DIY Digital Storytelling Software

Just ran across this — MemoryMiner:

MemoryMiner is the award-winning Digital Storytelling application for Mac and Windows used to discover the threads connecting peoples’ lives across time and place. It lets you zero in on the stories depicted in your photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. Using simple drag and drop actions, you specify who is in the picture, where the picture was taken and when…For example, using portions or a full address or city/country, the application uses Google Maps to specify the exact location where a photo was taken. It uses the intersection of a photo’s date and the birth date of a person to create icons representing people at different stages of their life and to display the age of a person when the photo was taken. It uses the selection markers you make to display your photos as slideshows using the famous “Ken Burns” pan and zoom effect.  Drag and drop audio, video, documents, or URLs from the Media Browser onto your photos and add text annotations to add depth and context to each photo. In this way, you get the very most out of your photos, particularly those rare photos from a generation or two ago. You can then automatically publish your stories to the web (via .Mac or FTP): MemoryMiner creates a great interactive presentation using highly advanced, dynamic HTML and Flash.

It also integrates with Flickr.

Found it wandering around Bay Area events website — the Judah L. Magnes Museum is helping people use it on-site, and asking people to then contribute their MemoryMiner products to the museum.

Does anyone know anything about this? I’m thinking of teaching a freshman/sophomore seminar on digital storytelling, using this software; but all I know at this point is what I’ve read on their site. Googling it doesn’t turn up much.

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2 responses to “DIY Digital Storytelling Software

  1. Hi Nancy:

    Thanks for the post. This post gives some additional details about MemoryMiner at the Magnes Museum:

    http://musematic.net/?p=516

    This video of a presentation at the LA IP Conference this past June gives some additional background as to whay I created MemoryMiner and where I hope to take it:

    Feel free to get in touch (john at memoryminer dot com) if you’d like to chat about using it for one of your classes.

  2. Dear Nancy:

    If you would like to come and take a look at the program and what we’re doing with it, I’d be happy to show you the Memory Lab. We have a couple of online exhibitions on our website which we’ve used MemoryMiner to generate: http://magnes.org/narratives.htm

    I’ll be out for a conference in Washington DC as of Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 16, but we do have assisted open hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 2:00–4:00pm. It does require a reservation. There’s some info here: http://magnes.org/memorylab/

    Anyway, please let me know if you’d like more information about how we’re using the software. psully@magnes.org is my email.

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