I MADE A VIDEO

I MADE A VIDEO!

i-made-a-videoSome days my greatest joy is sitting at the back window to watch the birds at the feeders. I am also armed with my camera. I have a passion for capturing my fine feathered friends in a photograph.

Below is just one of the thousands of bird photographs I have taken from my back window.

Look how adorable these little cuties are and they are so much fun to watch.

 

 

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Lately my newest craze has been taking videos of them and converting them to little movies with background music.

I am no Hollywood movie maker. As you can tell this is my first attempt at this sort of thing. The process of editing, cutting, splitting and all the other stuff that goes into making a video is pretty complicated by my standards.

I used a very basic video editor that came with my Nikon camera. When the movie comes straight from the camera it is a very large file. It then has to be converted into a smaller file, which really reduces the quality. But if I did not shrink it down I would never have been able to put it up on YouTube and then I would never have been able to share it with you. Hence leaving you without a blog post this week and leaving your week with a huge lonely hole in it without me!

Anyway once I was fairly happy with the results I uploaded it to YouTube where I discovered even more things I could do with it. I was then able to adjust the contrast, lighting and even some vibration reduction. Believe me when you are sitting at the back window there is no room for a tripod set up. My hands are pretty shaky. On top of that my one zoom lens that is able to capture scenes from a distance does not have vibration reduction. That particular lens with all the bells and whistles is about the price of a small car! (I am not kidding… $9000.00 worth of non-kidding) And that is the cheaper one!

I added some jazzy background music. That was also free. I found the music on YouTube by someone named Longzijun. In the credit at the end, his name got cut off and I spelled it wrong and am really sorry for that. People that give away their own music for people to enjoy should get limitless credit for their craft.

There is a guest appearance from Maggie my one legged Magpie near the end of the video. She is one of my favorite birds that has become a regular at the feeders.

Without further ado here is the finished video.

I wish you could see it in it’s original format as it is a much better quality but like I said it was too large a file. I hope you enjoyed some of my backyard birds and have a good week everyone!

**UPDATE: I just discovered if I click on the HD settings on my FaceBook page of this same video it shows with much better quality. It is there for the public so if you want a look at it in a better quality format you can go to this link and have a look. You can even put it on full screen mode for an even better viewing.**

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Welcome to my world! My name is Kat. I live in Medicine Hat. Thus the name, Kat From The Hat.

8 Comments

      • Hi Rose! Sadly I do not get any Cardinals. I miss them very much. I was raised in Ontario where Cardinals are plentiful but none out here in the west. We do not even have squirrels here in Medicine Hat!

  1. I love the birds too! We’ve taken pictures of all of them and enjoy each and every one. This year, Birdie the Bear took all my feeders. He was about 6 feet tall so I wasn’t arguing with him. Last week was our first snowfall and it’s now getting colder. Birdie must be hibernating by now. Today I pick up my new birdfeeder. My birds aren’t hungry, they just have to eat off the railings and the ground. I’ve never put out water though. How do you keep it from freezing? We have a flock of pine grosbeaks visiting now. First time we ever saw a flock of mourning doves was yesterday. There was about 16 or so of them. Usually there are just three or four but I guess they had a family reunion! Since the suet came down, we haven’t seen the downy and hairy woodpeckers. I put the suet back up today. Nice to see your video! Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Anne! Excited to hear you are a bird fan also. Now about Birdie the Bear. I would have pooped my pants if I seen him at the feeders and would never leave the confines of the house again. I think you can keep Birdie and I will keep the deer. We are in a deep freeze now so water is now a problem. I have just ordered a heater for their water but at the moment I have just been changing out the water every morning. (It’s a pain) So if they are thirsty they better come in the morning as it freezes up pretty darn quickly. I have read that water is important in the winter. They do eat snow for water but it takes alot of energy out of them, so I try to make that a bit easier with their morning water. watering.

    • Hi Diana and welcome. The water cooler (water cooler sounds more hip than bird bath) is an old vintage milk can that was spray painted black many years ago. On top of that I placed a huge aluminum Chinese wok. I used that to put the water in for awhile but it kept turning black and I do not think that was too healthy for the birds. I then used a really nice bread dough bowl but the big rock really scratched it up. Now I just set a stainless steel frying pan inside the wok. I like the wok as it gives the birds a landing spot to perch on while they wait their turn if it is busy. I have just upgraded to a water heater for the last 2 weeks and not a bit of ice has formed in it Yay!!!

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