Last night I learned something new, and the really cool thing is I get to demonstrate it here for you, dear readers. First, a little backstory:
With all the news about Google's purchase of YouTube, I found myself exploring the fast-growing video site a little more closely and thinking maybe, just maybe, I could figure out how to upload a video. I mulled it over for a few days and decided last night to give it a try. The uploading process was a real exercise in patience, but here's my first (obviously not edited at all) video:
Remember when this peacock was hanging around my neighborhood during the early part of the summer? That was the first time I tried the "movie" setting on my digital camera. I wasn't even positive it was working, but, sure enough, it recorded my close-up contact with the peacock, including the goofy audio.
My older daughter congratulated me for taking the leap to YouTube and also for having the guts to "put your silly-voice out into the world." Ahem. That was NOT my silly-voice. That was my I'm-gonna-get-as-close-as-I-can-to-this-bird-and-I'm-gonna-talk-softly-and-try-not-to-spook-him voice. While it isn't at all unusual for me to talk to animals, I didn't have a clear concept of what this particular bird would enjoy discussing, so I was making it up as I went along. It all kind of fell apart when I got right up next to him and realized he had those "sharp things" on his...on his what? I deliberated briefly (thus the awkward pauses) and chose "ankles" to move the dialogue along. But do birds really have ankles? I don't think so.
There's clearly a lot more I need to learn about taking good quality videos, and then there's the whole video-editing process to work through. I hope to learn to do both, a little bit at a time. In the meantime, Steven Spielberg can rest easy... but the rest of you might want to give YouTube a try.
Like Blogger, YouTube is free. Can you believe we get to have so much fun for nothing? Life is good.