Audio-visual notes

This competition is only open to members of PSNZ and members of camera clubs affiliated to PSNZ.

There are three categories and you may enter a maximum of two audio-visuals.

The maximum length is still five minutes and the author is responsible for the whole process – taking the photos, creating the story, Audio-visual notes

writing the text for the narration and either speaking it or directing it if someone else speaks it. Perhaps the category that causes most confusion is Documentary.

A documentary is a factual account of a place or an event, such as you those you often see on television ลาวสามัคคี.

If you are not sure if your AV fits into the Documentary category ask yourself,

 “Is everything in the AV true or have I made up some of the story, even though it may be based on fact?”

 If you have made up some of the story then it probably fits into Theme.

Another question we are often asked is whether it is possible to use copies of historical photos or maps etc, taken from the internet.

The answer is yes, as long as there are only a few of them,

they are important to the story and you acknowledge their source.

It is up to the judges to decide if there are too many of these ‘third party’ images in the audio-visual.

I encourage everyone interested in AVs to ‘have a go’ as this is the best way to learn.

The main change this year is that we are asking everyone to save their programmes as.

mp4 if they can. This is a quality format which allows us to show the programmes on both Windows and Apple computers. It is possible to save programmes as.

mp4 in recent versions of all the main AV creation applications. For people who are using older versions of those applications it may be possible to find a ‘work around’.

If not there is the option of saving the programme as an .avi or .mov which will also play on both computer platforms. But, a word of caution.

 This year the .avi files would not play correctly using VLC on the Mac, as there were issues with the sound making funny noises.

When played using VLC on the Windows machine they worked fine.

There were no problems with .mov or .mp4 on either platform.

The competition is being organised by the North Shore Photographic Society.

Entries will open on 1 October 2018 and will close on 4 November 2018. Judging will take place on 18 November 2018.

The entry form will be available on the PSNZ website, along with other information as it becomes available.

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