It seemed like a good idea at first – make video blogs – hey, it might even save me from writing – anyway, it was necessary. But video blogs turned out 100 times harder to do than writing something or posting photos.
Over the last week, I’ve learnt so many things:
1. If you stop using your video editing software for a long time (say 4 years), you won’t recognize its interface when you see it again. (But I’ve relearned it under Rich’s excellent tutelage and benevolent spoon feeding.)
Some of the “presents” he gave me
- 1 set of magic bullet (downloaded) – “make up” for video footages
- 1 set of homemade camera movement presets – all you need is to drag and drop it onto the clip to add movement to the shot
- 1 set of sound tracks composed for atmosphere music
- Opening and closing title sequences
Armed with all this, I just cut, drag, and drop clips into a sequence. I have pseudo-mastered Adobe Premiere.
2. Camera shyness can be overcome by increased exposure to a recording camera. After a few more videos, I’ll probably adapt and get used to it. The challenge of getting a proper usable shot turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. It was an exciting experience.
3. How to make even fancy cameras become idiot proof:
- Put everything on auto mode
- Put camera on a stand (I just propped it on a stack of books, a shelf, or a table top) or hold it and act like a statue. Don’t move or zoom when recording.
- Keep room well lit and use an extra light source – like a reading lamp. There’s a good technical reason that Rich had tried to explain – and I’m sure you can google it, but I only faithfully set up the lights because it’s so flattering.
4. How to make pancakes
5. If you teach you 4-year-old how to use a magic sponge (rinse with water and squeeze dry) he might go around your home cleaning EVERYTHING with it.
“This is so dirty.” (starts to clean)
“If you clean on metal, it gets shiny.”
“Let’s clean another room!”
“Look Mummy, the toilet is so shiny now!”
It lasted two days, and my house began to gleam in a becoming way.
I really like always having something interesting to learn to do.