Thursday, 24 November 2011

Creating a Roll in & Roll out movie clip

Today I learnt how to make a smooth roll in and roll out movie clip which i'm sure to implement on 
my movie website assignment. I also researched other common attributes that are in typical movie websites which I will also implement on my website. I also added pages to my site map aswell as suggestions of content to put in them.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Digital Communication Techniques

Digital Communication Techniques


There are a very large quantity of different communication techniques which have been developed thanks to the various communication technologies available today such as Wi-Fi, blue-tooth, 3G and 4G. The introduction of instant messaging enables you to have conversations in real-time which are a much broader form of social-messaging than basically using email. Many mobile manufactures identified how popular instant messaging services such as MSN were and implemented their own instant messaging service in their new models. The introduction of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook serve as a platform for people to communicate with people as well as place where you can upload content such photos and videos for your “Friends” to view. Social networking sites such as Facebook does have an instant messaging service available so that you can communicate with your friends if they are currently online.

Video Conferencing

Digital video conferencing is a very useful service which enables people to conduct an interactive video conference where all the users are in different locations. An example of when this communication technique would be used would be if a large business wanted to have a board meeting and the board members are located all around the world then video conferencing would likely be used. Software such as GoToMeeting enables users to view the desktop of any computer in the conference and designate who you want to gain control of the mouse & keyboard. This software also has HD video conferencing which means it’s compatible with high-quality webcams.

Once a video conference has been completed you can then review the meeting and document the attendance. It’s likely that some form of digital conferencing will be implemented in most businesses and could be used in the future as a form of “Home Tutoring”.

Instant Messaging

As I stated in the introduction instant messaging is a digital communication technique which enables people to communicate digitally in real-time by sending text messages aswell as media files through a network. Popular instant messaging services include AOL Messenger and MSN messenger. There are many benefits of instant messaging although there are also some disadvantages as it can be used as a platform to send malicious software such as trojans and viruses to other people’s computers.

Windows Live Messenger has a very user-friendly interface which ultimately enables it to be used very easily by novice users. Step by step tutorial below:

1: Open Windows Live Messenger

2: Type in your E-mail Address & password in the required fields.

3: Messenger will then display “Signing in”
(The speed of this process is dependent on your network speed)

4: The interface will then display all of your friends & contacts in a list as seen below. Online contacts are identified by the green box found next to them while offline contacts are identified by having a grey box found next to them.

5: The way in which you initialize a conversation with a client is by double clicking on their display name.

In pretty much 5 easy steps users are able to communicate with their friends thanks to the design of the user friendly interface. The risks of making a program with such as user-friendly interface is that it sometimes hinders the implementation of new features but the way Live Messenger has maximized features is by linking itself to Facebook for example right clicking on someone’s display name on the Contact listings will display various options such as “View Photos” & “View Profile” which basically opens an external link to Facebook.

Web 2.0 Communities

Communication techniques such as blogs, wikis and forums enable users to write large articles on any topic they choose. The creation of a personal blog is mostly free so it enables users to create a personal blog which you can pretty much fully customize. Users can import media such as video and photos and integrate them into their articles. Some of the uses of a blog would be to use it to produce a digital portfolio. In my own experience creating a blog is very easy but maintaining a blog with regular content is quite hard. Sites such as “Blogger” enable you to create a blog for free and only require the user to sign in with their “Google ID”. Blogs also enable a user to import or create HTML into their pages which enables the implementation of gadgets, external links and integration of third-party software.

Blogger Video Tutorial

Social Networking

Probably the most popular social networking site on the web is “Facebook”. As I stated in the tutorial it acts as a platform for people to communicate. Facebook has about 800 million active users and each user has an average of 130 friends. Facebook also has an integrated
instant-messenger which enables users to communicate with online friends in real-time.

Tutorial of how to use Facebook

Step 1: Once you have opened into your internet browser you will need to type in your email address and password into the required fields.

Step 2: You will then be redirected to the facebook homepage which displays your “Friends” status

Step 3: There is an input box located at the top of the page which enables you to update your current status which your “Friends” can then view.


Twitter is also a very popular social networking site which is highly available on portable devices and is widely used by celebrities as it enables the user to publish short text messages to the site which is typically messages describing what the user is doing at that current time. It has many external components such as place where you can upload photos and video.

