5 January 2008
This is the first* video I've shot with my mobile phone. I think I'll stick to using my nicer digital camera to take videos, a device intended for such purposes, and not something that ultimately is meant to be a phone.
So what's in the clip below? Natalya and I were running around some hallways, and I decided to shoot a little footage, for, um, posterity or whatever.
There isn't really any sound (if you can't see anything click here) - you can hear her laugh around seven seconds, but that's about it. The main highlight is around the fourteen second mark, when she stumbles sideways, notices something on the wall, and tries to shove whatever she's carrying into it.
Yes, that's an electrical socket, and no, the footage was not followed by her falling over, crying, with her hair all sticking up. The thing in her hands that is almost completely unrecognizable (due to the bad video quality) is a wooden puzzle piece, and fortunately not a conductor. So it's possible she learned about insulators, but not likely.
I almost learned something, though. Here I was holding the camera(-phone) and just letting her do whatever she wanted, safe or not, and I didn't even think to stop her. I'd often wondered why people managed to make all of those videos that show up on youtube or America's Funniest Home Videos of something painful or stupid, without dropping the camera and stepping in to help. Well, it seems to just happen that way, I guess. I'd like to figure out why.
Maybe it's because cameras aren't exactly cheap. I know I'd be in a lot of trouble if I dropped, and broke, my phone, though not as much trouble as an electrified toddler.
*To be fair, it's actually the first two videos I've taken, edited haphazardly together with Windows Movie Maker. I think if I intend to do any real video editing, I know I'll use a better camera and better software.