First off, happy nomadiversary to me! Five years ago today I left Bluffton, SC with a shiny and clean (boy that didn’t last long) Cas and Bertha and I never looked back. Wow how time flies.
Next, you would have to have been hiding under a rock somewhere (i.e., not keeping up with recent posts), to have missed the fact that today the Interstellar Orchard YouTube channel launches!
I’ll be continuing to roll out the videos throughout the day (and probably tomorrow) until they’re all up. By the time I’m done there will be 30 in total.
For the travelogues which some of you are already familiar with, I’ve finished editing everything from 2011 up to late 2013 into shiny new complete videos (instead of chaotic playlists with numerous short raw clips), and I’ll be continuing to edit and post the old travelogues in chronological order until I’m up to date. This should go faster than it did in the old days now that I have an unlimited data plan. Plus, everything from May 2015 on will technically be new material as that’s when I stopped posting the old raw clips. So you’ll have that to look forward to!
New to the scene is a complete tour of Cas and Bertha (filmed in Valley of the Gods no less) and two informational videos covering solo RVing safety and work-camping. I don’t yet know how often I’ll be posting informational videos as my priority is still this blog, but we’ll see how it works out.
If you want to bug out now, you can find the channel here and get started watching (the ‘Rig’ and ‘Videos’ pages here on the website will also be updated as the new videos come out), but if you have a few more minutes, here are some things I learned from this venture:
- Pictures on an iPhone work better than videos on an iPhone, I think. The audio quality is definitely not ideal, but I did my best in editing to even out volumes. I imagine some of my difficulties come from this being new, my early blog posts were not as polished either.
- As long as I’m just using a iPhone to film, I feel like using free video editing software is fine. I used good ‘ol Windows Movie Maker to edit these videos, it doesn’t get more basic than that. In fact this whole endeavor didn’t cost me any money (which is good because you know, budget). Will I upgrade to better equipment and software at some point? Maybe, if I enjoy it enough and it gets a good response. If you want to help get the channel off to a good start, please do subscribe. 🙂
- Editing and uploading a six minute video is about comparable time-wise to writing and editing a standard blog post. But it does take less creative energy, so where it’s very hard for me to write more than one blog post a day, if I have sufficient time I can edit and upload more than one video a day.
- Filming a video is a lot harder when you think too much. My travelogues have less takes because I’m just talking about what the camera is pointed at, quite easy. The five new videos though where I’m in front of the camera or explaining things, it’s a whole different ballgame.
- A YouTube channel is not hard to set up, much easier than setting up a blog. There’s no coding, no theme, layout options are simple, you only need two graphics: the banner and your user pic. So if you’re thinking of doing one or the other and have limited time I daresay YouTube is faster to get started with, assuming you have something to take video with and some sort of program to edit them.
- If you’re going to get into videos, you’ll need a lot of hard drive space. All of the pictures and text for IO dating back to the blog’s inception in 2011 take up a grand total of 1.2 GB of space. The 30 videos that are currently up on the channel alone take up 16.3 GB of space, and that doesn’t count the raw versions. Yikes! Luckily I do have plenty of room.
- If you want to publish videos in a chronological order (like travelogues for instance), you’ll want to switch them from “unlisted” to “public” in the order you want to them to show on your channel (oldest to newest in my case). I made the mistake of batch-publishing them this morning and they got all out of order and I had to try again, whoops! Live and learn.
Enjoy the new channel everyone, and expect to be hearing more about the beet harvest soon!
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