Monday, February 16, 2009

My adventures making a YouTube video

Let me start by saying that I am not technologically advanced. But if you show me how to do something once, I'll pick it up fairly quickly.

The key words here are "show me how to do it". But you see, there's no one here to show me how to do things. In cases such as this, I google. I google everything, actually. I google how to spell. I google questions. I google appropriate attire for an evening wedding. The answers are out there, my friends. And I like saying the word 'google'.

A couple weekends ago, I saw a video on a blog that I've begun visiting, and I quickly wrote and asked her how she did it. She wrote back and told me that she uses a Mac with a great program, so that didn't help me much. However, she did tell me that I'd have to make the movie first, then upload it into You Tube. That helped me.

Do you see how clueless I really am now?

Since I didn't know where to begin, what I did was google. I googled "how do I make a movie and upload it into You Tube?" And lo and behold, a plethora of answers appeared before me. I have Windows and I found a program inside my hard drive called Windows Movie Maker. It's fairly simple and when you have a question, you can ask the help screen or just do what I do, which is (repeat after me here), google. When I got stuck in the movie maker, and couldn't get help from the actual program, I just googled the question and voila!

Basically, I uploaded photos from my computer into Windows Movie Maker. I've found this is easier to do by putting them all in one folder first, then uploading in bulk. Then I ripped a song from a CD I have and put it in my hard drive. It took me a long time how to figure this one out, but after my pal google helped me out, it ended up being a breeze. I added the song to the movie and it was really long. Too long for my pictures, so I had to make them last longer and add more. After it was all done, I hit save.

Then I went to You Tube and opened an account. I followed the directions to upload and got the 'completed' message. However, my video wasn't available when I looked for it. So I googled the question to find out why not and some wonderful person in cyberspace gave me the answer. You have to save it as a certain file in the movie maker, which I promptly went back and did, uploaded into You Tube again (it took 15 minutes to upload) and then captured the 'embed' code and pasted it into the html screen as a new post in Blogger.

Ok. I need a nap now.

Here's another one that I completed this afternoon. I tried to make it shorter.

The song is "Lowdown" by My Morning Jacket. I liked the catchy tune.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

39 comments:

ELK said...

Kate great looking video ~I made one for my daughters birthday...harder than I thought!

Joy said...

Kate, that's really neat! Thanks so much - I had no idea that program was even on the computer ;)

Mental P Mama said...

I love it! You are amazing. And patient.

R Susanna said...

I loved the video and the song.

Kacey said...

Great job! Isn't Google great for figuring stuff out. I use it all the time. I'm always asking it about the deep, true meaning of life...kind of like your "what to wear to an evening wedding" type question. *g

Rich said...

Hi, Kate that was a GREAT video! I can't beleive that you showed yourself again. You ae really coming out. You are just so talented and you never stop amazing us. Thanks!! Stacie and Ryan said HI!!


P.S The beach is GREAT this is such a beautiful condo!!!!

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

This is AWESOME! I am still trying to figure out textures while you're light years ahead of me :) Honestly, Kate...we need to live closer to each other so you can show me all this neat stuff.

Alisa said...

Oh Kate, how wonderful!! It makes me feel so good to see you enjoying life. I'm living my life through your pictures, until I get back on my feet:)

Anonymous said...

ok...i thought goggle and i were, ya know, kinda special. i ask g all my most personal guestions, and g always answers just to me.
whatever.... great video.
bv

Leenie said...

Love windows movie maker. Stayed up LATE playing with it after I won a video camera at an office party. Have not tried the Youtube part. Yours is fun!. After all those hours I discovered how to edit the music and even add sounds. Keep at it and send us another!

Deb said...

I know nothing about making YouTube videos. You are a whiz!!

boylerpf said...

Great video! I have never tried but you sure have given me inspiration!

Amy said...

Loved the video (and music attached too it, sounded a little like Paul Young..) In almost every picture I've seen of your husband it's taken behind him- usually..is it the only way you get a picture of him? Camera shy is he? Looks so peaceful where you live- I like that.

It's too early in the morning to decide if I have it in me to do a video someday, but it's certainly something to aspire too- thanks!!!
Have a super Monday!!!

Delwyn said...

Thats a great achievement - you have us thinking and planning now....

noble pig said...

Thank goodness someone knows how to do this! Thank you!

KathyB. said...

Oh...I'm so surprised, as anonymous said...I thought google was my secret friend, the one who helps me with so many questions and puzzles!

