My plan is to adapt my kitchen workspace for video recording. Cost is important, as is re-using any equipment I already have. However, the huge deterioration in my condition this week has rather screwed things up – but I’ll come to that.
Obviously, the first thing I needed was a camcorder. I do have a DSLR with video capability, but it’s too expensive to risk in the kitchen, so I had a poke around Amazon.
In the past I’ve saved a lot of money on cameras by buying last year’s model, so that’s what I did with the camcorder, finally settling, after much reading of reviews, on a Toshiba Camileo X400 which, despite a fairly modest spec, gets very enthusiastic reviews, especially for its image quality. The almost 50% price reduction sealed the deal (according to Amazon it’ll be delivered on the 20th – it actually arrived this morning):-
The Toshiba website – obviously preferring people to buy a current model – can’t be bothered with a full specification, but the major features are listed here.
Then, 24 hours after I’d ordered the camcorder, my leg ballooned, pain went off the scale, and everything turned to shit.
The first thing to figure out was how to mount the camcorder to show my workspace. To test the water I used the gizmo I built to mount a camera on my powerchair. It was OK-ish and showed it was possible, but I need something with more lateral adjustability, and found this, a hide clamp, where I bought my birding kit a few years ago:-
Reduced, again, to almost half price, it should be ideal as it can be extended and angled over the workspace to give a better shot. The ball mount at the top will allow me to keep the camcorder level. It might be a bit short, but fitting a tripod head (photographers, like computer geeks, amass a load of spare bits and pieces), will add a few inches and get me the extra height should I need it.
It can also, should I ever be mobile enough again – not putting money on that any longer – be used for its original purpose. Prospects are remote, though, hence the focus on my kitchen.
The same site also has a walking stick-cum-trekking pole which converts into a monopod, for an absurdly low £10. I’m seriously tempted, though I have a suspicion that wheels are going to feature rather a lot in my future.
So, anyway, that’s how things are for now. The next thing to check out is WordPress, find out how to upload videos and what, if anything, this is going to cost me (the basic hosting is free – extras can be ferociously expensive). I need to look, too, at the possibility of a YouTube account.
Watch this space, folks…