updated imovie

The Facebook page for Porirua hosted several discussions about memories of Porirua and local MP Kris Faafoi (bless him) offered to record former resident Joe Ryland.

This gave me an opportunity to test drive my new mac and the updated version of imovie.

It took me a while to get going and I still cannot find the best way to find and import images from what once was iphoto.  Iphoto has gone, replaced by a less than intuitive images folder. One day I’ll sort this out.

Apart from that editing this video was easy, but I was grateful that I had used Camtasia at work, just to get my head round imovie. It seems like an amalgam of Camtasia and I suspect the pro version of imovie/Final Cut.

So here is the latest story/memory. Thanks to both Joe and Kris for doing this.




one more story

This story – a conversation with Taku Parai – was a long time in coming. I’d been asking Taku to tell us about the suburb in which I live for some time and I finally got him to sit down and talk with me. The ending stops suddenly because his phone rang – he’s a busy man.

Because he really just talks it took a long time to edit, as do many of these local histories. But they are worth the effort for their value.

I spent quite a while looking online for images and was grateful for the Alexander Turnbull Library’s collection and their willingness to share. The local museum, Pataka also has a wealth of images and so it became difficult to decide which to use. When I failed to find appropriate old images I went out and about and took some of my own. On some I used the black and white option to make them fit with the other images a little more, but the piece where he talks about the long summer months seemed appropriate for colour and the shot of the Takapu Valley is so beautiful it deserved the same colour retention.

I was also aided by input from friends who looked closely at the story and made useful suggestions – for example contextualising the story with my own voice.

I’m hoping this works. I think it does.

getting there being there


While I am keen to get going on this ds106 MOOC (for the uninitiated Massive Open Online Courses) I have a few things to finish (in my head at least).

About 3 months ago a local Councillor and myself talked with (interviewed is not the right word) a woman – Ngaire Metcalf – who was born a Windley. The Windleys are one of the big families here – having owned one the farms that now make up the suburbs of Porirua. The owners of these farms were: Windleys, Gears, Mungavins, Mexteds, Bothomleys and Sievers.

Many of them married into local Maori families ( Ngati Toa Rangatira) so the mix is very rich.

Ngaire’s audio is long and at times we wander off into other things – which is what happens when you have a connection with someone. I have edited 2 stories and made them into digital stories of a sort ( these are not true dst) and I need to finish another. While I am waiting on Ngaire to ok the first two I sort of wait, hang about. But tonight I will make a start on the final one – about her Paheka family.

In the meantime I have re-activiated a Flickr account ( I prefer Picassa) and tried to sort how to make animated gifs ( that’s new for me) and I’ll now share here one of the stories we did. I like it and I hope she does too.

using windows moviemaker

Shirley’s story was made using Windows MovieMaker.

Here are the simplest of instructions.

1. Make sure your files are in a folder, clearly named. It’s a good idea to have an audio folder and an images folder.

2. Open Windows Movie Maker.

3. Add assets from the Home tab then Add videos and photos.

4. From the Home tab > Add music, add your audio

5. From the Edit tab order the images by dragging them into place.

6. Add a title and credits from the Home tab.

7. Use the Duration drop down menu/menu box to change the duration of the
images to match the voice.

8. Use the Animations tab to add transitions and visual effects. In general use fade
to avoid overdoing the effects. Click on the image then click on the fade icon. A
triangular shape appears at the beginning of your image, indicating the transition
is in place. Change the duration of your transition using the drop down menu.


9. Choose Pan and Zoom to change the effects on the images. Hover over the
image then click the effect you wish to use. Be careful of overdoing.

10. Use the space bar to activate your movie.

11. Use the Save drop down menu to export your movie. Choose For computer.

12. Save your project.

13. Your project will now be ready to upload to YouTube or view.

getting started


I wanted to create a sense of community and to record histories of people who lived in the area. There were the older people, many related to the farms that once were in this area, there were the stories of Ngati Toa Rangatira who used the area for food gathering (including I understand, juicy eels) and there were the younger people who had stores to tell about dairies, being Samoan, playing in the road.

I started with some of the older residents and found, through members of the Ranui Residents Association, some people who had lived in Ranui. I met with them, talking a bit about their history and looking at photos, then I wrote up a story for them to read and recorded them using my old Mac laptop.

This was quite good as a start but the stories sound a bit stilted, and the problem is that it’s my words really, although I tried to keep to their voice. This video is Reg and Nan Early’s  –14 Arawhata Street.

I followed a similar approach with Margaret and Roy Hughes and ended up with 3 different stories – one about catching flounder, another about living in Porirua and a third and about Margaret’s influence on the development of an over bridge/intersection. I recorded these on my iMac.

For John Ryan I followed a similar idea. He had some images of Mungavin House which his grandparents had built, and an image of old Porirua. When I returned with the scanned images nd the story I had written, he put that aside and began talking. In many ways this works better. We have some images to look at, and because I had spent time with him I knew which questions to ask. There are two stories: one about Mungavin House and another about Porirua village.

I am now recording a woman who is the granddaughter of the Windleys – also farmers in the area. I visited her with a local Landscape Architect, Andrew Gray, who wanted to gather stories about where people lived and the roads. Between us we have recorded an hour’s worth of talking – and I am now editing this, taking out the ums ad arghs and extracting stories about social history. I think there will be one long story where she is looking at old images and pointing out houses, and two shorter ones where she talks more about social history.

Doing it this way is fine but it takes some time to edit the stories, and in the end the editor has control because she decides what is worth keeping.

In the next blog I’ll talk about the stories of Bill and Mazina, and then I’ll talk about the editing process.