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Flipped Lecture: Digital Audio Editing

My audio editing experience is relatively basic. I have used Audacity several times before but not in depth, GarageBand I looked at when I first bought a Mac computer but have not looked at it since. I have looked online for what other people think of the program and what I have found is that the general consensus is that GarageBand is more user friendly, like many Apple applications. Audacity on the other hand seems, for reviews of the program, to be a much more in-depth program for more advanced audio editing. The reviews I have found generally say that Audacity is much less user friendly.

Overall in my experience in Audacity is that it is not as difficult as what the reviews make out. With a little time and some online resources such as YouTube tutorials it is relatively simple to figure out the basics of the program. To get into

More advanced audio editing it does become more tricky and time consuming but that is the same with most programs, the basics are easy to master but becoming more advanced take time and patience.

GarageBand as I said previously, has a very user-friendly interface and is a relatively user friendly experience. Like Audacity the basics are easy and then become more difficult the more advanced you get, and it does get hard quickly. The online resources to teach people everything from the basics of audio editing to more advanced audio editing is quite vast.

Although I prefer Audacity over GarageBand it is defiantly worth checking out both programs. It will definitely come down to a ‘what you prefer’ basis, as both programs perform remarkably well. Both programs have advantages and disadvantages. Some things are easier to do in GarageBand others easier in Audacity. It is definetly worth learning at least the basics in both programs. Audio editing is a really good skill to have and one that I will continue to develop through the use of both Audacity and GarageBand.

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Filpped Lecture – Digital Drawing

I have never done any digital drawing, so the flipped lecture was interesting to examine it from a perspective with no prior knowledge to digital drawing.

The first point I found really interesting in the flipped lecture was the differences between Raster and Vector drawings. It is interesting that Vector drawings, which are ‘clean and precise’, can look inhuman. This is one issue with Vector drawings, however there are also issues when it comes to Raster drawings as well.

Raster drawings seem to work much more closely to hand drawn images, replicating hand drawing. The idea is that, from what I gathered in the flipped lecture, as a result of the pressure you use it translates into a series of pixels, giving it a much more hand drawn look. This ‘hand-drawn’ look is an interesting concept and one I am interested in looking at myself.

From information I have found online, some of the pros and cons of Vector drawings include:

Pros:

  • Infinitely scalable: this means the image can be scaled as much as you want without the image losing quality.
  • Smaller file size

Cons:

  • Limited effects: Vector images cannot use certain effects such as blurring.

As far as the pros and cons of Raster drawings go, some of these include:

Pro:

  • Precise editing: all the individual pixels can be manipulated and edited
  • A less steep learning curve compared to Vector drawing

Con:

  • Blurry when enlarged

From the research I have conducted into the two different digital drawing styles, I can say that when deciding whether to use Raster or Vector drawing it all depends on what type of drawing you do and what type of effect you wish to achieve.

Flipped Lecture – Digital Image Editing

I have not had a lot of experience using photo editing software. I know the basics of Photoshop but have never used gimp. It is interesting to compare the two programs, especially as Gimp is free software whereas Photoshop is not. It is no big surprise that Photoshop is a better program but whether the benefits of Photoshop are worth paying for is interesting to examine.

While looking at the differences between the two one of the interesting differences is the platforms each program is available on. Gimp is available across Mac, Windows as well as Linux, Photoshop on the other hand is only available on Mac and Windows not Linux. From what I have found online Linux users often refer to Gimp as the Photoshop alternative for the Linux platform.

From what I have read online Gimp has a steep learning curve. As I have never used the program before it is difficult for me to comment on that specific program, however I can comment on Photoshop. I am self-taught at Photoshop and with all the online resources at my disposal, YouTube tutorials and Lynda.com, it was relatively easy to learn the basics of the program and only took minimal time to achieve what I wanted with the program.

Photoshop is the industry standard photo editing software, but it is not free and is now on a subscription based. Gimp, although it has design flaws, as mentioned in the flipped lecture, is free and is definitely a good program to ‘get your feet wet’ in photo editing.

As to who should get which program really depends on who the person is. If the person does a lot of photo editing and editing at a higher level then it would be worth spending the money in Photoshop, however if you rarely use photo editing software and only need it on those rare occasions then Gimp is most likely the best program for you.