Updated: Dec 20, 2020
CAIRN Traveler (CT) Week in Review
After much indecision, I've settled on this being the series title for now but as with most things, subject to change.The last video I made was over three months ago and I've been working on another video off and on (First Tow with the Airstream to Lake Tahoe) since that time. I have three big mental roadblocks to making content.
Roadblock One | Procrastination
I'm blaming a good portion of this on having ordered the Canon EOS R5 in mid August and due to massive backorders on Canon's end (and likely COVID 19 delays), not having received this until late November. So mentally I was waiting on this camera to continue shooting video though I accept that this was absolutely an excuse and I should have continued with the equipment I had at my disposal (and I did shoot some footage but not as much as I should have).
The problem with procrastination, particularly in regard to Adobe Premier is that the learning curve coming back to a project after much time away is very steep. I constantly have to relearn things and techniques. This rapidly expands the time to complete a project.
Roadblock Two | Quick Cuts
From observing other creators and their content, I've come to the conclusion that I really need to learn how to make quicker cuts and to inter-splice long segments of footage but I really have trouble wrapping my mind around this - I have no idea how film directors and editors attain this ability - just practice I suppose. Regardless, I think working towards the goal of faster cuts will push this content to the next level and really help with pacing.
Roadblock Three | Music
While I have subscriptions to Epidemic Sound and MusicBed, I honestly just don't know these services well enough to quickly find music that I like for use in videos. I wish there was a way (and perhaps there is and I just don't know it) to create a playlist/radio station much like Apple Music, Pandora, etc. and then just listen to similar music until you find something you like.
THE COMMON THEME
"Practice makes perfect," or at least makes better. The conclusion I've come to is that I just need to consistently make content and these issues (and the many others that affect the quality of this content) will take care of themselves. So to that end, I'm going to make it a goal to release a weekly video VLOG-style update - not fancy, not long, probably not with music (at least not in the beginning) and we'll just see where this goes.
By the way, and I struggle a lot with this in my head, but it's not really my goal here to be a "Youtuber" or to monetize this channel - so like and subscribe if you feel like it but ONLY if you feel like it and if you truly like this content and want to see more (and to watch the journey of this content as it improves over time). Making these videos are quite simply a creative outlet for me and a way to keep in touch with family and friends and to share life.
Cameras: Apple iPhone Xs Max and the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal, Canon EOS R5
Audio: RODE Wireless GO
Editing: Adobe Premier Pro (Creative Cloud)