The Tools of the Trade
The mobile journalists (Mojos) taking part in the Northern Territory Mojo Project are developing their digital story-telling skills by using the iPhone 4 and the 1st Video Application (App) from Vericorder, to record, edit and upload their stories.
Each iPhone 4 is equipped with a special “OWLE” kit, which houses the iPhone 4, provides stability when filming and has a facility for adding prime lenses. Audio recording is done via a multidirectional mini shotgun microphone. To record vision at night, the Mojos are using a small rechargeable soft LED light that fits onto the “OWLE” via a multidirectional bracket.
The software used on the iPhone 4 to edit, record voice-overs and upload stories is the network version of the 1st Video App. This App offers two video tracks and four audio tracks and a facility to mix audio. The 1st Video App also has a dedicated voice over and sound recording feature and a facility for creating supers and subtitles. The App records in HD2 1280 x 720p and projects can be saved to video in a number of formats ranging from 360p up to 720p (high definition vision).
The network version of the App has a send feature that provides control over send locations by enabling target sites to be pre-programmed for uploads. In this instance the NT Mojo content is being uploaded to the NT Mojo microsite, which is accessed through www.indigenous.gov.au.
The App enables upload via WiFi or 3G and has a resume facility that activates if the signal drops out by continuing uploads from the point of drop out after the signal is restored.
The NT Mojo tests in remote communities show that Mojos can upload a 70 mega-byte file using 3G in about 12 minutes and a 200 mega-byte HD file, which is about 2 ½ minutes of rendered video and audio, in about 36 minutes.