Digital Media Project Final

For my Digital Media Project class, we had to choose a topic at the beginning of the semester to do a project over. Once we had chosen, we could not back out. I had chosen to do a video coverage of the drag race event at TX2K14 that I was attending. For about two and a half months, my project was dead, as I had to wait for March 15th so I could drive to Texas and film the event. March 15th comes, I drive 9 hours to Texas, and bad luck strikes… The whole drag racing event got rained out. So upon returning home it was back to the drawing board on how to stay on topic, and completely overhaul the project at the same time. So I chose to do a video coverage on the History of TX2K. My instructor gladly approved, and I went on my way of preparing.

For my Digital Media Project class, the projects each individual student created had to meet the following criteria:

1) Includes multiple forms of original digital media.

-I some of my own video and photography in this compilation video, I also created my own version of the logo in Adobe Illustrator, and brought it into Adobe After Effects to animate it in order to create a live Title Screen.

2) Includes a significant learning component – you must do something you don’t already know how to do.

-Before this project, I had never used Adobe After Effects. It was a very difficult process to learn my way around the program and time my effects. I believe I rendered my title scene alone probably upwards of 15 times before I got everything squared away. I am happy to have gained knowledge with After Effects, it will help me greatly in the future when I am representing the high performance motorsports shop I will be working for on the web.

3) Utilizes regular, weekly consultations with the course instructor.

-I met with my instructor every week to make sure things stayed on track, and that progress was being made. I believe I missed one meeting due to being sick, but that was all.

4) Has a clearly identiable purpose of informing, persuading or entertaining.

-I believe anyone who watches this video, especially someone with interest in the topic will know that this is purely for entertainment. I am well aware it’s not as good as what the professionals put out, but it’s the first of my videos that I have genuinely enjoyed and not been embarrassed to put out on the internet.

5) Demonstrates consideration for a particular audience.

-This is of course created with consideration for a car enthusiast audience, more specifically TX2K enthusiasts. I really enjoyed what I learned in making this video and following 15 years of the event from 2000 until now.

6) Uses appropriate, relevant, and compelling original content to illustrate mastery of the subject, convey
understanding, and shape the entire work.

-I used as much of my own original content as possible to bring this work together. But I had special permission from my instructor to use video created by other people on Youtube, as long as no video clip dominated the entire video, and I gave proper credit to whose work I used at the end. Though there are at least 3 forms of my own original Digital Media in the video. Just not as much as I would like.

7) Includes two professional presentations – a mid-semester project status report and the nal project presentation
during nals week. Both the mid-semester status report and the nal project presentation
must receive passing grades to pass the course.

-I presented my work at both presentations. I was slightly behind some of the class due to my original plans for the assignment being flipped upside down back in March. I did let the audience know what I was doing though and made them well aware that I was educated on the topic.

8) The final project is published in an appropriate digital media format

-The final project was outputted in an MP4 Format for High Quality display and can be found on Youtube at

Networking Lab Exercise 9

Objectives: We were separated into two groups of five, given the task to set up a Static Route Network, configure the RIP, then allow Bill (Instructor) to break our network, so we could troubleshoot and repair the RIP. Unfortunately, we were almost out of time when Bill “broke” our network at the end of class, so we were unable to fully restore our network to a functioning state. We did however get very close.

Equipment List: Computers, Routers, Switches, and Cat5 Cables

Notes and Observations: We first established our plan on how we wanted to physically set up our network. Once we determined that, I grabbed everything and worked with Ray to get it all hooked up correctly. For each computer, we had to set up IP addresses, Subnet Masks and Gateway addresses. Once we were finished setting the computers up, we had to check the routes and the connectivity of the routers, we then proceeded to configure the RIP onto our routers and finish setting up our network. We had some issues along the way, but after working out a couple of bugs with IP Addresses, we got our network functioning all the way across. For the final part of the Lab, Bill had each group step out of the room so he could “break” our networks in order to make us actively troubleshoot whatever issues we would come back in to find. Being smart, techy people like we are, the first thing we did was check cables. This almost angered the Bill, because he thought he was crafty. Just kidding, he actually gave us props for being smart enough to do that. The other thing we noticed he had tampered with was our Network configuration within the computer in multiple places. He changed our IP, and Gateway setup, and he also changed a few things in our RIP Setup. We were nearly finished working all the bugs out when we ran out of time.

Diagrams, flowcharts, and figures: ImageImage


References: The lab handout

Questions: None

Conclusions: We successfully set up a network physically and logically, then troubleshooted issues after our instructor “broke” it. All in all, this lab helped me understand a lot more about how routers do their job.

