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Merapi Stories

by Alexandra Crosby August 24, 2012
Here is a lovely example of creative online video used to tell stories from Indonesia.

Josephine Lie, a student of visual communications at the University of Technology, Sydney, has recently completed a project called 'Merapi: Stories from the Volcano'. This is an interactive documentary exploring the 2010 eruption of Mount Merapi, Central Java. Shot on location over 15 days in July this year, and (probably) constructed over many months hunched at a computer screen, Merapi Stories looks at the eruption through a multi-perspective framework of 21 local and diverse individuals.

Josephine's approach shows some of the great ways that stories can be told from multiple perspectives through video. She creates a fantastic map of the event that does a lot more than sensational news footage ever could in terms of giving victims and witnesses voice, and contextualising disaster in terms of response and recovery.

It can be viewed at www.merapistories.com

Very flash heavy, so I am having trouble with my low bandwidth, but this is a site I am sure I will return to. And tell Josephine what you think... Projects like this need feedback!

EngageMedia now with widescreen, 16:9 support

by Andrew November 01, 2012

We've done some updates to the site to support widescreen, 16:9. If your video is 16:9 it will no longer be squished to 4:3.

We're still sorting out a few more issues, like retranscoding the whole catalog of more than 2000 videos on EngageMedia. We in fact need to set up a new larger and faster server for this, we're busy on that now. Also you'll notice there is a less than attractive flowplayer logo behind 4:3 videos, we'll be getting rid of that one as quick as we can.

Big thanks to the Unweb tech team for getting this sorted.