There are lots of memorable moments in your life that can be captured on video. Dance recitals, baseball games, family vacations, birthday parties, and even life histories can be captured and viewed time and time again. There is perhaps no better way to remember past events than through video.
With the widespread integration between computers and television, now may be the time to start learning how to create and share your own videos. Family, friends, and complete strangers will be able to view your video via a variety of media outlets. More on that later ...
The first thing you need to learn is how to create a movie. The best (and easiest way) to film something is by using a digital camcorder (whether it be Digital8, MiniDV, HDV, or any DVD format). These formats will allow you to transfer your videos directly to your computer. If you have something more old-school, like VHS or 8mm, you’ll have to convert it to a digital format before you can do much with it. There are several tools on the market that will help you transfer your analog data into the digital world. A converter box runs around $45 and will allow you to plug your old camcorder or VCR into a USB port (and this is a great tool to have on hand if you have piles of family movies sitting around on VHS tapes).
Once you get your videos on your computer, it’s time to edit. Many computer systems come preloaded with video editing programs like Windows Movie Maker. If you are looking for a more robust program and you aren’t necessarily concerned with costs, try Adobe Premiere. Most editing software will allow you to organize clips, add music, and introduce other bells and whistles to your video. Once you complete your edits, be sure to save your files and back them up with a DVD or on an external hard drive.
Now is the time to share. If a video sits in an obscure file of your hard drive, it isn’t doing much more good than those old VHS tapes in the attic. Share it! You can post videos to YouTube and then send a link to all of your friends and family. You can post short videos on Facebook or your personal blog. Another great idea is to create a set of DVDs to add to your collection. These videos will be a favorite on Sunday afternoon get-togethers for years to come.
It is important to make sure your computer is able to handle the load of video editing and storage. You might need to add memory, more storage, or a beefed-up video card. Call Computer Problem Specialists at (928) 468-0000 for a free analysis.
Now go out and capture those memories. (But don’t forget to take off the lens cap).
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.