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Technique

Recording your first Oral History interview

July 3, 2016 Colin 0

Conducting an oral history interview for the first time can seem a daunting task, but is really quite a straightforward exercise once you’ve become aware of the common mistakes that are made and how they […]

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Technology

Choosing microphones for improved sound quality

June 3, 2016 Colin 0

The limitations of a video camera’s built-in microphone It’s not uncommon for beginners to rely on the low-quality built-in microphones that come with their video cameras and camcorders when recording conversations. Although these stereo microphones […]

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Talking Points

Record your family story before it’s too late

June 2, 2016 Colin 0

Having the means to record other people’s life stories and impart to you and future generations information about the family’s history is one major benefit, but you shouldn’t overlook the idea of recording your own […]

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Talking Points

Which is better – video or audio only?

June 1, 2016 Colin 0

Traditionally, the spoken word has been captured aurally using an audio recording device; in years gone by this would have been a reel-to-reel audio tape recorder, audio-cassette recorder or – more recently – a digital […]

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Training

Training in the use of video in Oral History

September 10, 2015 Colin 0

We have been delivering a one-day training session in the Foyle Suite at the British Library (London) for approximately 8 years now, and not only are they always well subscribed but the feedback from attendees […]