travel, video

Life is Short #MakeItCount

Nike gave this guy money to make a promotional video. He wasted it β€” flying himself and a cameraman buddy around the world. πŸ˜€

Watch it if YOU want to travel the world.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Though published 2012, YouTube creators are still studying the masterpiece for inspiration.

Art and beauty, video

‘ Just a YouTuber ‘

6 months ago I still had a low opinion of those trying to make a living on YouTube.

It seemed a juvenile race to the bottom. I did not watch any of the top YouTubers. Not even my friend’s son, Cody Ko, who has 5 million + subscribers.

BUT β€” even then β€” I did follow a few favourite vloggers on HIKING and TECH.

Fact is, young people on YouTube and now TikTok are in the midst of a video editing revolution. Most future great film and TV directors are currently doing their own thing on social media.

Peter McKinnon, for example. In this fantastic 7 minute edit he pays tribute to the art form.

McKinnon is as skilled at video editing as anyone.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


This is a GREAT YouTube video

Fast paced. Funny. Emotional. You are hooked in the first 10 seconds.

Much like the time Drake gave away a million dollars.

In this one, illegal Slovakian immigrant David Dobrik gives away money, cars, and EA gaming devices. It’s fun.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Video editing guru Hillier Smith feels it’s the best so far in 2020.

Here’s why.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


My BEST video, so far

December 1, 2020.

Or is it March 273rd ??

One #COVIDgoal of mine was to improve my video editing. I’ve spent many hundreds of hours working on it. Put together dozens of videos.

Not my best. Not my most important. But my favourite video so far is this glimpse into my daily coffee break at dawn Rathtrevor Beach.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

If forced to show my work to real videographers, that’s the one I’d show.

In the past I was terrified of audio. My first inclination was to delete all audio. Replace it with a musical soundtrack.

But in recent weeks audio has been my favourite part of editing. Selecting the right music critical.

Here’s some state of the art videography. Pros attempting to duplicate big budget Hollywood cinematography with relatively inexpensive gimbals that hobbyists can afford.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Apple, video

my NEW MacBook Pro

A Mac geek, I sagely advised Rockin’ to NOT buy a first generation product.

Get the MacBook Air. It’s enough computer for 99% of the world.


Myself? I ordered a first generation SILICON MacBook Pro day 1. It costs CAD $400 more than the Air.

So far, I’m thrilled. πŸ˜‡

It’s a speed demon.

The 1% who need the Pro are those wanting to video edit in 4K. Drinkin’ the fanboy Kool-Aid.

Click PLAY or watch a review on YouTube.

travel, video

Sam Kolder – travel vlogger

Sam, from Toronto, is one of the top travel video editors. He got started as the video guy for The Chainsmokers.

I’m studying Sam’s work. He’s a master with the drone.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

Sam spent over 500 hours editing this project. A tribute to his brother.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Apple, blogs, product endorsements, video

I subscribed to Envato Elements

Of many competing services offering online digital assets, Story Blocks is most famous. And advertises the most.

But I was convinced to join instead less expensive Envato Elements US $198 / year. Both work with Final Cut Pro, my software.

They provide licensed images, audio, videos, graphics, plugins, fonts, logos, tutorials, 3D, graphic & video templates, presentation templates, infographics and much more. I’ll be including those in my videos, websites and presentations.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

One of the main things I like about using their digital resources is the simplicity of licensing. I’m much less worried that YouTube β€”Β sometime in future β€” might take down my YouTube due to copyright complaint.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

related – Competitors & Alternative To Envato Elements

Google, hiking, travel, video

My Hiking YouTube channel

We love YouTube. My first upload was Mar 28, 2006.

Google bought the startup November 2006 for US$1.65 billion.

I spun off a hiking YouTube channel Jan 17, 2018.

Finally got it looking good October 2020. I’m studying how to post better videos in future. #CovidGoals

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube. Subscribe to be notified of future updates.

The best YouTube uploads have dedicated thumbnails like this. The rest show a somewhat random frame of the video.

YouTube thumbnail