The 1st Circom MoJo workshop

The 1st Circom MoJo workshop

Im just back in Dublin having spent the last week in Budapest ,Hungary, for the first ever RTE / Circom Mobile Journalism Workshop. I was joined by fellow trainers Karol Cioma – Training manager -Circom Regional, Darko Flajpan- Training manager HRT Croatia and John Inge Johansen-VJ and Mojo from NRK Norway.

I was course leader this time and I focussed on the multi-media abilities of the iPhone / iPad ecosystem, showing the best Apps and hardware for photography, audio/radio, shooting video and editing. The course was challenging as it became apparent that the recent iOS6 update had rendered some features of key apps inoperable. However with some perseverance everyone completed the first iPhotoEssay exercise, the second audio recording excercise and the combination of the two in the creation of a multimedia short using iMovie. The 59 second rule in iMovie caused problems and we ended up using Twisted Wave to edit the clips so they could be manipulated in the iMovie timeline.

Day two was spent with filming excercises using FilmicPro, I avoided FilMicPro2 due to the need to export each individual clip manually to the camera roll. When I raised this concern with the FilMic Guys they said that they had deliberately done this to avoid the compression that is applied when exporting to the camera roll. It then occurred to me that FilMicPro and Vericorder need to talk about using the iOS “OPEN IN” feature to allow them to seamlessly exchange filmic footage into the Vericorder 1st movie or Voddio App. It would beyond doubt create the best possible quality results. However in the absence of this functionality we exported to Camera Roll on the iPhones and used the workflow I posted at last years training to import the footage into an iPad for Editing in Pinnacle (Corel) Studio.

I found it interesting that some  participants who had edited with Avid Media Composer or Newscutter actually had difficulty understanding the simplicity of Studio – the simplification of the split audio process seemed to be a particular issue. I also have to hold my hand up and admit I didnt make it clear enough that the iPhone 4pole connector and the Fostex Ar4i 3 pole connections were not compatible – this resulted in several students using the wrong microphones with the Fostex/iPhone or vice versa. (I subsequently updated my keynotes to clarify this point)

Day three was the real shoot day and the team were asked to shoot a Video Portrait of an interesting character. I chose this deliberately as the iPhone works best when the subject is within a 4 meter range of the camera. Close ups are particularly effective so finding SOMEONE who does SOMETHING would clearly illustrate the point. The key being to shoot an interview and several sequences of the individual doing whatever it is they do….Upon completion a lively debate ensued about whether any of the students would in fact shoot a full package this way. Most said that they would shoot video interviews for web, or sequences at breaking news stories but that they could not see themselves shooting full packages when they had camera gear available to them. I agreed that this was completely understandable.

It brought me to an interesting conclusion…MoJo should be the entry point for all staff (not just journalists) with the intention that anyone with an iPhone (or smartphone) should be equipped with the training to produce simple content but to the required standard – that way ALL staff could be a competent news gatherer in the event of a breaking story. John Inge from NRK is a great VJ – I watched several of his stories, he has a real flair for storytelling and unlike me he embodies both the instinct of a journalist with understanding of a techie. I think he and I will be in contact a lot 😀

The Participants were drawn from countries across Europe:  Sweden, Croatia, Bulgaria, Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and Germany. Darko Flajpan vox-popped them immediately  after the course – here are their comments:

Perolof Stjarnered of SVT sweden (Pictured holding iPhone above) shot this entire story using FilMicPro on his iPhone 4s and he edited using Vericorders 1St Video also on his 4s.

I will post some more packages from the course in the next day or so.

Thanks to all the participants for their patience and determination, YOU are the new pioneers in this area-so stay in touch and let me know how things are going for you.

A special thank you to Karol Cioma, Head of Training for Circom for having the faith in me to let me design and lead this course on behalf of RTE and Circom.



About vjmentor
Innovation Lead, RTÉ | VJ & MoJo (Mobile Journalism) Trainer -Circom Regional | Photographer | HDSLR shooter| Views are strictly personal, not those of my employer.

4 Responses to The 1st Circom MoJo workshop

  1. Len Clark says:

    Great stuff! Looking forward to hearing more about your experience.


    • vjmentor says:

      Hey Len, One of the participants used 1st Video to edit his piece. Ive asked for his permission to show it on the blog. I’ll let you know when its up. It was a great (albeit intense) week – we must chat soon.


  2. Dan says:

    So, you’ve done it again! Good work guys, it’s good to know more and more journalists have the opportunity to see they can do it. First step, in Budapest, for sure!

  3. heisti says:

    Thanks for a great training, with an impressive result. I have shown some short clips to two of my colleauges they have been speechless – regarding the quality of the pictures and the quality of the sound. Statement: “this is impossible”!!! 😉
    Thank you!

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