For this installment of my little "365" project, we're trying a whole new video approach. Given that I'm gonna want a mic to narrate my little vlogs when I'm settled in Southeast Asia, it turns out that the mic on my sweet Lumix is piss poor. I experimented here at home w/ the Lumix on a tripod, and... suffice that the Lumix' built-in mic is on TOP of the camera and I had to be within a FOOT of the camera to pick up even half way decent sound.
So back to the video drawing boards.
But lo 'n behold - my new 4 gen iPod Touch has video and... it's really quite good. Remarkable even. Super sharp and easy-peasy. And best of all - the built in mic is excellent.
So off I skip, clutching my trusty iPod, in search of some video action. No doubt again not the most riveting content, but when I spied my neighborhood java stand, I decided to do a little "shoot" (and get myself a cuppa java while I was at it.)
Hand held of course, and still pretty pathetic, but there's definitely possibilities with the iPod.
The other revelation was adding narration on top of the music. No small feat as MS Movie Maker has but a single audio track. ;( But I rummaged around Google and unearthed a hack whereby I first built the video with the music background, saved it, and then reloaded the (now single, combined video/music track) back into MM, and...
Bought myself a nifty external "Noise-canceling" mic ($30) and recorded a bit of narration with my "Voice Memo" app on the iPod, emailed the audio clips to myself and then added them to the video in MM. No doubt I could also have used the mic whilst recording the video, but suffice I had neither the external mic nor my wits about me at the time. Likewise, next time I'll try recording narration with the new mic plugged into my laptop.
In any case, all I can say is - geez, this video stuff sure is tricky!