I watched about half the vid. Just some constructive input. Some scenes can be too long to get the point. Washing, rinsing and hosing could have been a 3 second clip, for example. I'm not trying to bash, just my suggestion. Keep in mind, while you inventory my perspective, I use the 10 second fast forward every time someone posts dolphins on the bow. I like them. I see them. Got the point in seconds. Kills me that 45 seconds later, they're still rolling.
Anyway, what motivated you to be a test pilot on the directions? I wish you well with it, but that's worrisome.
Minnewisaka I agree. After watching the same intro a few times, there is no need to watch it again so it is most likely, and easy, for a viewer to skip forward. I was thinking it is well time to change, and shorten, the intro to these videos. You have given me motivation to do so. It is a lot of work to put even a short intro together and not practical to do so for every new video. Soon we will be sailing along the African coast to Cape Town, so maybe I can get some usable intro footage on this next passage for a new, shorter intro. I made a long camera pole to poke down from the foredeck so maybe I can get some underwater penguin or whale video while they are swimming alongside the boat. Anyone can get video of sea life from the deck but is far more challenging to get the moving, underwater video. In any case the intro will be shorter. I am working on the blister repair video which will be up in a month. For that one, I will shorten the sailing part of the old intro to ¼ so you, and other viewers, won’t have so much to skip through. Maybe I will just eliminate it; we will see. The establishing, part to explain who we are, and the boat we are on, has to stay.
Normally, scenes should be 3 to 5 seconds, to keep ones attention. The problem is, this is not a silent movie for entertainment purposes. The spoken words are equally, if not more important, than the visuals. A viewer who skips through a section of long visuals, means missing important information. Not being a professional video crew, we have to do the real boat work and get what footage we can to get the point across. We don’t have someone dedicated to wander around with a camera and take videos all day. Working on our boat is the priority. Dicking around with a camera and trying to get angles and B-roll (filler clips so the main clip does not run a long time), at times falls to a distant non-concern, especially when my hands are full of fiberglass resin and I don’t want to touch an expensive camera, or I just need to concentrate on the more important job at hand. Then, during editing, there becomes the problem of what to do to help shorten scenes to get them down to be 5 seconds or less and visually explain what is happening. For the washing of the boat, the narrative had to run long, this was needed information so the problem was how to fill that space with video, rather than having just a blank, black, screen. I shortened that very,very long scene, by going back and taking a B-roll clip of the soap bottle on the ground, then water at the faucet running down into a bucket. That was sort of a senseless time killer but it did add B-roll to help run through the long dialog, and break up the washing clip. For us armatures, there is only so much we can do, or care to do. No one is paying us big bucks to produce these videos. I think it is far easier to write magazine articles…and certainly, the money is far better than making videos. But hopefully, this information will help other boaters.
We had no promising antifouling left to try but Coppercoat. We are going to the very cold water world of very far S. America. I want to spend as little time scrubbing our bottom in that water as possible. I want to avoid the pitfalls of other failed applications. The problem is, no one, even Coppercoat, can explain why this product, at times, fails. One would think Coppercoat would take a chip sample of a failed application and have it analyzed, like Practical Sailor might do. From my perspective, I see some of the Coppercoat instructions as being wrong, or incomplete. The best example is about washing off sanding dust prior to the application of Coppercoat. Coppercoat says to wash dust off with fresh water. Yes, but how? With a brush, rag, just hose it… One can take a 3,000 psi, pressure washer, and wash a car and still have a layer of residual dirt left on the surface. Using a soft bristle brush, while washing the car, will be equally ineffective. A soft rag has to be used during washing to get that car clean. We found the same rag method was necessary when washing all the sanding dust off our boat in between sandings and fiberglass layups or more puttying. So following the Coppercoat directions might not be the best method for some boat owners. Just relying on wiping down with clean paper towels, or very clean rags, and alcohol, I felt was not enough. So my “experimenting” is really an effort to do things I think are a better way, on our boat, than the skimpy instructions suggest, and hopefully, have positive results. Maybe those who have a failed Coppercoat application can give feedback on my deviations from the instructions and we can figure out how others might not have a failing.
Thanks for your constructive observations. This YouTube/video thing has been a very long learning process....and still is....But this is part of the fun of sailing around the world on a boat.