Day 12. My first video.

I spent most of Friday editing my footage from Lima.  It was good to relax and not worry about traveling or doing tourist stuff. I spent the day in my room writing my last post and trying to figure out how to edit videos.

My friends at Droneworks, who make and edit videos as their business, gave me this tip to edit and make a video as soon as I shoot it.  You can make tiny little episodes while you  travel.  The opposite is shooting a bunch of footage then at the end of your trip, which is a year, and edit it all into a movie.  I prefer the first way because of the amount of footage on the back end would be overwhelming. I would end up procrastinating all of it.

The goal of making videos is to document my trip through my own lens. This is what I saw and I remember the feelings I had when I shot it.  I can look back when I’m 50 at some tangible piece of video instead of a million photographs. What is movie anyway but a collection of moving photos?

I used GoPro Quik.  I tried using Black Magic Divinci Resolve 12 but that was way too difficult.  I think my SurfacePro  4 was working really hard while that program was running too.  I will do more research for my next video.

I write, take photographs, film, train Jiu Jitsu, practice Spanish, eat local food, have travel diarrhea, see the sites, wash my clothes in the shower and other travel stuff that’s done behind the scenes. I piece of me wants to simplify it and only do one thing, like write and photos. But I’ve wanted to play around with film for a long time.  I feel like this is the perfect time to do it. Unfortunately it’s on the road with a bunch of things I also enjoy doing.

It sounds like I’m complaining which I am. If anybody has any advice on the video, editing, or life. Please let me know.

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Author: Mark Magpusao

I grew up in Hayward, Ca. I am avid traveler, artist, writer/blogger, reader, grappler and aspiring polyglot.

1 thought on “Day 12. My first video.”

  1. I dig it!
    I agree that making smaller more frequent videos can cut down on the daunting task of going through all your footage at the end of a trip. Just five days away at Disneyworld took me 2 weeks to go through. I can’t imagine what a whole year would be like…
    I know some people will disagree with me on this comment, but don’t feel like you need the most cutting edge editing programs or super smooth shots to make a decent video. I’ve done all mine either on iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. The video I took in Sydney? Yeah, not the best quality and a bit shakey, but I always go back and watch it, smiling like a moron because I think “Man, we had a great time!” Not “Man, I wish I would’ve used a tripod,” or “Man, the white balance was off…”

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