Man, oh man what a week. I have been lax on posting because I have been burning the midnight oil at both ends on a crash course of video production and editing. Moreover, my first beta production is not that good, but I got it out. That is an accomplishment.

I decided to try my hand at publishing video content. I have done this because it appears that the video production reaches a different, much broader audience than my long-form podcasting which is a version of AM talk show format. As you have noticed, I have moved around on how long the show will be, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and so on. Please provide any feedback on what you like in length. At this time I will continue to publish both my audio-only podcast as I try my hand at this new video format.

Video editing is a lot of work. I must have put in over 60 hours figuring out how to do this in the last week. I have a lot more respect for the YouTubers out there. It takes me about 10 minutes to “render” or process my audio file for the podcast. To render my video, it takes my computer several hours. Moreover, since my graphics card is a few years old, I think the video editing software I found called Shotcut crashes a lot. Man. It was hard.  Perhaps I am not that smart, but for me, it was not easy.  Another question I have is, does actually looking at my “face made for radio” actually help in communication? Is it that more valuable? Please let me know in the comments below.

In my very first (Alpha) release you see below you will hear some background noise when I stop talking. That is simply the air-conditioning in my office which I built into my garage. The home job HVAC ducting is not that good. I was shocked at how loud it was. My Blue Yeti USB microphone never picked up so much background noise during my podcasting. I am trying the Sennheiser e835 microphone with xlr connections and the Zoom H6 dedicated audio device and wow what a difference. Why didn’t I just fix the audio you may ask? Great question and yet another 8 hours or so.

The separate audio file was unrecoverable from the SD card in the Zoom H6. I figure I did not format it correctly the first time. I could record on the SD card, but when I connected it to my computer to transfer the files all of the folders would not show correctly, and they were empty. After beating my head against the wall for many  hours, I just reformatted and accepted the audio was not good for the first one.

I also thought to upload the first few videos here on the site and not YouTube. I tried and tried. Essentially it appears I cannot upload very large files to my hosting solution. My audio files are mere megabytes (MB) in length. The video file is over 1.6 gigabytes (GB) in size.  That is over 1,000 times larger.  This required me to dust off some external drives with larger storage options.  The other option is to host them on this blog in a dedicated video system, but to do that I would have to pay to host large videos. I can do that, but it is an ongoing cost. YouTube allows you to host videos for free. Thus why pay to host them on WordPress when YouTube will do it for nothing?  Well it is because progressive YouTube can kick you off their platform at any time, but until that happens I will use the free option.

Now I know why YouTube guys do shorter videos because working with large files is not easy. Trying to edit a 1.6 GB video file may be one reason my video editing software may have kept crashing. YouTube is owned by globalist progressives who hate everything American, conservative, traditional, pro-Christian or pro-Western Civilization. Yet YouTube has 1.5 billion users who watch more than one billion YouTube hours daily worldwide. YouTube is a massive audience that is untapped by our tiny community. Thus I should at least try to reach this marketplace. I do not really like putting my face out there, but I think it is important enough audience to try.

Well, that is what I have been doing for the last 10 days or so – taking a crash course in video editing. I am very, very tired, but hopefully, you guys appreciate the effort.

My videos on YouTube are “locked down” and not very well shared until I get to 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of viewing. When I get 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours watched or so, I will make approximately 0.55 cents. Thus not doing it for the money, but would love for it to pay for itself. Therefore I would ask you to subscribe to my new YouTube channel and share them with your friends.  Viva Cristo Rey.