I'VE BEEN MAKING news rounds with handheld mobile phones for several years and I'm so happy that my Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc makes easy work of recording video clips of books, newsprint and standard subjects.
I continuously look at ways of improving this process and currently I record a video clip with my Xperia Arc while simultaneously recording the audio file on an iPod Touch. When I stop recording, the Xperia Arc sends its file up to Google Plus where I can move it around by using Picasa Web services. The audio file automatically goes to Audioboo.fm where it's given a piece of cover art (shown) as it sends a public tweet. (I'm @topgold on both services.) I plan to integrate this kind of user-generated content into four years of the creative multimedia curriculum I teach for the Limerick Institute of Technology. It's important to note that none of my handheld work requires a desktop or laptop computer. The Android phone and the iPod Touch can produce all the media. This is one-pass processing. I turn on the devices, start talking, and the material uploads in the background. For posterity's sake, I hyperlink to the files with a blog post a few hours later. You can see today's Sunday news round on YouTube.