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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Some Good Comes From Bad

A couple days ago I was frustrated with my Feeding Frenzy video. I couldn't figure out hour to edit the middle portion out. Well the next day I did something to wrench my back (probably cleaning rain gutters), so yesterday I decided to do nothing and let it get better. It is much better now as I write this. Anyway I devoted all of yesterday to learn how to cut out unwanted parts in a video. After a couple hours I finally figured it out. But that led on to a host of other issues to be solved.

1. The solution was found on another blog site. In it, the blogger included a link to a complete Windows Movie Maker guide someone created. Wow! What a find! (Microsoft thinks their Movie Maker is so simple to use that no user guide is needed. Just give me 5 minutes with those people!) So I decided to print it out all 16 pages and ended up fighting with the printer for I don't know how long.

2. My wife was clang-banging dishes in the background plus talking to me while I was filming the video included below. "Sweetheart, hello! Major production going on here." This forced me into finally learning how to silence the audio that is produced while filming. That was easy thanks to my newly printed user guide.

3. But now the video needed something. The silence was deafening. So it was about time to learn how to put background music in a video. Well again my new guide made that easy except for one thing...I had no music in my Music Library in the computer. Again, untold hours were wasted spent learning how to download music. To some this may seem an easy task. Not for me. It was a complicated process involving two laptops, lots of note taking, deciding what type of music to use, looking for CD's I know I have somewhere around here and a lot more problems, all which I will not bore you with here.

So here is the final result which probably would not have happened for some time yet to come had it not been for my wrenching my back. I wonder what I will learn next time I am laid up?

The players are a Western Scrub Jay, Oregon Junco and a Spotted Towhee from three separate videos spliced together, something else I learned how to do. It was a good day.

By the way, today is December 21 and the world is scheduled to come to an end 1 year from now according to the Mayan calendar. Have a nice day.





11 comments:

  1. well, if it takes being laid up for you to learn new tricks, then i say, have at it! :)

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  2. I love the calm of that music playing that drowns out your wife in the kitchen. Amazing clairity in your video. I vote to see more videos posted.

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  3. It turned out great ... really like how the images transition into the next clip ... very cool!

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  4. Terrific video...even if it did take a long time to produce it. I liked it because those are three birds I never get to see. Looking forward to the next one. BTW, think of the photo ops one year from today!

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  5. well you didn't disclose who is playing the cello! you made me laugh really hard and it hurt - I'm laid up too with a back problem. it wouldn't be so bad but I have to drive tomorrow and sitting in a car is what really does me in. but I digress. I love the video, and the music, and the story behind it all. My favorite part is the story. How many cuss words were heard by your clang-banging wife?
    If you feel like sharing the link to the movie maker guide, that would be special too. Happy day to you and Sinbad.

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  6. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but the suffering was worth it. ¿no?

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  7. Now you know why feature films always have a list of a couple of hundred production staff - that's how many people it takes to figure out the technical stuff. Either that or you have to ask a nine-year-old!

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  8. Brilliant John... and here I am also suffering pain (in my groin) from lifting something far to heavy for a man in his fifties.

    Trial and error produced my little clips but so far the audio I use has come from Youtubes video editor.

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  9. Hey, nice job with that video and I'm glad you learned so much. Now just don't wait too long to do the next one or you'll forget again, well I would anyway. Oh . . . and that music. While you're sitting around find something a little more peppy for the next one. I wanted to cry that one sounded so sad. Just my 2 cents.

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  10. The music sounds alot like David Darling. He is my favorite cellist. Nice work on the video.

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  11. WOW! This is excellent! Great editing!

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