Monday, October 27, 2014

Video Making on a Tablet

When you talk about video making, the basic steps are the same no matter what tools you use. The point is not to sigh when you don’t have high-tech video making gears to make you videos. The point here is to make the best out of whatever you have in your disposal.

Start with what you have. A humble beginning goes a long way.

I didn’t start off with the expensive camera that I have now. When I started making videos on Youtube, I didn’t own much of what I used; I simply borrowed them. I borrow the camera and the tripod from friends.

For editing, I used the cheapest software that I could find. It is so cheap that it is free. I used Windows Live Movie Maker to start off with. It is simple, basic, and it fulfills what I needed. In fact, that software is complete enough if you want just basic video editing with no sophisticated effects or anything like that.

For vlogging purposes, basic video editing is enough. That is all that you need. Anything else is luxury. If you can afford luxury, then go ahead. If you can’t, then live within your means.

In this post I would like to explain how I made my 15s Instagram video about how to make Youtube videos. If you haven’t watched it, this is the link: How to Make Youtube Videos.

Step 1: Write

For a 15s video, you don’t need much content due to the time limit. However, the shorter the video, the greater the amount of creativity required. If you want to deliver a message in such a short amount of time, you need to know how to be concise – brief, but comprehensive.

Here, I didn’t want to do any talking. I just let my actions do the talking. So as you can imagine, there wasn’t much to write in this case.

Step 2: Shoot

I used the Samsung Tab 4 that I got from a friend. Using the front facing camera, I simply held the camera in one hand and record the video – kind of like a selfie (I can’t believe I just wrote that).

Looks ridiculous. I know.

In general, smartphones or tablets need plenty of light in order to make the picture clear. But I didn’t have much light to go on. I relied on the ceiling fluorescent lights that I have in the room. To my eyes, it was plenty of light but to the camera, it needed more.

Not to mention, it has a leather like back cover, so at least I know I look stylish every time I’m recording a video.

So the picture in the end was dim in some instances, but I think it didn’t take away from the message of the video so I’m going to roll with it.

Sound quality wasn’t an issue because I am not using any sound in this video, except for the background music that I’ll add later in post – which brings us to Step 3.

Step 3: Edit

I edited the video on the Tab 4, using a free video editing app called VivaVideo. This is the first time I edited a video on a tablet. It was awkward at first, but once I got the hang of it, it is kind of fun!

The basics of any video editor are still the same. You only need a software that can cut and choreograph clips. In this day and age, practically any video software you can find has those basic features.

I opened the app and clicked on “Pro Edit” because I’m cool like that *wears sunglasses*

VivaVideo > Pro Edit > Add clips

I added all of my clips into the editor. I recorded each clip longer than I needed it to be, so I have to trim each one to my desired length. I know that Instagram only allows a video to be 15s long max, so I’ll trim all 4 of my clips into 3s each.



To trim a clip, just drag the indicator at the bottom to the desired length and portion of the clip that you want to keep. Click on the blue scissor button after you’re done and tadaa! You have trimmed one clip. Do the same for the other 3 clips.

After the trimming session is all done, the editor will take me to another window for further editing. The editor automatically put together all of the clips in the order that I trimmed them.



If I want to add more clips, I can tap on the “Add clip” button. If I want to rearrange my clips. I can tap on the “Clip edit” button. I wanted to add a blank frame at the beginning and at the end of my video. So I added 2 blank pictures at the beginning and rearrange one of them to the end of the video.

I made the first picture 2s long and the second picture 1s long so that the total length of my video will be 15s (perfect!)

Now lets add some titles. Simply tap on the button that says “Title”



Drag the video strip at the bottom to the point where you want to put the title in. Click on the big blue button to add the title.



Tap on the tick button on the top right when you’re done. It will automatically play the video with the title and you have to stop the video where you want the title to stop showing. In this video, I added a different title to each of my clips.

When that’s done, I finished it off with the background music. Simply tap on the button that says “Music”.


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I clicked on the volume button on the bottom left to mute the sounds in my video clips because I don’t need to use them. Then I chose where to start my music, and then clicked on the big blue button to add the music. I selected the music that I wanted and added it in.



I played the full video just to see if everything is all right.



When I’m satisfied, I tapped on the “Share” button on the top right to export the video and later, uploaded it on Instagram.



The tab’s performance is smooth enough to handle this kind of video editing. So the whole process didn’t take long.

Of course, this isn’t the high-end video making that we all dream of, but this is a good start for those who wanted to get used to this arena. It is okay to start small and it is okay to start with an imperfect step.

The fact that you took that first step means that you are closer to your destination than those who stay put and don’t do anything.

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This blog post was sponsored by Samsung. If you want to know more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, please visit this link: http://samsung.com/my/tab4_7. You too now can make your own videos with the Tab 4 and even start writing with it.
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