Adam Sacasa is a photojournalist with the Texarkana Gazette newspaper in Texarkana, Texas.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Transmitting Video

So yesterday I got edited photos  with embeded cutlines using photo mechanic transmitted to an email address via my cell phone and now, I figured out video.

Using Movie Maker on my netbook, my max video size is about 8.5MB or 50 seconds using portable size.

Just used a bunch of random stuff I found to throw something together.

With movie maker, I can add title screens, transitions and captions like seen in the begining. I can also use interview audio for photos. I'll need to see if I can mute video too. Uploading via email through my phone takes about 15 minutes.

P.S.- just noticed I could change the aspect ratio to 16:9 so next video should be widescreen.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Just testing...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

transmitting from the field

Finally got a netbook (Acer Aspire One D255E) and I've been spending most of my time trying to get it set up for mobile journalism. Already have photo mechanic and a raw photo editor on it. Thinking about getting an HD webcam (~$40) and using UStream but need to save up some money.

As for transmitting pics, here's my process:

1. Edit photos in Raw Shooter Essentials
2. set quality to high
3. transfer photos to my phone (Sanyo Incognito) via bluetooth (takes about 1:30)
4. from my phone, send that photo via email (takes about 5 minutes for a 3MB file, 7:40 for a 6MB file)
a. here's the steps:
-Go to Tools and turn on bluetooth in my phone
-On my computer, click on the bluetooth icon and go to Show Devices
-Click Send files to your phone
-Once files transfer to the phone, send via email

Now the only question is, when can I use this?

A few weeks ago, I was at a track meet and there was a 2 hour break between prelims and finals. That would have been a great time to send some pics. With photo mechanic, copy desk can get my cutlines too.

Speaking of which, I need to find an e-mail for them so I can send it directly when I'm filing from out of town and no photogs are in the office.

Another note, I wonder how small of a file they can work with because there's no reason to send a 17x10 file if 10x7 is as big as they'd need. Also need to figure out what the minimum dpi needed is. After I get all that info, I'll just make a text document and leave the guide on the desktop.

I'm pretty excited about getting to use this. Even though it'll take about 20 minutes to send a photo and a secondary, it's still a lot better than driving an hour back to the office and rushing to meet deadline. This should mean I can stay out at my assignments longer too. Might even be able to stay till the end of basketball games now.

On top of this, my job also has a number I can call to clock in and out if I needed to. Lots of possibilities. I'll try uploading a pic here just to see what happens.

After I wrote this, I realized I might need another option besides Raw Shooter since I can't crop in it.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

ugh. i feel full. Just had 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner and feeling pretty full.

At work I just covered a truck roll over in Adair. I think some pigs might have been electrocuted when the truck struck the power poll. Its always weird hearing the pigs scream in those trucks. Bacon is alright but Im not in love with it like some people.

Hopefully no more spot news tonight. I really want to get some sleep and watch the Daily show after frontline is over.

Oh yeah. Stopped by Lincoln Elementary (a bit late) after the accident. I had one kid say I took his pic at the tractor show (I think he meant the Ag Mech show). He seemed kinda disapointed that his pic didnt make the paper. I think I need to disclose more that not everyone who gets thier pic taken makes the paper. Especialy with the amount of names I get.

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writer/photojournalist. Mostly the later.