Training, more than equipment, is key to quality video production

A participant in my recent open online course, Audio Slideshow Storytelling, shows us that anyone, with proper training, can produce a good story using consumer-level equipment and free software.

The producer is Yacoub Adeleke from Nigeria, and the audio slideshow, embedded below, is about Aso-Oke and Kente weaving; for people who have not heard about this traditional African weaving, Yacoub prepared a brief introduction:

Aso-Oke and Kente are traditional African attires used in Nigeria and Ghana. Aso-Oke is the native attire of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, popularly called Ara-Oke (people from up-country) by people living in the city like Lagos. They are mostly used for ceremonies like chieftaincy, weddings, naming ceremony and festivals. The major distinctions between Aso-Oke and Kente are the patterns are colours. These pictures reflect contemporary Aso-Oke designs by Joseph Koffi. The creation of these attires goes through a long process and dedication but the brains behind these works are hardly celebrated. 

Following instructions in the open course, Yacoub used Panasonic RR-US050 to record audio interview and a Sony DSC-H7 camera to take photos, then edited the piece using the trial version of SoundSlides.

About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (, a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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