How NOT to do an Unboxing Video

So I received this dolly track motion slider for DSLR cameras from LimoStudios in the mail yesterday.  I was super excited and couldn’t wait to get set up and record the unboxing video.

I broke out the studio lights, got the table set up, tripod out and set up.  I put the 50mm f/1.8 STM lens on the camera along with the lavalier microphone.  I got everything just the way I wanted it and started to record.

Man, I was really getting into it.  I had it broken out of that box, had witty comments, some cool shots, and then I noticed that the picture on the monitor kept going in and out of focus.

I paused the video and got up to look at the camera.  The 50mm f/1.8 is very sharp and crystal clear, but left on auto focus mode, will constantly try to make minor adjustments giving the video a “panning in and panning out” look.

I thought to myself, “Well, it’s not all that bad, I can salvage it.”  So I finished the unboxing, tore the box up and put the slider together.  At that moment, I had an oh Shit feeling.  I looked down at the lavalier mic and realized that I never turned it on.

I tried to do a voice over, which would have been fine, but the combination of the lens  and the audio not syncing made the whole thing a no go, and I couldn’t exactly put everything back in the box.  Needless to say, I was one pissed off hombre.

Lessons learned:

  1. it’s okay to use the 50mm f/1.8 lens, just turn the auto focus off.
  2. Make sure the DAMN MIC is turned on.
  3. Don’t be a moron.
  4. Go back to lesson number 2.

I made one of the biggest rookie mistakes out there and I was pissed, but you better believe that I’m gonna learn from it.



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andy barker

Andy is a husband, father, and an avid Martial Artist. He has a beautiful wife Connie, and two wonderful children. He competes regularly in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo, and holds Black Belt ranks in Judo and Japanese Jujitsu and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Andy Barker enlisted in the United States Navy in 1989. He was a Hospital Corpsman serving with Marine Corps Infantry Battalions, aboard two submarines as the sole medical provider for the crew and with the Amphibious Navy. Andy received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing and was Commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps in 2011. He remains on active duty currently serving in the Hampton Roads area. Andy is an amateur filmmaker and blogger. You can find him on YouTube under MadSiss Productions and on Vimeo under the same name.

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