I didn’t think it was possible so soon after the first, but through the power of procrastination, I have finished the second Ordinary Decent Gamer video on YouTube. This one is called Dreadful Disney Games, and is the first part on a series covering some of the Disney property that should be relegated to the dustbin of history. Check it out and let me know what you think.
This was a bit different from the last video in that I had a crew of one, making setting up shots rather awkward. I used my Panasonic Lumix GX7 and the 20mm f1.7 lens, in combination with the smartphone app which acted as a monitor for planning shots and focusing. It was handy…when it wasn’t crapping out completely. On a number of occasions the camera refused to record to the card, claiming it wasn’t fast enough. I have taken thousands of photos, and many, many video clips in 1080p with that card and I know for a fact that it is more than adequate. It was a headache because each time it happened I had to take the camera off the beanbag, take the battery out to reset it, put it back, and arrange the shot again.
The sound recording setup wasn’t ideal, as I was using on camera sound for the filmed parts and my phone for voiceover, though given the limitations, I was relatively pleased with the finished product. I may be taking a hiatus until my exams are finished, but I’ll let you know what’s happening when I know. The intro was a last minute addition, and took way longer than it should have. I attached a cheap tabletop tripod to the GX7, and overhung the camera, facing the floor. It would’ve been much easier with a tripod! The ceiling light cast too many shadows, so I added a table lamp with the shade removed just off to the side. It was surprisingly effective. You’d be amazed at the solutions you come up with when you have no other choice. Resourcefulness is more valuable than resources. Unless the resources are really good, like a film crew and someone experienced in making videos. Filming the timelapse was the easy part, but I used too high quality photos to begin with and had to compress them, then find a way of stitching it altogether. Watch the video and tell me what you think of it.
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