After showing the snowmen ornaments in which I had used the crackle finish, I had many people write and ask me questions about the product. I thought it would be a good time to try out the new camera and make a video showing how to apply the product.
Things went fairly well, but as with learning anything new, there are a couple of ‘glitches’ that I had to deal with. I did a little better with the filming itself, although at the end of the video, I accidentally dropped the heat gun and it kind of ruined the ending. Of course, this was after the entire process was complete, so instead or shooting the whole thing over again, I just edited it and re shot the ending.
The only other real issue that I had was that since the camera had the capability to shoot in a higher quality, I thought I would give it a go. I was really impressed with the picture and how every bit of crackle could be seen. The downside of that was that the file was very large, and converting it to video as well as uploading it to YouTube took several hours.
Since I finished relatively early in the afternoon, I decided to give it a go – even though I know that YouTube pares down videos on their own side and it would be of a lesser quality once it was on my account. The process of uploading it took over five hours to complete, which was fine because I am patient. But one thing that I didn’t expect was that I think after all was said and done the the video was up, I accidentally hit the “cancel” button and lost it. I spent the next hour or so trying to find out what I did but the video was nowhere to be found.
It was already after 9pm, and I wanted to have it ready for this morning, so I opted to go to the medium quality and re-saved it in a lower resolution format and re uploaded it. It finished a bit after midnight, and I do think it is OK as you can see what I am doing rather clearly, but it isn’t as crisp and clear as it was in the higher resolution.
In any case, here is the video:
In watching it this morning again, I think it is a bit long and I am considering re-shooting it. Initially, I wanted to show things in actual time so that you can all see how long the drying time is in between layers, but as I mention in the video itself, it is not very exciting to “watch paint dry” and I could easily cut away and come back without the tedium of watching me dry the areas with the heat gun. Your thoughts on this would be most helpful for future ‘productions’ of mine.
While waiting for it to upload, I was able to finish painting the two incorrectly colored pieces and now they are all happy snowmen again:
Learning new things is sometimes tough. I am still rather clumsy with getting around with the new camera. By that I mean using the proper settings and such and finding which one works best in which situation. There are no written instructions really – just a quick start up book. The meat of the instructions are in the ‘in camera guide’ and I find it somewhat difficult to fumble through everything to find what I need. Then unfortunately when I get to the subject I question (such as “delete multiple images”) it gives me a definition of what that means, rather than how to do it (such as “permanently deletes many images at once”) Well, DUH! But how the heck do you go about it???
I finally figured it out, but it wasn’t because I had any assistance from the manual. While I love the camera and think it is a big step up from what I was using, the one thing I don’t like about it is that you can’t delete images from your own computer. You can view them, but not delete them. That means you are stuck fumbling through files and folders and getting rid of them one at a time from the small screen. I have worked my way around it by just dragging the whole folder to my desk and then dumping it in its entirety on the camera, but it is an extra step that I don’t like.
Anyway, I am learning.
Today I will be working on the pattern packets for both of these projects. I hope to finish by today, and have them up on the site soon. That should keep me busy for most of the day.
Today is a civic holiday in Canada, so many things are closed. It is a good day to get caught up after the busy weekend. I hope you all enjoy the video. I am trying my best to make videos that are informative and helpful. While I know that I am not ready for Hollywood yet, I am trying to get a little better with each one.
Have a great Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"