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Holiday Video Editing for Beginners

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Let me ask you a question first: why do you shoot holiday videos? Is it that you want to show off to people through social media about a great holiday you have just had? It may be true enough and no crime at all! Or is it that you like filming scenes and sceneries and with people in it and considering a career in the video editing arena? Very reasonable and a great place to start too. Or maybe you shoot simply because you want to remember – people in your life who matter most.

Every answer is acceptable, because you don’t need a reason for capturing your loved ones live or recording an amazing visit to an exotic location with your family. The problem arises when you want to show it to others – even the loved ones.

Because watching raw footage for 20 minutes can be a daunting task, for even the very near and dear ones and then they have to lie to your face about how much they enjoyed it.

If you want to relieve them from that painful experience or should I say, want to learn a few bare minimum basics about holiday video editing for beginners, please carry on reading.

But before we get serious, let me clear something off.

I believe editing is a digital art form and not for everyone. My elder brother, who is a teacher of economics, can’t even snap a picture without missing a large chunk of the head, is absolutely no match for editing a second’s worth of raw footage. But that never stopped him filming of her two year old daughter whenever he can. So, shoot anything and everything you want without being bothered, because there are professionals who would take care of your holiday video editing.

Now we can get serious.

Hardware:

If you want to edit your raw footage, you need to have a powerful computer to do that. Let me give you just the bare minimum requirements.

Your computer should have at least 8 gigabytes of RAM which is also known as computer’s memory. It also has to have a strong processor to process the complicated tasks you are going to throw at it. Intel Core series (i5 and higher) and the AMD FX series can handle most of them. But processors running with a speed of 2.6 gigahertz (gHz) can get the job done as well. And you must have a lot of storage, at least 500 GB to start with.

Software:

There are bucket loads of software available and many of them have ample free tools which can help you start editing with ease. Since you are starting as a beginner, free tools can help you learn a lot. And you can always buy the paid ones when you think you feel the specific need to do something that can’t be done by free tools. Below are just the names of some widely used editing software in no particular order:

  •       Window’s Movie Maker
  •       iMovie
  •       Final Cut Pro X
  •       AVID Media Composer
  •       Lightworks
  •       Avidemux
  •       Shotcut
  •       Hitfilm Express
  •       Adobe Premier Pro
  •       DaVinci Resolve
  •       Openshot
  •       Videopad
  •       Blender
  •       VSDC free Video Editor etc.

Those are just a few widely available, user-friendly editing software. You can jumpstart your holiday video editing with any of them.

The Editing Process Itself:

Capture:

The first step is obviously moving the raw footage to your Mac or PC. You can do it as one big, chunky single file or make it big by adding 5 or 10 smaller files; it usually depends on the OS of your computer or the software you are using for editing. You can bring the video data shot by shot by software and each different shot will be in a different file. It will be immensely helpful when you start editing.

Shot:

After bringing all the footage, you have to decide about how you are going to use it. Let me make it clear by giving an example the last video I edited –

It was my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary and a huge party was thrown.  The video started from the moment of the guests started arriving.

A 2-second shot of the car door being opened.

A 3-second shot of the smiling guests getting out of the car.

A 3-second shot my parents were greeting them at the doorways.

A 3-second shot of the guests hugging each others.

And vice versa.

I had to figure out a way to find the starting and finishing of each little incident as a complete unit and bind them later sequentially by also maintaining chronological order.

I had to do that by watching the raw footage many times and pointing an IN and OUT marker for the little units that I was going to use later.

Timeline:

When you finish working out the shots, they need to be organized so that you can knit them together. And timeline is the place where you do that. You place the little clips in sequence and watch them being played.

Add Effects:

Now the fun part begins. After you have done assembling and cleaning-up timeline, you can add effects. You can put together texts, transitions, still pictures, filters – anything. It entirely depends on your likings. I can just give a word of experience –less is always good in the case for adding effects.

There you go, with the above four easy concepts – capture, shots, timeline and adding effects – you can finish editing your holiday video. You might not create a masterpiece but at least people won’t have to lie to your face.

Before I leave you on your own, just a few pointers to remember –

  •       View your raw footage a number of times to be sure to choose the right clips to use later.
  •       Make sure you organize everything in separate folders. If you can figure out the best takes before the editing process, the job will be a whole lot easier.
  •       Shoot each scene a number of times. It will give you a sea of wealth to work later on and you can mix and match every clip for a refined result.
  •       Stop working for hours end, it will dull your senses and you may miss easy fixes.
  •       Best bet is always using instrumental instead of music, because lyrics can distract if you want to add your subjects talking.
  •       If you’re using music, select instrumental as a backing track. Lyrics can often be distracting unless used delicately.
  •       Get clear idea about some basic terminology like Jump Cuts, J Cut, L Cut, Montage, Cutting on Action, Match Cut/Match Action, Cutways, Wipe etc. You can get explanations about them in plain non-technical terms in numerous sites.  
  •    This is paramount – you need to learn to be patient. There are endless sources of self-learning out there and some of them can be contradictory. But if you know how to be persistent, you can find your own way of editing.

