AEE 440

Communication Methods & Media


Presentation Platforms

Media: Photography & Video

Pros: Almost everyone is familiar with its basic operation; straightforward slide presentation style; able to insert images, videos, and links; high degree of customization

Cons: Users often load each slide with too much text; text is too small; slideshow presentations can quickly lose audience attention if too long without variation; encourages slide reading

Pros: Internet-based program; no software needed; able to collaborate across the web; able to import a wide range of images, videos such as YouTube, links, and PDFs; eye catching motion

Cons: Depending on content and length, the motion can become distracting, if not nauseating; students and faculty are hesitant to use platforms other than PowerPoint

Pros: Almost everyone has experience with digital cameras; easy to attach/import/insert images into everyday communication methods; relies on basic principles for effective images no matter the brand/type of camera; digital SLR’s have a lot of flexibility and manipulation options

Cons: Digital SLR’s are expensive, though slowly coming down in price; can be confusing and daunting for new users; bulky and heavy to carry around; requires more detailed knowledge to fully exploit the camera’s potential

Pros: Adds interest to imagery through motion and audio; combines verbal and visual communication; conveys complex messages without added text or written explanation; can reach large audiences indefinitely

Cons: Depending on quality and capability, video cameras can be expensive; cassette-based video can take long to render; video and audio quality can be easily compromised by ambient noise, wind, and the absence of a tripod

Apple Computers & Software

Pros: iMac desktops and MacBook laptops are known for being intuitive, user-friendly computers; Apple software programs communicate flawlessly with each other making multimedia projects quick and hassle-free to create; able to run Microsoft Office programs

Cons: PC users can be intimidated by the differences of Apple computers; they cost considerably more than PCs; certain files are incompatible with PCs and vice versa

Pros: Allows users to import photos directly from the camera/memory card; able organize and make several different edits to photos; can create creative slideshows of photos; share photos by emailing, or directly uploading to sites like Flickr and Facebook; can restore all originals, despite editing

Cons: Stores photos in its own library which can create duplicate photo storage and take up hard drive space; not for fine adjustments or complicated edits, such as those made with Photoshop or Aperture

Pros: Allows users to import/render video from digital and tape-based recording media; tailored to novice video editors; includes a variety of video templates; library of titles, transitions, and music; exports in several video file types and dimensions; allows for voiceover recording

Cons: Limited to one music and one voiceover track per project; audio and video filters are quite basic; lack of precision editing when separating audio and video tracks

Pros: User-friendly website creation through the use of pre-made templates; drag and drop editing of pictures, video, and internet widgets; ability to customize just about every detail of page; easy publishing to iCloud or other web domains; synchs well with iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes media

Cons: Constrained to narrow webpage layout (users must scroll down long, narrow pages); inability to change template page color

Technology Discussion