The Demands of the Vacation VideographerJohn Cave Osborne
Today might be just another Monday to you, but to me, it’s the Monday after a family vacation which means that I’m dragging just a little bit. So, yes, funny guy at the water cooler I could, indeed, use a vacation from my vacation.
Most any parent knows that feeling, right? When you return from a week-long trip at the beach way more tired than you were when you embarked upon it? Well that’s what I’ve got going today, and with good reason, I might add. First, I had quite a bit of work to do while away, so my much-needed vacation turned into a bit of a working vacation.
But second, that work was nothing compared to the real work at hand — negotiating the choppy seas that come along with five kids at the beach. Thank goodness for our oldest because I honestly don’t know how we would have done it without her.
Because there was so very much to do. Just putting sunscreen on the triplets, then our baby is a chore in and of itself. And chasing all those “littles” around the beach? That’s not exactly a “read-your-book-and-relax” kind of activity. And don’t even get me started on the dinner/bath/bedtime gauntlet.
In fact, it was so crazy this time, what with the addition of little Luke and all, that around the third day, something occurred to me: I wasn’t documenting our experience as well as I normally do. Simply put, there was just too much to do to get out the ol’ Sony Handycam as often as I would have liked.
And “as often as I would have liked” is quite often, indeed. I’m huge on not just capturing memories, but capturing memories via HD motion picture, then stringing those videos together in a short movie that I hope will survive the generations.
So around Wednesday-ish, I knew I had to bust out the Sony HD Handycam and get serious before the week had passed us by. And I’m so glad I did because I got some great shots — enough to ensure that this year’s movie will be a good one.
Which is actually one downside to making movies. Our children (particularly the triplets) aren’t patient enough to wait for the finished product. They want to immediately see the action that’s just been captured. Sadly, the little screen on the video camera itself isn’t always enough to satisfy three sets of demanding eyes, especially if they all want to see it at once.
However, watching the videos on a computer screen is usually enough to satisfy our tumultuous trio, but I don’t like to download my videos until I have enough time to go through and see exactly what I want to keep and what I want to scrap. And those sorting / editing moments don’t usually present themselves while on vacation, especially a vacation as crazy as this last one was for us. So it’s not like I was going to take the time and do it while I was away.
Which, again, isn’t the best news to the triplets, and my little girl let me know just that in no uncertain terms toward the end of this past trip. That’s when I remembered something:
The new Sony Handycam has a built-in projector, so I closed the curtains, and fired that bad boy up, casting the HD images right there on a door. So the end result was that my daughter had the ability to watch, in high def, every single moment I had captured on the trip right then and there.
Kinda hard to tell from this shot (what with the flash and all) just how good the picture is, but it’s truly incredible. Very big and crystal clear. That particular scene was of Alli and the triplets walking to the ocean, and Kirby absolutely loved watching it and all the other scenes. Which is great, except of course, that now she’s insisting that I “hurry up and make the movie.”
Ah, yes. The vacation videographer. A thankless job, indeed. At least Sony’s making it a little less so.
Toggle to the very end to see a video I made two years ago at the beach with the help of my previous Sony Handycam.
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