Thursday, April 21

WTH!!: Video production on a desktop

What the      H   E   DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS!!!


In the Week in Review (Week 15) some observant people will notice item #3 where I described writing a quick tool for making custom thumbnails and my desire to post both code and video online for all to see. It is now four days later and I still have not been able to produce a video worth uploading to the interweb. I did not expect to be unable to produce a "simple" video with the tools that are available. I already have a 9 minute timelapse video of myself programming.

Structure of a "simple" video

My thoughts on what is required of a video before I would upload it to YouTube etc, is pretty basic.

  1. The video needs a brief, 5 second, picture at the start with the website address on it.
  2. Speed up the timelapse video so it is only 4 minutes 45 seconds long.
  3. The ending picture, which:
    1. display "Thank you for watching"
    2. again display website url
Thoughts on Audio

You might notice that I have nothing in that list about sound. That is because this video would have no audio attached. You would not hear me narrating, nor the rapid clicks of the keyboard. I do not believe there is even any need for music. Though I did briefly ponder setting the whole video to the music played during Benny Hill's chase scenes
I do not feel the need to waste other peoples internet bandwidth.
The only thing adding audio to this video would do is waste the bandwidth of those who actually watch it. Even though I do not live in a country where I need to be concerned about the bandwidth I use. And it would be quite presumptuous of me to think that there will be enough people watching my videos to make bandwidth a concern.

My First? Mistake

Without thinking, and because I was merely playing with the concept of creating my own thumbnail creation software/tool, the timelapse video is 1280px   X   1024px resolution. I would have saved a lot of time if I had decided to capture the timelapse on my main desktop. Most people now, to my understanding, have 16:9 aspect ratio either 720p or 1080p monitors and tvs. The timelapse video is almost perfectly square.

Wondershare's Filmora

The Positives
  • filmora does allow you to very easily drag and drop elements of your video onto the time line and move them around.
  • Easily able to preview your changes
The Negatives
  • Not enough control over your video's resolutions
  • Does not allow you to overlay one video onto another
  • Only preset positions and sizes for video in video
Lightworks (free version)

The Positives
  • Incredibly options
  • Able to segment off your editing into different rooms
  • Fully production ready
The Negatives
  • You have to make sure the video you are importing is the same frame rate as the final video will be!!!
  • Only exports 1080p directly to Vimeo, and only if you give them access
  • Only 720p if your exporting to YouTube
  • have to have internet access when you start program to use it
  • Huge learning curve
You can solve a lot of the negative issues I had with this software ... for a fee. The cost of which is hard pressed to explain to your significant other just so you can upload a mediocre video. 
  • $24.99 a month
  • or $174.99 a year
  • or $437.99 outright


Unfortunately I am going to post this before I have a solid statement to rap this post up with. Though there is a idea bouncing around in my head which will probably be the content for another post.


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