Fredericksburg Hardware Store

The subject of this video:

  • This historical video provides the viewer with an understanding of the history of the Fredericksburg Hardware Store. The Fredericksburg Hardware store was a fixture of the city from 1914 to 2004.  Visited by Presidents touting the value of small business and by the local population alike, the store was the heartbeat of the city for 90 years.     
  • The location where the hardware store once stood, is now a beautiful downtown community.

The Process of making this video

  • Learned allot!
  • The overall process was fairly straighforward. Gather the inputs: video, audio/narrative, and musical selection, uplaod to KAPWING, and start the edit.
  • Merging all three elements into one cohesive product was fairly easy. The difficulty was in the upload to VIMEO which took almost six hours to troubleshoot.
  • Once again it was a minor problem which consumed most of my time. KAPWING would download my video as a word document! Easy solution which took me hours to solve, make sure that your default APPs have been reset so that you can download your video, URGHHH!
  • Overall, the KAPWING software was easy to use, with the most difficult function being the close caption and the VIMEO upload.

Credit

  • KAPWING software was used for all video/audio editing. Along with the use of one of their musical selections.
  • For the video portion I used a Samsung Fold 5 camera
  • For the audio I used a head set with mike and recorded directly into KAPWING. I cleaned up the audio with KAPWING’s “clean” audio feature.
  • Kari L. Everett provided the voice for the audio
  • The Free Lance Star provided the images of the Hardware Store, President Bush and the Hardware store shopper.

The script:

  • The Fredericksburg Hardware store was a fixture of the city from 1914 to 2004.  Visited by Presidents touting the value of small business and by the local population alike, the store was the heartbeat of the city for 90 years.     
  • The site is now the location of a popular restaurant and Amelia Square, a small residential community built on the block of William and Winchester streets.  Walking along the old site, the stories still resonate throughout the city.  The store was a place where people went to shop and to catch up on the news of the local area with neighbors and friends. 
  • The store built relationships with its customers and kept a devoted list of clients who shopped there for decades. Speak to a native of Fredericksburg and they will tell you about being brought to the store as a child.  More than just a place to pick up supplies, it was a real institution for the community.
  • The Fredericksburg Hardware Store may be gone, but in the hearts and minds of many who live in Fredericksburg, the business will be a fond memory to pass on to their families.

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