I’d be remiss if after a full year of taking daily video clips of my family and friends I failed to make at least a small note of it here.
Of course, I’d love to post the final result, but as you can imagine having spent the three hundred and sixty-five consecutive days grabbing “at least 5 seconds” of video, and trying to make that video somewhat (if only partially) representative of the day we experienced, those video clips contain a cast of roughly one hundred visibly identifiable people (and countless more who I don’t know or who show in backgrounds) and almost certainly one of those folks (or their kids) would have an objection to suddenly starring in a YouTube clip.
Plus, y’know… copyrighted music.
So I won’t post it. And you’ll just have to know that taking daily five-second videos was a more time-consuming chore than you might expect from just thinking about it. I did it once in 2013, took a year off and did it again in 2015. Karin is already asking me about 2017.
The long weekend afforded me the time to sit in front of the computer, piece together the last few monthly videos that consist of daily, five-second clips strung together with a single-song soundtrack. They get watched and re-watched a lot around our house. I also had a free three-hour (yes, really) time-slot to finish piecing together the grand opus for the year, the pearl necklace of 365 one-second video clips strung back to back into a nearly-seven minute video of the year compressed into a blur of action mashed against the many mundane moments into a summary of our 2015.
We have the video on our player for anyone who comes to the house and wants a peek. If I know you, there’s a 50/50 chance you’re in it (higher if we’re related.) I’ve also got it sitting on a private Google drive, so if you’re really interested, this is where you’d send me a PM and I’ll let you peek.
So, is it worth the effort of recording so much of your life? I think so. And you’ll learn a truckload about video production in the process. But it is an effort and I’m glad it’s 2016 if only because I can get through a full day without thinking about my daily video clip.