Video Demo:

Playstation Portable

The Playstation portable is a device which has various services in which users can communicate with people for example Skype and Live messenger. The user would only require a Wifi connection to enable you to use it but the Playstation Vita has a 3G model available which enables you to be constantly connected.

(Demo Unavailable due to it not being released yet)

PSN Messaging

The PSN network available to the playstation 3 users enables you to send messages to your friends aswell as photo attachments. Theres also the ability to have a voice chat and video chat if you have a USB webcam such as the Playstation Eye.


Facetime is a communication service available to iPhone 4 & iPod users which enables you to engage in a video call with your contacts as long as the contacts have got an active WiFi connection.
The i-phone has two cameras on the handset so when you start a Facetime conversation you are able to view yourself as well as what you’re looking at.

Second Life

Second life is a virtual world where users communicate to other users in the form of a custom built avatar. Avatars can be customized in great detail so users have the ability to replicate themselves in the form of an avatar and interact with the digital community. Second life was made to replicate real life as much as possible and therefore includes virtual money which is spent on items such as clothes and houses.


Hotmail is a free email serivce which enables you to create a free Email address and then send emails. The service has an easy to navigate interface which makes it a perfect platform to send emails if you’re a novice user.

Step 1: Open Hotmail in your internet browser & type in your email – address and password in the required fields.

Step 2: Once you have “Signed in” you will be redirected to a notification window which will display social feeds from Facebook as well as notifications on upcoming birthdays.

Step 3: To send an email you will need to click on the “New” button which can be found once you have clicked on the “Inbox” menu.

Step 4: You are now ready to produce an email
You input the email address of the recipent then the subject of the message then the message contents.

The first one is meebo; meebo is a popular web IM, This online instant messaging service works with AIM, Yahoo, MySpace, Facebook, MSN, GTalk, ICQ, Jabber, and even Flixster.

Meebo offers group chat and also has a great mobile version (for iPhones). Meebo supports file-sharing, video chat, and much more. My experience with Meebo was that it works best with Facebook chat, and is definitely one of the simplest to use. It’s also incredibly well-funded, which means it’s likely to stick around for a while.


Nimbuzz is mostly making a name for itself as a client for your cell phone or iPhone but it offers a fabulous Web-based messaging client as well. You can make calls, group chats, send files, and do anything you’d want to do with an IM.
Instead of logging in each time to every one of your networks, you can put them all into an account with Nimbuzz instead. Then, every time you log in, just enter one username and password, and log in to all your IM networks.
Nimbuzz has a feature called Skype integration – nothing else has it, and Nimbuzz does it very well. It’s a great Voice over IP client, a great Instant Messenger, and good application


KoolIM is the niche-IMr’s tool of choice. In addition to the standards (Yahoo, MSN, AIM, GTalk), it supports ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, Xfire, Jabber, and more. If you’re a user of a small network, KoolIM may be your best – or only – choice.

eBuddy supports a huge number of IM services – MSN, Yahoo, GTalk, ICQ, MySpace, and promises Facebook is coming soon.
When you load eBuddy, it opens a new window for you to chat in. Your chats and contacts are tabbed, and there’s even a chat history for your recent conversations.
eBuddy offers a bunch of client versions, including great ones for your cell phone. Much like Meebo, you can also embed eBuddy directly into your own website. is a free community that encourages its members to share what's on their minds and make connections with others through blog posts, uploading photos and videos, reading and commenting on what other embers write, instant messaging and discussions in forums and groups.


Omegle is an online chat website that allows users to communicate with strangers without registering. The service randomly pairs users up into one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously using the handles "You" and "Stranger".


YouTube is a web-service that allows anybody to post their video files and share them with other people. People can also comment on your video and post other videos to reply. People can also like or dislike your video and post it on twitter or Facebook. You get your own page where you can publish your own videos and people can subscribe to it.
Xbox live

Xbox Live is Microsoft's online service for gaming and content distribution for the Xbox and Xbox 360 videogame systems. Xbox Live allows you to play games against other people online as well as download demos, trailers, and even full games in the Xbox Live Arcade. You get to choose a nickname (called a Gamertag) which is how you will be known to other people in any games you play. You can keep friends lists in order to keep in touch with real life friends or new people you meet online you like to play with.

