The main challenge for this piece was the unavailability of the main subject for an on-camera interview. The only circumstance that was available to the team was an over the phone interview with Mr. Serra. The audio only interview over the phone posed both quality issues, and issues of identification. Phone audio is highly compressed, and because there was no visual to accompany that audio, there was no possibility of a visual ID of the winner.
MediaStorm used the combination of Audio Hijack Pro and Skype to record the interview. Skype typically provides better quality recordings, and Audio Hijack Pro allowed us to get the highest quality file out of Skype.
Additionally, MediaStorm Editor and Producer, Tim McLaughlin, recorded his own voice during the interview, eventually using that audio to set up and explain the fact that the audio was recorded over the phone.
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