Today I helped stop a fight on the train… by SINGING! [Updated!]

UPDATE 8/2/2012: This story was picked up by NewCity and featured in their publication here.
Today, I was riding an overcrowded CTA Red Line Train. The train was hot, we were sweating, everyone was constantly pressed into one another, and for the last 10 stops, it was so crowded that no one could get into the rail car. Two girls began to argue and couldn’t get close enough to fight each other so they started throwing cans and water bottles at each other.

I was thinking – I should do something — a song that everyone could sing, maybe? But I wasn’t quite bold enough to just break out singing. Then I heard someone say “you guys should sing instead of fight!” So I did just that! lol

The whole train got in on it too! I didn’t think anyone would believe me if I just told the story… so I recorded it. ūüėČ

I just wish I sang it better. ūüėõ

YouTube released video editing effects!

I heard YouTube has released some editing tools that allow you to modify content after you upload it to their service. ¬†I’m still dabbling my feet into video and wanted to check out the options. ¬†So, I uploaded about 16 seconds of video that I shot recently at one of the sister campuses of my church. ¬†The video was shot on my Canon EOS 7D with a Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 lens, hand-held, in a theatrical lighting scenario. ¬†As one might imagine, shooting with a lens that big and heavy means that there’s a large amount of camera shake in the video. Check out the original video (unedited below):

After uploading, an link appears in the standard information screen that allows you to go to a simple video editing interface. ¬†There are tools for rotating the video,¬†trimming¬†the length,¬†stabilization, contrast, fill light, color correction (color temperature), as well as an “I’m feeling lucky” button which I guess would auto apply the features (I didn’t try it). There are other tabs with audio options (to replace the entire audio track) and an “Effects” tab with visual effects like Sepia tone, black and white, and color effects from mild to wild. ¬†¬†The editing screen also features a side-by-side low-resolution preview of both the original video and a modified version based on what edits you have selected.

I was most impressed with the ability to see changes based on my selections almost instantly. ¬† I don’t know how it works for longer videos, but for this one, a new preview was ready almost as soon as I clicked a button – even image¬†stabilization! ¬†And while the correction features are nuanced and overlap, the effects options only allow one effect at a time and has no adjustment options. ¬†Overall, the experience was pleasant and gives me good reason to play with the feature more in the future. ¬†In researching for this post I also discovered this.

Well, here’s the YouTube edited video. ¬†I’m pretty happy with it but the stabilization seems to create some pretty trippy effects where the guitarist seems pretty steady but the microphone stand and everything around him seems to twist and distort in the renderings attempt to keep the frame ‘still’.