I am afraid today's post won't be too exciting. I am in the process of uploading nine videos, and being the impatient gal I am, I am doing them all at once. I figured I would give my new computer components a chance to spread their wings and see what they can do.
So far, so good . . .
However, it is not without taxing my system a bit. I had a couple of things to show you, but I think I will wait until tomorrow. Uploading photos may just send it over the edge. ;)
Needless to say, I worked on my videos yesterday. Nine of them. They range from 5 minutes or so to about 25 minutes in length, depending on what I was doing. I like the idea of offering small 'bites' of information that are clearly labeled so that others won't have to sift through all kinds of stuff to find out what they want. After all – we are all busy – right?
But it meant cutting and editing nine files instead of two or three. It would have been much quicker if my computer cooperated. Or maybe I should say my software. I had previously used Windows Movie Maker to edit my videos without a problem. With the new system and over double the memory, one would think that it would really work much better now that I have new and updated hardware. But this is Microsoft we are talking about, and as per tradition, their software didn't pass the test.
I spent several hours trying to edit the first (four minute – SHORT!) video for uploading. It was very frustrating.
About 4pm I decided to throw in the towel and find an alternative. I wanted something BASIC and EASY that didn't have a large learning curve. After all – I was under a deadline. I have been using Windows Movie Maker for years (actually for ALL my previous videos) and the last thing I expected was for it to fail. But it locked up, crashed and just didn't do anything over, and over and over again, no matter what adjustments, upgrades or configurations I used. So I finally gave up.
I did as much research as I could on "Easy video editing programs" and came across a program called Wondershare Filmora. The reviews were positive and the learning curve was promised to be short. So I downloaded the trial version and gave it a go.
Now it still took me a couple of hours to familiarize myself with the features. I also watched several of the tutorials on it. But it did what I asked it and as soon as I was more familiar with the buttons and commands, I got rolling.
By now it was about 8pm and my first video was 'ready' to convert. The limitations on the free version were that the final output video would be watermarked. I couldn't have that, so I took the plunge and spent the $50 and bought the license. The rest of the night went very well.
I finished up the 8 segments and introduction by about midnight. I thought that was pretty good considering. I kept the videos simple and basic – with a lead in/lead out and transition for those pieces that needed splicing. But it did what it was supposed to do and the time to convert them to the version I needed (MP4) was reasonable and quick. I am happy.
Hopefully in the future I will use some of the cool 'tricks' and features that Filmora has to offer. It will be nice to play and have fun with my videos and perhaps make them a little more exciting. But for now, these are good and professional looking and even they have no extra bells and whistles, I feel that the mission is accomplished. YAY!
(I am at 41% uploaded as I write!)
This is probably one of my all time favorite photos of her. I couldn't upload a new one because of (well – you know! The video!)
She is smart, beautiful, kind and the best daughter a mom could want. It is hard to believe she is already a beautiful young woman. She was just a child yesterday!
That will be it for today. I hope you all have a great day.
Until tomorrow. . .
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"