Wednesday, October 7, 2015

An Amtrak Autumn Video Experience

Traveling the Amtrak Zephyr through the Rockies was especially beautiful this time with all the aspens yellowing.

With my new Apple 6+ iPhone, I wanted on this trip to not just watch movies on the phone (or phablet, as some say), but to also make some movies. I also wanted to do some writing, but I'll cover that in my next post.

The iPhone camera and video are easy to use, and I'm getting more and more familiar with the features of  iMovie, the smartphone's video editing app. I wouldn't call making movies writing, but the creative experience does seem to grease the wheels for writing.

The immediacy of the process was also satisfying--to be able to shoot video, create and edit the movie, and then send the finished video to my family was great fun.

I have found that it is easier to load audio music to the phone prior to traveling. Finding and downloading uses quite a bit of time and data usage on the phone, and receptivity can be spotty. It was much easier to just have possible tracks on my phone. I used audio from the YouTube site, and on this trip made sure all the possible tracks were ones not asking for attribution.

I also uploaded the videos to YouTube first prior to embedding on this blog or posting on Facebook.


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