Over the last couple of weeks we decided to start a YouTube channel (which you can visit by clicking here: Leaf & Limb Tree Service's YouTube Channel). There are a number of reasons for this decision. First, we think videos are a fun way to showcase some of the tasks and projects we do on a regular basis. Second, videos are a great medium for presenting useful tips and "how-to" demonstrations. Last, our YouTube channel will add an extra spark to this blog, since we can embed the videos here and discuss them in greater depth than we are able to do on YouTube. Besides, let's face it - everybody loves watching videos!
To kick off our YouTube channel, we posted two videos that we filmed and edited last week. The first video was filmed at a job site where the client had a well-manicured garden complete with fish pools in her back yard. She wanted to remove a tall pine tree located inside the garden, but there was no space to throw the tree. As such, we had to climb the tree and carefully piece it down.
The video itself was created using a time-lapse feature on a regular point-and-shoot camera (a Canon SD1100). Basically, we attached the camera to a tripod and set the time-lapse feature such that it took one picture every 2 seconds. Next we imported all the pictures into our video software (we use iPhoto, in case you are wondering) and merged them into a continuous video.
The site for the second video was a situation similar to the first. But instead of a garden, this pine tree was located near a pool, a wrought iron fence, and some smaller ornamental trees. Once again, access was an issue. Whenever access is an issue we generally have to climb the tree, or in extreme situations, remove the tree using a heavy-duty crane.
In terms of filming, we took a different approach. This time we docked our high definition camcorder (a Panasonic HDC-HS250) to a tripod and filmed a similar process: our climber removing a pine tree. But instead of using a time lapse feature, we simply filmed the whole project with one continuous shot. Once we had imported the film into iPhoto, we sped the entire process up, giving the video the fast motion effect. As you will see, a few guys on the crew decided to add a few of their own creative "flourishes" during the filming process. Perhaps these make the film seem a bit less professional, but they make it more fun to watch.
Let us know what you think about the videos! Also, be sure and let us know what you think about our new YouTube channel.