Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:47 pm
Here's my current setup for filming the Quick Look knife videos. I've got the camera on a slider system directly over the table. A 5" confidence monitor is on the right so I can see what I'm doing holding the knife, etc. I use a headset mic w/wireless belt pack to audio in directly on the video camera. There another light behind and off to the right which bounces light off the white ceiling for some fill (picture doesn't show this one). I also made a lighter, portable version of my filming table with a piece of stained 3/4" 2' x 2' Birch plywood. I like it better with just bare stain than the previous base - no glare/reflection from the lights. Totally matte finish.
The wooden boxes are called Apple boxes and are used extensively in the film/video industry. They're light, strong, versatile and are available in a number of different thicknesses.
Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:44 am
Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:15 pm
Wow. Now I know how all the videos look so good. I hope while you've got all that set up you've got a stack of knives and notes already made up to make set up and tear down worth while. That's a lot of work just setting up. That's pretty impressive.
Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:25 pm
It takes a while to setup and align the camera/table/zoom level, etc. I usually do about 19 or 20 videos for Mark at a time, so it's definitely worth doing (for me). I create and print the spec sheets and have those and the knives laid out and handy so I can switch pretty quickly from knife to knife. Tear down is always much quicker
Thanks for the compliment. I try to give everyone a really good look at each knife.
Here's one that I just completed: http://youtu.be/u20J8vO5A8U
Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:26 pm
My wife would love that set up in our living room...I must have one
Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:51 pm
My wife is nice enough to let me move some furniture around for the shoot. I also use our great room for photography portrait sessions and sometime I do transform the room quite a bit. I'm not ready at this point to jump into a studio space. Here's a few samples (these are copyrighted):
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