I decided to take some of my classmates warnings seriously and get a jump start on completing the interview assignment for this week.
As a soon-to-be college graduate in May, interviews are something that I have grown very accustomed to over the last couple of months. So when I saw that this assignment required me to complete an interview, I wasn’t really that nervous. The most nerve wrecking part of this assignment was actually the fact that I had to film, cut, and edit the interview. I am not very experienced when it comes to editing videos. When I have had to edit videos in the past, I usually use iMovie because I had a Mac. However, at the start of this school year, my MacBook died and I decided to get an HP instead. Obviously, HP’s do not come with iMovie so I was very nervous about finding and learning a new video editing software.
However, this assignment, like most I encounter in this class, was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The first step to completing this assignment was finding an editing software/app that I could use. After many Google searches and app reviews, I stumbled across HP Photo and Video Editor. turns out that HP Photo and Video editor is HP’s version of iMovie. And since I have a lot of experience with iMovie, I figured that this would be the best app for me to use. This app was super user friendly and I would advise anyone with an HP to look into using it. It allows you to upload your individual video files, edit them individually, and then trim and combine them into one.
Once I decided on an app to use, ,my next task was to download the YouTube Question clips to an mp4 file. Call me stupid, but I never realized how simple it was to download a YouTube video. I have only had experience downloading YouTube videos to mp3 files, and had no idea that downloading it to an mp4 allowed you to save the actual video and not just the audio. Once the videos were downloaded to an mp4, I then uploaded them to my video editor and cut the files down individually based on their questions.
Once that was complete, my second to last step was to record and upload my answers. I decided to record my answers using my laptop camera. It doesn’t have the best quality, but I think it was better than using my phone because it felt like I was talking more to a person than talking right at my phone. Once all of my answers were recorded, I uploaded them to the video editor app and spaced them in between the questions being asked.
Once I was happy with how my video turned out, I uploaded it to Vimeo!
As I stated, this assignment made me really nervous when I first read about it. However, now that I have actually completed the assignment, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and was honestly a little fun! I really am not good when it comes to video editing and don’t have too much experience, but this assignment was a really great introduction to video editing that will come in handy when my group and I record our show next week.