Last year my very good mates Brian and Gaynor come over to do a documentary on my life here in Argentina and at the same time do a promotional video on La Margarita. The idea of the video was to give an idea of what it’s like here on La Margarita in the form of moving pictures to help potential guests decide if they wanted to spend some time with us. I may be a bit biased but for me they did a fantastic t job and it’s a wonderful video. Brian with the very able assistance of Gaynor used all his filming skills to give a great idea as to what it’s like here in the pampas and I loved it. Once it was finished we eagerly uploaded it to YouTube and then put a link on our web page to the video. Now the video covers many things such as the gaucho life style in Argentina, the wonderful horse riding here, the charming gaucho town of Tapalque, the interesting route to La Margarita amongst many other things. It also shows Raquel our chef cooking some traditional dishes and boy can she cook some great food as many of our guest comments confirm in our guest book on La Margarita.
When we loaded the video onto YouTube and then put the link onto our web page the start frame that came up was Raquel decorating a cake (umm it’s a very tasty looking cake for sure). However, much as we love Raquel’s cooking, as do our guests, I wanted to have the first frame of a gaucho or someone riding a horse – something very estancia if you get my meaning. I asked Brian if he could try to change it. He tried but no luck it kept coming back to that frame of Raquel decoration the cake. After some investigation he found out that YouTube chooses the frame that goes on (and there are only 3 choices). There are apparently only three frames we can choose from - in our case one was a street sign (umm hardly gaucho), one a picture of a car umm and of course Raquel’s cooking. Nothing we could do could change it. Brian did some investigation and found that it was to stop people promoting their videos with frames that have nothing to do with the video. It turns out that many people were putting frames of naked ladies as the first frame to attract attention to their video – seems it worked but not any more cos it can’t be done (at least it is very difficult to do unless it is a video about naked ladies of course) since you only have 3 frames to chose from so unless your video has muchos naked ladies you will be out of luck grrrr. No indeed no more naked ladies which is a shame because a shot of a Lady Godiva type person riding one of our horses may have helped our viewing figures –who knows! Still rules are rules - we still have a fantastic video but we are stuck with the opening frame showing a cake being cooked which is a shame in some ways because it gives the impression it is a cooking lesson video – which it is not because the video covers in a beautiful way much more than that here in gaucho land.
If you haven’t seen the video here is the link – it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time having a peek – sorry to sound biased but it really is good…………..
This is David Cummings Alias the English gaucho hasta la proxima.