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Frequently Asked Questions

Remote Oral History

Why is our phone better than yours?


It's actually not about the tools, it's how they are used. We virtually direct you where to place the camera in your room. We use lapel microphone/s, full manual control and have enough battery/card space to record for several hours in full quality.




What questions will be asked?


What would future generations want to know? Some opening questions could be: - What is today's day/month/year? - Where and when were you born? - What is your earliest memory? It's more about listening and following up on storylines whilst progressing chronologically.




What if I want something different?


We are open to working with you. Let us know what you want! We can also provide you with a build-your-own modular quote.




The interviewers credentials


Joshua is trained in interview technique, and has conducted hundreds of interviews. He is a member of the Australian Media Oral History Group capturing oral histories for the National Film and Sound Archive. It's all about listening. https://www.linkedin.com/in/docotv/




How do I receive the video?


We set-up a password-protected subdomain with your video on it. You can download the video in a variety of sizes. You can also watch it without downloading. You can share this link with anyone around the world. Please note this will only be live for three months after delivery, giving you plenty of time to download and safekeep.




What quality is the digital file?


Your interview is delivered securely online in an H.264 codec at UHD 3840x2160 resolution. The video is compressed into a happy medium between size and quality. If you would like an uncompressed version and/or the camera originals, this can be arranged at additional cost. (The cost of a new hard drive.)




Can a couple be interviewed together?


If a couple does wants to be interviewed together, we encourage this. We can break the interview/s into parts. First, the interview can cover each person's birth, childhood and experiences until meeting their partner. Then the interview can cover their time together and joint stories. The record duration is still 2-3 hours. For a more comprehensive interview we suggest booking a second slot.




Is it safe in a State of Emergency?


The equipment is contactlessly delivered to your door, pre sanitised and then contactlessly collected from your door.




I'm not technical, can I really set this up by myself?


Yes, we have the ability to control our equipment out of the box, all you need to do is set it up as we suggest. With our easy setup table tripod and clip on lapel microphone.