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Stanley 195611 Fatmax Backpack

I wrote, in a previous post, of my intention to buy a backpack for storing my most-used hand tools. Well, days after writing that, I went out an bought the Stanley 195611 Fatmax backpack from my local Bunnings Warehouse. I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to get around to writing about it.

For those who don’t know: Wesfarmers the Australian company who own Bunnings, purchased Homebase in the UK, well over a year ago now. They’ve already ‘rebranded’ ten former Homebase stores around the UK, including my local one, at Worle in North Somerset.

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Shropshire Highlights Video

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).

Recording Narration

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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Dovedale Video

Last weekend, I uploaded this selection of clips to YouTube. They were all taken during my thirteen-mile walk around Dovedale in the Peak District, back in September.

I hope you enjoy it. I found it really hard to find appropriate music that I’d not already used on a previous walking video so I have reservations and uncertainties over the track I picked from YouTube’s free music library. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading and for watching.

My apologies to anyone expecting a video on Dovetails… 😉

Painswick Walking Video

Every now and again, I compile a series of photos to create a walking-themed video for my YouTube channel and today, I’ve uploaded my latest, based upon a Cotswolds walk around Painswick from May 2014.

I wrote a blog post about it last June, which you can read here. Otherwise, please continue reading for a little more information on this video. Your feedback, at the end, is welcome and appreciated as always.

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Making Marking Gauges

My latest YouTube video made it to the internet over the weekend and I’m pleased to say that, for the first time in 3 months, it’s a proper woodworking video and not something I knocked together in my flat (although, there are still more of those to come).

However, I was a little dismayed to realise, through the process of editing my footage, that I made this batch of marking gauges back in MARCH of last year… I was quite certain I did this towards the end of summer/early autumn… But seeing as that I didn’t move in to this flat until November, there’s a good chance therefore that I’ll have a few more videos from the workshop on their way in to your subscription feed gradually between now and Christmas. 😉

To give a brief bit of background as to why I made these gauges; well, I’d only ever owned one single gauge (made by Marples) up until this point and when I started my current job over 3 years ago, a need arose to have one in box my toolboxes at work and also at home. But I was reluctant to spend £15-20 on another (in fact, the one I had is made of beech and perhaps only £5-10). So, I took a long term ambition and made my own!

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If you watch this video over on YouTube then I’d be grateful if you could give me a thumbs up (click Like) and also if you wouldn’t mind subscribing to my channel, if you haven’t done so already – I’m almost up to 2,000 subscribers and I’d love to break that milestone fairly soon.

Thanks for watching! There will always be something more to follow!

About Walking

My love for walking is only ever growing stronger. It’s less than two-weeks now until the 30-mile slog up and over the Mendip Hills. One part of me can envisage a welcome break from the sport, once the main feat is concluded. Elsewhere, I’m ever hungry to see more. To walk further, although perhaps not in one day!

Down on the Quantocks again; this Saturday just gone.

Down on the Quantocks again; this Saturday just gone.

Again, I find myself falling behind in keeping you updated with my latest outings. I’m considering an alteration to my plan of attack…

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Magnetic Knife Block Video

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel then you’ll already know that I recently uploaded a video on the making of my magnetic knife block from last year. If you’ve noticed this upload appear twice in your subscription feed then it’s because I have re-uploaded the same video – in the first edition, I was made aware (by several viewers who left comments) that there was an issue with the narration running out of sync and beyond the end of the video footage; prolonging the length with an additional minute of black screen.

This has been corrected in the second upload. I’d like to leave the original video in its place because it’s already received a number of interactions. What I realised was that I made a mistake in recording and positioning the segments of narration before a final edit of the individual scenes – let that be a lesson to any other YouTubers or video-uploaders out there! It seems as though the strips of narration are not attached to the video timeline and so, as that shifts, the audio remains where it was.

So, from now on, this is the kind of schedule I’ll be following when editing a video for uploading. It is a lengthy process and I like to save as many individual versions of the video in as many states as you see listed below:

1. Initial edit and trimming of scenes.

2. Adding transitions between scenes.

3. Playing through the video to check and increasing the play-speed of any scenes where appropriate.

4. Recording and adding the narration.

5. Adjusting the sound levels between scenes and narration before a final check and then, the uploading!

Thanks for reading and I hope you like it. 🙂

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