Sights and sounds at the VOA

I’ve had a goal to do more short video on my blog. I don’t know if you’ve tried to use video, and maybe I’m missing the shortcuts, but it seems there are a lot of steps involved:
1. Take the video
2. Upload or download (I can never figure out which is what) the video to my computer.
3. Open iMovie and start a new “event.”
4. Import the movie.
5. Start a new “project.”
6. Edit the movie by selecting segments, or clipping off bad ends, or whatever I can do with iMovie (which at this point isn’t all that much.)
7. Finalize the movie.
8. Share the movie (there is an option to share it directly to YouTube, but that didn’t seem to work for me so I exported it to my computer.)
9. Go to YouTube and download or upload (still haven’t got it) the movie.
10.Copy the movie’s URL and paste it into the “text” page of the WordPress new post editor.

Am I missing something? I suspect if I didn’t want to edit the movie first this process could be significantly shortcut. But I’m going to have to get a whole lot better at planning and shooting videos for that to happen.

I know I talked about this before, but I’m trying again. It’s one of those things that I think if I just do it enough times it will become second nature to me. What do you think?

Also, I vaguely remember seeing a post from WordPress about a new way of adding video that works better. I can’t find it now. I know I saved the email for a while, but I suspect it went the way of the recycle bin on a recent purge in an attempt to get my inbox once again below 50 messages.

That was just the lengthy introduction. Here’s the post.

It was a beautiful breezy day at the VOA this morning. I walk by these little chiming spoons every time I go there. I think it would be lovely to have lots of silverware chimes such as these hanging from the limbs of my trees. Not sure Mark will go for it.

This group of ducks caught my eye. I think they are mallards, but they don’t look quite right, so I’m wondering if they are a group of juvenile mallards. I also don’t know what they’re doing.

Are they practicing their swimming? Having a party? Diving for coins? You tell me.

I was going to show you photos of wildflowers from Leo’s Garden, but in the interest of time, and a desire to have an easy post for another day, (you didn’t hear that from me), I’ll end it here.

It’s still a beautiful day here. I hope you have nice weather to enjoy where you are.

13 thoughts on “Sights and sounds at the VOA”

  1. Both videos are very peaceful. Sure seems like a lot of work, posting a video. I tried a while ago, but had no luck. I’m mechanically computerly-challenged. So many steps. Congrats to you for figuring it out!

    1. It’s not that hard really, just a little time consuming for the computer to handle the video. Of course I don’t edit except for very rudimentary cutting.

  2. Good luck. Posting photos has become second nature to me . . . both from an URL and from my computer. But since I almost always resize them, it’s time intensive. So I tend to do them in batches rather than one at a time.

    1. It is extremely time intensive. I take the photos, of course, then sometimes adjust the contrast, often crop, and resize. Sometimes I crop and resize at the same time. It doesn’t seem like that much, but as you know, it can eat up time.

  3. Nice πŸ™‚ FYI, you UPLOAD from your computer to the internet. You DOWNLOAD from wherever (usually someplace on the internet) to your computer. Think of your computer as Planet Earth, and everywhere else as “up there in space.” It’s close enough.

    But you can download from your computer to a printer or some other earthbound device. As long as you are on earth (earth to earth), you download or just send. Actually, if you think of everything as sending and ignore the issue of up or down, it easier.

    1. So do I download from my camera to my computer? So upload only refers to something going up and out and beyond to the internet, where download is from here to there or back again?

  4. Hi Christine .. both came out really well – I love Silver Birches – beautiful trees, but I have no idea about the ducks – except that they’re not mallards – cheers hilary

  5. I think they were playing Duck Duck Goose. You videos are good, I also like the idea of the silverware chimes. They have a special sound.


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