Tuesday, January 14, 2014

William Almon Wheeler meets North Country Public Radio and YouTube, Part Two

            Making a video for YouTube was technologically more challenging than talking on the telephone with an interviewer from North Country Public Radio although both projects were fraught with danger. In order to do it, I used iMovie to edit a video of a talk I gave to the annual meeting of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society into a YouTube-bite chunk. Voice overs, transitions, scrolling and ticker tape title insertions, and audio adjustments were all actually easier to do than they sound because iMovie is fairly simple to use, once you get the hang of it.

            Creating a YouTube channel, on which the video would be located, was a little trickier. However, being a Google Plus user helped because both YouTube and Google Plus are owned by Google and one Google account covers both. Inserting the channel artwork, an icon, this blog’s URL and a description of the channel took some careful planning and clicking in the right places, but it was not too difficult to accomplish.

            One click on the channel’s upload button sent the first Wheeler video from my computer to YouTube. As soon as the video’s description and tags were written, the job was done. The video can be seen by clicking on the “Videos” tab above,
            Almost immediately, I got this friendly email message from YouTube in my inbox. “Way to go, Herbert Hallas! Your video’s now on YouTube.” It was nice to be appreciated. And then I thought I heard something else. What was it? William Almon Wheeler applauding, or the sound of him rolling over in his grave? Hmm. Being a politician, it was probably the former, but being a cultivated man with a love for English literature, it could be the latter.

            And so, what would the former vice president from Malone have said if he knew that people were talking about him on the radio and on YouTube? Because the telegraph and newspapers were the standard forms of rapid communication in his day, Wheeler would probably have said something along the lines of what he said about honest lawyers when he was an assemblyman in Albany, “God works wonders, now and then.”

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