Do you find yourself taking a bunch of videos when you travel? Interested in putting together a beautiful, polished video collage to show your friends and family? You’ve come to the right place. Here is an easy, 10-step guide on how to make your very first travel video!
- These first few steps are for your hardware and software setup!
- Win a GoPro at your work’s holiday party. Try to sell it because your life is not extreme enough to warrant an action camera. Give up. Keep it.
- Spill water all over your hand-me-down MacBook. This is crucial: it will prompt you to buy a better computer, one which will not only be able to run a weighty Adobe program, but will also let you play all your old Steam games again!
- Optional step: procrastinate on video production by playing Team Fortress 2.
- Download Adobe Premiere Pro. Your favorite people on YouTube use it. How hard can it be?
- Go somewhere. Do stuff. Record it. (Important!)
- Download your videos from your camera to your computer. Watch them all. Realize that this step is extremely tedious and that no less than 98% of your footage is trash. Put it off for months (not recommended); revisit optional step in #1.
- To choose a song that encourages a particular vibe, leave your music library on shuffle for a month. Agonize.
- Throw clips haphazardly into Premiere. Try to construct a narrative completely free-form. Spend weeks wondering why this is so hard. Why it won’t work?
- Return to step 3. Stress out under self-imposed deadlines. Decide to Get Serious™.
- Map out the song you’ve chosen. How many seconds are there per line? Verse? Chorus? This helps understand how much time to dedicate to each segment.
- Select video clips so that they fit into these time constraints.
- What? That’s it? That’s so much easier. Why didn’t you do that from the start?
- Watch dozens of instructional videos on YouTube on how to add cool effects to your video. Spend an entire day doing a single title sequence. Decide that that is enough. Who are you trying to impress anyway? You know your family will be stoked to see whatever garbage you churn out.
- Brief interlude for creative crisis and/or impostor syndrome.
- Watch your video all the way through no fewer than 100 times, scrutinizing for any possible mistake. Realize that you’re actually enjoying your own content. This indicates that you are, in fact, finally finished.
- Post your completed video to your social media. Congratulations! Watch those likes roll in!
In all seriousness, though, I have a lot of fun making videos. I’m struggling still to understand Adobe’s Premiere, but the more I use it, the more ideas I get for other videos to do, traveling and otherwise. It motivates me to get better!
Here are all of the videos I have made so far, in chronological order. Thank you for watching!