I haven’t posted much about my hoop dance, but it has been a fun form of exercise for me since March 2012. Although reluctant at first to do so, I began taping my hoop dance session on my Canon Powershot S50 camera. It takes 3:30 minutes’ worth of video but the sound quality of icky and I couldn’t figure out whether or not it was possible to use the timer on the video feature. I shot my videos regularly and posted some to YouTube, mainly to share on hoop dance forums for advice and questions.
I wanted to edit them but we didn’t have video editing software until Bill upgraded the home network and downloaded a couple of programs so I could extract some video clips for a work project. I spent all day today learning the basics of kdenlive. I decided to try editing my hooping and replace the camera audio with a nice, clear audio file.
The first video is still a work in progress, but got me to the point of being able to extract the clips I wanted. The work video is copyrighted by Fred Hutch, so I won’t post it in public, but I was quite proud that I extracted the clip, cut it down to size and figured out how to fade to and from black at the beginning and end in order to cover the slow cross fade the original editor used in the source video. I even figured out how to render it to several formats. I was so pleased with myself, that I decided to edit another hoop video.
Here it is. The source videos are progress sessions recorded from August 2012 through August 2013. Yes, that’s 12 months, but I did not shoot video for the first 5 months, because I was too self-conscious. I spent a lot of time figuring out the cuts, trying to get them to make hoop sense. I tried setting up the camera in different locations in our living and the cuts were chosen to match what I doing in the hoop and the direction I’m facing. Obviously, my hair, outfits and hoops have changed over time, but I think it’s a good representation of my hoop dance progression.
The song I chose is “Tanto’s Revenge” from A Tribe Called Red. Oddly enough, not one of the songs I’m hooping to. I’m hooping to, in order: Duran Duran’s “Planet Earth,” Daft Punk’s “Four on the Floor,” A Tribe Called Red’s “redriddem,” Big Audio Dynamite’s “Over the Rise,” and one of the songs from on the Hoopnotica music by Elad, none of which have titles. I found it interesting that they all worked with my new song. For this video, I also added opening and closing title cards, but they didn’t show up after I converted it to flash video. There is much to learn, but it was fun so I will shoot and edit more of my hooping videos.