Monday, February 6, 2017
In November, Larry and I spent a week in New Mexico. I decided to try documenting the trip with short video clips using the 1 Second Everyday app. (I also took thousands of photos on my Nikon, but per usual, those will take me months/years to sort through, edit, and post.) While it took a little time to arrange the video clips in the app, it was still a pretty quick process, and I filmed and arranged the whole thing on my phone! It was near instant gratification, and it's pretty cool to be able to watch a 3 minute video summary of our trip. I got a new phone a few weeks after we got back, and was just able to retrieve the video from my old phone the other day. I had intended to do a few more edits (eliminate some of the more awkward clips, create a better intro/ending), but these little things are usually what keep me from ever completing a project, and since it was 99% done, I just decided to go with what I already had.
A few comments on the 1 Second Everyday app:
+ I really wish there was the option of using longer clips (maybe up to 5 seconds?). I realize the point of the app is to use quick clips, but the 1 second clips make me a bit dizzy, plus you can't film a conversation.
+ I wish there was a way to turn off the date that appears in the bottom left corner. It makes sense if you're making a year long video, but not so much if you're making the video about one event/trip. And if you edit a video clip on your phone (like if it is rotated the wrong way), the date that shows up on the video is the date that you edited the video, not that date that you filmed it, which is why some of the dates on my video seem like they're out of order.
And yes, I know we are huge dorks on camera (and off camera, too). My video skills aren't that good, and neither of us know how to act natural when we're being filmed, hence all the awkward waves and funny faces.
Still, it was a fun little project, and more importantly, one that I actually finished! I hope to make more of these in 2017.