I have been promising you, and promising you some more, that I would make a video of the house. With this post I announce that I am half-way there. I have completed a seven-minute video of the exterior of the house! I wonder if it will break any box office records as Star Wars has just done… ah, probably not, never mind, dumb thought. Here it is (full screen is better) :

This was no small task for me as I had to acquaint myself with my GoPro 3+ camera and the GoPro Studio editing software. I even built some equipment including a slider so I could get smooth side-to-side shots. Commercially-built sliders are available for a bunch of money, but I built mine for not-much with a couple aluminum shower curtain rods, a cut-up plastic kitchen cutting board, and some PVC pipe fittings. I bought the wheels online. Here is my slider. The shower rods were my idea and make for the lightest-weight five-foot slider in the Universe or anywhere…:


The GoPro 3+ camera with an articulated extension arm is mounted on the dolly.

I saw the DIY PVC pipe fitting dolly on YouTube. I put an extra port on the dolly so that in the future I can mount an LED video light for closeup work:


I bought a gimbal. Until recently, gimbals were only used in big movie productions and cost many thousands of dollars. Now they are available for the hobby market for just a couple hundred dollars. A handheld gimbal allows a video photographer to walk over rough ground, climb stairs, and even run, and the gyros in the gimbal keep the camera stable. I love what miniaturization is doing for tech. Here is Cynthia modeling my gimbal:


That gold and black thing on the right side of the gimbal is one of the three gyro stabilizers. Yeah, I know the camera is upside down. I use it this way as our car dashcam because the power cable fits better on the right. There is a setup option in the camera to reverse up/down of the image… (Cyn was holding it tightly which is why her fingertips are so pink.)

Not counting building the slider, this shoot took me about twenty-hours to video, edit, find music on the Web, and add the audio track. I also had to diagnose and fix a problem with my computer — when I would download and play an audio clip, it sounded all garbled and fuzzy. The problem was that I had an older version of VLC Media Player. Once I uninstalled the program, the audio opened on Windows Media Player and sounded just fine.

I spread the shoot over a couple days to get the sun at its best advantage. Sorry, the sun doesn’t shine on the north side of the house at this time of year so this side is in shade — I’d have to wait another six-months to complete the video. I opted not to wait. Overall I had a good time, and especially enjoyed making the opening and closing credits. I learned a lot… I like steep learning curves!

I hope that you enjoyed my video. I’ll work on the interior shoot soon. I promise.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

10 thoughts on “EXTERIOR VIDEO!

  1. The film was excellent the yard looks amazing you should both be so proud I am glad I got to see it from start to finish. And so glad we were friends I wish you and Cynthia the best on your next adventure.

    • Hi Cynthia!

      Nice to hear from you. We hope that you are enjoying being with your family. Thanks very much for saying hi, and thanks for your kind compliments. Yes, you were one of the first to follow my blog and also to show up at our gate for the 25-cent tour. Thanks for the well-wishes, the same to you! Fred

  2. GO-PRO!!…what a job! All that and humor also. Hold that 25 cent tour till we can get out there…we WILL call first! As we watched, we both agreed …yes, you DO have to have another grande project and this one is GRAND indeed…thanks for the pleasure.

  3. Great video! Really shows off the extraordinary work you guys have done there.

    Fred: I love how you can do *anything* with such skill. Now you’re a video pro too. And as a gear head, I’m impressed with your shower curtain rig 🙂


    • Howdy Zach,

      I appreciate the compliment. But really, even though I didn’t have to ask you about my computer sound issue, we both know that my computer tech skills aren’t at the geek level. You have me eclipsed at that! Not saying that you are a geek, but you know…

      I still have a way to go with the video but I’m pretty happy with my first go at it. Perfection gets in the way of Done. Now you have me wondering how many things can be made with shower curtain rods.

      Thanks again Zach. Fred

  4. Big Thumbs Up. An Oscar threat for sure 🙂
    Seriously, the wide angle lens and the shots from a distance, give a view that can’t be achieved with the stills from over the last 4+ years. This video gave me a whole new perspective on what you’ve accomplished.
    This video should be a great advertisement for this home.

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