Refreshed look

Thanks to the wonderful help (again) of our friend Jules we have new branding imagery on our YouTube channel. I think it looks great.

I’ve also updated the display of videos on the channel homepage and the text on the About page.

This is really a bit of a celebratory response to a significant increase in the number of views and subscribers – from imperceptible to wow, we had a view today 😂

Bow roller getting to dry fit

Our next video is now on YouTube as we get to dry fit the new Bow Roller (biggest Rival Bow Roller in the world?). We even have Subtitles/Closed Captions this time.

As we create new videos we are basically working at developing three playlists at the moment:

  • Boat Refit Progress
  • Low Footprint Sailing
  • Boat Refit Tips

The best way to catch them is to Subscribe to the channel (remember to hit the notification bell).

The best ways to help us improve the videos and keep them coming are to:

  • Watch them to the end
  • Click the Like thumbs up
  • Comment on the video
  • Share the videos on Social Media

Many thanks

Two free upgrades to improve our blog and videos

I’ve just upgraded to the latest version of Ubuntu namely 21.10 Impish Indri. As always a simple, automatic and fast process that gives me new versions of nearly all the software I use, all for free.

I think I’ve been using Ubuntu for around 15 years, in that time I’ve had new versions every 6 months, and it has continued to get better and better. Not yet sure what all the updates are in this version (clearly new versions of LibreOffice and FireFox are among them).

One of the more recent changes in Linux, that Ubuntu supports, is new ways of packaging software so that they run on lots of versions of Linux without needing to be prepared and packaged by each Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu).

So, I’d switched from using the Ubuntu packaged version of Kdenlive (our video editor) to one installed with SNAP. Now I’ve switched to a version installed by FLATPAK as that is more directly supported by the project. So now I have a version of Kdenlive that was released 9 days ago.

The new version of Kdenlive now has working (for me) subtitles with speech to text. I’ve just run it on our first Low Footprint video and it is very accurate. Not going to need much work to give us full subtitles (captions on YouTube). That is a very nice improvement.

Our first Boat Refit Tips video

Just uploaded:

We would love it if you watch the video and like it 🙂 Comments on the video really help too, we will reply to them!

As we work to build our Sustainable Sailing YouTube Channel it would really help us if you subscribe (and hit the notify bell). As you look on the channel we are going to be standardising on Orange thumbnails for Tips, Red for refit Progress and some other colour for more reflective/theoretical videos.

We have lots more Boat Refit Tips videos planned (and we think we will keep them under 10 minutes long so that they focus reasonably tightly one issue). Do you think that is a good way for us to go? Any suggestions of what you think we be helpful?