Hello again. Yeah, it’s been awhile. Spent it in tech hell, and still haven’t broken completely free of it.
So anyway, the concept mentioned above was to be able to record and edit a video while on the road. This means using the tablet. I wanted to do a one camera shoot and then do various zoom settings within the video to emulate different camera angles. The full Saga (and the crazy part) is below the video. But before we start, a word from our sponsors…
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I’ve been trying to get all of the things I generally do on the computer moved to my tablet. This includes audio, video, social networks, and, yep, this blogging thing. I keep getting something that works and then it breaks.
The latest battle started in February when I downloaded a video app for my tablet. It does some great stuff, but my favorite bit is how you can zoom in on a clip, making look like another camera angle. I have been using an old version of iMovie on an elderly Mac, and it does all sorts of things well. Post-production Zoom ain’t one of them. I had a plug-in that fixed that, but the company seems to have either gone out of business or, at least, abandoned their old plug-ins, so when I moved from my even older Mac to the current one the old registration code didn’t work and I can’t get a replacement.
So along comes this tablet app. It’s pretty easy to use and does a great job at the Zoom thing but, unlike iMovie, it doesn’t smoothly stitch together the separate clips. And by that I mean, by the time it ended the video and audio was so out of sync it looked like a Japanese movie dubbed into English.
So… yeah. I’m sure they’ll get there. Eventually. But I need to make more videos like, now. Oh, I figured out the kludge to make it happen, but my work process to turn out this video was:
- Record the video (using my LG Leon phone!). There is only the one camera used in the shoot, so I have only one video file.
- Move it, via Dropbox, to my tablet.
- Repeatedly open a new project, add that file, adjust the Zoom level/positioning and then export it.
- Upload those five video files (with their different zooms) to Dropbox
- Fire up my Linux netbook and let Dropbox sync.
- Rename the files and then transfer them to a USB stick.
- Copy them from the USB stick to the Mac (which doesn’t have a net card so, there ya go).
- Load them into iMovie.
- Edit the damn video. Finally.
- Add titles, trim to length.
- Export it to the video you just watched. You did watch the video, didn’t you?
I love high tech! It makes things so much easier!
The Crazy Part
The crazy part is, even with all that hoorah it’s still a shorter time between camera and actually starting to edit in iMovie than how it used to work.
The files are in a format that iMovie eats without me having to run them through a (very slow!) transcoder. The tablet app exports the video in way less time than the transcoder does. They files are also smaller, so they take less time to move onto the Mac and then into iMovie.
I still can’t sit at the Market between busking sets and edit a video, but I can do the zoomie bits down there and then finish the editing when I get home.
I’m marking it down as a narrow victory.