Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, January 02, 2011: Chilly, findy and Youtubey



Above: A freaky detector find. I got a small reading and a spooky handful of teeth when I dug this "lower" after my detector heard the solid gold tooth. 

Wednesday, January 02, 201: We’re into a cold stretch but far from frigid. In fact, shiver through a few cold nights and things mild up by the weekend. For me, it’s ideal hiking and digging weather since the ground isn’t overly solidified.

I had a couple emails from folks with seldom- used metal detectors. While I’d love to show them the ropes -- to finally allow you to take your costly machines out of the closet -- I’m kinda pressed for the next couple weeks.  When things quiet down a bit, I promise I’ll get back in contact to go TH’ing (treasure hunting). Right now I’m actually still learning the ropes of my new detector, which is amazingly strong when it comes to finding small things or good items amid rusty metal.

For a somewhat technical read on my F75 metal detector go to http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/fisher-research-labs/327284-incre.... While there, join this amazing site’s “forums.” If you weren’t into treasure hunting before, you will be after checking on some of the wild finds Th’ers are making every day.


More and more folks are getting into the GoPro and Handicam camcording realm. I use GoPros along with a real decent Canon.

Quite a few neo-shutterbugs have asked me about using YouTube to video out to friends – and strangers. There seems to be unnecessary trepidation over doing YouTube, mainly the uploading aspect.

First, shoot your video. Keep it under a couple/few minutes, especially with newer GoPros -- which can shoot at very high resolution, creating massively large file sizes, and leading to some insanely long upload times into YouTube.

Note: Upload time is also determined by the speed of your internet or WiFi connection. The trick is to learn your camera’s shooting speed options to pick one that nails the look but doesn’t have to be so high-resolution it eats up memory.  Better vid-cams automatically compress file sizes. A huge bonus when YouTubing.

Once a video scene is captured, download it into your computer. There’s likely a way to do it onto a smartphone but I’m not there yet.

All cameras come with the camera-to-computer connecting wire needed to download.

Admittedly, it can sometimes be a tad tricky to type in the commands to allow your computer to download from your camera -- though, in most cases, as soon as your camera and computer meet, a dropdown box will appear on your monitor screen, essentially asking you what you want to do with the incoming images. Yes, it helps to read your camera’s manual first. If only I’d take that advice.

When my camera and computer hookup, I prefer to go to the drive created for the camera. It’s F: on my laptop but that can vary. Just look for the camera name after the Drive :.

Note: I don’t care what camcording device you have, if you’re unsure how to use it, go to (of all things) YouTube and type in the brand and model of your device. There will be a flood of personal, i.e. homemade, videos showing every nuance of using that very device. It’s a gold mine of info – especially if you’re not into reading a device’s instructions.

When downloading a video, make sure to note what file/folder name the video has downloaded into. Intuitively (Windows), it is usually placed under “Documents” and further under “Libraries” and in a “video” folder. Obviously, that can vary greatly from computer (MS) to computer (Apple).

Most computers already have “movie” or “media” software to allow you to see your videos. There are numerous other downloadable programs (many free) for viewing and editing videos. Newer GoPros add their own program, via a mandatory firmware upgrade needed to get a GoPro up and running.

Once you’ve downloaded a video – and smartly renamed it (a right-click button command on your mouse) – it’s off to the YouTube races.

YouTube membership is as easy as opening an account – in a matter of minutes. Advice: Jot down your “User Name” and “Password.” Make sure to place a nice image of yourself as an avatar.

Once a YouTuber (and you may have to sign in a couple times before you’re cookied in), go to the top of the page and locate the small “Upload” button and click on the word “Upload.” There’s a nearby by “down” button but that’s for later in the learning curve.

Click on “Upload” and you’ll come to the “Upload” page, marked by a large arrow and a message “Select Files to Upload.”  Click the arrow and you’re into your computer. Here’s where you’ll need to track down where you stored your videos. YouTube usually defaults to your puter’s “video” library.

Locate the name of the video you want – when you get on a role, you’ll get a load of videos in there, thus the pressing need to clearly name each video. There is a little thumbnail image that hints at what the video is about. If need be, you can click on a thumbnail image and the video player will start up and play the video, though it’s a time waste to go through that every upload.

Cursor over the video you want to upload, click and YouTube takes over. An upload time bar appears along with the address/name your finished video will assume. You’ll also get an idea of how long the upload will take.

There is still some more work to do down below – along with waiting as the video uploads.

I like to rename the video under the heading “Title.” Make it short and descriptive.

Next, cursor down to the “Description.” You can go wild here. Write anything you want, from straight-up video info to wild stuff – though keep in mind the world might be seeing and reading it.

I say “might” because you do have an option – right side of page – to make a video “Public” (the fun way), “Unlisted” or “Private.”

If private, you have to type in the emails of those allowed to access the video. If unlisted, you have to email out the address of the video (can cut and paste) next to the timebar.  The true fun of YouTube – and easily the best way to get it to folks you want to see it – is to keep it public. You can always go back later, under “manage videos,” and remove it from public view.

Once the upload is complete, another bar below the upload bar, will appear, asking if you want to reduce camera shake. You might as well let YouTube calm down your video. It doesn’t take long.

To see you’re completed video, click on the video’s address at the end of the upload sentence. Tip: Cut and paste from there to email to friends or place on Facebook. Also, send it to me if it’s fishing, newsy or outdoorsy.

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