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30 Minutes of Book Repair in 90 Seconds

The instructions for the “Speed Up Your Work Day” assignment were to “Take video of yourself doing what you typically do on an average work day, and then speed it up! Start with at least 30 minutes of footage at a minimum, so as to get a good amount of video to share. Challenge yourself to complete the assignment in one single shot, then speed it up to ridiculous speeds, and toss in some music that fits the mood.”

I am a technical services student aide and the book repair supervisor at Simpson Library. My days consist of many different things, but on this particular day (Monday) I was replacing the spines of books that needed repaired. For this assignment, I took a video of the entire process of a spine replacement. The video was about 30 minutes long. I ran in to a small problem about 1/3 of the way through the video when I realized I needed to go downstairs to use the paper cutter. I turned the camera off for that one part and spliced it back together, but the rest of the video was all one take.

I used the video editor on my computer to upload and combine the videos, then I downloaded the video to my computer. While the editing software that comes with my laptop is good for very basic video editing, this assignment required a bit more. I used VSDC Free Video Editor to speed up the video from 30 minutes to 90 seconds. I really didn’t like the video editor at all. It was very clunky and hard to use, but it got the job done. I added background music that I got from this site. After I finished editing, I uploaded the video to my computer and then to YouTube.

Along with some of the other assignments this week, I really enjoyed this one. I think the final product turned out to be so satisfying to watch! It’s definitely one of the coolest assignments that I’ve done. You can watch the finished product below!

1 Comment

  1. Morgan

    Very interesting to watch. Never knew how someone would fix the spin of a book!

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