Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Video Problems

 Hi Everyone,

This week I've been trying to figure out how to get a professional looking video of my work in progresses.  I'm aware that if I had a mac that there is a good movie making program, but I don't own a mac yet.  Until then I've been researching.  I've barely begun to scratch the surface, but most on-line programs are a little pricey.  I made the above video through animoto.  I paid for the smaller package which was $30 a year.  They are very professional looking but unless you dish out $250 a year you have a lot branding showing up.  They do offer $39.99 a month, but I was worried that it could be a nightmare canceling after 1 month.  I may have to try it and see how it goes.  The most expensive package offers no branding and access to all their templates and music.

 Above is another version of the same video.  I don't like that you can't change the speed at which the pics are on the screen, at least not that I have found.  Since I wasn't thrilled with the branding or the speed I tried other alternatives.  Through the you tube page they have links to several services, but without paying for another program I couldn't find any free options.  Does anyone know of any?

I did find a royalty free music site.  It's a library of music that can be used, there is no charge they do have a donation box if you choose to do so.  It's  a lot of classical and instrumental, which I think is perfect for artistic needs. The site is called Musopen

Trying to get my blog posted today I ran into several problems trying to get my animoto video to post.  I never could get it to upload to you tube.  I finally got it on my blog after multiple attempts.  I did get my video to post to facebook with minimal problems.  There has to be an easier way!

I would love to hear your input.  Help, please:))


  1. Wow! good for you! they're both lovely! and how cool are you?

    i don't know much about video but tim has actually filmed, edited, added music and uploaded ads for the newspaper.

    it looks like the fees add up quickly. maybe it's time for a mac. you can do so much on these things it's freaky. they're still like magic to me. i'm sure there are tiny little computer geeks running around inside performing tasks every time i click my mouse.

    anyway, i'm sure tim would be happy to help. feel free to shoot over any questions you might have if you'd like.

    and best of luck, these videos are going to amazing!

  2. Those videos were neat. Maybe a bit short, I think. I didn't try, but can you pause it. I'll have to go back and take another look. Wonderful idea though, Carrie.

  3. Carrie, it looks much better in full screen and yes, it can be paused which is wonderful. :)

  4. Carrie those are so cool! And wow are you brave. I wouldn't even know where to start! The music sounds great too. :)

  5. So cool!! What a neat idea. I think they look great. It gets so time-consuming exploring new things on the computer -- hats off to you!! And again, that painting is OUTRAGEOUS! :)

  6. I really like the music accompanying the images. Nicely done, Carrie!

    I've not used any third party programs -- I've always done my flash videos using... Macromedia Flash (Now belongs to Adobe... =__=b....) Very old school, I know, and I bought my first package when I was still in grad school because the student version is very cheap... I am still getting my software packages through my friends who are still doing their grad school, since I am so broke I can't afford them any other way. But I will check with my friends who are more youtube savvy, to find out how they do their time-lapse videos. ^__^

  7. Aren't you the coolest thing! Love the music. And Carol is right, it looks terrific in full screen!

  8. sounds like a good topic for Artists Helping Artists. Both Dreama and Leslie do videos and might be willing to do an in depth show on it. I'm clueless.

  9. I wish I could help but I am not at all good with that sort of thing.
    I've recently purchased Photoshop Elements 10 and I am bewildered after the first paragraph of the book! A month down the line and I have abandoned all attempts, lol! Good luck with it :0)

  10. The videos are great!! I wouldn't know how to do that! I'm still trying to figure out how to put my blog list on the side of my blog! I'm so afraid of messing everything up..need help on that one!! Anyway, it's a wonderful idea Good luck with it.