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Many of my latest projects have involved a lot of video filming and editing. My interest was sparked due to one of my other projects involving a video for a Kickstarter campaign. My improv buddy Jeremy Tuttle produced the video, and he did a great job. I was so fascinated by the whole process. I had no idea how all these different takes, where I was never consistent with the words, could still become a good story. Not only did Jeremy see how to do it, but he did it very well. That planted a seed in me that has since become a valuable skill to have.
When I wanted to try my hand at editing, and after doing some research, I decided to use a program called Lightworks. It has a vast library of features and also it is free to use (if you don’t mind some restrictions on your video exports.) What I didn’t realize at the time, was one of the most valuable features of Lightworks is the strong community of experts who are more than happy to help anyone struggling with a Lightworks related task. The forums have been able to answer almost all of my questions. It is a good thing because sometimes taking the time to learn is frustrating and almost always takes longer than I wish. Overall, this has been a very satisfying experience with some very visual results. The first video I did was for my wife. I am not going to link to it because I didn’t really like how it turned out. But the second video I did, (also for my wife) I am quite proud of. It is a Skype conversation between Laureen and a photographer named Marcela Macias. Marcela’s work is fantastic and I recommend you take a look at her portfolio. The video will be live later today on YouTube and 2clarify.com. The Lightworks forums were able to help me with the split-screen, the transitions, audio/video sync, adding text, and improving the audio quality. While I think this project is something to be proud of, I also see areas that I want to improve for my next videos. I will be editing more Skype videos in the coming weeks as well as a handful of other projects for other people.
In the the movie The Matrix, Neo was able to learn kung fu by having it uploaded directly to his brain. If that technology were ever to happen in reality, I think learning would become a less satisfying experience. That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be wide adoption and use. I think it would (relatively) quickly become normal, especially if it can be done without putting a hole in the back of your neck. But that doesn’t mean that traditional learning as we know it will go away.
All growing up, Saturday morning cartoons ended when my dad’s woodworking shows came on. My dad loved his woodworking shows, and public television seemed to have a never-ending supply of them. One called The Woodwright’s Shop, features Roy Underhill showing how woodworking was done in days gone by. The processes and techniques on that show have largely become obsolete typically due to improvements in technology. However, there are still experts out there that specialize in traditional methods. I think it is because while a table-saw can do the job in a few seconds (saving hours if not days) there is something about finishing a cut by hand that lends itself to a greater sense of pride and accomplishment.
Right now, I feel very satisfied with the results of what I learned. It took a long time to get it to where it is. However, when others watch this video, if I did my job right, they won’t want to thank me. Video editing is an art form where the artist should be invisible. I am okay with that because I still got to help tell the story.