I recently ordered an older Macbook, primarily because I know how to use a few programs that will be helpful for a variety of business processes. I used some inDesign in college when I was the sports editor of the school paper and when I was creating menus for my old team of balloon artists. Additionally, I used iMovie during high school broadcast class when we would put together a daily news broadcast. Since I’ve used iMovie in the past and my iPhone is very compatible with my computer, I decided to start recording some of my practice sessions, with a few goals:
Watching my Juggling Practice and Identifying any Mistakes
There are a lot of times when I’m trying to juggle and I make some mistakes. It happens, and making mistakes is the key to learning. You have to think quickly when you juggle though, which makes it difficult to identify exactly what mistakes you are making. For example, it can be hard to tell if you just missed a catch or if your throw was off target. Watching on video will help identify trends and allow me to focus my next attempts at the trick in order to remedy the most apparent issue.
Staying More Focused and Deliberate
When I’m recording, I don’t want to spend time doing something else while the camera is running. It allows me to work intensely for 5-10 minutes before taking a short break to watch the footage. Taking small breaks and doing lots of small sessions is a very efficient way to practice, especially if I am refocusing my efforts with each break. I’m pointed in the direction of the camera and within its frame the whole time, so it’s good experience for future crowds. I can get in the habit of developing 3-10 minute sets that I direct in a specific direction, simulating real world situations.
Pulling GIFs and Videos out of the Footage
Not everything that I do is great, or even good. However, with enough time, I can find some good clips that I can use for compilation videos or for short GIFs shared on social media. I’m learning to use Photoshop, which was also included on my new laptop. I’m using it to create sort GIFs that I can use as samples, promotional materials, and learning resources if I start teaching these techniques to other team members.