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Submissions/How to produce video & audio files for Wiki projects, for instance interviews

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 8010
Visualisation of the session by Willowbl00
Title of the submission
How to produce video & audio files for Wiki projects, for instance interviews
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Jan Schwefel
E-mail address
Jan Schwefel
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikipedia (de, en, commons)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
In this tutorial I will share my experience and expertise in producing video and audio footage for Wikimedia projects, using the example of interviews.
  1. Equipment choice: Is my smartphone sufficient or do I need expensive professional recording and editing devices? Does your local chapter provide cameras, microphones and A/V editing workstations for contributors?
  2. Participants: Do I need a camera operator, a presenter and a film editor or can I do it all on my own?
  3. Interviewees: How to choose and contact interesting, relevant and willing people to portray.
  4. Recording: What do I need to know for choosing or installing a good film set? What do I need to know about acoustics, light, camera settings, microphone position and so on?
  5. Editing: From sighting the raw material to fitting the best parts together. Do I need to add trailer and end credits? Plus some hints to find the right editing software. (Due to the time limit this cannot be a software workshop. If you want to get the most out of it, then you could learn how to use a software of your choice prior to this tutorial. Two very good open source programs are Kdenlive and Audacity.)
  6. Upload: Getting your audio and video files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, choosing the right name, licence, categories, etc.
  7. Use on project pages & www: How to use and distribute your own files in Wikimedia projects and on other pages in the world wide web – and how not to use them :)
  8. WikiVideo & WikiAudio projects: Do we already have existing and active A/V projects in the Wikimedia universe? Introducing WikiTV, WikiRadio, Spoken Wikipedia, WikiCast, and some more...
  9. Q&A: Questions & Answers
  10. After this tutorial: Let's do it – here and now! Who wants to make use of the newly learned skills and participate in producing some nice footage of the Wikimania 2014? We will arrange some subsequent production sessions and – with your help – will let the world see and hear about the Wikimedia community.
WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes (I can easily extend it to 45 or 60 minutes, if feasible)
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Preferrably as early as possible, because we need to coordinate and teach the contributors who participate in video/audio production right there at the Wikimania.

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  1. User:Nkansahrexford --Nkansahrexford (talk) 12:45, 9 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Djembayz (talk) 12:51, 18 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:17, 19 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 22:36, 6 May 2014 (UTC) - I have a related submission at Submissions/Open Access Media Importer.[reply]
  5. Dyolf77 (talk) 22:57, 7 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  6. --ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 17:23, 24 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Yiyi (talk) 09:42, 8 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  8. --Vgrass (talk) 12:49, 12 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  9. --kaʁstn 13:00, 12 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  10. --Wuselig (talk) 21:29, 14 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  11. --Pineapples100 (talk) 04:51, 23 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  12. --MB-one (talk) 20:42, 23 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Daniel Case (talk) 01:27, 30 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Andycyca (talk) 22:06, 31 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  15. --Psubhashish (talk) 17:54, 1 August 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Palashdave (talk) 13:50, 3 August 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Frank Hendriks (talk) 20:48, 3 August 2014 (UTC) -- I will take a video cam with me. Keep on vlogging![reply]
  18. Edwardx (talk) 12:06, 7 August 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  19. لا روسا (talk) 07:29, 8 August 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  20. --Shangkuanlc (talk) 09:29, 8 August 2014 (UTC)[reply]