Forced Learning

Grazing in Lebanon (GoPro.jpeg)

For days I’ve been trying to understand a GoPro Camera before finalizing its purchase. This is a complex little instrument, I’ve figured out its basics, enough to capture videos of my horses being driven. My next step, editing a video is more difficult. It seems that the GoPro essentially owns its videos, won’t allow them downloaded from the camera to a video-editing software other than what GoPro provides. After editing a clip using GoPro’s software, the setup enables sharing only to Facebook and You Tube. I’d be happy having a clip on either site, but haven’t managed to upload a 60-second video clip. All my attempts have failed, and how-to-do is a mystery that finally has become tiring and discouraging.

The alternative sent me researching on the internet which introduced me to various editing software, some really complicated, like for example, mainly geared to develop 3-D animated videos. Uh huh, not for me. I sought a most simple program, hopefully do-able and free. It needed somehow to grab from GoPro a video for editing, and then, transfer the finished product to social media. Ideally, an edited video would be uploaded to my You Tube channel, and from there directed to Facebook.

Editing a video clip used to be simple. In the old days Microsoft provided an editing program, “Windows Movie Maker”. Using it was a breeze. You’d import a video clip, edit it, add subtitles and music, and upload to anywhere. Now apparently, MS no longer supplies or supports WMM–an enormous loss to we who enjoy, but are total novices when it comes to video technologies.

Even if I learn successfully how to post videos from GoPro, this camera might not be a keeper. I’m adventurous but don’t cover lots of territory, and frequent videos of my horses trotting on drives through our neighborhood won’t hold interest. Except perhaps to me, for the value of recognizing my mistakes in handling the reins during a drive.

Whatever comes from all this, I’ll be more aware of how to use videos. I’ll understand better their shooting and editing, varieties of supportive software, and the fine art of assembling pictorial communications.

Dear Readers: It’s another example of how life experiences force us to learn. Diana

One thought on “Forced Learning

  1. You have a better brain for technology. I would have had a meltdown trying to figure out the Go Pro. I have gone on quite a few cross country jumping rides with top riders. Talk about fit horses! Exhausting. Did you read in the Bulletin that a young Terrebonne rider won the Tevis Cup this year? She got the horse for free off Craigslist not even a rescue. Owners were moving and could not take the horse. Amazing story.

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