Yesterday was quite a break though. I know it is the beginning of bigger and better things for me.
For a while now, many of you have requested that I make videos to teach others both how to scroll saw and also to paint and finish projects. It was only this week that I discovered that my digital camera took such nice video. I knew it took videos, but for some reason, I thought it would be crappy and unwatchable. Maybe I was thinking of the crummy cell phone videos that I have seen.
So yesterday, while I was cutting out the gingerbread candle tray, I thought I would play around with the video and take some footage (that’s a new word I will be using now I suppose – “footage”) of myself cutting. I had some test runs and learned quite a bit. The first couple of times I had the focus set where the camera kept ‘looking’ for the focus throughout the clip. That was annoying because it started out clear and kept changing back to blurry and then clear again and so on. It reminded me of the late 1960’s.
After figuring out the correct settings, I tried another test run using my tripod. I checked the focus and it was fine (and consistant) and I sat down to cut and just when I started I moved the light right into the view of the camera so that the clip was the head of the light with me scroll sawing behind it. (DUH!)
Finally, I did a clip where everything went right. Look out George Lucus! Here I come! Here is the clip for you to see:
I was glad I had a decent test clip before I ran out of holes to scroll! I think it came out fairly well and you can see things OK. I would really like to know what you think.
I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening setting up the YouTube account and all. It seems that I already had an account called “scrollgirlcanada” that I have absolutely no recollection of creating. I know that YouTube is now owned by Google and I have Gmail and it is all hooked together. I tried to make an account with Sheila Landry Designs as the name and it won’t allow me to because there is already an account associated with my email. I am afraid if I delete the account it will screw up my Picasa stuff, and I don’t want to chance it. It doesn’t matter anyway. I will tag everything appropriately and title things so that it will be found under both names.
I also created my own YouTube channel. That was fun. Of course working with graphics I like the look of it better. Then, too when I add new video people will know right away and be able to access it all at once. Here is the link to it:
You can subscribe to that if you want and also leave comments there too. (I hope some of you do so I won’t feel lonely there!) I am still just learning about YouTube and how it works, but it is a fun new adventure and I think it will open a world of opportunity for me. There are many woodworkers that will benefit from actually seeing this stuff done, as you know and I think it will be a tremendous teaching tool.
I still have to add some voice stuff and learn to do some editing. (I don’t talk on the test – I figure I need to walk before I run!) I think I will look into my Windows 7 software and see if that is adequate. I have Adobe Premier but I think that would be quite a bit more than I need right now. I want to keep it kind of simple.
As for the tray, I got it cut out and then got involved in this other stuff. I am doing to add the tinting today and may make another production on that process just to see how it goes. It should be quite fun!
(Did I tell you all I love technology?)
So much fun to be had – so little time!! Did anyone figure out how to have a 48 hour day yet?? I can’t wait to get rolling with this. I hope it inspires you all to try some new things too!
So for today, “that’s a wrap!” I’ll see you all on the red carpet! :D
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"