Capturing your next adventure with the 1SE App

By Hayley Braun | Travel Tips

People are always asking me, "What app do you use make those videos?!"

And today, I want to share my trick for creating simple, yet impressive travel videos - all using the 1SE application, or 1 Second Everyday.

As you may already know, we are not the typical "travel bloggers". I work a regular 9-5 desk job, and travel with an above-average camera at best. I use very basic editing tools for my videos, and put relatively little time into making them. Honestly, it's nothing a 12 year old with a cell phone (or my mom) can't do!

So long story short, I don't have any fancy camera equipment.

Here's everything you need to know to create your first 1SE Video:

Step 1:  Download the App

Download the free 1 Second Everyday app (available on iOS and Android). If you like it, I recommend upgrading to Premium!

Step 2:  Getting Started

  • Click the orange plus sign in the bottom right hand corner to start a new project.
  • Name your project, and choose whether you want to create using "timeline" or "freestyle".
    • My advice is based off of using "freestyle", which I think is a more unique way to use the app
Step 1 in Creating a Simple Travel Video using 1SE

The 1 Second Everyday application's start screen says it best- Record Less, Live More! Using this method to make travel videos is my favorite because it allows me to do just that.

Hayley's 1SE Tips:  Timeline vs. Freestyle

"Timeline" style videos are the typical way that 1SE is used. There's a calendar layout for video organization, making it a great option to document longer trips. In this set up, your video actually does consist of one second every day.

On the other hand, I've always used the "Freestyle" option to document my travel. This allows you to place any number of one-second clips in any order. The extra flexibility is great since my trips usually don't last more than a week!

Generally, "timeline" = more travel days, and "freestyle" = less.

Step 3:  Choosing your clips 

Step 3 in Creating a Simple Travel Video using 1SE
  • Click the large orange rectangle with the plus to add your first video (and all videos after). 
Step 1 in Creating a Simple Travel Video using 1SE
  • Next, choose a video from your library. As you can see, I take 5-10 quick videos for every one I'l end up using.
  • Finally, choose your one second! Luckily, this is the trickiest part of the app. Using the orange slider, you can choose the best 1 Second to use.
  • Continue picking clips until you're happy with your video!
    • When I'm traveling, I use down time (in airports, on buses, etc.) to add videos of my days so far to the app. This makes them easier to go through, and less overwhelming at the end of your trip!

Hayley's 1SE Tips:  Having trouble getting started?

Check out 1SE's help page for a lot more great resources on how to select a second! They also have a ton of video-making inspiration on the main website.

Step 4: Finishing your video

  • Once you've picked out your videos, click on each clip to add dates and locations. Sometimes I save this step until the very end so I can copy and paste the locations!
  • Once you're done, save or download your video from the app.
  • After downloading my 1SE Video, I'll remove the background noise, and overlay a fun travel song. Warning; this is a huge pain to do if you have to change anything. But, there's great news! 1SE has recently released a Pro Version that allows you to do all of this within the application.
  • Share, share, share! I have used Vimeo for publishing all of my personal travel videos.

The Final Product

Here's one of my favorite travel videos I've put together. On this trip, my mom joined me for a week in Spain, then I traveled around Portugal myself the week after.

Like most travel videos I've made, it's only about a minute long, but packed with 2 weeks and 9 cities worth of adventures!

Good luck, enjoy, & happy video making!
SHARE your videos in the comments below. I'd love to see them!

Hayley's 1SE Tips:  Extra Tips & Tricks

  • Use a variety of video types and angles. A couple I always like to include:
    • Views and scenery
    • Up close shots, especially where food is involved
    • A mix of group shots and solo shots
    • Fun takes!
      • I'm always forcing my family and friends to jump in the videos and have fun with it when we're traveling. Even when it's a little annoying in the moment, they've loved getting to see the end result!
    • Different swinging and scrolling angles (this ones hard to explain, watch my video above to see!)
    • Inside jokes and memories - while I keep most of my videos stuff I want to share, I always like to throw in a few things just for myself to look back and laugh about.
  • If you use a combination of videos and pictures, try to alternate and space the photos out.
  • Lastly, HAVE FUN WITH IT! There's always something you can do to switch it up. For example:
    • In my Cross Country Road Trip video, we made it a goal to get a video passing every single State Line sign. We also used the # of states we'd driven through so far as the "location".
    • For the end of my Spain & Portugal video, I surprised my parents with handwritten notes! Check out the video above.

About the Author

I'm a recent Clemson engineering grad (go tigers!) and have been traveling for as long as I can remember. I've always loved exploring new places and meeting new people. I started travel blogging to be able to do more of what I love, and get to share it with the world!

  • Vox says:

    These are some really great tips that make me feel more confident of making videos with limited resources. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  • Candace says:

    These are awesome tips! I’ve been wondering how to take better videos!

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