Mar 182013

Samsung ChromebookI’ve had my new Chromebook for more than a week now, and I’m still very happy with it. The only thing I don’t particularly like about the machine itself is that it’s hard to open. That probably sounds crazy, but with my MacBook, which is bigger and heavier, I just lift up the lid. Thanks to the way my Chromebook closes and the fact that it’s so light, if I try to lift the lid, I end up flipping the whole thing over.

I don’t know if the hinge will get looser over time, but as it is now, I have to pick the machine up and pry the two halves apart. I realize this is a very minor, and really inconsequential complaint, but I wanted to mention it in case anyone was considering getting a Samsung Chromebook. I’m not in the habit of carrying a computer around with me, so I typically leave mine open since it just camps out on my desk.

Another issue I encountered has to do with video editing, but this isn’t the Chromebook’s fault. In the past, I used a digital video camera to film my cake decorating tutorials. Then, I imported the videos to iMovie for editing and to add any voice over instructions. Once my videos were ready to be posted, I could then publish them directly to YouTube from iMovie. That was really easy, but importing the video to iMovie from the camera was time consuming.

I assumed that I could just capture video directly to YouTube using the built-in camera on my Chromebook, then do all I needed with the YouTube video editor. I really should have checked into this first, because there’s no way to record a voice over using the YouTube video editor. I know there are some online video editing services, like Stupeflix and WeVideo, and I’ll need to investigate those options for future vids. But I was anxious to get my gum paste orchid video done and posted, so I reverted back to what I know.

This meant I had to download the video clips I recorded directly on YouTube to my MacBook, and then import them into iMovie for editing. Since YouTube only lets you download 2 videos an hour (even when they’re your own videos), and I had 5 clips, this created a lengthy holdup in the process. Once I finally had the clips imported, edited, and voiced over, iMovie wouldn’t publish my finished video to YouTube because it was over 10 minutes long. This threw me for a loop. I know I’ve posted other videos that were longer than 10 minutes before, so I don’t know what’s up with that. I ended up exporting the finished video to my MacBook desktop and then manually uploading it to YouTube. What a roundabout way of doing things!

I’m not entirely happy with how the video came out, but I expected a learning curve so this was basically an experiment, and at least now I know a little more about the Chromebook‘s limitations.

See, if I had an iPad, I could use it to capture video to iMovie, do any editing and voice overs, and then publish it directly to YouTube, thereby eliminating all these other steps. But I don’t have an iPad (yet), so in the meantime I’ll have to figure out a more efficient way. I would love to be able to do all this without reverting back to my MacBook, so if anybody has any advice, video editing app recommendations, or helpful tips, please let me know.

Aside from making a gum paste orchid video that took way longer than it should, I’ve been busy the past couple of weeks with other cake-related stuff. If you follow me on Tumblr, you’ll know that I learned to make gum paste orchids at the Nashville Cake Club meeting this month. Two Saturdays ago I participated in the annual Art Sparks event at the Franklin Rec Center to promote my cake decorating classes, and this past Saturday I had a nearly full Buttercream Basics class, so I think my efforts at Art Sparks paid off. Yesterday was the Tennessee ICES Spring Day of Sharing, which was a lot of fun, as usual. The demos were fascinating: we learned how to make glass bottles out of sugar, work with isomalt, and creative ways to embellish cake boards. I posted more pictures on Google+.

I’ll admit that I’m a little tired today, but it was all great fun.

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