July 17th, 2006
Yesterday was yet another sunday spent usefully :D. We met at Kiruba‘s wife’s office to get our hands dirty on video blogging. And hey, it’s an amazing platform once you learn the basic nuts and bolts.
What did we do?
Well, we split ourselves into teams of 3 and 6 teams in all. There were about 6 digital cameras that could record video. One team went out into the open to shoot their video. Another team started from the bottom of the staircase and headed up, doing the “Walk the Stair” show. This something-exciting-so-I-have-to-try-it feeling is not new to me. We decided our team will do the video at the terrace. We went up, shot the video, did “Walk the Terrace” and finally recorded for about 2 minutes.
Then we all came back and imported all the videos to PowerDirector. One team found out that their digicam didn’t have the capability to record voice. All of us sneered at them and ultimately, their video was the best, because it had a youtube director in it 😉 They dubbed the audio. Excited to the core, we imported our’s soon and set about editing it. Found that instead of focussing on ourselves, we had shot all the banians and jettis hung for drying up under the sun. Nevertheless, it was fun because this was our first hand experience. We reduced the size of the video from 60 mb to 16 mb to finally 6 mb.
Two teams came up with proper videos. One is uploaded to YouTube. It came out very well and had that professional touch. Another video was an interview type one. I do not know whether it’s been uploaded. Will let you know on that.
After this, we had a small session on podcasting. The technology is same. All we need to know is, how to combine two or more items to produce a third useful one. Look at the Blogcamp.in blog.
We used PowerDirector, vlog it, snag it, audacity, windows movie maker and hardwares such as a digital camera capable of recording videos or handy-cam and microphone. Install required drivers from the cd/dvd given by the manufacturer.
Happy video blogging, podcasting