Anyway, as I was saying, in Movie Maker there happens to be a few features that actually take care of my needs. I bought that stupid Photoshop software and it's so complicated I never could figure any of it out. I bought "The Missing Manual" for the Photoshop Elements 10....still haven't cracked it open and tried to figure that out either. Of course the only way to find Movie Maker (that I know of yet) is to right click on the video in question and then "open with" Movie Maker. The thing I noticed right away was an icon to rotate! Sometimes I don't pay attention and forget that taking a movie isn't like taking a photo and I shouldn't turn the camera for the vertical angle I prefer. Remember that sideways bike ride?
Also of use is a trim tool under "edit" that lets you set the start and end point. Since I'm not looking to actually "make a movie" these two tools are really all I need. I was able to snip off a portion I didn't like, rotate the section that I accidentally shot in vertical, and transition three short videos into one longer one. Ta-da! Here it finally is, "Chimney Tops - The Movie!" Not the greatest image quality, but it'll give you an idea of what it's like as you near the summit.
I thought about adding music but I was feeling overwhelmed and tapped out technology-wise. (I don't even know how to use a Smartphone, ya know) Of course the music clips I had meticulously saved from my other attempt at movie making last year were on the other computer and I can't figure out what website I used last time. Suggestions appreciated!
It's official - my blog has been noticed by the Fort Atkinson Historic Preservation Commission! My post "More Fun Finds in Fort" from this exact day last year has been linked to their page. I am honored and a little awed by the responsibility of representing historic landmarks in Wisconsin. Someday I'll take that water tower tour, I'll have to put it on my spring to-do list!