01709: Working on Vlogging Plans

Coming from yesterday's initial post about me considering getting into vlogging, I find myself thinking more and more about what we'd need to do in order to make this idea a reality. And I know that we have a lot of things to map out before we can get anywhere.

First there's the question of equipment. Tobie and I only have our laptops, our tablets, my HTC One and the Lumix to work with as potential devices. I know my Lumix ZS7 takes great HD video, but I don't know if that's a practical option. Do I need video of that quality for this thing or do I want to keep things quick and easy using what's more readily available? Using my point and shoot camera means some sort of a tripod setup (I still don't own a tripod) and the bigger question of actually having sufficient lighting to do the camera justice.

I could use either my phone or our tablets since they seem to be better suited to handling things like Google Hangouts compared to our aging laptops. The quality may not be 100% awesome, but at least they can handle the video well enough. My TF101 has proven to be a decent Google Hangouts device even with our lack of a good external microphone and such. Whatever we do end up using though, lighting is going to be our biggest problem given how badly lit the dining area is - which is pretty much where we park out computers. And I don't know if I'm invested in this idea enough to want to purchase additional equipment.

At least I'm not fully prepared to put money into this until we actually come up with a solid idea. I do want this this to be a "show" that I record with Tobie in order for us to at least make fools of ourselves together. It'll be a lot more depressing to do something like this alone - but this is not to say that I won't do any solo episodes in the future though. I guess I just need to become more comfortable with the idea.

Should I try to properly structure this thing to have a sort of format and general consistency? Should we just go free-form in order not to put too much pressure and let it be rough full of mistakes and goofy moments? Should it tie directly to my various blogs? Should it be entirely new content? Should I just publish this on my personal YouTube channel or should we be ambitious and immediately create a dedicated channel for this effort? Am I getting ahead of myself and asking too many questions of little consequence so early in the project?

The goal is to be interesting - to be worth watching. But at the same time I don't want to appear narcissistic or just seeking attention. The main push behind this is a desire to share our geekiness and put our thoughts out there. But at the same time it's just for the sake of doing it - just because the whole Fandom Live! experience was so much fun. There are a lot of great memories from working on that web show and I do want to recapture some of that. Plus it's a way to tap into another of Tobie's creative avenues - his love for film production and things of that nature. These may not be movies, but at least they'll be fun little videos for us to look back on fondly in time.