I am still trying to organise the workroom so that I can sew with out having to mountaineer or crawl under the table! So until this is sorted I have been experimenting. With video. Very badly.
I have concluded it is me, not the various technologies. I thought I would share my insights with you.
- Check you have enough battery, memory and sanity before starting.
- Don’t record directly into Instagram on my phone – the ‘record’ button has to held only leaving one hand to sew with.
- Enter a state of zen like calm in preparation – do you realise how much we move when breathing? and no one wants to hear you huffing and puffing in the background.
- Make sure you can see the object of the video clearly, in the centre of the screen, and make sure it is large enough- amputating fingers because they always get in the way should not be required.
- Sewing fast causes vibration, your camera will ‘walk’ out of line and then fall over unless it is secured, and the mini tripod too. Sometimes even gaffer tape is not enough. In fact, have them on an entirely separate surface/structure for safety. And remember not to knock them over.
- Do not have the tripod too close, it will be side swiped by the action.
- Avoid auto focus. It will be on the work, then the machine, then your hands, then the work, your hands, the work……..
- Lighting levels will never be right or consistent.
- Remember to ban every sound making device/creature from the room/ continent/hemisphere.
- When editing – oh dear. Read the instructions, if the software has any. Leave three or four times the amount of time you imagine it will take. And add an afternoon for luck. It does not get any quicker. You do become more familiar and competent but then start to play with more buttons and ideas.
- When uploading – remember Instagram only takes 60 secs. Beyond that your are into IGTV. It looks simple, and it is once you know your way round. Do remember to load a cover pic and a preview. Do read the instructions and triple check before publishing.
- Auto sharing from Instagram to your facebook page is good. Much easier than trying to do it manually. Trust me.
- Remember that the plan I am on with WordPress does not include posting videos.
Video clip 1 – quick sketching of a tree
Video clip 2 – quick stitched version of the quick draw tree
Video clip 3 – to be published tomorrow – adding a colour layer to the tree.
Video clip 4 – yet to be done, a top layer of light colour on the little tree. Recording will be tomorrow’s task. Deep breath.
This is not advice. It is hard won experience. I think you can guess at the kind of week it has been! You should also note that after so many attempts I have plenty of little tree studies to make a whole new stock of greeting cards!
And no, I shan’t include myself in these. After a week or so of video chatting I have seen far too much of me already!
York Open Studios – cancelled of course, but this was to be the taster exhibition weekend so have a look at the facebook page for artists’ sneak peeks of their work, including mine. On the actual weekends we will be sharing our work and studios on line and intend to join in with the ‘Art in the Window’ idea. Calling it an open window event may excite burglars.