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- A short video on why you should consider exploring the PNW & chartering our sailboat, Never for Ever, this summer. https://t.co/9ji2ZWk3rx 2017-02-25
- A Tale of Two Videos – https://t.co/nyPU5EOmMe 2017-02-25
Nanaimo Yacht Charters has taken a brand new Lagoon 42 into its fleet — man that’s one beautiful boat, I really, really want to take it for a spin — and the owner has been busy trying to promote it with a Youtube Channel and a Facebook Page. One of the things he has done is shoot a few videos with Ian and Beth MacPherson, two of the principles over at NYCSS. Well, for those who don’t know it it, one of the ways I’ve made my living is as a graphic professional and frankly, the graphics on those videos were killing me. So since I needed to brush up on my After Effects skills anyway, this spurred me to offer to put together some intro’s and outro’s as a refresher that they could use. This 2 minute video was the result of that.
I also worked on some motion graphics for Never for Ever for my future movie-making efforts and finally posted a video round up of our sailing trip to the Broughtons on my Youtube Channel. It’s a work in progress but I bought a GoPro knock off and hope to do a lot more filming this year.
Then the owner of Water Dragon (the new Lagoon) contacted me to see if he could have a copy of the promo as well. After a bit of back and forth he also gave me the file for the Q & A video (sans intro since I shamefacedly admitted it was that which had spurred me to start editing video again) and used it as another project. I recut it, added a few flourishes, tried to fix the lighting and essentially learned a whole lot about how much I don’t know about Adobe Premiere.
Still, it looks ok and I think it actually is a great video for anyone who is tinkering with the idea of chartering. I certainly would have like to see something like this back when we started toying with the idea of learning to cruise. I really couldn’t believe how easy it was. So take a look. (If you’d like to see the original to compare the before and after, it can be found here.)
I am still screwing around with After Effects and, to a certain degree, Premiere trying to find the line between interesting and schlocky. Editing turns out to be the hardest part: keeping just enough elements to make your point and eliminating anything that serves no purpose.
This is a new/simpler version of an intro for Never for Ever videos:
Then I started working on something for Nanaimo Yacht Charters as learning project. I think it still needs some editing. The first is an intro. It runs 8 seconds but the one time I used it in a video I ended up cutting it to 6. The second is an outro, and I like it a lot more for its intended purpose.
And here is the first complete promo video I did for NYCSS.
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I need to get back into the habit of retaining and retraining skills. So apropos of that I decided to revisit some of the video I shot while sailing last year in anticipation of the coming season. I have picked up a SJCam4000 (a GoPro knock-off) for doing some more filming so if I am going to be a big YouTube star I will need to get some fancy-ass graphics going.
That meant I needed to take a look at Adobe After Effects again. (Here is the last time I screwed with it.) Essentially After Effects is sort of the Photoshop of the video world. It allows one to do all sorts of fancy effects before moving the composition into Premiere or iMovie for the final cuts.
After a day’s work I didn’t end up doing anything fancy but it did get my mostly-rusted-shut skills a bit looser. So this is the AE composition (just the graphics) laid over a small video clip. I am thinking of using it, or something similar, as the intro to any new videos I make.
The real time consumer was getting all my files in shape. It’s a whole new game of file prep and organization…
An animated gif version..