Experimenting with Yoga & Video Editing

This past week has been full of learning experiences relating to technology. While I was home over the break, I continued my yoga practice and decided that I would choose iMovie as my editing tool for the combined blog post this week. I used iMovie when I was younger to make goofy little movie trailers, but never before to edit a video myself. The app is only accessible for Apple users, so it was automatically downloaded onto my phone and computer. I chose to use the program and edit my video off of my laptop for better visibility and larger screen size. Using a video editor app also helped me learn that I am a crazy perfectionist. Let’s just say it was quite the experience… I think I made 4 different videos before I had one that met my expectations.

To start off with, I added my three videos into iMovie that I wanted to merge together as one. After adding them in, I tried to speed them up (which was my main reason for using a video editor). It took me a while, but I finally found out how by clicking the speed gage at the top of the small screen, and changing the speed to “fast.” Next, I added in some music and found out that Youtube has excellent music add-ins that are entirely free to use. The only downside to iMovie is that they only have sound effects to efficiently use, but not pre-made music. After adding in sound, I went in and muted the sound that was embedded in the videos from when I recorded them. To finish, I added some transitions to help the video flow better and a title page to help add some appeal at the beginning and end. After I finished all my editing, I saved it to my computer and then quickly uploaded it to Youtube.

To say the least, I found myself becoming more comfortable with the app through trial and error, and it is something I could see myself using again.

It took me a long time to figure it out… but I found out you can choose a variety of speeds for your video. (Which is why I wanted to use a video editor in the first place)
I also decided to add some calming music to my video to help viewers feel the calmness that yoga has to offer. The music I used was free from Youtube through their editor.
Figuring out how to mute the sound from my videos was also challenging since I didn’t think anyone would want to listen to my dogs running around upstairs. Once I found the button, it was smooth sailing from there!
Next, I thought it would be nice to add some transitions to help the frames of the different videos flow better.
Lastly, I added a title to the beginning and end to add more appeal to my video.

In terms of my yoga journey, in the first portion of the video, I chose to switch things up and try a video from Yoga with Kassandra titled 30 min Full Body Yoga – Intermediate Vinyasa Yoga. I did make it through the video, but can’t say I was a huge fan. With Adriene’s videos, I feel more comfortable and aware of what I was supposed to do during the video. Although it was good to try a video from someone new this week, I have a feeling I will slowly migrate back to Adriene’s videos again. In the second clip of the video, I chose to create my own flow, which was super fun. It was nice to allow my body to move for itself with the different poses I have learned over the past few weeks. My balance and flexibility are improving more and more, which I am very proud of. I am now even able to calmly balance myself in a headstand. The last portion of the video may not appear as if it is moving very fast, it is because I am trying to learn the Crow Pose through one of Adriene’s videos: How to do Crow Pose.

Have you ever used iMovie before? What was your experience with it?

Anyways, that is all I have for this week! Stay tuned for another update next week. //Namaste// -Jaelyn

10 Replies to “Experimenting with Yoga & Video Editing”

  1. Great video Jaelyn! I love the music you used, great for a gentle flow. Did you find iMovie easy to use overall? Do you think you would use this tool again or try something different next time?

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    1. Hi Halleh,
      In terms of iMovie, once I played around with it for a while, I felt as though I was getting the hang of it! As I stated in my post, it was definitely through trial-and-error mixed with a bit of frustration. Now that I am more comfortable with it, I can see myself using it again for other projects. If you haven’t used it, I would definitely recommend it since there are a lot of Youtube videos and step-by-step tutorials on how to use it online. Thank you for your response!

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  2. Hi Jaelyn, great post! I love how you incorporated IMovie into your learning project! I have only had one experience using IMovie in the past and found it to be really easy to use and a great tool. Do you have a background in taking yoga classes in the past? I remember thinking yoga looked so easy until I decided to try it for the first time and I quickly changed my tune, haha. I never realized how exhausting it could be to hold certain poses, but you look like you are doing awesome. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks, Byron! I thought it would be fun to use an app that is built right into my computer for my editing. I have been having a lot of fun with my yoga practice so far since before taking EDTC300, I had no experience with it whatsoever. The poses can definitely be challenging, like you say! I am slowly transitioning from beginner to intermediate level practices, and it has been a challenge for both my brain and body. Thank you for your response!

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  3. Awesome job! Did you enjoy using iMovie? I know when I started using it I found it to be overwhelming. I still don’t 100% know how to work it but I am finally able to use it to create videos for projects.

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    1. Hi Kiara! If I am honest, I didn’t like iMovie when I first started with it. It took me a while to get comfortable finding where all the features were, with a lot of help from the internet as my sidekick. Now that I feel that I know the basics, I can see myself using it more for other projects. Having time and patience, I found were two key aspects to using the app. Thank you for your comment!

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  4. I also used iMovie last week as part of my learning project, and I found it overwhelming at times to find the speed up part. There is so much happening, I had to find a tutorial on Youtube to help me find it. Glad you found it, in probably far less time than I! Great Work!

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    1. Yes, it took me a long time to find the speed up part too. I was starting to get very discouraged, but with a little bit of research through Google and Youtube, I was able to find it. Thanks Derek!

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    1. Learning how to use iMovie was quite the adventure for me alongside my learning project, I definitely underestimated how advanced I felt I had to be to use it. After some trial and error, I feel as though I could see myself using it again!

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