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Three Low-Cost Microphones for Screencasting

Uses Audacity to compare three microphones. It shows the progressive improvements achieved by using a USB microphone and a larger desktop microphone. The microphones are: 1) analog Altec Lansing, 2) Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000, 3) Samson C01U.

Bower, Tim. ShowMeDo (2009). Articles>Multimedia>Screencasts>Audio


Traceability, Reproducibility, Compatibility - Quality Control Elements in Audio Information Transfer   (PDF)

In transfer from one medium to another or one format to another, the target format may be able to hold more information or less information than the original. According to the purpose of the transfer, a selection offeatures may be made as a minimum requirement for transfer. Awareness of Traceability, Reproducibility and Compatibility will ensure the fulfilment of these requirements. The dedicated transfer station approach using calibrated equipment is contrasted with the use of diagnostic signals for use with transfer stations of any standard. The advantages and disadvantages of the respective approaches are mentioed, in particular as regards long term storage. The background for creating diagnostic signalsfor transfer of mechanical recordings is discussed in depth.

Brock-Nannestad, George. STC Proceedings (1998). Design>Multimedia>Streaming>Audio


Transcripts on the Web: Getting People to Your Podcasts and Videos

It's easy and relatively inexpensive for website developers to provide transcripts for multimedia. It many cases transcripts are required by law to provide access to information for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Transcripts are an SEO silver bullet for audio and video, and bring more people to your podcast, videos, and website.

Henry, Shawn Lawton. uiAccess (2010). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Audio


Trying to Find a Theater Stage/Voice for an Impossible Situation

In listening to my voice in the screencasts, it’s clear that I still have a lot to learn. I’m not even close to the personal, conversational-sounding audio voice that I want to achieve. It sounds like I’m reading a script. It’s slow and dull. My teammates recommended that I read a little faster, that I add more inflection and maybe even switch to an outline rather than read a script. I agree, but it’s hard to do that. It’s hard to develop that personal voice.

Johnson, Tom H. I'd Rather Be Writing (2010). Articles>Multimedia>Audio>Screencasting


Understanding the Value of Modular Content Reuse by Examining User-Generated Music Mashups  (link broken)

In the field of technical communication, practitioners are being challenged to adapt to a completely new approach to creating documentation and user-assistance materials. In this rapidly-changing arena, traditional content production practices are being replaced with modular, topic-based content production practices that allow organizations to recombine content elements—often automatically or on-demand—into new, derivative products.

Content Wrangler, The (2009). Articles>Content Management>Single Sourcing>Audio


Up-To-Date Replay Facilities for Obsolete Mechanical Recording Formats   (PDF)

Obsolete mechanical formats forma major part of archives’ holdings, Once a format has passed into obsolescence, there is virtually no commercial development in replay facilities, and the system as such dies. The paper discusses the fundamental principles of mechanical recording and replay as well as the latest constructions for replaying historical discs and cylinders - commercial and non-commercial. An Aaliendum gives simple instructions to the archive having only an occasional need to replay historical formats.

Brock-Nannestad, George. STC Proceedings (1998). Articles>Multimedia>Online>Audio


Using Customized Sounds Effectively

Learn about the advantages of, as well as common tools for creating customizable sounds.

Microsoft (2002). Design>Accessibility>Software>Audio


Voice-Enable Your Web Page with Multimodal 4.3.2

Become fluent in X+V, today's versatile Web markup language (WML). X+V, short for XHTML+Voice, is a Web markup language that is comprised of voice and visual elements used for developing multimodal applications. This article provides the novice developer of Multimodal X+V, Web pages, and handheld devices with a process for creating and testing an X+V application. This article uses the IBM® Multimodal Toolkit 4.3.2 running on WebSphere® Studio Site Developer (Site Developer) or on WebSphere Studio Application Developer (Application Developer) 5.1.2.

Celi, Miriam. IBM (2005). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Audio


Webcasts: Boon or Bust?  (link broken)

The literature on managing virtual teams and projects across cultures and locations is primarily theoretical and not integrated with information about collaborative tools such as wikis, blogs, and project dashboards. The authors advocate choosing the best situational tool, based on team and team members' needs.

