Welcome to the Multimedia Special Interest Group (SIG)!
The Multimedia SIG (Special Interest Group) was formed to share knowledge and ideas that encourage and assist in the creation of interesting, informative and enjoyable multimedia presentations. Our members have experience at all levels from beginners to professional videographers still working in the industry. No matter what your level of expertise, we invite you to come learn and share with us! There are no “minimum requirements” to participate! You will always find a warm welcome and readiness to help you with your latest project.
What do we do in the Multimedia SIG?
Our weekly sessions (during the “season” here in Green Valley) usually involve looking at some aspect of multimedia production. This can take the form of a formal or semi-formal class, a discussion, a special project by the entire SIG, or a guest presentation by someone with special skills or experience to share. (To see what we’ve been doing, have a look at our Calendar. We also have an archive of our past ‘Weekly Meeting Notes‘.) In addition, our sessions almost always include showings of videos by members of our SIG. These videos might be a “work in progress” and the creator of the video is looking for constructive criticism, or, they might be a finished product being shared.
New! this last season, we have begun trying out the idea of the 3-Minute Challenge. Rather than wait for our members to think up a topic, do a video and bring it in, we “challenge” them with a topic and/or technique that they might not have otherwise considered. Sometimes there is a time limit to make things interesting! We compiled our first 3MC into two videos and you can see them on the Multimedia Gallery Page. Check out the ‘current’ Challenge List here!
We invite any member of the GVR Camera Club to bring in their project to show and solicit suggestions from the Multimedia SIG. We will always give you objective advice in as much detail as you like. The exchange of ideas and information is one of the best features of our SIG. They are positive in nature and a great opportunity for everyone to learn.
The Multimedia SIG has begun to work more closely with the Camera Club to produce instructional videos. In the photo above, the SIG worked with Gene Komaromi on “Foam-Core Mounting Your Photograph“. We have other projects in the planning stages and participate in the annual 10-week camera/photography class as well.
We all have a story to tell. What’s yours?
A multimedia presentation can incorporate a combination of text, audio, music, narrative, video, still photo images, animation, or graphics. (Or all of the above!) The typical aim of a multimedia presentation is to “Tell a Story” about a trip, a location, a group of people — or any topic of interest — capture the attention of the audience, and inform or entertain them. There are really no limits to the kind of programs you can prepare using multimedia. For a sample, watch the short video, “Introduction to Multimedia“, produced for the students in the Camera Club’s 10-Week Basic Photography class. What could you could do? How about:
- A slide show of old family photos that have been gathering dust in the closet.
- Promotional videos for community non-profits.
- Presentations for special gatherings such as Veteran’s Day, Labor Day, etc.
- Funny videos of a gathering, event, or other topic. (e.g., the SIG production of God Created Children.)
- A video of that “Trip Of A Lifetime” that could be truly memorable.
- Educational videos like the SIG has produced for the Camera Club. (e.g., Foam-Core Mounting Your Photograph.)
- Anything your imagination can dream of!
- Many of our members use their DSLRs, GoPro, or video cameras to record their materials. We’ve also been seeing an increasing use of smart phones (both android or iPhone) to do this.
You can see some samples of SIG members’ work in the Multimedia Presentations Section of the “Galleries” portion of this website.
How can the Multimedia SIG help you?
It is only fair to say up front that the Multimedia SIG will not teach you a particular software. We can advise you as to the best software for your needs and point you toward the best avenue for learning that software. If you settle on a particular software package, it is very likely (if you’ve elected to go with a mainstream product) that someone in the SIG already uses that software and can help you out with specific questions. The Camera Club does have some training classes on a couple of the video editing products used by SIG members. But all of us — without exception! — are embarked on a continuing voyage of discovery and learning. Come join us along the way!
New! For the first time in recent memory, the Multimedia SIG is having regular meetings during the summer. Until further notice, we will meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 9:30 a.m.. Click on the Calendar link to see what we’ve been up to, and what the upcoming topics will be.
New! Weekly Meeting Notes Archive. One of our members suggested we maintain the weekly meeting notes that are sent out after each meeting as a means for Camera Club members interested in the Multimedia SIG to get a sense of what the SIG does and access the instructional videos we share. We will try this, beginning with the 2018 season Jan-April and continue through at least the 2019 season. At the end of the 2019 season, we’ll review this and see if it is being utilized.
What do we do with our presentations?
What do we do with our presentations? Besides showing them to our friends and family, Green Valley Camera Club members frequently show their multimedia productions in GVCC “Showtime” presentations, “Scavenger Hunts”, and “Travelogues”. For more information on what these events are and how to participate in one of them, click here.)
We invite you to check out some of the productions by our members in the Multimedia Presentations Section of the “Galleries” portion of this website.
How do you actually make a multimedia presentation? As we saw in the video short about multimedia above, we combine photos, video, text, music, and sometimes a narration to produce a video. Some of the software we use is listed on the Multimedia Resources page. Some of it is free, some of it “almost” free, and some of it can be on the pricey side. Click here to start finding out about this.
Where can you find music to put in your videos? Good question!! And one that is endlessly debated and misunderstood. If you want to know more about this, click here.
The Multimedia SIG lists quality sources of information found on the internet in this section. (Click Here!) (More will be added in the future, so check back periodically for updates.)