You would be the judge of my little endeavor to give you some very basic ideas about holiday video editing. Now use them, and be an awesome editor.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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10 Benefits of Self Storage

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Storage space is a concern every person has when they have too many items. The question of where to put your belongings can be a headache. It’s especially stressful during home renovation or moving.

One solution to address this is self storage. Getting a storage unit answers your concerns about cramping too many items. Read on and learn why you should get a self storage unit today:

1. Removes Clutter from Home

One benefit of having a self storage unit is freeing up your house. Clutter can affect your health negatively, making you feel stressed. If you go for a storage unit, you can reduce the number of items lying around your living space.

2. Keeps Items Safe

If you want to protect items, get a controlled climate storage unit. It works when you want to keep them in a safe environment.

It stores items the elements will otherwise damage. It includes artworks, documents, and photos. Climate-controlled storage also stores electronics and furniture.

3. Provides Necessary Space

If you need to free up space in your home or business, a storage unit helps. You can move up items in a storage unit to make your home more livable. It’s your best bet when freeing up a room for a different purpose.

4. Guaranteed Security from Theft

Security is another storage unit feature. Storage unit providers ensure your items remain secure in their containers while giving you full access to them. Storage companies also have CCTV surveillance systems to track the premises both inside and outside.

5. Temporary Storage for Items

You might have seasonal items used for a moment then stowed away after. These could be for your boat, RV, and so on. Opt for bigger storage units to help store them better.

You can learn more when you check out Titan Storage. They can help with storing your boat, RV, and other valuables.

6. Cost-Effective

A storage unit helps you worry less about expenses. When comparing between a storage unit and an apartment for storage, the former gives more features for less.

7. Can Work for Business Purposes

You might need storage for products or materials for your business. Storage units offer the necessary space to keep your business assets secure.

8. Eases with Transition Between Homes

Moving between addresses gets tough, especially when you have a lot to pack and unpack. A storage unit is best when moving bulkier items. Some also offer moving services.

9. Ensures Safety at Home

During a renovation, you’ll have tools and equipment sitting on location. A self storage container stows these items when not in use. It’s a good way to maintain safety standards.

10. Helps with Downsizing

At some point, you might end up downsizing. A storage unit can help those efforts, especially during retirement. After all, you have lots of storage options to work with.

Try Self Storage Today

Self Storage comes with a wide variety of uses. They’re suitable for any situation. Consider using one whenever necessary.

Are you looking for more informative guides? Check out our articles for more.

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5 Countries With The Fastest Internet Around the World

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The Internet has become a key part of our daily lives. We need it in pretty much all circumstances, from checking the weather to building a business and everything else in between. However, not every country, big or small, has a solid broadband network. The global average broadband download speed is 81Mbps and upload of 42Mbps. Whilst this is quite an increase from previous years, there are a few outlier countries far exceeding these averages.

Why is Fast Internet Important?

Having a lightning-fast internet connection should be a possibility for anybody considering what an important part of our lives is. Although broadband is usually pretty fast, the upcoming release of 5G will cover mobile devices as well. This is important as many users choose a mobile device over a desktop one.

Countless day-to-day activities like work, streaming and even gaming are tightly tied to the internet. Even simpler games like the casino ones rely on the internet to provide a good user experience. An online casino app like Gaminator can be downloaded for free from Google Play but users do need the internet to perform this action. Once the app is downloaded, you can access it without internet. However, if you want to gamble in a virtual casino and interact with other players and dealers, you will need a fast and consistent internet connection.

Depending on the region you live in, your internet may or may not be above the average. Below, we’ve prepared a list of the five countries that have the fastest internet connection in the world. The data and list are according to the Speedtest Global Index by Ookla.

Singapore

Singapore is widely known for its surprisingly-fast internet connection. It’s ranked first with a total download speed of 213Mbps and 220Mbps for upload. Singapore is also a coworking and freelancing hub, being the second fastest growing country in this industry. They only reach 13th for mobile speeds with an average of 56Mbps.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong comes second on our list, very close to Singapore with a download speed of 202Mbps, and 193Mbps for upload on a broadband connection. The average latency is also only 12ms which should be good enough for most digital services. The mobile situation is a bit different as Hong Kong only ranks 19th in this category with a download speed of 53Mbps.

Thailand

Thailand is a hub for travelers, freelancers, and remote workers thanks to its natural beauty, affordable living, and reliable internet. It ranks 3rd with 171Mbps download speed and 134Mbps upload. Whilst their broadband is pretty solid, the mobile speed is quite low, Thailand is ranked 59th with 32Mbps on mobile. It gets the last place for mobile speeds from the five countries mentioned in this list.

