Friday, March 16, 2012

Playing With Video



Guess what... I made a wee how-to test video. Eep. It's my very first. The concept is NOT original or nothing. In fact, you've probably seen this particular idea done at least 500 times in as many ways. But I needed some newspaper plant pots 'cause seeding time is like, tomorrow. So while I was at it, I thought I'd try pulling together a video to see where my video-making skills are at.

I was able to do all the recording myself which was good. But as things stand now, I'll be needing substantial practice where video-editing is concerned. I got a ton of help from Lo on that front, thank Pete. I couldn't have pulled off this cute first video project without his expert help.


Lo walked me through the basics of the "Adobe Premiere" editing software. I learned how to import my video, add music, make the title card, work with fade-ins and "dissolves", and add credits. It was fun to see it come together but GOSH, there's a lot to know! Luckily Lo is a very sweet and patient man. Opposites attract don't you know. He must've answered a good 200 questions from me yesterday, poor thing.  I kinda felt bad for him sort of but not really... Needless to say, it took a little while. At the end, he did some magical data-management-type-stuff that went in one eye and out the other too. We may have to review that section twice or thrice. But, you know? I did learn stuff. And I'm pleased with my first "solo" effort.


So here's my take on an old standard. The newspaper plant pot...

Edited to Add on 3 Apr 2012:  Please note that I've used black and white newspaper to make the pots as black ink is made of soy and safe to use around edibles. Coloured newspapers should be avoided as the ink may contain some toxins.


Thanks for taking a peek!

♥M

31 comments:

  1. Hi Michele,
    Well done indeed!
    Of course, now we want more how to videos..
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy seeding,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac, you have a fine weekend too!

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  2. Bravo toujours de très bonnes idées.
    Nadia

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  3. Good for you - making tutorials aren't my gig (and to be honest I like picture and word tutorials much more than video so for me, you can keep it simple. :) )

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    1. I'm trying to keep things interesting for myself. Learning new things is one way of doing that, I think. Thanks for the comment Melissa!

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  4. Good for you! I did a video recently, too. Some things really ARE easier to show than to write about. I need to learn how to edit now....I was overcome with a need to cough and unfortunately had to reshoot that entire spot.

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    1. I think you're right about that Dixie. I sometimes struggle with explaining what I'm doing through photos. Video could be useful for those moments I think.

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  5. Just simple and perfect! I now know how to fold and pinch like Michele! Congrats on the new skill, I hope you keep having fun with your new art form.

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    1. It's fun. And I'm lucky to have an expert in my midst so I figure, why not eh?

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  6. It was great Michele! I love watching video tutorials and I hadn't seen those newspaper pots made before - we usually use old plastic yoghurt pots for our seedlings ... not any more I don't think!

    Hope to see more of your videos in the future ... please!

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    1. Oh bonus, so glad the content of the video was actually useful to someone. Neato!

      I'm hoping to do more. No idea when however... But thanks so much for the encouragement Sherry!

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  7. Congrats on your first video Michele! It was great!
    I haven't made a video yet, but I do hope to make one soon.

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    1. Thanks Maya. You know, I never thought I'd do videos but my husband has the expertise and software. So I figured I should at least try it. I liked it. So there you go. You never know until you try, eh?

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  8. Great job with your first "solo" video, Michele!

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  9. Lovely, Michele. Easy on the eyes and ears. : )
    Just made a trip to the garden center with N yesterday. If I were a more patient gardener, we would have use for your newspaper pots...but we got all our plants as already-sprouted seedlings this year. Good to know for the future - maybe someday I won't be 'gardening' on a patio anymore!

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    1. Well I think it's great that you're not limiting your gardening efforts even though your space is small. Good for you Charissa!

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  10. BRAVA MICHELE!!!
    I love your enthusiasm in learning(and sharing)always something new!!
    xxx Alessandra

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  11. Bonne idée, les pots en papier journal !!!! On va se mettre au jardinage, c 'est de saison !!!

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  12. Obrigada por partilhar o vídeo.Adorei a colocação da câmera pois não perdemos nenhum passo a passo.Único senão foi o som alto demais do vídeo.Mas isso com tempo acerta.
    Beijos
    Ro

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  13. Excellent! A picture is worth a thousand words - a video is worth a thousand pictures! ;O)

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  14. Ah, nice. Great job. Looking forward to seeing more of your vids.

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  15. This would be great to plant baby trees in, & then sell or giveaway on Earth Day, April 22...... If you sell them though, you can give the proceeds to a non-profit org....

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  16. the plantpots and the video are great!
    the pots are green and that;s what the world wants!
    looking forwardt to seeing more great ideas!

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  17. VERY COOL video! AND Idea! And technique! And just in time! We will be starting seeds soon and I will definitely be trying out your little paper seed starting pots!

    Really love the video for this process - "pictures worth a million words"! Thank you!

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  18. This video was great! So much easier to understand than some of the written pot tutorials I looked at. My son and I used this video to start our garden yesterday!

    http://hunnibunnife.blogspot.com/2012/04/starting-garden.html

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  19. Another great video Michele! So clear!

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