Networking Video Project Sources

For my Networking 1 Class, we were to each choose our own topic in the Computer/Networking world, to research. Our final project will be a video relaying information on the topic, as it would in a research paper. I chose Social Networking with emphasis on it’s effect in business and the professional world. Below are a list of sources I will be using to gather information on my topic as I put this video together:

Huy, Q., & Shipilov, A. (2012). The key to social media success within organizations. MIT Sloan Management Review, 54(1), 73-81. Retrieved from

Nancherla, A. (2009). Social networking’s net worth. T + D, 63(9), 18-19. Retrieved from

Social Media For Business. Grape Digital. 2011. Internet Video.

Seth Godin on Social Networking. innerpreneur. 2009. Internet Video. Titan Motorsports. 2014. Website.

Facebook-Titan Motorsports. Titan Motorsports. 2014. Website.

Safko, Lon. The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies For Business Success. Wiley. 2012. Print.

Measuring Social Networking Success: More Than Just Likes. INSEAD Knowledge, Forbes. April 2014. Web Article. Accessed April 20, 2014. 

Brooks, Chad. 5 Tips For  A Winning Social Media Game Plan. Business News Daily, Fox Business. April 15, 2014. Web Article. Accessed April 20, 2014.

Kiripatea, Phillipa. Using Social Media For Business. Social Media Today. November, 2013. Web Article. Accessed April 20, 2014.

These sources appear to have very good information which I will use to assist in putting my video project together.

Lab Exercise 7 Part 2-Physically Setting Up a Network Using Subnetting

Objectives: We were to plan a network by drawing a diagram of the set up on the board, then proceed to set up the network across the classroom and successfully have everyone connected when we finished.

Equipment List: Multiple Computers, Network Cables, Switches, Routers, and People who know what they’re doing

Notes and Observations: While I was a bit slow on getting up to speed with some of the more (Networky) people in the class, I got in the rhythm. The physical part of setting up the network was very simple, then it was up to us to configure it on our computers using Network Configuration Software. Once we were all set up, I was able to ping others in my group, and people across the room. We did, however find a bad network cable during this exercise, and swapped it out. Upon changing the network cable, everything worked fine and we were all able to successfully reach each other.

Diagrams, flowcharts, and figures: Image

References: The lab handout

Questions: None

Conclusions: We successfully set up and configured a network among ourselves in the room. This exercise really helped to solidify a lot of information for me. I was glad I did it.

Digital Media Project-New Plan

As stated in a previous post, my plan for my Digital Media Project was to attend the TX2K14 Racing Event and gather my own footage, to create a video covering the drag racing/street racing portions of the event. Unfortunately, after a 9 hour drive to Sealy, TX.. Inclement weather struck, leaving the racetrack and roads not suitable for safe racing. At this point I knew I had to figure out a way to salvage my project while still staying on topic.

I have now decided I will do a brief video showing the History of TX2K. For those of you who don’t know what TX2K stands for, it is simply Texas-200? TX-Texas 2K-2000. Texas being the state that the event is held in, and 2K14 would be 2014 representing the year of the event. This event started in the year 2000 as the Supra Nationals, a gathering of a handful of the nations’ fastest Toyota Supra’s. This was a time when 475 or 500 Horsepower was a surprising amount of output for these cars. Fast-Forward to 2014, the event has grown to hosting hundred’s of cars which travel from across the nation to gather and compete. The vehicles range from Mitsubishi Lancer’s, Subaru WRX’s and STi’s, Toyota Supras, Nissan GTR’s, Porsche’s, Honda NSX’s, Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Corvette’s, and many more. Needless to say, through the use of Digital Media, this event has gained serious attention in the racing community, and spectators come from across the globe to gather for this event. For example, I was talking to a few guys who had met some people whom had flown in from the United Kingdom, and Australia simply to attend and experience the surreal passion for racing which this event is known for.

My video project will be organized as follows:

Intro: Images flash across screen of various sports cars, leading to video footage of a Turbocharged Trans-Am and Mustang doing burnouts. As the white smoke gathers into a cloud, the video will fade out to white with a title screen showing “The History of TX2K” with a logo created by me.

Past Events: With Narration by me, video footage from the early 2000’s events will play. I will discuss how the event started, and if possible I will get some kind of interview with someone who has attended the event from the start.

Discussion of Social Media: Focus on Facebook and Youtube with narration on how the popularity of the event grew as they used these methods of Social Media to show what awesome things were happening at this event. I will talk about 1320 Video, That Racing Channel, and some of the influential Shops and people that made this event what it is today.

Current Event: Using footage that I acquired at the 2013 event, blended with footage of other people’s, I will show exactly what the event is like today. There will be minor narration giving emphasis on the amount of cars, the Exotic Vehicles that show up, and the amount of people and where they come from.

Finish: Summarize how much the event has grown and discuss looking forward to seeing more in the years to come.

Some of this may be subject to change as time goes on, but this is the plan thus far. A few video sources I will be using are below. These are not final yet, and there will be more by the time I am done.