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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 04-04-2011 02:07 AM 2122 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is really just for me to practice putting a video together. I just got my new camera in the mail and was really wanting to try it out so, I just shot a couple of clips of what I have been working on lately.
I am planning on putting some how-to videos together on framing for my new website. It would be a big help if you guys could give me some feed back on what you think I could do better. Also, sorry about the radio I will be sure to cut it off when I make the next one.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 10:19 PM

Clay, I’m gonna be blunt here, but I do want to help you. First of all, good going with your first try. This is far better than many first videos I’ve seen. As you pointed out, be careful of the background noise, whatever the source. Your camera seems to take great videos. Get some different shots, not just the one. Show more zoomed in shots. Although you zoomed in, it is not quite enough. Speak louder, maybe even make a script outline.

I came across this how-to video years ago. It has some very good advice that you might not think about.

I’m not saying that you can’t make good videos with less expensive equipment either. Hey, take a look at StevInMarin’s videos. He breaks many of the rules, however, his videos are still VERY entertaining, and helpful too. One of my pet peeves with videos is a shakey camera. Some of Steve’s are shakey, but he also fills in with enough good shots to keep me watching. Another of my pet peeves is lack of zoom. If what I’m interested in only fills 1/10th of the frame, then I think the video fails.

You’ve got a great start, just keep practicing, and post your progress. Get more excited when you are talking, break it up into many many short takes and then glue them all together. Make the videos and we will watch them.

BTW, that ring process is fascinating. I’d like to see more about it. Is this your first one? I’m guessing not, given what I can see with the quality.

Rance (a video wanna be)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 04:27 AM

The biggest thing you could do is be a bit more excited about what you are doing but that somes with a bit of being in front of the camera. And take the time to come up with a script. You need to know what you are going to do before you do it.

More importantly I am interested to find out how you intend to finish the ring you are working on. I apprenticed as a jeweler and may be able to shed some light on things for you. The biggest issue I can see you will have is surface finish and accurate sizing. Go to a jewelry store and have your finger sized make sure they check with a think sizer and not a cheap thin sizer (mans ring not lady’s ring). It’s easier to make a ring too small and size it up than the other way around. (it can be done but it requires more skill and gear)
Place the ring on this tool and beat the ring evenly with a rawhide mallet (or rubber) until it almost touches the mark then flip the ring over and repeat. This will ensure that the ring is evenly sized. Creep up on the mark and don’t just pound in one spot or you will create a thin spot.

For the Petes sake don’t use the file hammer to finish up, do you own a flex-shaft tool (like a Dremel) and a decent round stationary sander? If so I’ll try and walk you through that process, if not, give me some time and I’ll come up with something. You will want to make the ring very smooth all over, you would not believe the amount of irritation small nicks can give.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 04:54 AM

I’ve wasted more time doing less then watching a utube video…. : )

Why does everyone who “thinks” they know something, beg to tell the world they dont.

Blunt maybe, but my honest opinion …..

: )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 08:15 PM

That was a good “practice” video Clay. I had not seen that done before, thanks for sharing!

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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Clay Ortiz

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 03:35 AM

@Rance – Those are some helpful tips. I will take more close-ups on the next one and take a lot more clips too.
This is the first time I have tried to make a ring. Also, I don’t mind people being blunt. It saves words.
@RGtools – Thanks for the insight and link for making the ring. I haven’t had time to complete it yet but I will give you shout when I do.
@Moron – I don’t follow what you are trying to say but thanks anyway.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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