Getting media off your phone

Once you have captured your pictures, video and sound you need to get it onto your computer in order to later incorporate it into your organisation's campaign communications or your blogpost.

There are various ways to get images, sounds and videos from your phone to your computer;

Security considerations

Issues & problems

  • It is still difficult to transmit content directly from your mobile phone to your blog or website and in order to do this you may have to pay to sign up with a proprietary service provider, which may require you to send multimedia messages via an overseas phone number.
  • The quality of video images captured on mobile phones is poor, and unsuitable for most uses unless your organisation is prepared to invest heavily in a top end mobile phone, or you really can use the most rudimentary moving images or sounds.

Using your mobile's multimedia capacities

Before you buy a mobile phone for your organisation, make sure it has the functions and capacity you need. For example, if you want to take pictures with your mobile phone and then print them, it should have a capacity of at least 2 or 3 megapixels. This makes a big difference to the image quality. There are many online databases which will allow you to compare the features of various mobile phones before choosing the one that suits your needs.

Why use mobile phones for people's media?

Many mobile phones can document events in photos, sound recordings and even video images. These recordings can help your work a great deal.

People's media

People's media means ordinary individuals and groups using media technology to create and disseminate content; this can be anything from images from demonstrations to reports on human rights abuses. In advocacy work this means that individuals and organisations are able to collect and spread information and reports about things that matter to them.

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