Monday, February 1, 2010

AFH Video Studio inspires Alice Tran

In her own words, AFH teen Alice Tran traces the art and power of making videos

Video can be a valuable tool for young people in many ways; it can be used as a means of self-expression or to deliver important messages. Making videos can start out as a hobby then lead to a potential future career.

There are many different types of videos. Some people make videos for fun and some do it for a living. A video can be homemade or created in a real studio. Many teenagers like to make videos of themselves or with their friends doing various activities, such as skateboarding, dancing, or singing. Some even make their own tutorials for something they know really well and want to teach others about; those videos could be about just anything—from how to animate an object in Adobe Flash to how to properly wield a butterfly knife.

Videos play a big role in our world—if you look on YouTube or Veoh, there are billions of videos of random things made by young people. Many of the social networking sites which target young people, such as Facebook and MySpace, provide video-uploading applications because they know that people like to share and view videos made by others.

Young people might make videos to get recognition for what they can do and they use networking sites to show those videos because they know that those sites are a great source of publicity. In today’s society, they often look for recognition or fame; some may even pull the most outrageous stunts just to get it. Video has clearly become one of those tools used to showcase what young people can do and give them their so-called “15 minutes of fame.”

Even cell phones, which have come a long way since they first debuted, have the option to record videos if they feature a camera.

The question should be: how can video not be a valuable tool for young people?

Check out this video Alice created with the entire Video Studio:

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