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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 02-28-2012 04:20 AM 8970 reads 1 time favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It Ain’t Always Easy…

I have been pretty anxious to get out more video, especially after all the effort I have invested in the infrastructure for creating better videos.

Well things did not go smooth for this video. I started out by setting a record for the number of takes to get a clean 1st scene. I don’t know why my mind really kept dropping off. (I have a lot of crap rattling around up there.)

The next thing to happen was that after I got rolling on the video recording, I quit checking the playbacks very often becuase I felt comfortable everything was going OK. I have had an especially difficult time dialing in my audio, but after playing back a handful of shots I felt confident everything was recording good.

Boy, was I wrong. I knew that I was not dealing with a quality wireless mic system and that this was actually part of the problem. Well, that system really puked out on me altogether while recording.

Making Lemonade From Lemons

This was extremely disappointing, shooting video is very time intensive and this all equals wasted time. I was left with only 2 good scenes, but only 1 that had a good piece of woodworking advice. The other scene merely shared the application for my bent lamination to create context.

Other than that I just had the numerous outtake shots. OK, I figured, let’s just make some lemonade out of lemons and so I put this video together.

So the video is basically a blooper reel but part of the good shot is at the end that has a real solid piece of woodworking advice. It is a principle that I exercise in my own shop.

I call the video “Crap to Gold Nuggets” and you will see why.

I have a new wireless system ordered & on the way. Hope you enjoy!

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 04:40 AM

I’m glad that you are not a swearer.

Some great out takes Todd.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 04:43 AM

I thought that was bad enough.

Wasn’t really sure if I should even post it, but even I had to laugh at myself when I saw all the clips together.

I should have just quit when I realized my mind wasn’t in gear for shooting at that time. Getting frustrated just made it worse.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 05:04 AM

Todd, You do have courage!!! I think the video will be worth it after the new mic comes in. Please post it when you get it done.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 05:09 AM

Hey John – I am grabbing mostly pictures but some video too so I can move forward with the project. Then I will use have to go back and do a narrative video.

The onboard mic only works very well if I am close to it. Otherwise it is all echo and ambient room noise.

I was only 24” away from the camera and mic for the intro on this video. Otherwise it doesn’t work that great.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 05:21 AM

Hey…was your first wood working project a masterpiece??? Of course not…it all takes time. You have a good start, keep plugging away and soon you’ll have your own plaid shirt!!! Seriously, when you sent me plans for the console table I thought I would try to document the build just with photos…not video. I discovered just how much planning and time something like that takes. Cudos to you and all the other LJ’s who take the time and
energy to share your wisdom and experiences…it is greatly appreciated!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 05:23 AM

gbear – Thanks for the support Man;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 05:30 AM

Todd that was great and the nugget was wonderful. Get your new mic and you will feel much better about the audio.
Look at it this way bloopers are great footage also. And the way you cut them together was flawless. You only have but one direction to go from here. Up. I have projects that do me this way. Something fails and CRAP! Start over we await the next fun filled episode.
Your friend Dvae ….. crap ...... Dave
It was really funny

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 05:34 AM

Thanks superdav721 – The video still gave me some practice on my movie editor and I am overall happy with the other improvements that I have made to increase the quality of photo & video recording in my shop.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 05:59 AM

well this is a real load of

great advice

made me laugh todd

been there done that moments

we’re out of oscars for the year
but got some feltons left
i’ll slip one in the mail

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 06:33 AM

Well, crap!!!!
What I was going to say…..............................................................................................................huh?
Better luck next time Todd!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 06:46 AM

There are a lot of things in life that I will try. Making a video ISN’T one of them. Well done to you…............

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 07:12 AM

Haha…I know that feeling. I often get a case of total brain-freeze. Or worse, I talk and begin to listen to my own voice and realize I am rambling have no idea what I am saying! If I couldn’t delete takes in-camera, my hard drive would be completely full of crap!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#13 posted 02-28-2012 12:31 PM

Interesting…. and I notice very strange things. Look at the last few seconds of the video… stop it even. When Todd has his arms in the air. His left one is huge in comparison to his left. Todd is definitely left handed, and from over use compared to his right he’s developed it to be very noticable.

That said, I’m dying to see the video on bent laminations!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#14 posted 02-28-2012 01:00 PM

ummm oh, awesome video. ya done good Todd (i’da been cussin my head off) lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 02-28-2012 01:23 PM

In my moments of recording frustration, I wondered how the other guys like SteveinMarin and GarageWoodworks do with their recordings.

I did notice the distortion of my arms. It is due to having the wide angle zoomed all the way out. I thought it looked a little freakish myself.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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