February 18, 2007

My sovereignty video

I finally figured out how to record movies with my digital camera, so I created this little video as a test project. It's my first effort, so don't be too critical.

9 comments:

chrisrowlandfineart said...

Hi Rob,
You did a good job. were you nervous? I think that you might look into getting a good lighting person and if you look at the camera from an angle... Also If you hold something in your hand like a pen or note card,it makes its so that it doesn't appear you have just protruded up from the bottom of your floor...lol.
Just kidding, Good Job. Keep up the good work.

later,
Chris.

carole said...

Hmmmmmm...all you need is some creepy looking dude with a hood behind you screaming "death to the infidels!!"

Okay, I'm kidding. Looks good. But watch your back. Those guys mean business...

Anonymous said...

Slow your speech down a little and enunciate just a bit more, otherwise great job!


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writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Be warned! Like in the original movie THE FLY, there is a moth in the video with you! We wouldn't want Rob Schmidt to become The Mothman, now would we?
And hey, where did you get those Spock ears?
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

voyageur said...

You can get spock ears if you play the spock market. Yes, I too saw the white thing floating around. I figured it was the equivalent of an "orb" ghost as seen in still digital photos. Rob, your video session was haunted.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
POSTSCRIPTUM -- Did anyone beside writerfella notice that Rob's delivery sounded like the average BIA superintendant's proclamation that Native lands are in limbo?
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

I was a bit nervous, but I kept recording until I got it right (right enough, anyway). I learned I can't speak for more than about a minute before screwing it up.

I agree the angle wasn't the best, but I had to balance my camera on top of my monitor. Clearly I need a teleprompter. ;-)

I believe the floating spots were caused by sunlight glinting off the framed pictures in the background, or something like that. I'm pretty sure they weren't moths or ghosts.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
"Sunlight glinting off the framed pictures in the background" could not move of its own volition in and out of the webcam frame, except as a very slow progression through time. As the video itself lasts only a couple of minutes, the track even of reflected sunlight would describe a very short arc indeed. Nope, Rob, you've got moths and, if writerfella were you, he'd check the condition of all those college cheerleader sweaters you have put away.
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

If I understand voyageur, I agree with his hypothesis about "orb ghosts." The spots were floating in a line between the glass monitor and the glass-framed photos in the background. The sunlight was coming in at an angle toward the rear wall; it could have hit the glass frames and caromed toward the glass monitor and camera lens. Imperfections in the glass surfaces, the interference of dust motes, or the shifting of the sun behind clouds could explain the spots' movement.

You can get all sorts of reflection effects when you aim a picture toward the sun or a flash picture toward a window or mirror. Voyageur's a photographer; perhaps he can explain it in more detail.