I suppose it was inevitable. A few years ago, Microsoft announced their plan to move software to the Internet using a subscription agreement. I balked. Who needed the fancy bells and whistles from tools embedded in ribbons at the top of the page? I still hadn’t mastered all of the features in Office 2000, and I didn’t have to be connected to the Internet to use it.
Now, here I sit a few years later, creating most of my documents online, not with a subscription to a Microsoft tool but using the free Google Docs. I tried the other online offerings, but just as Google knew, I’d eventually come around to their office suite because I use so many of their other products like Gmail that have me logged into my Google account all day anyway.
No longer on a corporate network, collaboration on documents and projects with my far-flung cousins research teams is easily accomplished using Sharing in Docs.
When I need to create a quick graphic, I don’t launch Photoshop, but rather launch a new tab in Google’s Chrome browser and click on the Aviary icon that was put there when I picked it up in the Chrome web store. Aviary does a great job for most of the graphics files I create daily.
The same is true for the other online applications and tools that I use regularly. It seems that I launch the applications on my workstation less frequently than ever now. I still use them when I need to create something fairly intense because I know their interface well and the shortcut keys I’ve created over the years are seemingly activated without conscious thought. There are still some things that I can’t do online but they seem to be dwindling more as every month passes.
More recently, I’ve started spending some tome on YouTube’s TestTube page exploring the tools and intelligence offered for your YouTube audience and video creations.
Genealogists are photo takers and home-brew movie makers. Some of us have great skills, but the majority of us are still amateurs. That’s OK most of the time, but when it comes to using tools to make movies, sometimes we struggle a little.
Google has released a great online video editor. The YouTube Video Editor has moved from the TestTube stage for full release status.
The video below gives a quick overview of the application but it is already out of date when it talks about using the editor from the TestTube page.
Give it a try from your next genealogy video. Publish it on YouTube and tell your family, genealogical society and friends where to find it. Embed it in your next blog post, webpage or online project. Let the genealogy community on Twitter know its address so we can not only watch your work but get ideas for our own project.
As noted in the video, the editor comes with a fairly lengthy list of royalty-free music to add to your creation in addition to the screen effects that are common in other video applications.
More tools for genealogists. Less cost so our research budget can stretch just a little farther. Nice..