South Korea

South Korea gained 3 positions in the last couple of months ranking 4th in the Speedtest Global Index with a fixed broadband download speed of 169Mbps and 165Mbps for upload. This provides a pretty consistent experience for all users. Moreover, South Korea ranks 2nd for mobile with a download speed of 109Mbps which is quite close to their broadband connection. South Korea used to rank 1st for mobile but they got overtaken by the United Arab Emirates by a single point.

Romania

Romania is widely known for its powerful and inexpensive fiber internet connection. Nine of its cities used to be ranked in the top 15 cities with the fastest internet around the world, not long ago. Currently, Romania has the fastest internet in Europe with 167Mbps download speed on average and 120Mbps upload. Although they are only ranked 45th for mobile speeds with an average download of 38Mbps, the country’s local telecommunication companies are pushing innovation by deploying 5G networks across the country.

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The 7 Best Gmail Tips and Tricks for the Traveler on the Go

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Gmail is a relatively new player in the email game, especially when compared to its competitors. Despite that, Gmail dominates.

Gmail boasts a staggering 1.5 billion users across the world, a tally the company is adding to every day. As a matter of fact, since you’re reading this post, we’re guessing that you’re an advent Gmail user as well.

If you love using Gmail almost as much as you love traveling, this post is for you. In it, we share useful Gmail tips and tricks that can help you keep your messages organized, safe, and effective no matter where in the world you are.

  1. Let Google Help You Write

When you’re traveling, do you want to spend your time having to flex your creative brain to craft impactful emails? We hope you answered no to that question because while on the road, your time is so much better spent enjoying your surroundings than being hunched in front of your computer.

Enter Smart Compose!

Smart Compose is a feature you can tick on in your Gmail settings that will have Google’s bots try to intelligently finish your sentences. If you like what they come up with, you can hit the tab key and the information they’ve suggested will auto-fill.

Don’t like what Smart Compose is coming up with? No problem!

Just keep typing through its suggestions and they’ll automatically disappear.

  1. Share Your Situation in Your Signature

Email signatures are by no means new technology. Still, they’re insanely helpful when you’re trying to push a consistent message to the people you’re in contact with.

When you’re traveling, you’ll probably be in situations where you’re without WIFI and can’t respond to notes as quickly as you typically might. To keep your recipients in the know regarding your response capabilities, consider using Gmail’s signature feature to share your whereabouts or at least to share that you’ll be slow to reply.

You can find your signature options in your Gmail’s settings.

  1. Schedule Emails for When You’ll Have Internet

In those moments on the road where you’re waiting for a bus trip to end or a raft ride to subside, you might want to compose a few emails to send off. The problem with that is finding solid WIFI while on the move.

Don’t let that ruin your productivity though!

With Gmail’s scheduled mail feature, you can draft notes whenever you’d like and set a timer for when you’d like Gmail to send those notes, presumably when you’re in range of WIFI.

  1. Keep Your Messages Secure

Have you ever had to send sensitive emails while traveling and worried that the note might fall into the wrong hands? Gmail has a solution for that.

A little known option in Gmail which is called “Self-Destruct” lets mail senders put a timer on how long their notes can sit in someone’s inbox. With that option ticked, sensitive notes will not only expire in the amount of time that you’ve allotted but will also prevent recipients from copying the message’s text, forwarding the message, and more.

For all of the features in Self-Destruct to work properly, you’ll want to make sure you’re sending your note to another Gmail account.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Turn on Auto Respond

You’re not always going to be available to respond to emails while traveling. Sometimes, your intention will be to avoid emails so you can enjoy as much time in your new destination as possible without distraction.

If hiding away from emails sounds like something you’re interested in, use Gmail’s auto-respond feature to let senders know you’re away from your computer. You can even tell people when you plan on returning so they can set their expectations around when they’re likely to get a response.

Gmail’s auto-respond or “vacation responder” options can be found in your Gmail settings.

  1. Get Organized

We recommend getting your inbox organized before you start traveling but hey, if you have some downtime on the road, definitely lean on this Gmail tips and tricks must!

Gmail has several features to help get your inbox cleaned up. For example, you can learn how to create a new folder in Gmail and organize notes into that folder based on rules you set. You can also learn how to use Google’s tabs feature to easily sort through promotional emails, business emails, and personal emails.

The more rules you set for your inbox and the more granular your folders are, the easier it’ll be to find important information.

  1. Let More Friends in on the Fun

Have you ever had a fun email chain going between yourself and friends while traveling? Have you ever wanted to add additional people to the chain in the middle of conversations?

Gmail makes doing that easy!

All you have to do is type “+your friend’s name” in the body of your note and if Gmail has your friend saved in your contacts, it’ll automatically loop them in.

Great Gmail Tips and Tricks Can Make Email a Lot More Streamlined

We love learning and implementing new Gmail tips and tricks to help make our use of email more productive. That’s especially true when we’re on the road and time is at a premium.

Our team hopes our insight help you get more out of your Gmail experience and perhaps even inspire you to explore other fun tips that we didn’t mention.

If you’d like additional insight on travel, technology and more, we welcome you to browse the newest content we have available on our site!

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