Teaching an “Old Dog” New Tricks…

Last weekend, I decided that I needed to learn how to use iMovie to create short videos to share. Fortunately for this old dog, I have technologically savvy teenagers to teach me new tricks.

My favorite pole vaulting blonde cowgirl and I loaded up the horses Sunday morning to go to check our grass pasture cattle. While there, we used our iPhone 6’s to shoot short videos and take a few still pictures. Megan then packed her patience and taught me how to edit, string video together, and incorporate some still pictures to add variety. Finally, I drafted a script to record and add to the visuals.

Below find my official 1st video shot via horseback and edited via cowgirl tech savvy πŸ˜‰ I kept it short — 37 seconds — as starting short seemed to be the intelligent thing to do. I would ask that you all please offer feedback for me in the comment section. The video is a bit bouncy (due to being shot on horseback), and the editing is a bit raw (due to my lack of expertise). But, the good news is that I am sure that I have lots of room for improvement — so please help me to sharpen my skills!

Thank you for taking the time to watch, offer feedback, and share if the quality warrants it!

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16 responses to “Teaching an “Old Dog” New Tricks…

  1. Dave McClellan

    Don’t be afraid to go longer and take advantage of your tech savvy kids as I now have to recruit my grandkids for stuff like this. Great start.

    • Thank you, Dave! I have made a new video to post next week that is longer. I agree that this first video seemed a bit rushed. I love being able to use my girls’ tech skills for something positive! It is fun to do projects with them!

      I appreciate your note.
      Best,
      Anne

  2. Wendell Davis

    Good job. Something like that is beyond my capabilities. I don’t know how hard it would be to do, but if possible I would put the text of your talking on the video. Sometimes it is not convenient to turn the audio on for a video, so if the text of your voice is on the screen, it can be watched with the audio off.

    • I agree, Wendell. I have yet to find a “non-cumbersome” way to type the text on the video. I know of only one way and it is difficult as you have to match the timing of the words with the sound and the picture. I will work on it πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it!
      Best,
      Anne

  3. I think you did well for your first video. Looking forward to more. I need tech savvy teens to teach me too. I don’t know how to do all this stuff either so good job on starting to learn these new things.

    • Thank you, Kim! I enjoy doing projects with my girls, so this seemed to be a good one to take on. I just completed another video (trying to practice and get better) that I plan to put up next week.

      “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Performance” — or something like that πŸ˜‰

      I appreciate your support! We had snow today on the prairie — I guess that summer is wanting to hold out for May πŸ™‚ I hope that all is well back East.

      Best,
      Anne

      • Snow… wow! It was definitely summery here and in the 80’s today. Even took the baby chicks out all afternoon to play in the garden. Interesting how were only a few states away and the weather is so different.
        Looking forward to other videos 😊

  4. Jim and Carol Ingram

    Great first effort, Anne! I didn’t find the amount of “bouncy” objectionable — you haven’t seen bouncy until you’ve seen my first efforts at mounting a videocam on a motorcycle! It’s a very balanced blend of video clips and stills. I’d say you need to work on the audio — slow down a little, and try to record in a quiet location. I agree with Dave — don’t be afraid to make longer ones! (Jim)

    • Thank you, Jim! I’ve got a longer one that I finished last night where I tried your advice. Look for this second video next week πŸ™‚

      I appreciate your words of support and advice. I hope that all is well in Wyoming!

      Best,
      Anne

  5. Dawn Craumer

    well I think you did outstanding, but I have never done that before either.

  6. Carol

    I didn’t find it too bouncy but you may want to invest in a gimbal. Search for ‘iPhone gimbal’ and you’ll find many handheld models that will stabilize your video.

    Kudos for being willing to learn more tech stuff. It shows respect for our youth that you value their knowledge. They become a little more self confident when they are able to teach and when you are a successful student (as you were with this video), they derive a little self satisfaction from being the successful teacher.

    • You are so right, Carol. This is a good project for Megan and I (and Karyn too)! We are all learning, making memories and having fun as well. Thank you for the note and advice — look for video “Take 2” next week πŸ™‚

      I hope that all is well.
      Best,
      Anne

  7. Mark

    You did great. Enjoyed it. Hope for more.

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