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Convergence cameras and the new documentary image
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Moving Image Production.
2012 (English)In: Digital Creativity, ISSN 1462-6268, E-ISSN 1744-3806, Vol. 23, no 3-4, p. 291-306Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

New digital recording technologies pose new creative dilemmas for documentary videographers. The new type high-resolution video camera with 35 mm sized sensors and mounts for real film lenses generate a type of imagery that does not look typically ’observational’. By testing this imagery’s capacity as the guarantor of documentary authenticity and interrelating this with visualisation theories, this paper aims to explain the ontology of the new digital documentary image, its lure for the documentary filmmaker and its ramifications on reception in order to leverage technological production awareness of the documentary videographer and production members. The empirical data presented in this article is based on an explorative reception study in which five different types of moving image sequences were tested on an audience in order to be able to define the level of indexical appeal in shallow depth of field, high resolution, High Production Value, documentary moving images. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 23, no 3-4, p. 291-306
Keywords [en]
Digital recording; documentary; Empirical data; High resolution; Production value; reception; verisimilitude; videographer, Cameras; Image processing; Motion pictures, Video cameras
National Category
Design Media Engineering
Research subject
Kultur, identitet och gestaltning
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-12464DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2012.731652ISI: 000312124600010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-12464DiVA, id: diva2:622852
Available from: 2013-05-23 Created: 2013-05-23 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Videography as production nexus: digital film cameras, media mangement and the distribution of creativity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Videography as production nexus: digital film cameras, media mangement and the distribution of creativity
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is about new digital moving image recording technologies and how they augment the distribution of creativity and the flexibility in moving image production systems, but also impose constraints on how images flow through the production system. The central concept developed in this thesis is ‘creative space’ which links quality and efficiency in moving image production to time for creative work, capacity of digital tools, user skills and the constitution of digital moving image material. The empirical evidence of this thesis is primarily based on semi-structured interviews conducted with Swedish film and TV production representatives.This thesis highlights the importance of pre-production technical planning and proposes a design management support tool (MI-FLOW) as a way to leverage functional workflows that is a prerequisite for efficient and cost effective moving image production.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University Press, 2013. p. 142
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 162
Keywords
videography, media management, creativity
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Kultur, identitet och gestaltning, Kreativa beslut i produktionssituation inom filmproduktion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-13349 (URN)978-91-7485-099-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2013-11-21, Tv-studion, Mediehuset, Högskolan Dalarna, Falun, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-11-27 Last updated: 2013-12-02Bibliographically approved
2. Videography as Design Nexus: Critical Inquires into the Affordances and Efficacies of Live-action Video Instructions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Videography as Design Nexus: Critical Inquires into the Affordances and Efficacies of Live-action Video Instructions
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is about live-action instructional videos (LAVs). By addressing design problems with respect to the how-to video genre, the thesis asks fundamental questions about mediated instructional communication efficacies and the factors that either obstruct or augment them. 

The analysis presented in this thesis is based on the notion that videography is a design nexus and key focal point of the connections that make live-action video instructional efforts possible. This Design Nexus is explored by defining and illuminating key ontological dimensions, medium specificities and the video users’ cognitive capacities. This is to acknowledge that the users of instructions in this thesis are center stage, both as biological and cultural beings.

The methods used in this thesis and its associated papers are eye-tracking, video observations, questionnaires, self-reports, focus group interviews and YouTube analytics. Hence, both numerical data and non-numerical data are analyzed in this study.

The results of the analyses indicate that pre-production planning is key in live-action video instructional endeavors, but not at the expense of the videographer’s status as designer. Moreover, the analyses show that users’ cognitive processing and visual decoding depend on the power of the live-action format to show actual human behavior and action. Other presented evidence seems to infer that LAV-instructions are a little less demanding if users apply a focused decoding style when interacting with them. Nevertheless, physiological engagement of this kind is likely not to fully compensate for users’ psychological engagement.

This thesis contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of humans’ abilities to interpret the actions of others via medial means. By relating this to video medium-specific affordances, this thesis also furthers important efficacy distinctions and boundary conditions. This understanding is considered important for live-action video makers and designers of visual instructions as well as scholars who need to develop better methods to assess users’ behavioral engagement when they interact with digital instructional media.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2018
Keywords
Information Design;Instructions, Video, Engagement, Perception, Human-Centered Design
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-28851 (URN)978-91-7485-391-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-09-14, Raspen, Mälardalens högskola, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-10-29 Created: 2018-10-29 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved

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