Upon reading about the September 30th extravaganza also known as the I See What You're Saying Video-Carnival Meet & Greet thing originating right here at 2nd Cup, many of you commented, "Lid, I'd like to participate in this, but I don't know jack about posting videos. Can you please help me?" First of all, when did you start saying, "I don't know jack?"
Girlfriends, it is time to learn to post a video of your own. There is nothing to fear but fear itself, and airports, of course.
There are a couple of ways you can post a video, which I share below. But the first thing you have to do is save that video on your computer under "My Videos," just like you do your pics in "My Pictures." That is the place where you will upload your video from.
To save your video on your computer you'll need the following:
* A camera (hopefully digital)
* A computer with the right port (the slot that the cable goes into)
* A cable with ends that fit your camera
* Video software (Windows Movie Maker, Arcsoft Showbiz, etc.)
If you have a digital video camera, follow these: instructions. (You don't have to use Movie Maker. Other video software works similarly.)
If you have a non-digital (analog) video camera, you'll need a video capture card. This card will have the yellow, white, and red audio/video jacks that used to be common on TV's and VCR's. If you don't have one, you can Google "video capture card" to find out where you can purchase an external device that plugs into a USB port on your computer.
Now let's talk about uploading that saved video. It takes a while for everything to process; you won't be able to see it immediately. Usually there's some little doohicky on the page (like an hourglass emptying) that lets you know it's working on it. If you use Google to do this, little colorful balls will roll back and forth on the page. Do not be alarmed. You are not being hypnotized, unless you want to be.
If you use Blogger, go to this page: this page for instructions, or if you'd like to see a two-minute tutorial, watch this video.
If you do not use Blogger, try uploading with Google. Here you will just click through easy steps demonstrating how to do it. This is how I've done mine in the past.
Trust me, after you learn this, you'll be slapping yourself on the forehead for not learning this earlier. In fact, you'll be so grateful, you'll probably include me in your will. Note: I don't have any china, so earmark yours to go to "Lid." And no, I'm not going to give you step by step instructions about how to do a will. And you should be glad.
Now, you just have to come up with your subject! If you can't think of anything, consider posting about why you blog. I can't wait to see what you're saying!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008