Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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My Youtube channel

It's the thing these days to have a Youtube channel and now I have one too! :)

It's mostly aimed at people who are learning Welsh, especially those who live in England or abroad and want to learn more about Wales as well as practise the language. The plan is to create a video every 4-6 weeks, exploring somewhere and explaining what there is to see.

I did the filming for the first video back in June but learning the video editing software took awhile, especially as we kept having trips away from home. I'm using an open source video editor called Shotcut. Like many open source packages, it's fairly powerful, but not exactly user friendly. Fortunately there were some helpful videos on Youtube that explained the basics and that's all I need for the moment.

The first proper video is still a work in progress, but while we were in London a couple of weeks ago I shot a few short pieces on my new Huawei P20 Pro phone while we were waiting for a train. This week, I edited the best bits together, added some music and a voice over. I've uploaded it as a practice piece and I've also tidied up my channel which I've had since 2009 and never done anything with apart from upload bits of video I wanted to share on social media.

All the random stuff is now made private and hidden and I can now share my first video. It is in Welsh, but if you want to know what I'm saying, just click on the Subtitles/closed captions button and you'll get the subtitles. I've done it that way rather than adding subtitles onto the video itself because when you're learning a language, it's easy to think you understand something, but you're actually reading the subtitles. Youtube allows you to make them optional, so a learner could watch once without and then watch again with the subtitles to check understanding.

If any of you want to have a look, here's the link...

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