What is Digital Storytelling?

Perhaps a strange question to be asking after all these years of Digital Storytelling, but there are still many who don’t know and many more who think they know but don’t. It’s also true that there are any number of definitions of digital storytelling






See and Hear

  I appear in two new features this week. At DS6 Gareth Morlais recorded an interview with me about the potential of digital storytelling on the iPad. He makes some very generous comments about me during this feature, but I hope you find the content about creating digital stories useful. It is the first of his […]






Bridges Burned – Upgrade Complete

As I complete the upgrade on my last MacBook today I realise that In will probably never run a digital storytelling workshop again using iMovieHD – my bridges have been burned











iMovie ’11 – a worthy successor to iMovieHD

I have fully tested the latest version of iMovie and I am confident that it can be used to create digital stories.











Quicktime upgrade wrecks iMovieHD function

I’m delivering a workshop this week but when I opened my tutorial in iMovie HD it displayed a fault I thought was only found on Snow Leopard machines.











Improve Encoding Quality in iDVD

If you want to improve the quality of DVDs that you burn with Apple’s iDVD I’ve just discovered something really useful. I had always been under the impression that iDVD always used the best possible encoding unless you were trying to squeeze more onto a DVD, and then it started to sacrifice quality for quantity. […]






QuickTime 7 update – still no cure for iMovie HD

Apple has updated QuickTime 7 QuickTime Player 7.6.6 for Mac OS X v10.6.3 QuickTime Player 7 supports older media formats, such as QTVR, interactive QuickTime movies, and MIDI files on Snow Leopard I had hoped that it would improve the handling of stills in the timeline of iMovie HD projects under Snow Leopard. Alas, no. […]






iMovie 8 Madness

I have started to re evaluate iMovie 8 (part of iLife 09) as a tool for digital storytelling. I was beginning to warm to it until I began some tests to nail down it’s behaviour with still images. Now it’s driving me to distraction – it’s so inconsistent. So my write up will take a […]






"iMovie" or "Photo to Movie"?

I’ve been evaluating Photo to Movie from LQ Graphics as a tool for digital storytelling. My favourite application is iMovie HD. It’s not perfect but better the devil you know – and I know iMovie pretty well now and still discover tricks that make me think “how clever”. When Apple rewrote iMovie for iLife 08 it […]






Testing new software for digistories

LQ Graphics Photo to Movie. I’m testing this software for use in my workshops. It’s available in Mac and Windows versions. There’s a timeline and it works under Snow Leopard. With no sign of a fix for iMovie 6 under Snow Leopard and the download no longer available on the Apple website, I have to […]