Wii speak

Wii Speak is a microphone accessory for Nintendo's Wii video game console. Connected to the console via USB, the device can be placed near the video display, allowing voice chat to be conducted with the entire room.

Video Tour:

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Easing Tutorial Link

Flash Preloader

Today we created a preloader in flash which enables you to load content which is on the various pages before the webpage initially starts up. Implementing a preloader into your website enables you to have a visual guide on the loading progress of the website while if you didn't have preloader you have to guess when the webpage has fully loaded.

Here is the code which did this

onClipEvent (enterFrame) {
loading = _parent.getBytesLoaded();
total = _parent.getBytesTotal();
if (percent == undefined) percent = 0;
percent -= (percent-((loading/total)*100))*.25;
 per = int(percent);
 percentage = per+"%";
 loadBar._width = per;
 if (percent>99) {
  _parent.gotoAndPlay(3);        }}

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Flash Work

Today we learn how to import external files into a single FLV file which would be very useful skill when creating future websites. Here is a piece of code which links buttons to external files.

oval1.onPress = function () {
oval2.onPress = function () {
oval3.onPress = function () {
oval4.onPress = function () {


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Website Project Review

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Project Review

In the production of our website for the business department we set each member of the group their own roles within the group such as “Team Leader”, “Implementer “and “designer”. Each member of the group was given tasks which would link to the website. For example the designer produced the PNG Banner & Buttons which were given to me to implement on the site. This process worked very well in the initial stages of the site but as the deadline draw closer I created the buttons myself in order to speed up the development of the site.

Our team leader did manage our time really well in the initial stages of production but a sudden drop in attendance reduced the work output significantly which caused us to become behind on our milestone schedule. I thought the way in which we produced he project scope was really well done as each of us had to complete 4 of the numbered tasked on the project scope which wasn't that difficult for me as all the section I wrote about were relevant to my role in the group.

When the documentation was complete I then worked on three initial templates which all had relevant features which we implemented into our final design. The group tested out each of my templates and extracted elements which they thought were good and what were bad. These templates were also relevant to the specification of the client and enabled me to see what elements of her specification were feasible or not.

I produced a site map on the project scope which I kept refereeing to when creating the final website design. The group compiled our thoughts and ideas for what we thought would look good for our main theme and our main theme was a black metallic theme which we thought looked professional.

Over the half term break it was my job to make sure the site had all of the pages working correctly and implement all of the external hyper-links which were stated on the “Site Map” I completed this task to the est of my ability and when we resumed lessons when we came back we only had a couple of days to gather some photos and video for the website which sadly we weren’t able to complete in time which resulted in us not keeping to our deadline. The additional week to complete the assignment enabled use the gather some photos and videos and implement them on the site.

When making the video for our website we initialy created a storyboard which we would go by hen shotting out video content. The idea was to shoot various parts of the college using various shots in an attempt to promote the college in a positive way. We compiled the video in "Priemere Pro" and published the video in .FLV format so that it can be easily implemented on the site.
So overall I think the project went well but the lack of communications outside of lessons resulted in us not keeping to deadlines and significantly hindered the final result.

E-Zine Article

E-Zine Article


In this article I will be writing about how interactive media has changed the society we live in today. From the introduction of the World wide web which is one of greatest inventions of the 20th century it acts as one the best platforms of communication in the world. There a loads of ways in which the media industry uses the world wide web for example commercial advertising is greatly used on the world wide web as 30% of the world population is online so for that reason alone it acts as a perfect platform to advertise products.

Internet World Stats. (2011). INTERNET USAGE STATISTICS. Available: Last accessed 5th Nov 2011.

Some of the most used sites on the web have some form of advertising for example a video on youtube which has large quantity of views would likely include a commercial ad before your chosen video plays. This technique of advertising had only been implemented recently as people in the media industry are looking for different ways in which to target younger people as more and more young people are not watching tv or newspapers which in previous generations were the main medium for advertising.

One of main factors which have caused younger people not to watch TV as much as previous generations is the introduction of user created content on the web. As nearly every new gadget such as phones and portable devices on the market now include cameras and mobile connection to social networking sites it is very easy to produce video content and put it on the web in seconds. A popular user generated site called “Youtube” enables anyone to upload any video they want free of charge and today Youtube contains millions of user generated videos. With the shear choice of videos on Youtube the current generation are going on sites like youtube and watching videos they want instead of watching network TV on their televisions.

