My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #170: Lights . . . camera . . . action!!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-20-2010 02:20 PM 4640 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 02:58 PM

That is just great! I LOVE the video!
You are the master of your craft.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 03:42 PM

Good morning Sheila,

A good video with good lighting and good sound. I look forward to when you start doing ‘talkies’ as well LOL!

I agree with you that people would benefit by seeing you actually doing the sawing, plus the myriad things you must have to also do to get a project looking as good as yours.

I used to do 48 hour days…no fun but you get a lot done!


-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 03:51 PM

goodmorning Sheila
congratulations with all the new titles you now can add to your CV and businesscards….lol :-)
its a great little test clip you have done Sheila and very sharp all over and all the other small but
allso as importen things I´ll bett you are on to those before you know it :-)
I just wonder : are you filmming on the highest resulution ?, becourse I ask is I had to wait a few
times while it loaded to me under the clip , if you do that the vidioclip can be too big in megabits
to handle both on your computer when you come to the point were you want to edit them together
and allso to behandled on the net and when people want to download them
if you record with the highes resulution then play around with how low you can go and still have sharp
pictures without any blurry on them , Just a thought from me Sheila

and about the acount isue on you-tube , you can create a new E-mail adress on hotmail and
then use that to create your new name Sheila Landry Designs with on you-tube if its only a matter
to be used to create the acount

go get them girl and congrat´s with you new play ground


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#4 posted 11-20-2010 03:54 PM

That is pretty amazing work on the saw I guess I need to practice a little more w/ my saw.
I’m working on a coupe christmas gifts and they were nowhere near as complicated or a smooth as that was.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 11-20-2010 03:56 PM

Thank you all!

@Dennis – Yes, that was the highest resolution. The clip is about 4 minutes long and is 200 mb. I am still testing the waters and going to see if I can bump it down a notch and still get decent clarity. I appreciate you telling me because this is the stuff I need to know. I have a pretty good computer so everything is quick on it but I need to know how others see it.

Thank you so much for your feedback – keep it coming. I want it to be good! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 11-20-2010 04:03 PM

Sheila, this a nice video that takes a lot of the mystery out of scroll sawing for me. This was both enjoyable and informative. Keep ‘em coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 11-20-2010 04:34 PM

that’s awesome.
short clips on specific sections of the process is perfect.
I’m sitting here with my mouth open at how fast you are and how you whip that wood around 360 degrees ..
my blade would have broken 3-4 times during that segment, I’m sure.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 11-20-2010 04:46 PM

Christ you’re quick and accurate too!

Video good. Could do with some background music, something you like to listen too whilst working perhaps.
Otherwise it was steady (good if you’re trying to pay close attention, as I was), uncluttered and visually very clear.
Maybe a voice-over next time( the bit I most fear).

Good job, Sheila. You should be proud of yourself.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 11-20-2010 05:07 PM

Very impressive! I’d turn volume down a bit and add background music as Martyn suggested. I don’t know that a voice over is necessary while cutting. Maybe an intro to tell what kind of wood you prefer for this project, and how you laid the pattern on it. Keeping it short is important, though, and doing things in ‘sections’ so you don’t lose the viewer. Good job, Sheila. You’re off and running!


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#10 posted 11-20-2010 05:40 PM

Excellent video! I agree with the comments on short sections – the length of this one was just right for me. Can you link them together like a blog series? It seems like that would be a cool feature – You could end up with a full instructional series. I see what you mean about the 48 hour days…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 11-20-2010 05:54 PM

In answer to all of your comments -

Yes, I plan on making lots of ‘shorts’ with little steps. I think the short ones are the best. I am planning the ‘series’ idea for projects too, so you can pick the part that you want to see without having to go through everything.

I am running Windows 7 64 bit and I just downloaded Windows Movie Maker for video editing. I think it will have plenty to make these nice. I am going to try to run a music track on this one just to see. This was just my sample video and nothing that I will keep. It was just to get my feet wet (or hands dusty, if you will) and test things out.

I want to keep these simple, but nice. I will talk in subsequent videos. I am going to try doing the coloring on the candle tray today and do a video of that with me talking. We will see how it works. There is lots for me to read also an the Windows Movie Maker site so I want to at least learn the basics on that before I go too much farther.

I do appreciate all the comments a lot. It will help me get a better feel for things! Thank you! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 11-20-2010 05:57 PM

and I kind of liked the sound of the machine running … for me, it helps to “hear” when it is cutting correctly ..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 11-20-2010 07:02 PM

Watching you cut makes me wonder if I look that good cutting.
I am really glad you are getting in to video, it is fun to beable to see how things are done sometimes.
Great Job

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#14 posted 11-20-2010 07:10 PM

Excellent idea. Thank you.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#15 posted 11-20-2010 07:14 PM

Isn’t the digital age great. Looks like you’re going to be the master of videos!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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