After too many days, and countless hours, I present to you my first video tutorial. I know, I realize this is a much bigger deal to me than to you, but I have to add drama to this event, because... WOW. Editing videos isn't for the faint of heart! Phew! I can't imagine editing REAL movies!
Although it did take me way too long to finish this, it was such a great learning experience for me. It was really so much fun. I used our Canon Vixia HF R200 video camera to get the footage (I filmed the process of making the actual gift instead of making one first to work out the kinks, and then filming making a new one - that was definitely a good way to go because you can just edit out the parts you don't need, and you don't have to make the piece twice!).
I connected the camera to my tripod and jerry-rigged it so it was leaning over me from the side. It's a miracle it didn't fall over. I know there are probably better ways to do things, but I was in a "get-er-done" kind of mindset... not really knowing if it would work out at all! I had my workspace set up in a large bay window we have in our living room, so I used light coming in from the window. The filming and lighting aren't perfect, but I think it gets the point across.
(Note: Click on the little settings icon at the bottom of the video window above and you can select "720p" to see it in HD! Also please don't let the 15 minutes discourage you... I trimmed the heck out of it, trust me, but I wanted to be sure to leave in plenty of details on how to make her. I've really appreciated those detailed videos as I've been learning myself.)
Once I finally figured out how to get the footage off the camera and onto my laptop, I downloaded Windows Movie Maker (we are a PC family) because it seemed like a good simple but effective program from what I gleaned from the interwebs in my short research. It was such an easy program to use! I really like it. It can be a bit glitchy when you've loaded a LOT of footage into the window... sometimes it just gets overloaded. BUT that's really the only problem I had with it. Definitely using it again.
Then getting the movie onto YouTube is a whole other beast to deal with since I've never done it before (my "channel" is brand new!), but it's there and I'm excited! You can view the video above or on YouTube.
I'm actually really enjoying YouTube as a social network. Who would've thought? I would absolutely LOVE to make more video tutorials in the future. In fact, I'll have Part Two of making this Elsa Decoden Box up in the next few weeks.
But for now, I need to put the video away and get to work on some much more pressing projects. I have some news I'll be sharing more details about here soon... you might have already seen it two posts back on my Instagram?
Do you like using YouTube? Do you go there for tutorials much?
P.S. Look who received her gift? She's all decked out in her Elsa costume that my Mother-in-Law made. Check out her Elsa braid! :D :::cuteness:::