One Second Everyday

by - 5/23/2018

101 in 1001 #33: Learn how to make/edit my own videos and make at least 2 of Jack (day in the life, first year). || First Year Video Complete May 23, 2018

One of my favorite things on the interwebs is cute videos people make of their kids, vacations, or things like that! I'm always super inspired by them, and have wished for a long time that I knew how to do something like it. A goal on my 101 list was to learn how to make and edit my own videos, and since I have all the Apple gadgets, I figured it wouldn't be too hard to figure out. 

But, before I even had a chance to dive into this, one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, featured a post about an app called 1 second everyday. It's basically an app that encourages you to film one second of your life every day and then you put them all together in one video each year, or month, or whatever you like. One second might not seem like a lot, but as you'll see in my video, it actually amounts to a TON of footage (7 minutes worth!). I'll also say, the way this video turned out was basically EXACTLY what I was envisioning, which was kind of like a time-lapse of his first year of life.  

The app wasn't free ($5), but it was SO easy to use and go back nearly two years (crazy) to the beginning of Jack's life and pull all the photos and videos I had, so I'd say it was worth every penny! I'll definitely be using it a million more times. One of the things I loved the most was that it has a calendar interface, so you select each day and it automatically just shows you the photos and videos from that day to select. So no crazy scrolling through your whole camera roll! It also limits you to 2 clips per day, which was sometimes a challenge when I had 1800 photos of Jack in one day, haha. But overall it wasn't that hard to pick. Then it automatically puts a date stamp on the clips so you can see where you're at in the timeline as you go. I literally got the app yesterday and put the video together in a few hours. So easy. There's also a freestyle feature where you can select any items you want from your camera roll, so if you went on a 3-day trip or something you could do that as well. It still limits the clips to 1 second but you can pick as many from one day as you'd like. Which kind of makes the options endless!

Now, a couple of things I must mention: first of all, I am SO grateful for the live photo function on my iPhone! I don't honestly have TONS of actual videos of Jack, but when you take a live photo, it basically records a little video at the same time! So, I was able to pull those clips into the video and it's seriously the best to watch all his little crazy movements and sounds over the year. So so fun.

Secondly, and this one is kind of a bummer - but when I put this together I found myself wishing SO much that I took more pictures/videos in landscape mode! Ugh! I'm just so used to holding my phone vertically because of instagram or whatever, and it would've looked so much better if it was all landscape.  I can't change it now, but I've learned for next time!

Finally, I will say that while this app made it incredibly easy to do a first year video of Jack, I'd still like to try my hand at a video that has longer than one-second clips! So I think that will be my next project with the day in the life video I have planned. I had to use iMovie on my phone to add a couple of finishing touches to this video and it was also super easy, so maybe I'll just use that! But either way, I'm super excited about how simple and fun this was. 

Now without further ado (cause that was a lot of ado), sit back and enjoy this cute l'il video of Jack's first year!!

(I'm having some trouble getting this video to work here. If you can't get it to play, click HERE to watch it on Dropbox.)

Happy Wednesday!

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