A Day at the Pool – A Video

This is the year of the video for me.  I’m very into photos, that’s clearly evident, but one thing I’ve been wanting to capture is more home videos.  I remember my parents taking home videos and at a point in my high school career, we all would sit down and watch them during the Holidays.  I think I’m going to try to resurface some of those soon.  With my kiddos 2 and 3 years old, I’m wanting to capture those sweet moments with their friends and family, the way they burst into tears at any second, the way their cheeks go from nothing to full on crinkles when they smile, the way they nod their head when they are so sure of something.  The list goes on and on.  
I’ve been taking videos of my kiddos for awhile now but have yet to really figure out a way to compile them to keepsakes.  I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head but it all takes time.  So I decided to start small.  A few Sundays ago, my parents came down and we made a trip to the pool.  Andy was working at the time so it was a fun little afternoon just the five of us.  Here’s the video but read further for details on how easy this was.  Spoiler: it was all created on my iPhone!

So cute right? So here’s how I created this with just my iPhone (and it took less than one episode of the Bachelorette while skipping through commercials).
Step 1: Take videos throughout the day.  Just small snippets of cute/funny/memorable moments.
Step 2: When your kids are sleeping (because you know if you start playing videos with water or their voices they will insist on seeing what your working on and it will take you twice as long – and because if your kids are awake, put down the phone and go play with them, something even I admit I’m guilty of), select one video at a time from your video library on your iPhone.  Click on the edit button in the top right corner of the screen.

Use the cursor at the bottom (the two arrows) and move them to trim the video down to that moment you are wanting to keep.

Use your finger and hold down the white arrow on either side of the clip (“<") until they appear yellow.  This will let you move the sliders on each end of the video clip to trim the video.

As a rule of thumb, I varied my video clips.  Some clips were only 1-2 seconds long and others were more on the 10 second time.  The goal is to edit each video clip to only capture those true genuine moments.

Once you have your clip trimmed, click the done button in the lower right corner of the screen.  This will give you two options; to trim the original clip or save as new clip.  I trimmed the original but if you are worried you’ll mess up you could save as a new clip, it would just take more storage on your  phone, something I rarely have.

Step 3: Once you have edited all your videos that you want to include in your master video, download the free app “Splice”.

Step 4: Splice is pretty self explanatory and easy to use.  Once you open the app, hit the “+” button in the top right corner of the screen to create a new project.

The app will let you import any video that you want from your camera roll on your iPhone.  Just click the ones you want to include.

Splice will then compile everything for you.  You even have the option to go in and turn off the sound of your videos and choose music as background.  Save to your camera roll or upload the final video to YouTube and your done.  How simple is that?  So what do you think? Will you try it?


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