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One Second Every Day

One day in the beginning of May, I was scrolling through my Tumblr app.  I stopped on a Photojojo post about  the One Second Everyday app.  I instantly knew I had to do one more daily project.  I rarely take videos of my children, but I always want to.  It’s a hump I can’t get over.  This would help.  And really?  It’s one second.  If I don’t have time for one second, I’m royally fucked.  There’s no editing.  There’s no hunting for pictures.  Every thing is stored and edited on my phone.  I just have to remember to do it.

It’s a fun app.  You open it and shoot a video.  Once the video is done, you pick the best one second and cut it.  You’re able to take multiple videos during the day, but once you cut a second it shows up in your calendar.  All those other videos are saved in the day’s queue, but only one video gets the coveted One Second Spot.  Movement is key!  If something isn’t moving, the clip hurts the entire montage.  One non-moving second feels like it’s ten boring seconds.  The app saves the audio too.  I thought it’d be distracting, but it isn’t too bad.  I just prefer music.  A pretty big Con is how slow it opens.  You have to open it way in advance of  your big moment.  This is not a “I want to catch quick random moments” thing.  You need to have a little thought on what you want to One Second.  When it saves the clip, it also takes plenty of time.  If you head back to the home screen before the wheel stops moving, say good-bye to the clip.

I’d love to finish a whole year of One Second clips.  There’s something so satisfying about watching the days fly by.  Hearing a little snip of my kid’s laugh.  Watching someone dance to an old tune.  I love watching the rituals of the day pile up whenever I compile some seconds.  Here’s my first month.

May 4 :: June 4

One Second a Day (May 4 :: June 4) from Erika Ray on Vimeo.

  • Jen - Love!! Must try!!June 5, 2013 – 8:48 amReplyCancel

  • Annie - This is very cool and I’m so glad you shared this! I will have to try it out:)June 5, 2013 – 9:51 amReplyCancel

  • mara - this is amazing! what a great idea. thank you so much for sharing!June 6, 2013 – 12:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Hi Erika-

    thinking about doing this everyday in 2014 instead of a 365….any challenges that you didn’t envision when you started? are you still going? I also work away from my home…does Mon-Fri cause some challenges as well? Thinking about doing this at the school I work at for the website. I think it will be a neat way to tell a story.

    KristenDecember 29, 2013 – 8:20 amReplyCancel

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