I spent most of the day yesterday playing around with video stuff and reading about it. Usually Sunday is my painting day and with Christmas only a few weeks away I probably should have been working on my gifts, but I couldn’t help but explore this new ‘toy’ that I have discovered.
I like the Windows Movie Maker software. (Now don’t start throwing rotten tomatoes at me! – I know anyone who says they like anything Windows puts out is instantly labeled “politically incorrect”) It does what it says it should. The version I am working with (2.6) was really made for XP but it received good reviews and it was said to work well with Windows 7. So far so good.
I find that in regard to instructional videos – less is better. I believe that the content is the most important thing and should be the focus of attention. I realize that most of you mentioned music being added to the videos, but that complicates things tremendously. In order to bring in music, there is a myriad of things such as copyrights and permissions etc. that come into play. Frankly, I would rather spend my time providing valid content rather than searching for music that I could use.
As I mentioned before, YouTube offers a service called AudioSwap that allows you to pick approved music which doesn’t cost anything. In most cases, I feel that most of the time I will be speaking and explaining what I am doing on camera and the need for music won’t be necessary. If I find the circumstances arrive when I have the need for some music in the background, I will certainly try AudioSwap and see how it works.
Yesterday I tried to put two video clips together to make a single segment. I believe this will be very helpful when making these instructional type videos. I also learned to put in a fade in and a fade out, as well as a transition between the two clips. The tools for this were all in the Windows Movie Maker software and were very straightforward. I think the results were nice and I am happy with them.
The video shows how to apply the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing medium to the latest candle tray I designed. I began shooting it on the right side, but being right handed, I shot the second segment from the left side. I felt that it was a more comfortable position to work and still allow the camera to get a good shot.
Here is the video for you to see:
I do realize that this is quite a simple clip and I am not even sure that it will have value to others, but I have had several questions regarding the Staining and Antiquing medium and it is a simple overview of the product. I would like to do an additional video of how it works on oak or another wood with a bit more figure to it so that you can get a better idea of how it looks on that type of wood. But for now, this is what I was working on and I thought it would at least give you an idea.
I find that I get nervous when shooting and somewhat tongue-tied. I am sure that will pass with time and the more I play around with it, the more comfortable I will be. I also think this will be a great way to prepare for the lecturing that I am going to be doing in March. It is a wonderful way to see yourself as others see you.
Today I will be finishing up the gingerbread candle tray and doing the photography on it. I also am in the process of drawing a new tray. This may be my last for the Christmas season, but I think I may have one more following for Christmas if I can get it done quickly. I then want to make a video series of painting “Mr. Snowman” from my skating pond scene start to finish. That one simple piece has several of the basic painting techniques that are used in tole painting and I think it will be very helpful to those who don’t paint and want to learn.
And the list goes on . . .
I am having quite a bit of fun with this and I am happy that people are so pleased with the results. I have received several positive comments from people who not only enjoy these simple clips, but are asking for more. I think it will be a wonderful venue to explore. Once again, it is wonderful when work can be so much fun.
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"