Dash Cam Project Insanity!

Irma passed.  The electricity and internet stayed on the entire time.  Then as the storm passed, internet gone!  For more than a week, I’ll write more on that in another post.  Couldn’t work on my other projects so thought I’d clear up some of my video projects and catch up.

Here it is weeks later and just today have I been able to accomplish what I set out to do.  What I thought would take a week has turned into three weeks.  I discovered I had four months of dash cam videos piled up on my computer.  When I checked, the memory on the computer was in the red zone.  Whatever that meant.

Parked at the computer desk I began the sorting process.  I discovered some things I hadn’t noticed before when I didn’t have so many to sort at the same time.  Our dK2 camera usually records 100, three minute videos per day, often more.  There are so many drivers not using their turn signal to indicate a lane change I had to eliminate all but the most offensive in my eye.  I used close calls, speed, proximity to others, distance etc as a guide.  The progression of this can be seen in the videos as I learned more.

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It takes me about 30 seconds to scan each 3 minute section.  More if I find something.  Every 5 hours or so of video seems to produce 1-2 minutes of useable footage.  The project getting behind like that was to much.  I have to stay on top of it or it will become overwhelming and I’ll run out of storage space.

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I finally figured a way to cut a still image from the actual footage to use as a custom thumbnail.  That discovery made me want to go back an change all the covers to the begining.  I didn’t like the blue screen background much it reminded me of computer blue screen hell.  So, now it’s changed.

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I also have a lot of after hurricane Irma footage to work on.  Hoping I can find some before footage to work in for contrast.  That will take a couple weeks again of trying to find, then match footage or stills.  I’ve deleted many things that are gone forever so it might be hard to find.  Lesson learned with imovie, save a copy away from your project, if you cut something from another project then delete it, it will be gone from your other project.

Glad I’m somewhat caught up.  The Irma after footage will be time consuming but worth it because there is serious destruction recorded on them.  They look like they will be much longer than most videos.  More in the 10 minute ranges or so.  I like making these kind of videos for fun hope people enjoy them. -13

South Florida Driving 101 Dash Cam Compilation 1 -how to place your life into the hands of the incompetent. What better to do with my Dash Cam video?

South Florida Driving 101.  Experience all that driving in south Florida has to offer. Heart pounding cut-offs, pedestrian-zombies, package-twine-mattress-haulers, crisscrossing-panics.  Get your South Florida Driving safety education from the experts in rude, incompetent, insane, dumb and dangerous driving.  All for free.  Just ride along with us.  For this ride you don’t need a seatbelt or insurance and rear-seat drivers are welcome to.

Great title and funny text for my new and sure to continue video project.  Why didn’t I think of this before now?   To think of all I’ve deleted of such good footage of horrible driving is disappointing.  The close calls, the laughs, the anger, the mayhem.

No more.  I’m going to starting running several cameras while I’m on the road and outfit my friend’s car since she drives everywhere down here and always has great stories.  We’re going to capture them on video if we can then add them to the project.

The idea came to me once again while I was listening to the jingles on iMovie and YouTube audio libraries.   It seem to me there were a lot of good jingles under 2 minutes that would be perfect for featuring the madness we all see when driving.  I feel the time is perfect for making these videos because most things only last seconds and 2 minutes is not too long to watch.  Also many videos need to be repeated and slowed down so we can see the action.  It all seems like a perfect fit.

This video is my first one of the project.  I had a lot of fun editing this one with the many transitions, slow motions, text, all of it.  The beginning is my favorite with the animated map and water splash type opening.  I think it’s really cool what can be done with iMovie, a dash cam and some old iPhones.  Welcome aboard, hope you enjoy the ride! -13