Youtube videos with limited video capacity
Alternate ways to create videos
I was hoping that hubpages revenue would provide me enough $$ to purchase a video camera by now. Alas, that hasn't happened. Like everything else, it's not what you know, but who you know. As a rather shy individual, I don't know anyone, so my creative efforts don't go very far. But I digress.
I own a digital camera that can do little videos, but the audio is terrible. I'd rather be able to splice my own sound track. Also, I know you can make videos out of stills and do other things with the windows video program, but it is rather time intensive. I've found two quick easy and free shortcuts to do it in a way that you can upload it to youtube, so I am able to show you the samples right inline.
Way 1 is an online application I found while browsing the youtube API. It is called animoto.com. I told it about one of my flickr sets, chose a soundtrack and I had a video on youtube in about 5 minutes. Animoto has a certain amount of randomness to it, and it actually handles the mechanics of uploading to youtube for you.
Way 2 is a desktop application called videothang that you can download and install in windows xp or vista. It is so simple to use I am not even going to belabor it with detailed instructions. You basically feed it a set of stills and a sound track. You have a bit more control with this, but there is less it does. It allows you a few standard transitions and it also allows you to make very very basic titles. Time to download and install: 8 minutes. Time took to create this video: about 10 minutes.You have to explicitly save a videothang video for export and then upload it yourself. That took me about 5 minutes also.
WATCH OUT! It lookes like uploading this baby wiped out one of the other videos I had there. This is not good. Luckily it was no big deal and I have a back up but I will try again and I will also notify the people who made it. If this behavior repeats and I can't localize a work-around or a fix I will toss it.
These videos are not great--they are kind of tests if you will. The pictures are not that great to begin with, and I didn't put a whole lot of thought effort or time into them. The point is really how fast it is to make them.
Videothang video: Beet Carrot Fennel Slaw
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