The Academic Digital Divide – A conversation

This is for my friend Elke who reminded me with a tweet that we have to be mindful that many academics are working in difficult situations – I’m not saying that’s actually me in the conversation below but it could be…

Recording content at home for online delivery? That’s easy – let me talk you through the process mate.

So what I tend to do is that I use my DSLR on a tripod to record the visual with a blue yeti to separately capture the audio.

What’s that you only have a low-res webcam? Oh well make the best of that I guess but it’s going to be pretty grainy and the sound quality might be a bit hit and miss.

Anyway once I’ve captured the material in the corner of my home office that is now a recording space with a dedicated laptop, I switch over to the desktop on because it’s got plenty of RAM (32gb) and the graphics card means that it renders pretty quickly.

You’ve only got a old laptop and a kitchen table? Kids get getting in shot you say? Tricky but I don’t have any, so no idea about that – can they not watch Disney plus or something?

So I take the material and I use Abode Audition to clean up the audio and then in my workflow, I use Adobe Premier to construct and edit – I’ve got my own title sequence and idents.

You don’t have any technical skill because you were never required to have any? Oh.

Anyway – once it’s all rendered – 1080p is the format to output it with because you want the highest resolution possible and then use your online streaming platform to adaptively change the resolution according to what the viewer is seeing? The files sizes are pretty big – some get as big as 4gb, I’m so glad I have unlimited Ultrafast broadband of about 500mbps down and 200mpbs up.

You are still on ADSL? It’s limited to 5mbps? That’s painful.

Anyway – need to crack-on as I’m working on my new title sequence and want to make sure the jingle is right.