I’ve just spent an hour looking at camcorders. There are so many to choose from and it seems almost impossible to decide.
Part of the problem comes from budgeting. Say I set a budget of £150. Then I find a camera that’s just £10 more. Well £10 isn’t a lot so I can say £160 is the budget and I start looking for stuff in that range – then I find stuff just a little above that and so on.
I think I’m going to get the Panasonic V100. I’ve watched a review of it and it looks good. The reason I want a camcorder is to make you tube videos. I’ve uploaded two already, using a digital camera, and the sound is not great. I’ve tried video editing of course, like in the one below, but its just a little bit more than my poor computer can cope with – it crashed twice last night.
At work I can’t have a pen and paper with me at all times. So sometimes ideas seem to pass me by. Yesterday as I worked all these ideas sprang to mind but most seem now to have slipped from my brain. So if you can, as I’ve said before, write your ideas down.
I will be starting on you tube in the not too distant I’ve just be wrestling with the computer a bit. See you soon.
I watch You Tube videos every day. This probably comes under the category of a waste of time. Of course You Tube has a massive variety of videos some are vlogs, some are educational, and there is a lot of rubbish too.
Vloging, and You Tube in general, is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I just have two problems…
I’m a little camera shy. When speaking with someone I can talk fine. It doesn’t matter if its at work, university, or just generally out and about that’s fine. The exception is if I want to ask someone out. Then I freeze up faster than… than… well faster than a writer trying to find a useful metaphor for the end of his sentence.
When I’m using a camera words just don’t flow. Writing a script might help but I imagine the freeze reflex would still be their. Its like when someone asks you: ‘What is your favourite food?” – and suddenly you can’t seem to remember the names of any foods at all!
Now assuming I could get over that fear I come to the other problem. This is that I’m not much of an extrovert. My favourite vlogers wave their hands around they are excited by stuff. I tend to have all the outward emotions of Mr Spock.
I do get excited by things, like the fact that Doctor Who is starting again in a little while, and yes I do jump around sometimes – but doing that on camera… no.
I would feel too self conscious.
So when I’ve figured out camera set up or how to put voice over on top of pictures I will perhaps, maybe, start doing you tube
Sometimes I get bogged down in research. This happens in one of two ways. Either the answers to the questions are not forthcoming and I spend all my time jumping between sites or I get engrossed and suddenly know more than I ever needed to know.
As a writer I research a variety of things: the United States Navy, the Royal Navy, the New Zealand Navy, nurseries, the effect of a vacuum on the human body, village post offices, the travel time between New Zealand and New York, the average age of a Naval Lieutenant, Police procedures, the Salem Witch tries, explosives, guns, nuclear weapons, and Ford Prefect Cars.
These are not all for the same story. I do wonder though what conclusions someone might draw were my Google searches ever called into question.