Community Video

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Information covering various aspects of community video - creation, editing, publishing.

Fix Camera Jitter on YouTube


Sometimes the quality of a single-camera take has problems in one particular area which needs to be corrected. In this example, a very common one, the videographer is not quite ready when the event starts which can be annoying to some people. So we will use kdenlive and YouTube to fix a simple jittery introduction.

First, bring up kdenlive and create a new project.

1. Click on New... (Red circle)
2. Click on Choose project directory (Orange circle)
3. Click on New Folder (Yellow circle)

Upload to YouTube & Edit Subtitles


This step has several goals which can be inferred from the task itself. First, putting up subtitles in the original language is useful for people whose language skills are limited or who have a hearing impairment. Second, if the video is to be dubbed in another language, having the subtitles already synchronised to the video in that language allows the reader to pace herself when she reads the text.

Convert Script to Subtitles


In this case we are going to add an English subtitle file to an existing video which is in the Russian language. Since my own Russian skills are limited, the work I can do for this task is the mechanical task of arranging the translated text file so that it can be used as the basis for a subtitle file, saving it in this format, and then uploading its corresponding video on YouTube so that the subtitles can be adjusted by a person in the community who has the necessary language skills to do this task.

Upload to YouTube


In order to upload a video to YouTube for community work and publishing, you first set up a Google Account which includes an email. For all examples, we will use my account (FortuneWill at gee-mail dot com). The videos are not private but only unlisted as they are mostly useful within the context of this information.

To upload a video, first log in with your email account.

and bring up the YouTube home page (YouTube.com). Click on Upload.

Projects


These are various projects or work-flows for processes used in the production of community videos.

Software


This is the software we currently use to run our editing stations:

Ubuntu Studio (www.UbuntuStudio.org)

Hardware


It is not necessary to spend a lot of money to edit videos effectively. The computer used in these articles is a Lenovo dual-core with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. I paid less than USD 100 for the entire computer as I scrounged the monitor and a few other components. 8 GB of RAM would be better, and it would be nice to have more resolution than 1024x768, but I want to emphasize that it is not necessary to have a fancy set-up.

Goals


The goal of this section is to enable people to make videos, especially in a community environment with assumed limited resources.

To that end, the computer hardware requirements will be kept to a minimum level. The software will be Linux based, that is free, open-source software. The audio-visual equipment used to produce material is carefully selected to be inexpensive yet capable of producing good quality output.

Community Video


This is the second-level menu, Community Video

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