Milking Iris

A few things seem to have come together recently which make it somehow easier for me to sit down and edit some video.

Part of this is the impetus of the Semanal project, part of it is a recent upgrade to my current editing software of choice, and part of it is my recent purchase of a second DV camcorder (a JVC DR E720EK for only £99!) which I can use as a semi-permanently connected DV drive, leaving the other camcorder (a Sony DCR PC107E) ready for recording with no need to keep swapping tapes. I am also feeling the loss of my favourite little digital camera, which I had been using for nearly three years, stopped working a few months ago – its replacement produces lovely video, but is nowhere near as familiar and friendly for videoblogging.

The final component of this is the realisation that after a few years of videoblogging I have actually become relatively comfortable with editing. I know the software pretty well, I have a reasonably powerful and stable PC to edit on, I usually have a fairly clear idea of what I want, and (best of all) I seem to have the skills to get pretty close to what I have in my mind. This is mildly astonishing – I still vividly recall the weeks of clumsy and frustrating effort it took me to turn out even a simple few minutes of edited video when I first started in the early 1990s.

The upshot of all of this is that I have started dipping in to the hundreds of hours of tapes I have recorded over the years, and editing some of the raw footage into something a bit more watchable. Of course it’s not perfect, but with every one I do, I learn a bit more and get a bit better at it.

With all that in mind, here is this weeks video: A fragment of a visit to Shugborough Hall and Historic Estate in August 2006; edited in February 2008.

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