Here is a video I did as I was constructing this project for a client. The shooting was easy but the editing took some time. I recorded my own voice to describe the visuals as i was cutting the scenes together (Imovie).
Appreciate feedback. Tells me how to handle these in the future.
You're very kind.
Was it communicative, interesting, worth the watch, etc.
Would you have done anything different?
I'm new to forums so I'm assuming nothing and trying to remain 'teachable'. I also think it's pretty good 'stuff' but sometimes we can be blind about our own 'stuff'. I'd like your thoughts, if any.
I looked at all three videos. The first two were short enough that you might have been better served by photographs: one of each piece as a whole, the others being details you want your customers to be aware of, such as portions of the trim or the rosettes. You wrote about them, but they weren't apparent in the videos, or perhaps I missed them.
I liked the third one. It was long enough to be interesting without seeming to be instructional. I don't think I'd have shown any of the actual building process, just individual components, then assembled units, then the finished piece. I would also recommend against the rounded corners of the video frame. I don't know if you actually did, but it gave the perception of being shot through a fish-eye lens, with the accompanying distortion, even if there wasn't any. It was distracting.
I'm shopping for a wide angle (lens) adapter that doesn't have the 'fish eye' effect.
As for the first two videos better served as still shots... I have tons of still shots of those projects and I've gotten a lot of mileage out of showing them to subsequent clients but you can't appreciate the true 3-dimensional shape from a still. The purpose was to allow someone to virtually 'walk around' the unit. As if I took you to a client's home to see some of my work.
As well, I showed the construction process (in the third video) because I think it is interesting in it's own right. I'm not concerned with competition so why wouldn't I show the whole process? I'm not sure I understand your reluctance to portray that part of the 'how to' video. Could you explain further?
In the case of the first two videos, lengthen them. Show the fine details like the rosettes, the full-extension slides, and anything else about your work that says "Buy Me! I am not cheaply constructed, or inexpensive to purchase, but you're not going to see a clone of me when you go to the neighbor's house."
I wouldn't show the construction pictures because I thought they documented a few unsafe practices, and I really don't want to look at the video again in case I see more.
With the caveat that I'm probably just as unsafe in many of my habits and operations, please understand I'm not offering the WoodWorking Gospel According to Harry.
I saw no instances of operators wearing safety glasses, and in the one sanding segment, I didn't see a dust mask or dust collection. I saw long sleeve coats and jackets next to machinery. In the final walk around of the completed piece, the reflective light played hell with your finishing. If there are things essential to your product, I would take steps to ensure they were absolutely perfect, and until they were, I would leave them out.
None of this is meant in any form except constructive criticism. Please accept it in the same vein.
OK. I'm busted. Even if I decided to not be safe myself, I should at least portray safe practice when I'm filming.
... and it was constructive safety criticism. I think I'll read your post to the guys.