If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably seen me post about this iPhone app before. It has been one of my all-time favorites for 2 years now and I can't imagine my love for it ever fading! I introduce to you: 1 Second Everyday - Your Video Diary.
I’m a big fan of documenting memories. I have always loved to take pictures of family and friends and do what I can to remember all the little moments that make life special.
There is something magical about video! Even one second of video can bring back a flood of emotions and memories.
That’s what I love about this app. Once the montage has been created, I can relive 365 moments from my year in a matter of 6 minutes. It’s awesome!
Here's my video from 2017:
Using the app is easy!
The dashboard is very user friendly. You simply select any video taken from your day and use the app to clip a one second segment and add it to your reel. That's pretty much it! Once your year is through - or whenever you decide to complete your montage - the app mashes your clips together into an awesome video and voila! Watch this video demo to see what it's like to use the app.
Some tips to get started:
- Don't wait. Download it NOW! The app is $4.99 for iPhone (WORTH IT!) and free for Android. While I like to start mine on January 1, you can start any day of the year. I have even seen some people use this app to create montages of trips or other multi-day events. Your possibilities are endless!
- Set a reminder or enable the app reminders 1SE offers to help you get the hang of snapping those videos everyday. As you’ll see in mine, there were a few days where I forgot to take a video until I was laying in bed in the dark (LOL) - hence the video snippets of my husband blinded by my iPhone flash, or what we were watching on TV that evening! If you forget totally, you are also able to put pictures into your montage, which I have done a couple times, but I prefer videos! You can also cheat a little bit and import footage from another day if you must, but I try not to do this.
- Landscape videos! Try to make sure you take your videos in landscape (holding your phone horizontally). It looks much better when all clips are cropped that same way. You CAN crop your vertical videos now, to fill up the frame, but I think the diminishes the quality a little bit and you lose some of what shows in the video frame.
- Add music to the finished product. This takes a little bit of extra work, and is totally optional, but I love this step. When you export your video, import it into iMovie, or another video editing software, and add some music. I like to leave some sound from my videos and keep the music soft. This way, I can still hear the sounds from the videos I have taken. The right choice of music can really up the emotion of your montage. I got my music clips from Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).
There you have it! It's as easy as that. In addition to having an amazing video to look back on once your project is complete, get ready to start looking at your days a little differently. Doing this project each year really makes me focus on the little things and I'm grateful for that.
I will leave you with one more!
My video from 2016:
Happy filming everyone!