Originally Posted by NJM48
.............My main reason for wanting some feedback was not just around subject matter - ie recording the development of ones children or other family members as I think this goes without saying. It is more about how the finished product is used. This may seem strange at first to seasoned video hobbyists, but I tried to liken it to what I and many other still photographers do with the finished still product.
As one example. my latest golf / sightseeing trip to Florida was brilliant (3 weeks in shorts in October for a Brit is awesome!!) and I took lots and lots of photographs as you can imagine. I have created a wonderful hard backed photobook of the trip - ................
So, what do you video creators do with your finished projects - and in what formats etc? How often are they watched? Are there communities for video creations with similar hobbies or interests to be shared etc?........
I used to be a photographer using 35mm film and even sold a few pictures. I lost interest when film went away and I devoted my time to work. Now I have the time to try and learn "graphic arts" that includes digital photography and video, which for me is a new world. With today's digital tools, the range of learning opportunities is overwhelming. But the goal is still to learn to communicate a story, idea or experience with graphics based media.
Your Florida trip sounds fantastic. I had a trip to London last year in the fall that was full of photo and video opportunities. Unfortunately, the final product is unfinished because the fun process of learning video editing had to come first.
My goal for that trip, and a few others since, is to make a TV version of your coffee table book. Instead of your book on a bookshelf, I will have a video on my "media player" attached to my living room TV. Just as with your book, when there is a reason to look at it, I can flip the TV on and play it.
Have you thought of an envelope in the back of your coffee table book with a DVD or Blu-Ray disk that enhances the story of your trip? Should a guest like some off the stills in your book, they might enjoy a video enhancement to the story.
Other projects I've shared through Vimeo. Vimeo is smaller and more focused than YouTube. It seems to appeal to more serious "graphic artists" than YouTube. It has "communities" defined by channels, categories and groups based on common interests. You might enjoy exploring there.
I've put a few projects on DVDs or Blu-Ray disks, even though those may seem old fashioned in today's world. One is a family reunion documentary that may only be viewed by dozen relatives, but I think it will be important to them. At Christmas I showed them a 3 minute preview at a family gathering. They forced be to play the remainder of the 20 minutes I had finished. Many of the sequences have still photos overlaid on the video.
I have one very short video of a granddaughter that lives on her mother's phone!