Because I Can

blog-131.jpgA couple of weeks ago, I discovered I could take movies with the little Canon Powershot A620. And that same week, I got an invitation to participate in the beta of Drop Box with 2 GB of free storage.

So I took a weeny wobbly inch square one minute video of me walking toward the Fortress Garden and uploaded it for anyone to see — in a separate window because I was too lazy to figure out how to widgetize it into Word Press.

One small step for man, one even smaller step in personal videography. Oh well. I’ve already confessed to a low threshold for exposure of personal quirkiness and idiosycrasity.

Even so, this potential to record and upload sound and video is something to explore. I’ve been lazy in the Creative Department of late. Do podcasts and videos and printed enlargements of Floyd County landscapes loom in the not too distant future?


About fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

6 comments:

  1. I’ve heard the PodPress plugin is quite good. I haven’t felt a need for it because I upload videos (also shot with the video setting on a still camera) to Vimeo, which like all such hosts provides embed code. They allow a maximum of 500MB per week, which is more than adequate for my needs, and I like the convenience of letting somebody else resize my videos for the web. But if you know your way around video resizing and conversion software and have a good place to store the files, obviously you don’t need an external host.

    For audio at Via Neg I use the plugin from 1pixelout, but PodPress will take care of that, too (and I believe incorporates 1pixelout’s code; the Flash players are identical).

  2. COOL !! NICE SHORT MOVIE! NICE LOOKING GARDEN…..NOW, TURN THAT CAMPOD AROUND AND SHOOT SOME FOOTAGE OF YOURSELF, SO I CAN SEE YOU, WHEN I LOG ONTO YOUR WEBSITE, WHILE ON BREAK, HERE AT WORK !!! SHOOT SOME FOOTAGE OF ANN ALSO !!!
    SHORT MOVIES ON FRAGS FROM FLOYD, HOW COOL IS THAT !!!!?? OH YEAH, GET SOME OF TSUGA ALSO, MAN, WE CANNOT FORGET THE DOG!!!!!

    MARK

    MARK

  3. Very nice. I recently posted my first video using a Flip camcorder, inspired by Beth’s first video post not long before. The medium and the ease of sharing it has the potential to add new life to blogging I think. Also requires new brain cells to be used for me, like how to shoot the video with interesting content, have some sort of purpose (ie. plot), how to end it gracefully rather than just turning the camera off and leaving the viewer hanging, how to speak clearly and meaningfully, etc. In other words, I gotta learn how to make a movie. Move over Spielberg!

Leave a Reply