Beginners Adventure Vlogging

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One of the consequences of my ‘Lock-Down has been the rediscovery of my ‘Action Camera’ more generically known as a Go-Pro (hoover syndrome).  I was given mine as a present last year and I think I used it once.  One of the problems I had was trying to edit the video after I had taken it on a walk.

However, now that I have had a bit more time to research and try different editing software’s, I have discovered I can easily produce simple but semi-professional looking videos to put on my very empty YouTube Channel GlynGetOutside.

What I am going to do is have a quick look at action cameras, then investigate some of the easier to use free video editing software packages.

Action Cameras

As I said in the introduction, we all tend to refer to action cameras as Go-Pros, in much the same way that we refer to vacuum cleaners as Hoovers.  As with ‘hoovers’ there are a wide range of action cameras at varying prices and levels of functionality.

go pro hero 8

I am not going to go into a comparison between the different action cameras as there are plenty of websites doing that on the internet.  What I will try to do is dispel the myth that you have to spend a fortune to make basic videos.

According to Digital Camera World the best action cameras are:

  • GoPro Hero 8 Black £279.99
  • GoPro Hero7 Black £249.99
  • YI Technology 4K+ Action Camera £274.99
  • Sony RX0 II £730.00
  • Olfi One.Five £149.99

However, there is not a camera under £149.99 and this is what puts a lot of people off trying video recording.  It is a lot of money for something that you may not like.

All is not lost though.  There is a range of budget cameras which will be ideal for the absolute beginner.

  • AKASO Brave 6 4K £79.99
  • Apeman Trawo 4K £100
  • Campark X20 4K £59.99
  • Crosstour 4K £43.99
  • EKEN H9R 4K £59.99

Which Magazine make an interesting comment

Action cameras can vary in price and features, so it is important to identify which camera will suit you. Whether you are after a cheap action camera or a more advanced model that shoots 4K video

You can find a basic action camera for around £50 but spend up to £300 or more and you will receive high-resolution 4K video, built-in wireless connectivity and a wide-angle lens.

So, let us make a comparison.  I own a budget Crosstour 4K CT9500 and I will compare its specification with the top of the range Go-Pro Hero 8 Black.

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Go-Pro Hero 8 – £279.99

  • LCD Size – 2″
  • Video Resolution – 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 1440p
  • Waterproof Depth – 10m
  • Anti-Shake Function – Yes
  • Wide Angle Lens – Yes
  • Wifi Connectivity to Apple & Android – Yes

Crosstour CT9500 – £43.99

  • LCD Size – 2″
  • Video Resolution – 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 1440p
  • Waterproof Depth – 40m
  • Anti-Shake Function – Yes
  • Wide Angle Lens – Yes
  • Wifi Connectivity to Apple & Android – Yes

Now I am not saying that the Crosstour is as good as the Go-Pro but they both do the same thing with the same specification.  So do not think that if you buy a cheaper camera it will not be as good – because it will be good.

Video Editing Software

A year ago, when I was given my action camera, I started to look online for free video editing software.  What I came across was a package called Da Vinci Resolve, this is a high-end professional editing package that is available free of charge.

da vinci

It has all the bells & whistles and a very flashy interface.  There were plenty of YouTube tutorials on how to use it and I became ‘hooked’.  The problem was I was trying to go from zero to hero is one step and I should have known from my hill-walking, that this is not possible. But it looked cool!

As a result, I was out of my depth and lost interest.

Fast forward to Lockdown 2020 and a chance for a fresh start.  However, this time I would look for a more sensible video editing package that would be easier to use and understand but still came with loads of bells and whistles.

My research highlighted a need for caution.  Some of the ‘Free’ software packages are only free for a limited trial and do not allow you the access all the package.  Some of the other free ones have their logo watermarked into all your finished videos spoiling all your lovely effort.

However, there are some really good genuine free software packages such as:

  • Shotcut
  • Olive
  • Kdenlive
  • Blender

I looked at all of these for some time and viewed the various tutorials available on YouTube.  I found them all remarkably similar and all easy to use.

The one I chose to use myself was Kdenlive.  I have been using this now for about 4 weeks and with the aid of the YouTube tutorials and the web-based user manual, found I could quickly put together reasonable videos.

kdenlive

It has plenty of special effects and transitions allowing you to make good looking videos very quickly.  I have only just touched the surface of the package capabilities, but with what I have seen so far, I have been extremely impressed.

No, it is not as good as Da Vinci Resolve which is why I selected it and I am sure that, with time, I will grow out of Kdenlive.  However, at that point I may well return to the more complex editing packages.

If you fancy yourself as the next Terry Abraham why not invest in one of the budget action cameras and download one of the freebie editing software packages.  You will be surprised how much fun you can have and, at the same time, creating a record of your activities


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