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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What I Learned in Vlogging Class



This video was made in a four session class I just completed at our local cable access station Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM), in Burlington VT. The class was on vlogging or making video blogs. The video above was edited together by the class using Final Cut Pro and was recording using a Flip camcorder.

I'm working on learning as much as I can about both video capture and editing for VFL. I have very little previous experience editing video. I had messed around with some footage off my digital camera. That being said, the process of figuring out how to do what I wanted to do with the footage was not fun and the end product was fairly lame.

However, I bought a Flip camera earlier this year for both personal use and for VFL and really enjoy taking video now. The next hurdle was learning how to edit. For a while I used iMovie on my Mac at home and really liked what I was able to do with it in terms of editing. You can see an example from a previous blog post What is a Healthy Lake? and from our video about the Missisquoi River Basin Association tree planting day. But, although iMovie was working for me, I wanted to kick it up a notch so I signed up for the class at VCAM.

It's important for me not only to learn video capture and editing skills, but to note during the process what it's like to be the learner. I'm striving to use simple (and affordable!) video capture and editing equipment and software for VFL to establish a baseline for a project like ours. I think we could easily purchase a fancier camcorder and get into equally fancy editing software, but the project needs to demonstrate that it's replicable. Likewise, I could go crazy with lights and sets and make-up for capturing stories or get really high-tech with editing those stories, but it's more important to get the stories out there. Being a beginner and learning new skills will certainly help me to share this project with other organizations interested in using video capture for their organizations.

I'm about to embark on our first library programs this week to capture stories and I'll be using Final Cut Pro from now on to edit. Come back to the blog again for a post on how the capture sessions work out and some of the things I learn as I launch into this new phase of the project. Wish me luck!

~Bridget Butler, Voices For the Lake Manager

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