A vlogging course – part 1

Vlogging is the new rage – it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Probably a lot of people and companies are interested in using this new medium. So does the company I work for and when our communication department asked who would want to vlog, I volunteered.

In September 2018 we had a first meeting for aspiring vloggers. We met with two professional film/documentary makers. We started with a round of introductions where we also spoke of our experience with vlogging, watching vlogs, film making and photography:

What do you want to achieve with your vlog?

We told about our vlogging ideas and aspirations; which were very diverse, but very inspiring as well. I couldn’t wait to see the vlogs my colleagues wanted to make, it sounded so inspiring! Of course we all work in the same field of water management. Knowing that these kinds of vlogs are either rare or non-existent, made me exciting to imagine what they could be like if well-made. For me, my aspirations are always hard to put into words as I am not a simple person, but a person with very diverging interests. I wanted to make a vlog for Rural Web, which would teach tech, inspire people to develop themselves and inspire people working in rural development. I also want my vlog to be very personal and therefore to have a bit of my personal life shining through, so to speak.

What experience do you already have?

We also spoke about movies we had featured in or helped creating. Many of us had some experience one way or another. For myself, most experience I have was through “A Call 2 Action” – the competition during which Rural Web was born. Participants to A Call 2 Action had to make 2 videos during the event. One with a pitch, the other was more playful, showing – not telling what the idea was. I found it very difficult to make these videos, but the professional editors saved me 🙂 .

I had deliberately started to record my tryouts ahead of this course, so I would be able to show them and get some feedback. I don’t remember the feedback however, only that I felt quite embarrased showing my work.

Which vloggers inspire you?

Finally, we talked about our homework – vloggers that inspired us. I hadn’t watched any vloggers until then. My knowledge of what was going on on youtube was based on the videos my toddler was watching. Blippi and toy unboxing or colour-learning videos. Most of us were not vlog-watchers at that point, and it was often said that vlogs are often plain boring. But they don’t have to be. If you follow persons you find interesting, then the vlogs quickly become interesting to you. So vlogs are not about that which is shown, but more about the person behind them and the stories this person tells. One of my colleagues for example liked to sail and was following a sailor who is circumventing the world. Another colleague was into photography and brought under our attention two of the biggest vloggers in the world:

Other things I’ve learnt:

    • That Snagit can be used to make screencasts
    • That good sound is more important than good visual quality
    • That 4k is what you want to shoot in – 4K, refers to a horizontal screen display resolution in the order of 4,000 pixels. (src: wikipedia) – if not that, then Full HD (1920×1080 px) is recommended.

It was very nice to be able to exchange with other people who were thinking to start vlogging. The ideas and topics were very divergent and it was clear that our communication also wasn’t sure what they wanted with this vlogging pilot. I think my ideas were most advanced and I had already decided I really wanted to vlog. One more colleague was also highly convinced and she was about to go to Tanzania. Something she wanted to vlog about. Shristi got a high-speed personal vlogging course and this resulted in a fantastic movie (and 300Gb of footage as I’ve heard). Check the first Deltares vlog here: Cascading effects on critical infrastructure in Tanzania – YouTube



My name is Cheryl. I’m Learning to vlog for Rural Web Africa
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