Emma Approved

Pemberley Digital, the company who made the Emmy Award winning, "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries", is doing another adaption of a Jane Austen novel. This time they are adapting "Emma". If you are looking for another addicting and interactive version of classic literature, this looks promising. Here is the first episode of the new series. 

If you like to do more than just watch a video, here is her website. http://www.emmaapproved.com/

And her twitter. @EmmaApproved

The Joys of Video Editing

I have been working on my video blog lately and I have been running into a few problems. Not the I-don't-like-being-in-front-of-the-camera type problems. The I-want-to-see-if-my-computer-is-aerodynamic type problems. The biggest problem being my video editing software. I don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on video editing software. I also don't want to have to learn to build a warp drive just to open it either. The first editor I tried is called Kdenlive. It is a pretty powerful editor and is completely free. It only runs on Linux and Mac. Though trying to install it on a Mac is a lot harder than just dual booting said Mac. I have been working in Kdenlive for a few months now. Two nights ago I tried to render a project and to my dismay it kept crashing. No warning message, no fatal error, just gone. Closed. I have a few more things to try in the hopes of resolving the issue, but it is not looking good.

The second editor I have been using came as a surprise to me. It also took some paper from my wallet and that has at least kept it from crashing on me. During my trip to Okinawa I ended up using my iPad mini a lot more as my main video and photo camera. I bought the iMovie app just to do some basic editing and I was surprised by its functionality. It gives quite a bit of flexibility for being a tablet app and I just recently found I can import HD video from my camcorder as well. Not bad for $5. All of my Japan videos on YouTube were edited with the iPad iMovie app.

The third editor that I will be trying, if I can't get Kdenlive to work on my computer, is called OpenShot. It too is a free video editor for Linux. It has fewer features than Kdenlive, but it still seems to be a pretty powerful program. I will be trying it out this weekend.

The last editor on my list is actually 3D animation software called Blender. The controls make the space shuttle look simple. I was searching for free video editors and was surprised to see it listed as a non-linear editor. I looked into it some more and found it has quite a few video editing features built in. Blender has a pretty high learning curve, but I think I will give it a try as well. It may not become my main video editor, but it could be a great backup since it will run on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Overall, there are quite a few options out there if you don't mind a steep learning curve. I hope to have another vlog post up this weekend for you amid all the video editing craziness.

Do you know of any other non-linear video editing software I should try?