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Weekend Challenge: Vidblog

Cameron Christopher
September 11, 2015 by Cameron Christopher Staff

Recently, I wrote about vidblogs (what I like to call memory banks, although I guess they’re more of a deposit into your memory bank…), and this weekend, I challenge you try your hand at making one! My pals Andrea and Mark are major vidblog fans:

I have a terrible memory, and these videos help me not to forget things. I remember big trips and events, but it’s the small details that always used to get lost. I don’t make these videos for anyone other than myself, for my own reference. The fact that people watch and like them is an added bonus. - Mark

I make vidblogs for the same reason people used to make photo albums. Sometimes a clip on its own doesn’t feel like it’s worth uploading and sharing, but put that clip together and contextualize it with other clips, and all of the sudden you’re telling the story of your life, your year, your week. - Andrea

Together, we collected some tips for editing your vidblog. Here are the biggies:

Organization comes first. Before you begin editing, you’ve gotta get your footage in order. Consider categorizing by event or by day. Organization is key when you are looking for that specific shot among the hundreds that you may have taken over the last month.

About once a month, I dump the contents of my phone into folders on my computer, but Mark goes straight to Adobe Premiere to trim out a lot of fat. That will leave you with the “usable” footage to work with later (and Future You is going to be so thankful).

Get on that editing. Now that everything’s neat and tidy, it’s time to decide on the type of editing program you’re comfortable working in, like iMovie or Adobe Premiere. Then consider whether you want to edit with the vibe of your footage, or to the beat of the music you choose. Most folks edit chronologically, but in my last memory bank, I attempted to categorize the types of clips I’d accumulated over the year:

Be sonically attuned. Sound is another important piece of the puzzle, and people usually go with one of two options (or a mix of the two, for people who want it all): music (especially a song with a nice heavy beat to cut your edits to), or the natural sound from the recordings.

If you’re looking for music, download our free video-editing app Cameo, where you can create videos with a sweet soundtrack entirely from mobile, or head to Vimeo’s Music Store for plenty of affordable (often free!) tunes that will serve as the soundtrack to your memories. If you’re interested in keeping some natural sound in your vidblog, consider using J-cuts and L-cuts to ease transitions and take the viewer (even if that’s just Future You) on a super smooth journey.

For more tips and examples, read (and watch) the full vidblog lesson!

The Rules:

+ Create a vidblog using footage from your week, your summer, or anything that’s on your phone or hard drive right now! Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

+ If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, something from the Vimeo Music Store, or a track from our iPhone editing app Cameo! If you do choose to use a Music Store song, please throw a link in the description.

+ Anything goes for your title, but add this at the end of your video’s description: “Created for the Weekend Challenge: Vimeo Weekend Challenge

+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by ***Wednesday, September 16th*** at 11:59 PM (EST). Just follow the screenshots below:

The Prizes:

+ The winner will receive a Challenge badge on their video, and a free Vimeo Plus account for one year! If you’re already a Plus member, you’ll get another year tacked on to the end of your current subscription.

+ The runner-up will receive an extra 3GB of upload space in their weekly quota!

All videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff before appearing in the Group, so don’t worry if your video doesn’t show up at first; we’ll get to it!

This week’s winner is Beguüm, with “Soup of Frames”:

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p>The Runners Up are Todd Munro’s “At the Fair”, and Sam Brown’s “Smiles”. Thanks for sharing your memories with us!

In this ongoing Vimeo Video School series, we present our community with fun challenges to help hone their video-making prowess.

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