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Where the magic happens

Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:47 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.


Re: Where the magic happens

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Re: Where the magic happens

Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:15 am

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.

Re: Where the magic happens

Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:25 am

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

Re: Where the magic happens

Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:26 pm

My wife would love that set up in our living room...I must have one ;)

Re: Where the magic happens

Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:47 am

That is a nice setup. Looks like it stows aways pretty easily except for maybe the hiboys. I doesn't have to get overly complicated. Do you have a monitor in front to watch yourself as you go along?

Re: Where the magic happens

Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:05 pm

XO, it takes a while to set up. Mostly lining up the camera and board. If you look closely, I use a 5" battery powered monitor just to the right of the chrome stand. I changed the monitor mount to a clamp and stud on the bigger stand to get it more centered. Someday I'll get a SmallHD AC7 OLED SDI monitor. Those babies are sweet!

Re: Where the magic happens

Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:36 pm

Those monitors sure are sweet. Have you thought about positioning the monitor close to where you are looking into the camera to see yourself? That way you can see yourself from the direction in which you are speaking. Not sure if that makes sense. As if you had a teleprompter in front of the camera.

Are you doing the filming yourself or do you have help? Either way, cool undertaking. Where can I watch some of the videos?

Re: Where the magic happens

Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:48 pm

good looking set up steve! and thanks again for your time in doing all the great vids for the site!!

Re: Where the magic happens

Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:23 pm

XO, I would like the monitor centered more, but it would create a shadow. My current setup works pretty well for me. I work solo on these videos. You can see them all over the CKTG site on various product pages. Check my post here in videos on the latest batch. You can then look through them on my YouTube channel.

Cheffiec, thank you sir. I get to learn a lot about these knives doing every batch of videos.
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