On Sunday, I made a 25-second video to review a not so great product. The process beyond the video made me realize that I probably need to kiss my Youtube career goodbye. Making a video was on my to-do list for a very long time. I high-fived myself for uploading it, but I’m not doing it again soon. Probably. Here’s why.
A significant time investment
I am not a patient person. I’m an impulsive content creator. When I have an idea, I go from “idea” to executing it pretty fast. That usually translates to “Writing the blog post, with little preparation”.
With the video, that concept was thrown out of the window. I had to source the material for the video, make a recording, then edit it and finally upload it to Youtube. It took me a long time, mostly because editing the video was harder than I thought. Who knew that recording the audio and trying to make the video quit was a backward way of doing things?
I can only imagine that creating longer videos means “a lot more work”. Creating a script for the video, more recording, more editing.
For someone as impatient as me, that’s a lot of time!
My voice isn’t a radio voice
I’m not sure if I have a radio face, but I definitely don’t have a radio face. I just can’t stand listening to my own voice. Irrational as that might be, it does mess with the process. Recording audio was painful, and listening to the audio wasn’t fun at all. It’s something I should probably work on, either way. But it makes making videos ‘not fun’, and I don’t want every video to be an exercise.
Solution creep times ten
I’ve probably made the term “solution creep” up. It’s where you’ve got to achieve one thing. When confronted with all the possible solutions, you get overwhelmed and can’t choose, meaning you don’t get anything done.
Now, I’ve managed to pretty much narrow that down for blogging. “Just use WordPress. Don’t buy another domain name”.
But when recording a video, there are so many things you need to think of.
- What recording software are you going to use?
- How are you going to record the video?
- What equipment are you going to use for audio? And to record your radio face?
- How are you going to edit the video?
I came up with a complex solution, after a lot of deliberation. I used Quicktime, iMovie and the stuff I had lying around. Logical solution, because I wisely decided not to make a financial investment.
I’m a fairly good blogger because it’s a simple platform. Write, add an image, publish. But I don’t think I’m ready for video yet. There’s so much involved, including some things I’m super bad at. Maybe later.