Since 2010, if it wasn’t 2009; I’ve been doing pretty much everything from a ‘less expensive’ laptop available from the Argos catalogue. Within the past two years, it’s been getting slower and slower. On top of that, I occasionally hear the fan inside crunching and grinding away… My laptop wasn’t going to last much longer and, even after backing up all of my files, I was going to need something new to work from.
As my laptop never actually leaves the desk, I decided it would make sense to invest in a PC. This has many advantages and I’d probably get a lot more for my money. Along with blogging and photography, I do a lot with YouTube, which is very demanding on hardware. Brief internet searches suggested that I should be looking for something with the specification of a ‘gaming PC’ and so, with a budget in mind, I decided on an:
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How much and how many items do you carry in your backpack,
when preparing for a day of hiking?
I’ve seen other YouTubers release ‘What’s in my pack?’-style videos and have decided to create one of my own, centred around winter hill walks and hiking. I also thought this kind of upload might be good for my still-new-but-slowly-growing channel.
It’s also an opportunity to highlight a few features of the Osprey Manta AG 28 backpack that I purchased in June, without doing a run-of-the-mill review-style video.
Audio isn’t great and my camera is partly to blame (hoping to upgrade/replace that, later this year) and I perhaps made the mistake of trying to hide or disguise the camera noise with music… Some will like it; some won’t. In hindsight, I could’ve recorded the audio on my phone and worked through painfully synchronising it with the video footage. But for the weather outside, I could’ve also recorded it in a more appealing location than my own bedroom.
I hope that people find it interesting. Constructive feedback is always welcome. I also aim to release a similar video over the summer so that we (and I) can compare. I’ve also started to create my own thumbnail images to accompany my videos.
Disclaimer: I live in North Somerset and mostly walk ten-to-twelve miles at a time, during winter. Most conditions and landscapes, except for mountains. My arrangements may not suit everyone.
Thanks for watching and reading.
Some of you may have already seen this but, for those who have not; I did also create a video of the Exmoor walk I have just previously written about.
I tried to do something a little different here, by including short snippets of narration. Also, I felt as though it might be convenient to use several shorter audio tracks, where I would previously struggle to find one track of the perfect length for the entire video… I have a lot of respect for video editors who work the other way in editing their footage to suit the music they’ve selected!
All constructive feedback on these elements and the video overall are always going to be appreciated so that I can learn and apply changes and different ideas to future videos.
I hope you do enjoy this one and subscribe if you haven’t already done so. I’ve taken an unplanned break from video editing recently and that’s partly to do with the frustration of doing everything on a £300 laptop that is now six-years old… I think I’d be better off with a desktop PC in the long run (my laptop is always desk-bound, anyway).
Thanks for reading and for watching.
Many of you may not be aware that I now have a second YouTube channel (Olly Writes), where I intend to post more predominantly about walking and hiking. This leaves my ‘main’ channel (Olly Parry-Jones) free to focus on woodworking and DIY.
My latest upload to this new channel is a highlights ‘reel’ of photos and footage from my recent trip to Shropshire. I intend to release two further videos on Shropshire, showcasing each of the two walks I completed (both of which, get a brief mention in this new video).
All feedback is welcome and, as I currently have only eleven subscribers at the time of writing, I would also be grateful to anyone with a Google account who can click on the ‘Subscribe’ button.
One thought I had – quite soon after uploading, as well – was that I could experiment with using several shorter music tracks instead of trying to find one that fits my created timeline.
Currently, I’m working on a video of a recent walk on Exmoor, that could be uploaded within days. Beyond that, I’d like to be in a position to upload videos to this new channel quite frequently (walking videos are much easier to cut and edit than my others) and I’d like to also look at some of the equipment I use and experiment with my halogen oven, in good time.
Thanks for reading (and watching).
Following on from my previous post where I shared with you my most recent YouTube video, I’d like to talk briefly, here in this blog post, about how I recorded the narration.
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It’s been a fortnight since I uploaded this first video to YouTube and I had hoped that the second instalment would be ready to upload this evening… Well, it hasn’t quite worked out that way – and it has taken me this long to get around to writing about it!
Here it is, for those of you who haven’t already seen it across my social media sites.
Continue reading “Yin and Yang Bandsaw Boxes (Part 1)”
For those who haven’t already seen this through other social media outlets; here we have my most recent YouTube upload, where I set about repairing the mitred corners of a serving tray I made about seven-years ago.
Tomorrow, I’ll add a blog post, outlining a few still and details to complement this repair.
As I write this, I’m currently working on a new video on a walk I did in December. That should appear soon and will then be followed by further DIY and woodworking uploads. If you haven’t done so, I would like to encourage you to subscribe to my channel on YouTube. My following appears to be growing at a steady rate and I’m confident that I’ll reach the 4,000 mark before too long.
Thanks for reading and for watching.