Photo Taken in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

First Snowfall 2011

These are flakes, but the camera captures them as streaks, which is a bit disconcerting.  Perhaps I need to learn the tricks of how to capture snow falling to look like it really does.

I shot a quick video too, but now I've got to teach myself how to use video editing software to get it just how I want it, so I'll be back later to post the video.

It's accumulating pretty fast.  I'm one of those folks who likes snow.  I think it's pretty.

Okay, I got my video edited.  I'll share about that process in a sec, since you may want to know how to do quick edits to your own videos.  I want you to know that it's a very steady snowfall and it's coming down very quickly, even though in the video it appears patchy.  All I can gather is it must be determined depending upon the direction of the camera whether we see the snow coming down or just blackness.  Not sure why there could be that many snowflakes falling and the camera just picking up pure black.  Another one of those learning curves I'd have to understand when it comes to capturing the beauty of weather.

I used a pretty typical video editor at first, but it was far too complicated for me.  I found Avidemux and it's super simple to use.  It does the most obvious thing you'd want a video editor to do when removing a section of video.  You mark the beginning of the clip you want gone by clicking A and the end of the clip by clicking B, then hit delete.  You'd think that's the most obvious thing ever, but it's not.  Most video software gets so overly complicated, it's unbelievable.  The key to remember with Avidemux is you must include your extension in the file name when saving your video.  Be sure to tack on AVI or MP4, or whatever format you're using after the period.  For instance, firstsnowall2011.AVI, and that's all you need to know to be able to use it.


  1. Keep warm!
    The first snowfall is always a big event here too.

  2. I've heard there's a lot of traffic mishaps with this first snow. It seems to be melting on my driveway as I write this.