I had to laugh because one day when I was busy I asked my husband a question and then went about my business while I thought he would have the answer ready at hand. I went back into the study later to see he had settled into his chair with piles of reference materials and had still not found the answer....what, how could he not know?!? I googled my question in seconds, and in half a second later , voila! there was the answer. I am not sure that was worth the look on his face..poor guy, working so hard for me. But now he too knows my friend google.

Love the youtube video and the tutorial you gave seems easy to follow.I just might get brave enough to follow suit!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Kate - your skills are far in advance of mine - I wouldn't even attempt such a super thing. Well done.

Hilary said...

Well done!! You are an inspiration!!

Country Girl said...

Welcome to boylerpf. Rich, I'm glad you're having a great time with the fam! Alisa, I'm hoping you'll be back on your feet (literally) really soon. We miss you at school.
Amy, I may do an entire post entitled 'my husband's back'. I am always walking behind him. Usually it's because I've stopped to take a photo, but mostly it's because I just can't keep up with the man. And yes, he's camera shy. And he has no idea how often he's actually in this blog. I feel bad for him.
Ok. I'm over it.
Have a beautiful day, all!

~ C.G.

Molly said...

There is so much to enjoy in this! The photo of your husband smiling but looking down so we don't see the whole expression...the photo of George with his head thrown back with a stick/rawhide, and your voice talking to George...and always the photography.

And I love google too. I use it for all sorts of things.

High Desert Diva said...

I'm impressed you had the patience to figure it all out.

What did we do before we had internet? I google everything thing, too. It's a verb, right?

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Well, aren't you just becoming the little producer/director? I think that's wonderful.

Google can be a lifesaver.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal
(so glad I could inspire you)

Daryl said...

You are amazing. I am so impressed with people who can follow written instructions .. I Google all the time but stuff like old boy friends .. not how-to ..

Hilary said...

Google is my bible and is how I've learned to do just about everything - electronically and beyond. You did a great job with the video. And now I love George even more.

leah said...

great tutorial about tutorials and help and asking and learning. i loved it. thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

Kate, that is great! I tried making one at Christmas on my mac, but gave up when the song was too long... guess I should have googled. ;) Love the video, love the part where George is bringing you the toy, and love hearing your voice!
xoxo,
Mary

Sarah S. said...

Vimeo might be easier to use. That is what I use. Good luck with the next video!

Thanks for sending so many people my way for the give away. I was blown away by the amount of visiters I got :)

Egghead said...

I am loving that song and of course all the photos. You did a great job. I have done several of these using my Mac of course and usually of the grandkids or Christmas or some other event. My oldest granddaughter and I like to do them together. We burn them on to dvd's and then watch them on the TV larger than life. Fun stuff.

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Kate, George bringing the toy up the stairs is priceless! I love making movies, I make them all the time with pictures from family visits, weddings etc. I have a very easy program too with MovieMaker on Windows Vista...it is a lot of fun when you get the hang of it! Never thought to post one. Maybe I will someday! Very enjoyable to watch yours...love your home. ~Cheryl "google, google, google!!!!" love to say it too! lol

Jill of All Trades said...

I LOVED it...

Anonymous said...

That was GREAT Kate. A very good first effort ! I don't know how to do those sort of things either. I may try to learn, but I am a very slow learner. lol And that was such a good picture of you...You are beautiful !I could not really see hubby's face well, but looks like he is beautiful too! Wishing you both the best..George too...Doris

TSannie said...

Ya done good, girl!

Jana said...

Great video, Kate! My daughter figured all this out last year, but she found a lot of her help on Youtube -- lots of nice folks post how-to's on just about everything there, too!

Woman in a Window said...

You have the BEST music!

And what another great video.

Anna said...

Great job!!! (though I haven't heard the sound yet - the family is watching a movie behind me. *L*)

Good for you, figuring it all out. I love making movies, but I use special software (MovieMAGIX) and burn them on dvd to send to family. It's actually a lot easier to make a 1 hour movie than a 1 minute movie, which I just had to do.

Kudos to you! Well done. :-)

Char said...

way cool!!!

Country Girl said...

Welcome to Delwyn. Good to see you.

~ C.G.

MaggieGem said...

Hi Kate,

Wonderful video, MovieMaker is a great program and you've done a terrific job of displaying your photographs with it. Not too shabby for a "country girl" who is "not technologically advanced" seems to me your more advanced than most people I know.

I've been following your blog for a couple of weeks and I find it quite inspiring. It's always a pleasure to stop by.

Another Sister said...

What Fun!