Well, here it is: made using Audacity and Photostory 3. The story, documents and main pictures are from our family history, with the house and views of Wooragee borrowed from the net – sorry I can’t attribute them directly; the boys with the snake is by Grey Villet and appeared in ‘Life’ Magazine; the image of the brown snake is from Melbourne Museum; the music is mine. The poem is an adaptation of a piece written at Nettlecombe Manor during a ‘National Writing Project in Somerset and Wiltshire’ writing weekend during the late 1980s. Sadly, although the original has stuck in my mind, I cannot recall the writer.
The hardest part was trying to synchronise the sound and images. In the end, I tried running the preview of the video whilst recording one long take on Audacity. I had to fiddle around and re-record one section which I then edited back in. I added a couple of sections of silence (the only way I could think of getting one section to line up better). There seemed to be more ‘luck’ then judgment, and I now know I need to look more closely at my understanding of Audacity.
I read a piece earlier today (which I must find again) suggested doing sound first and then adding images. I worked the other way round on this one, so perhaps when I do the next one (???!) using Moviemaker I’ll try that out.