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Sunday, 3 June 2007

Fetes, recycling and iMovie

Yesterday was a proper 'half term Saturday' - in the morning we attended the Raynham Way Community Centre Summer Fayre, enjoying - for what must be the fourth year running - the singing of our offspring as part of the pre-school's contribution to the opening ceremony.

In fact, the organisation and layout of the fête was almost exactly the same as last year, and the sun was just as warm, too - nothing like a bit of consistency!

We took the opportunity to visit the Recycling Centre in the afternoon - I took a few photos on Beth's camera, and thought, for a change, to make a little video of it, using iMovie. Now I've got the hang of the Ken Burns effect, it's fairly straightforward to do, although I must remember the order to carry out the editing:

  • clips
  • transitions
  • captions after checking the timings of the clips and transitions!
I made the mistake of adding the captions halfway through, which made changing durations of clips almost impossible! One of the reasons I made this was as an 'easy' start to a brief documentary about the demolition work near our office in London. As ever, though, the whole afternoon (on and off) has been eaten up with just a one-and-a-half minute video.. who knows how long it'll take me to do ten minutes!

Anyway - hope you like the fruits of my labours...

Tomorrow we're off to the Science Museum for the day - it's my normal day off (though it seems like I've been out of the office for nearly a week!) and Christopher has a teacher training day at school, so we're hoping for a fairly quiet trip. I'm sure there'll be plenty of pictures and stories to be told!

Beth's pregnancy test for surrogate baby number 3.. or 4!Meanwhile, Beth's had some good news - it looks like baby number five (or even six!) is on the way! OK, so it's still early days yet, but everyone's hopeful that a sibling(s?) to Lucy (who was the result of Beth's second surrogacy) is less than nine months from making an appearance...

Posted by james at June 3, 2007 7:55 PM

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