Mar 052011
 
Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-PL1

I’ve recently acquired several video clips on my computer that I wished to share with others via YouTube. I have a GoPro Hero HD video camera that comes in a nice waterproof enclosure and can be mounted on the motorcycle to capture on video some of our motorcycle rides. I also acquired an Olympus E-PL1 camera that takes HD videos. We also have a Canon SD1200 camera that takes nice videos. With all these video sources I started to look for software that would allow me to edit and publish these in a format that might be enjoyable to our friends and family.

 

GoPro Hero HD

GoPro Hero HD

I tried Windows Movie Maker which is a free program that does basic editing and is actually very powerful. Being new to video editing I didn’t fully understand how to use it and became a little frustrated with it. I did edit and publish a couple of movies with it.

I started to look for a better program that wouldn’t be too expensive and ended up downloading a trial version of  Corel VideoStudio Pro X3. It proved to be the software that I was looking for – powerful enough to create great videos and easy enough to use for a video editing neophyte like myself. As it turned out Corel was about to release an X4 version of the software and had a very attractive price on the X3 version so I snapped it up.

Below are some YouTube videos that I have published. Please remember that I am just learning and most of these are pretty crude. Some were uploaded in raw format and some were edited. I am trying very hard to not get too carried away with all the bells and whistles available with VideoPublisher and make it look too cheesy. In fact, I find that like in my previous programming and web page building that while I am pretty good at the technical end, I’m not much in the creative end.

Here are some samples, enjoy!

One of the first videos from the GoPro HD, I was just experimenting – no editing! It was a cloudy/foggy day so the lighting isn’t great.

Downhill-Part 1

Watch this video on YouTube.

Here is a video taken with the GoPro on Wildwood Road near Highway 36 in Northern California. This one I edited using Windows Movie Maker to take out some boring footage. I could now really doll it up and take out some more boring footage  using VideoStudio – maybe one of these days.

Wildwood Road

Watch this video on YouTube.

Here is a video of pictures made using VideoPublisher as a tribute to our dog Sparty that passed away a couple of years ago.

Spartacus-1

Watch this video on YouTube.

Here’s some footage of our ride on Toomes Creek Road near Paskenta, California. Edited with VideoPublisher

Toomes Creek Road-2

Watch this video on YouTube.

Here is some footage of a drive out out our driveway and down Cohasset Road in the snow. Edited with VideoPublisher. Still pretty rough but I’m getting there.

Out the driveway with us

Watch this video on YouTube.

 

 

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