you can collaborate on video stories by inviting others to upload their clips to your cloud-based video library. You can co-create a video with others or come up with your own separate versions. Once created, you can share your video in internet or high-definition broadcast quality on the WeVideo site or publish it to your favorite video-sharing, social-network, or other online site.

Live Action Test Footage from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

Film archivist lostvocals4 has posted live action test footage for the mad tea party scene in Disney’s 1951 animated rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Upon comparing the live action test to the final film, the archivist discovered much of the test audio was used in the final film. lostvocals4 says: “Walt Disney often filmed actors … Continue reading “Live Action Test Footage from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland”

Film archivist lostvocals4 has posted live action test footage for the mad tea party scene in Disney’s 1951 animated rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Upon comparing the live action test to the final film, the archivist discovered much of the test audio was used in the final film.

lostvocals4 says:

“Walt Disney often filmed actors as models for his animated features. What’s surprising is that the audio from this crude footage for “Alice in Wonderland” is the actual audio used in the film. When Ed Wynn was brought back in to the recording studio to re-do his lines, the reading was not as good as the reference tests, so the test audio was used for the film.

I’ve synched up the test and the released film with black placed where edits were made.”

As seen on Laughing Squid and The World’s Best Ever

Check out a version of Alice in Wonderland from the Media Services Home Use Collection!

Alice in Wonderland (1951) – HU DVD 995

Alice in Wonderland (2010) – HU DVD 7719

LinkAlice in Wonderland (2010) – BLU-RAY DVD 7719

Film screening and Louise Rosskam exhibit tour with the curators at the Katzen Arts Center this Saturday at 3pm

Film screening and Louise Rosskam exhibit tour with the curators at the Katzen Arts Center this Saturday at 3pm In conjunction with the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center exhibit Re‐viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam Screening the documentary film Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression A film by Laurence L. … Continue reading “Film screening and Louise Rosskam exhibit tour with the curators at the Katzen Arts Center this Saturday at 3pm”

Film screening and Louise Rosskam exhibit tour with the curators at the Katzen Arts Center this Saturday at 3pm

In conjunction with the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center exhibit Reviewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam

Screening the documentary film Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression

A film by Laurence L. Levin and Justin Schauble

Stryker’s America tells the story of how Roy E. Stryker; a low-level federal bureaucrat with integrity and vision, managed a massive New Deal project to document the Great Depression. Stryker lead the Historical Division of the Farm Security Administration from 1935 to 1943. The photos in this collection – nearly 200,000 by both established and aspiring photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Edwin Rosskam and many others – became the defining statement of the era. Narrated by Beverly Brannan, curator of photography at the Library of Congress; Alan Fern, retired director of the National Portrait Gallery; and Peter Kuznick, professor of history at American University.

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 3-4pm
Film Program: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression, 2007, (23 minutes) followed by discussion and gallery tour.
Screening of film and panel discussion with filmmaker Larry Levin, adjunct professor of film and media arts, American University, and curators Laura Katzman, professor, James Madison University and Beverly W. Brannon, curator, Library of Congress.





Re-viewing the Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam

This major retrospective examines the work of Louise Rosskam (1910-2003), an elusive pioneer of the “golden age” of American documentary photography. It features her poignant photographs of a Southwest, Washington, D.C. neighborhood before its destruction for urban renewal projects. It highlights her compelling images of Puerto Rico, as it developed from an impoverished U.S. possession to an industrialized commonwealth whose political status remains a contested issue. Guest curated by Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.

Location:

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Date:

Saturday October 15, 2011 3-4pm film screening and discussion followed by Gallery talk and tour of the exhibition Re-viewing Documentary led by guest curators Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.

New Media Center Software Trainings this week:

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These one hour sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information contact … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Trainings this week:”

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These one hour sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information contact the NMC staff – (202) 885-2560.

Sunday 10/9/2011 4:00pm – 5:00pm Mixed Media for Video

Sunday 10/9/2011 7:00pm – 8:00pm Social Media Training: Twitter

Monday 10/10/2011 7:00pm – 8:00pm Final Cut Pro 7 – Advanced

Tuesday 10/11/2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm Making Movies in iMovie HD

Wednesday 10/12/2011 8:00pm – 9:00pm Final Cut Pro 7 – Beginner

Thursday 10/13/2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm Social Media Tools

Thursday 10/13/2011 4:00pm – 5:00pm Beginner Photoshop

Friday 10/14/2011 11:00am – 12:00pm Basic 3D Graphics for Video

Saturday 10/15/2011 4:30pm – 5:30pm Final Cut Pro X for FCP 7 Users

See the complete Fall Training Schedule by date or by topic. There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. Au faculty, staff, and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.