(I'll back track just a bit to add more information about how work inspired my passion for video production/tutorial building)
Those days of making fun videos spawned a passion in me for a creative outlet I desperately needed. My creativity is often through the roof and frustrates me if i don't tame it. I went several years "wanting" to make more but simply not having the resources or patience to learn the skill set of online or computer editing- and software was pretty expensive.
My job eventually would include various tasks of which one became creating tutorials for my bosses business to show his users how to use the site. Intrigued and needing something fun to do- I volunteered to do it.
Nothing happened for months but one day out of the blue (and after I'd acquired a borrowed copy of the Camtasia program (5.0) myself and started learning how it worked) I found it not that difficult to learn- just do it and eventually you figure it out- use online YouTube tutorials to learn the basics and from there it's about necessity (you need this, you research and someone says do that).
At first I'd just edit home videos taken by a digital camera (even smaller camcorder lol) of road trips my family and extended family took. I'd post these to facebook and they came out great!
I got to thinking about the Camtasia program and my favorite saved videos and thought, hmmm...
The video below was my first live video/still images collage created to document our first road trip (me, Michelle my fiance', her sister and friend Amber) to Lincoln City, Oregon (from bend). We took about a hundred pictures as we toured all the antique shops in Lincoln City, I back dropped it with the Ludacris Knight Rider song (instrumental) to pass through the images in quick succession.
This was incredibly taxing- I had to import each image, then re-size how long it played on the time line to less than a second and repeat about 100 times. I then meshed in video of us on the road singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" then returned to the same images in a slower slide show... again, basic but this was a start.
I used this to learn basic cuts, effects, splices an especially TIMING... all the words were created in Photoshop on a black background and faded into the shot. There was a few personal phrases I blurred out for privacy. This is us having a great time :). My mission was to make a much cooler slide show and embed video to show off the trip in style. This was the first time me and my fiance, her sister, and sisters friend (the one with glasses) hung out all day together on a 400 mile road trip:
the only way in my experience to learn to make bad ass videos is to just do it and let your creative nature take over- the tools seem to just make sense when you need a solution (or a trick done etc...).. THAT is where the ambition to push through harder video techniques comes from- interest. You have to make a bunch of videos for nothing but fun and learning- it all came to me in under a year...
Just back for a session, great tutorial for video building. I'm learning... :)K
I spent 2 days making the wizzley video above. Generally for a 3 minute video I can spend all day building it. The time gets smaller as you develop your skill set. I come to realize things I should have done before editing i.e. in how I shoot the video that can make all the difference in the world and those save time. For example I realize I can record and keep repeating something until it comes out the way I want to "print" it, later I'll edit out all but the best one (and sometimes it's not the last one)... You also think ahead the whole time i.e. cause effect on the timeline.... You can easily lose and entire day in even a 3 minute video so yes 3 hours sounds about right. Whats the url to your video I'd like to take a look :)
Jerrico, I made a video for HP using Movie Maker and I guess it was real easy to figure out. But, it would help people getting started. It took me 3 hours for a 5 minute video - is that normal? That's why I never gave it a go again :D
I'll keep that in mind 2uesday... I'm thinking of doing one with windows movie maker since anyone with windows will have it already (and that's where I started), then do a series of how to videos's/articles, then move into camtasia later... Both movie makers are great but I think WMM is easier for the complete newbie to editing... This will take some time to plan out and execute but I'll start this weekend
Thanks guys, I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about building the tutorial I'm going to start working on it this weekend, time permitting...
Just as Katie stated, I've been waiting for this as well - like I said in the forums :) Yes, there's a huge difference between the videos (Then and now). It's amazing!
Great info Jerrico. I have been interested in making some makeup application tutorial videos to post on my website but don't even know where to start. I will also have to bookmark this for reference. Thanks for sharing!
Sweet, I've been waiting for this. Book marking it as this student will be coming to class everyday till I get it! Thanks for the awesome video tutorial building guide.