Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Remember Pearl Harbor

I'm remembering all these place where good WW2 material resides on the web; material that is adaptable to converting to google video. If anyone is interested I use snapzpro to capture the audio as it streams and then compress it further in quicktime pro (Format: AAC 44KHZ,Mono,64kbps). The aim is to get the file as small as possible. I then harvest images that accompany the theme. I use Live Slide Show to map it out in a storyboard. The application has a feature to match the timing of images to the length of the sound file. If use titling you have to make sure it is brief and as large as possible since you must compress the size to 320 by 240. Another application called VideoHub can be used to trim the excess black space from the screen in order to highlight the remaining image. There are probably better and more eloquent solutions and applications, but that's what I'm used to. Here's the background on this movie:
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After two tense years spent watching the war overseas, "the day that will live in infamy" thrust the United States into World War II overnight. The day after the attack, the Library of Congress sent archivists around the country to record the thoughts and fears of a citizenry newly at war. Stored at the Library of Congress for nearly sixty years, these interviews -- conducted on 9th and 13th Streets in Washington, D.C. -- captured the voices of ordinary Americans at one of the most cataclysmic times in the nation’s history.
Producer: David Miller / Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the New York State Council on the Arts and the Corporation. Archival recordings courtesy of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Special thanks to Joe Hickerson. "The Day after Pearl Harbor" is a co-production with City Lore.

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