Online Shopping

In the current generation more and more people are doing their every day shopping online from buying your weekly groceries to doing your Xmas shopping. The reasons why people shop online is because in many ways it's more convenient for example if your do your online shopping you can choose what time you want it to be delivered which would be convenient for people who may work throughout the day and want their shopping delivered in the evening this service has been introduced to pretty much all the major supermarkets. Popular online shopping sites such as Ebay and Amazon offer the customer a far larger range of products that if a customer went to a shop. Ebay is the world‟s largest online marketplace, accounting for $60bn sales worldwide in 2008, while Amazon also offers small businesses an opportunity to use its platform to generate sales.
This has a serious affect on small businesses on the high-street because people are holding onto their cash more than ever which is a result of the global recession so people are comparing prices and searching for the best deal. In many cases these online small businesses have the best prices resulting in the high-street businesses losing significant sales. A good example of businesses which have become bankrupt as a result of online shopping is “Travel Agents” it is common practice these days to book a holiday online as it's a lot easier and offers a great deal more customization to your holiday and also in most cases is a lot cheaper. Many businesses which offer a service similar to travel agents are likely to become obsolete in the the recent future.

Graham Charlton. (2010). Selling on eBay and Amazon: pros and cons for SMEs. Available: Last accessed 5th Nov 2011.
Something which falls into a similar category is downloading and streaming content.
Movie rental companies such a “”LoveFilm” have introduced a service which enables customers to download or stream movies straight to their PCs which for the company saves significant postal costs and in some ways can be considered more “Green” because you are not mass producing the DVDs or physically transporting them. The only disadvantage I can think of from streaming media content would be if the customer has a slow broadband speed then video quality will suffer significantly. A downside to media content such music and movies on the web is that it can be easily copied and illegally distributed around the web and is almost impossible to avoid. The illegal distribution of music and films has had affect on the industries which for the music industry has resulted in music artists needing to do tours to sell their music.

BBC Author. (2010). Illegal music downloads are 'on the rise'. Available: Last accessed 5th November 2011.
Digital Video on the Web

The web is filled with video content as a result of sites like youtube which enable users so upload videos quickly and pretty much anonymously. With the almost constant introduction of new portable devices with the capacity to shoot video and still images. They also include very easy to use interfaces which pretty much enable you to upload content from your portable device to sites like Youtube in a couple of clicks. There is restrictions when it comes to file formats with youtube though for example it's able to play
  • WebM files
  • .MPEG4,3GPP MOV files
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .FLV
but isn't able to play some common formats such as mp3. Many manufactures would very much consider these file formats when they design a something like a new phone so that phone's camera shoots media content in one of the file formats supported by Youtube which wouldn't require the user to convert the file manually. File formats shouldn't be much of problem when it comes to uploading to youtube because all of the main formats are compatible for example .AVI is very widely used when filming from a camera and MOV is used for the very popular portable device the iPhone.

Google. (2011). Supported Youtube Formats. Available: Last accessed 5th Nov 2011.

The web acts as a democratic platform in which almost every in the world can express their opinion but in some countries such as china the web is widely monitored and the Chinese people are filtered from content which way question their current government in a negative way. Here is a few of the popular sites which have been filtered Facebook, Twitter , Youtube and Wikileaks. The filtering of sites such as those is one of many techniques used by the Chinese government to prevent the exposure of content which they want to hide from their people.

There are ways in which you can bypass the filters which have been put in place by the government. The way in which this can be done is to connect to a external proxy server then browse the web once you have connected to that proxy.

Copying Prevention

One of the ways in which the music industries try and prevent the illegal copying of their content is to implement copy protection onto the CDs you buy in the shops. In the manufacturing process of making music CDs the distinctive feature they must include is that the Disk must be distinguishable from normal (unprotected CDs) and it's very important that the CD cannot be copied or relocated using typical hardware or software.
Some of the techniques they used to begin with was to on purpose build the CD so it had loads of bad sectors on the disk. Having bad sectors on the disk resulted in a typical Cd drive to skip the contents of that sector so that it cannot be copied. Other methods include encrypting the data using codes which cannot be bypassed using typical software. The same copy protection techniques can be found on DVDs and Blu-rays for video.