Pappas, Lisa. Tieline (2007). Articles>Multimedia>Audio>Podcasting


What We Do Best

This lecture describes the need for the field to clarify how we represent ourselves and think about ourselves.

Bernhardt, Stephen A. CPTSC Proceedings (1996). Presentations>Lectures>Streaming>Audio


What you Can't Hear Can Hurt You: Overcoming Physical and Emotional Barriers of Hearing Impairment in the Practice of Technical Communication   (PDF)

Children who fail hearing tests but who function in educational settings are assumed to have only unimportant handicaps. These children learn to live with their problems, but a significant hearing impairment diminishes the information such children receive. Help is available for children, but also for adults who have not fully recognized their handicaps. This paper describes the problems of people with moderate hearing loss, and provides information on what can be done to ameliorate their problems.

Gillen, Lori. STC Proceedings (2002). Articles>Workplace>Accessibility>Audio


What’s the Best Microphone for Screencasting?

The other week I visited Performance Audio in downtown Salt Lake to see what recommendations they had for microphones. The clerk asked me what audio interface I was using. I said I was just plugging my mixer directly into the computer. He looked shocked and said no matter how good of a microphone I bought, the real increase in performance would come with an audio interface.

Johnson, Tom H. I'd Rather Be Writing (2009). Articles>Multimedia>Audio>Screencasting


'Where The Hell Did I Put It?': Users in Heterogeneous Communications Environments Negotiating the Production, Distribution and Archiving of Knowledge Objects

A qualitative glance at how people in contemporary, heterogeneous communications environments--especially those involved in collaborative enterprises--were handling multiple communication events and the incoming and outgoing products of their communications, for example, texts, files, e-texts parked on shared file servers, e-texts parked on a user's hard-disk, web pages and useful http addresses, all of those sorts of things.

Wilkes, Gilbert Vanburen IV. EServer (1998). Presentations>Lectures>Streaming>Audio


Which Sounds are Significant? Towards a Rhetoric of Closed Captioning   (peer-reviewed)

This article offers a way of thinking about closed captioning that goes beyond quality (narrowly defined in current style guides in terms of visual design) to consider captioning as a rhetorical and interpretative practice that warrants further analysis and criticism from scholars in the humanities and social sciences. A rhetorical perspective recasts quality in terms of how genre, audience, context, and purpose shape the captioning act. Drawing on a range of Hollywood movies and television shows, this article addresses a set of topics that are central to an understanding of the effectiveness, significance, and reception of captions: overcaptioning, undercaptioning, subtitles vs. captions, the manipulation of time, non-speech information, series awareness, and the backchannel.

Zdenek, Sean. Disability Studies Quarterly (2011). Articles>Multimedia>Accessibility>Audio


A Writer's Thoughts about Technical Writing, Part 2

I have recorded episodes with two of the writers on the Microsoft VSTO UE team (McLean and Norm), and here is the third writer, Brett Samblanet. We talked about the writing process, how Brett became a writer, how school prepared him for his work, and the importance of being able to communicate well and to take criticism.

Miller, Harry. Microsoft (2006). Articles>Writing>Technical Writing>Audio


Year II and Growing: A Report from the STC Special Needs Committee: The Nature of Deafness   (PDF)

Deaf persons are not a monolithic group. Persons born deaf or who become deaf before learning the language of their environment (prelingual deafness) have a significant educational challenge as well as a communication challenge. Other deaf persons have a communication challenge. Deaf persons may be divided into five categories. For the purposes of this paper the categories are prelingual deafness, prelingual hard-of-hearing, postlingual deafness, postlingual hard-of-hearing, and presbyacusis. (oldage deafness) Each of these categories are discussed in detail including the characteristics of persons within the categories, and the nature of the problems they encounter.

Malcolm, Andrew. STC Proceedings (2001). Articles>Usability>Accessibility>Audio



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