Missed My Deadline

I got my rough cut of my video edited by about 12:30 PM. I sent it out for a second opinion, and I got some good suggestions. Unfortunately the things that were suggested take a lot of processing time. I’m reimporting the files right now, and then I have to redo some of the edits. Maybe I’ll get it published before bed time.

Editing Video is Hard

First pass of editing my Converge South video is done. I took the 43 minutes of all footage (how did I shoot that much?) and edited out the obviously unusable, leaving 17 minutes of potentially usable. Now comes the really hard part. How many seconds of chopping barbecue is enough vs too much? This stuff is hard! The worst part will be the titles. I think the iMovie titling stuff is absolute crap, but you play the hand you are dealt and I ain’t springing for Final Cut just for this.

I have a cup of coffee and I’m diving in. I’m not sure if I’m going to meet my self-imposed deadline of publishing this at noon, but I’m going to try. Wish me luck.

Videoblogging Week 2006

I’m not sure how I managed to miss this, but we are smack dab in Videoblogging Week 2006. I guess he is coordinating it, or at least that blog is maintained by Steve Garfield. It lasts from April 3-9.

Here’s what I’m going to do to celebrate. I have a lot of footage that I’ve shot in the last 6 months. I had planned to work on my Converge South video during the Uplifter meeting but never had enough time to sit and concentrate on it. I have an iMovie project with all the raw footage imported, and was shocked to find there was over 45 minutes of it. Saturday morning, I am going to get up and start editing that. By noon, I will publish what I have, imperfect as it may be. I hope to get it down to about 5 minutes or less. If it is to be the “Week of Vlogging Dangerously”, then that will be my brush with danger. Editing without a net, baby!

Video Buildup

With the recent attack of work and busyness, while I’ve kept up pretty well with my podcast listening I’ve fallen way behind on my videoblog watching. The latter takes more attention, and can’t really be done as I sit and work at my day job so that becomes an issue. I went and checked the folder in which I’m storing the things I eventually want to sit down and watch. The files range from Feb 1 to present, and there are 6.85 gigabytes of data in there. Yowza!

Observations from the Vlogosphere

Chris Daniel has a “right on” video (you know the kind, you watch it and instinctively shout “right on”) on his vlog.

The comment thread is one of those amazingly fractal experiences, where someone complaining about the video is exactly the thing being commented on in the video. There’s no one and no right way to do this, so crawling Chris’ case for having done a vlog out of re-edited found video (I think the first one I’ve ever seen like that from him) just shows the weird fundamentalism some vlogger types have. It’s a huge tent, why work so hard to push people out from under it?


Friend of the show Mark Welker (the infamous guy in the EGC shirt at Converge South) has posted a >beautiful little vlog entry. It is just footage of trees with leaves that looks like it was shot straight up from the back window well of his car. The combination of the music and the leaves and the blue sky and the utility wires moving past gives it a dreamy feel. He too is using the CVS camcorder and I think this turned out great. This is yet another bit of evidence that tells me the “only professional standards video will be watched” crowd is wrong. I loved this.

I have a video interview i shot with Mark I need to publish. I also have all kinds of footage of Converge South, some of PME and like 5 audio interviews in the can. I’m in no danger of running out of material anytime soon.