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Obama Magic: A Malaysian Take in HD (High-Definition)
Duration: 4:03 Copyright © 2009 TV SMITH
Music: Network News by Matthew Oates (licensed) (in hi-fi stereo)
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Roger Fisk, the former National Director of Special Events during president Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, was in town for a full house seminar billed as "Obama Magic in KL."

He traced the historical campaign events that drew record crowds at many locations across the US. The Obama campaign also raised record funds from both traditional channels and notably, the Internet. Many of the local attendees (and journalists) were enamored with the new buzz words of social networking and new media.

I was happy to be able to catch up with four long-time friends who were also present at the talk in PJ Hilton. I sought their views on whether Obama's innovative campaign can be applied in Malaysia.

In the resulting video, MP Tony Pua explains the similarities and differences of the DAP campaign of the last elections. Maverick journalist Nadeswaran aka Citizen Nades (The Sun) is at his critical best while blogger Suanie gives her take from the perspective of a young voter who grew up in the Internet generation.

Harmandar Singh aka Ham (Sledgehammer Communications, publisher of ADOI & Marketing Magazine) shares his views as the organiser of the event.

Production Notes: The Panasonic LX-3 is a mighty little HD cam but it lacks an external microphone input. So how do I do justice to my articulate friends? The solution was to record sound from my trusty Shure SM 63L reporter microphone into a remote Olympus WS-321M digital voice recorder.

The audio tracks were then brought into Mixcraft and the levels optimised. No EQ was applied as the Shure's tonal range was near perfect. The audio was then exported to the NLE and sync up via waveform matching. Not for the faint-hearted but it works very well as you will see (hear). Big thanks to Location Sound Asia for the technical consultation.

Captured in 24p HD with Panasonic Lumix LX-3 and presented in 16:9 HD
Edited in native AVCHD on
VS X2 Pro

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