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If you're interested in what I use to make my videos then oh boy, are you in for a treat! That's exactly what this page is about. I'm not even kidding!

Filming

For filming I use an old and very battered GoPro Hero 2. It really, really needs upgrading because it has now become unreliable (it randomly doesn't record sound every now and then) and I'll be pretty gutted if it gives up on me when I'm half way through some cool adventure or something. Still, I've definitely got my money's worth from it so I can't complain about that.



My GoPro has done its job well but being a compact action camera it has its limits when it comes to capturing quality footage. The most obvious of these limits are:

1) Filming in low light: As soon as it starts to get a bit dark the footage turns to crap, becoming grainy in the light parts and pitch black in the dark parts. Maybe the GoPro4's better in low light? I don't know. All I know is that it's not even worth filming with a Hero2 after dusk.

2) Sound: On a few of my adventures I made the error of keeping the GoPro in its waterproof case the whole time (this was so that I knew it was always protected, no matter what). This meant that the sound was terrible. It was really muffled and had lots of loud clicking noises whenever I moved it.

3) Zoom: Before my GoPro I used to film with a little Sony HandyCam. Whereas this was bulkier and less tough than a GoPro it had MUCH better sound quality, it had a built in infra-red lamp so I could film in pitch black and it had a powerful zoom, letting me get close-up footage of stuff rather than just wide-angle shots all the time. Wide-angle looks cool for action but it gets a bit tiresome after a while. I miss having the option of zooming.

Editing

I used to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro but then one day it stopped working and would crash my computer whenever I tried to use it. It was a legitimate copy too! I paid flippin' loads for it! Anyway, my Canadian Catch Out video was the last one I managed to get from Premiere Pro before it became unusable and ever since then (October 2013) I have been reduced to using Windows Movie Maker. Yes, I'm not even kidding. Windows steaming-crap Movie Maker. It's awful.



On the plus side though, having a super, super basic video editor which lets me do almost nothing except crudely chop up clips and move them around a bit has meant that my videos are all about the footage rather than anything fancy in post-editing.

I used to enjoy editing my footage to music but WMM is the worst thing ever for trying to accurately time footage with a beat and so it's simply not worth even attempting. Man, it's frustrating.

Captions

For the last few years I've been making sure I add speech captions to all of my videos. I started doing it because of how bad the sound quality was when the camera was in its case but then I realised that people really do appreciate having captions, regardless of the sound quality.



The fact is that my videos are watched by people from countries all over the world, many of whom have English as their second (or third) language. Even native English speakers don't understand my accent some of the time (Americans, mostly) and added to that, the sound can be muffled or drowned out by the wind or other things, so in order to make sure everyone can understand everything that's being said all of the time I spend a LOT of time adding the captions once I've edited the video. It's painstakingly slow but it's well worth it and I'll always do it.

In Summary

I have old, crap equipment and need to upgrade pretty much everything. Yeah, life sure is tough.


Contact
If you want to get in touch with me then you could join the forums and send me a Private Message. Or you could go to my Facebook page and send me a message. Or you could email me on dave@iambravedave.com. However you want. It's up to you. I don't even mind. I'm really chilled out like that, you see.
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