The Digital Portfolio
Your final responsibility in 267 is to add a digital portfolio to your
blog site. This will help you by creating a good, solid, online
presence that you can use as part of your job, internship, or
scholarship applications. It will also give you good practical
experience mixing digital media compositions, as you'll be embedding
video and sound with text (and potentially images). In a
multimedia, online world, being able to embed audio and video is an
important part of composing for the web.
Your online portfolio will, at a minimum, include...
- A personal statement, which could include...
Descriptions of each project (blog, A/V, audio) and the work you
did, personally, to create each.
Your A/V Project as an embedded video.
- a brief description of your academic background,
- background information on the course,
- how your work in the class meshes with your professional goals.
Your podcast as an embedded audio file. (Remember to
describe your own commercial.)
- I've discussed with a few of you that your video might include
information that's too controversial to put online. Please
contact me if that's the case. We can either edit your videos a
bit or, worst case, include pictures in its place. Again, contact me regarding these videos. Do not waste time
editing before speaking with me.
A link to another student's portfolio who does not yet have a
link. (This will create a chain of links. It's all about
There are many ways to accomplish this. You're can create one
page for all of your information, or you can create two to three pages
to host 1.) your A/V project, 2.) your podcast project, and 3.) a
general resume or personal statement on their own pages.
You're going to need a place to put
this information. For our class discussion, we're going to use
YouTube for our A/V projects, our Unity webspace for audio, and
Blogger's Pages feature for our web pages.
post from the Blogger Buzz blog and this
page from Google Support to learn how to add and edit [fairly]
static web pages to your blog site.
If you choose to have a single page, please ensure that each page has
some good information about your project around each -- what were your
Once you're done, double check your Blogger "Design" tab to see if the
Pages widget is where you want it. You can also edit the way the links appear in your design.
File Hosting: Video on YouTube
You will have at least two files to have hosted on these pages, your
video and your podcast. Even after creating pages in your blog,
you're going to need somewhere to put these often fairly large files.
The easiest place to put your video is YouTube, for a few reasons.
This page assumes you have a YouTube account. If you do, navigate
to YouTube.com in your browser and ensure that you're logged in.
Then go to the YouTube
upload page and upload your video. If you do not have
access to your video any more, well, shame! Contact your
instructor for a new copy.
- It's free.
- The site will likely host your file longer than your NCSU account
will be active. (That is, your YouTube video will stay up after
- YouTube allows you to upload videos up
to two gigabytes in size!
- It compresses your movie for you after uploading.
Once you've uploaded your video, grab its "embed"
Copy this into your clipboard and go to your Blogger Page.
Ensure that you're in Posting, Edit Pages, Edit HTML mode (see screenshot). Paste in the
embed code, and click Publish Page. Done!
File Hosting: Audio on your Unity
You can also place files on your NCSU web account.
Instructions on setting your web space up can be found here (to activate your
account, if you haven't). The application you'll need to move
files from your [Windows] computer to your web space can be found here.
Your NCSU web space will have a URL in the following form:
(where "wrbailey" will be replaced by your unity login)
Follow these instructions to upload
your mp3 file.
Note that your Unity webspace is often removed (or access online
denied) once you've moved on from NCSU. You might consider
hosting the file on Amazon Web Services, a friend's website if they pay
for dedicated space, or consider turning the file into a YouTube upload
by putting the audio under a still image in Movie Maker.
To embed the file in a player on your page like the one below, follow