Facing my fears – Creating my first on-screen video.
I was challenged to create my first on-screen video in week-2 of the Quick Start Challenge, so please see this below. After the video I will describe the experience and the technical challenges I endured to get this video online before the cut-off time.
Well, here is me in my ‘Hollywood Debut’… 🙂
This challenge set by Dean Holland, Craig Crawford and Robert Phillips was by far the most intimidating experience, in long time. Why? it pushed me out of my comfort zone in a very big way, both emotionally and technically.
Getting the video shot
First the emmotions of creating a live on-screen video. I’m a relatively shy person and lack confidence when speaking in public or in this case on camera. To top this off, I regard myself as being borderline OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) although not medically so. Basically I’m a perfectionist and everything gets checked and tested 1000 percent and then I still feel it needs fixing or improvements.
So, when I watched the Week-2 replay, yesterday (Thursday 16th July @ 2pm) I challenged myself further and that was to get out of my comfort zone and to get this Video Intro done within an hour after the challenge was set. If I’d procrastinated; I know it would never have happened. If I’d sat in my home-office, I would have tried to script it and I’d still be busy re-scripting and re-scripting.
With my personal 1-hour limit set, I jumped in my car a drove the short distance to the beach-front and shot the video with my Mobile Phone. After about 15-takes, each one getting worse than the first (unfortunately I delete the 1st one immediately after shooting it otherwise I’d have used that one), I eventually settled on the one you, hopefully, viewed above. After this I was feeling a little drained from emmotions and the freezing cold wind that was blowing (chill factor was roughly 3-4 degrees Celcius outside).
Intro Video Technical Challenges
I seriously wasn’t expecting any technical difficulties. I mean how simple is it to upload a Video to YouTube.com. Well, first I’d decided to create a Welcome Screen using other software I’d purchased and never used. That was easy enough, but I had to now merge the two videos which meant downloading the initial video from my phone to my PC. I won’t go into detail, but in the end I found out my Firewall was blocking the file transfer. After I got that fixed…
My next issue, was that I realised my video was shot in the wrong view and was sideways when played back on the PC. I figured out how to rotate the video using an Android APP, but the resultant video is now very narrow and the background effect (Views of Table Bay & Table Mountain) I’d hoped for was lost. I merged the 2x videos and uploaded my new ‘intro video’ to YouTube.
There is a lot of background noise in the audio of my video, since it was shot outdoors on a windy beach. YouTube, took it upon itself to filter this noise and by doing so actually cut out all the audio. Again, I won’t go into detail as I cannot even recall what I did to fix it eventually. All I know, is it took 4+ hours of my time and I probably uploaded, deleted, renamed and re-uploaded the video approximately 10+ times.
With that said; INTRO VIDEO CHALLENGE COMPLETE!
excuse the squinting the sun was in my eyes
Oh, and the frowning is stress