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What equipment do you use to produce your vlogs?


We use a selection of video and audio recording equipment along with various accessories. It's all freely available, non-professional, and you can buy it from Amazon and DJI. Click on an item for more information or to purchase. Video Recording Sony FDR-AX700 Video Camera Sony FDR-AX33 Camcorder DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone DJI Osmo Pocket Insta 360 One Camera GoPro Hero 5 Akaso 4K Brave 6 Sound Recording Rode VideoMic Pro+
Rode VideoMic Pro
Rode Wireless Go Rode Procaster Microphone Rode Deadcat Windshield Tascam DR-05 Recorder Accessories Neewer 70 Inch Tripod/Monopod Neewer 47.2 Inch Camera Track LED Video Light Andoer Tripod Ball
Drone Landing Pad Jaws Clamp Mount for GoPro5 Hero SanDisk Extreme PLUS 64GB microSDXC Memory Card SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB Memory Card




What video editing software do you use?


When we first started vlogging with YouTube back in May 2018 we used iMovie to create our vlogs. We now use Final Cut Pro X because it offers a wider selection of features and gives us more choice on the production. It also means we can use 4K video footage. We also use additional software and apps such as Doodly and Keynote to generate creative titles and animations.




Do you have a background in media?


Colin began his media career at the early age of thirteen, volunteering at his local hospital radio station. His talents were soon noticed and he was offered a job in commercial radio aged just fifteen years old working as a producer and presenter. Prior to moving aboard narrowboat Silver Fox, he presented radio shows on Radio Aire, Dearne FM, Ridings FM, Rother FM and most recently, hosted the DriveTime afternoon show on Trax FM. Radio has always been his greatest love. Colin is also an established writer with experience writing for newspapers and articles for Waterways World magazine. Due to the severity of his anxiety and depression, made worse by his autism and ADHD employment is really tough for him to cope with which is why life afloat is benefitting his mental health. Colin on Trax FM




How can I support the Foxes?


With no support from the NHS, and no local funding for adults with Autism, we had to find a way to improve Colin's debilitating mental health. Autism and ADHD cause him increasingly severe meltdowns, chronic anxiety, and depression. Numerous attempts at medication failed to have any positive effects, and private therpy was simply out of our budget. Our decision to move onto a boat meant that we lost our careers, but it was an opportunity for Colin to rebuild his life, re-establish his confidence, bring back the smile that suits him so well. His creativity is now bursting out through the vlogs he spends so many hours producing, and his love of life is returning. You can help to support us in a number of ways. Become a Patreon
Join our exclusive club of Patreons and receive exclusive photos, videos, articles and much more. Choose your monthly support amount starting from $2 (less than £2) up to $50 (Approx £39). Click Here to become a Patreon Become a member of our YouTube Channel
Similar to Patreon, you'll receive exclusive photos, videos, articles and much more. Choose your monthly support amount starting from £1.99 up to £17.99. Click Here to become a YouTube channel member Make a Paypal donation You can also make a one-off donation by Paypal, using a credit or debit card, or bank transfer. Perhaps treat us to a coffee, or maybe a little more. Click Here to make a one-off donation Buy something from our Foxes Afloat store We've got a selection of Foxes Afloat branded clothing and homeware which we earn a small commission from sales. Click Here to visit the store Save our Amazon affiliate link If you buy things from Amazon save our custom link to your computer and use it whenever you shop. You don't pay a penny extra but we earn a small commission whenever you buy something. UK - https://amzn.to/2Wn71zp USA - https://amzn.to/2Wo9ycp Austrailia - https://amzn.to/3d6Sz3t Canada - https://amzn.to/2WsUH0J Germany - https://amzn.to/2LyedCJ Italy - https://amzn.to/3dxUhLS France - https://amzn.to/2YXiyai Spain - https://amzn.to/35TIaGI




Where do you get the music for your vlogs?


Some of our earlier vlogs used copyright-free music from YouTube's Audio Library. Our newer vlogs mostly use music from independent artists through epidemicsound.com.




Who built your narrowboat?


Our narrowboat shell was fabricated by Aintree Boats in Liverpool. The fit-out was desgined and completed by the Bickerstaffe Boat Company in West Lancashire. You can see the whole process in our series of vlogs on Youtube. Click Here to watch from the beginning.




How can I watch all your vlogs in order from the beginning?


We created a playlist on our YouTube channel where you can see every episode we've made, in order, from the beginning. Click Here to start watching.




Where did you get the thermal cooker from?


We got the thermal cooker from Mr D's Cookware.
The one we have on Silver Fox is the 3 litre.
Click here to see it on their website.




What happened to your kayak?


When we were at Westport Lake near the Harecastle Tunnel there was a bit of a faff. Someone, and I'm not naming names, broke our video camera and we were left without means of filming our vlogs. We live to a very tight budget and made the decision to sell the kayak to pay for a replacement video camera which we still have today.




What do the tattoos on Colin's arms say?


The tattoo on my left arm is a mantra my therapist gave me. It says; "If I fall I will get up. If I'm beaten I will return. I will never stop getting better. I will never give up. That's why I succeed". It defines my determination to fight the depression and anxiety that constantly try to defeat me, and gives me the motivation to carry on when I want to give up. The tattoo on my right arm is a lyric from the Pet Shop Boys song 'Being Boring'. "I never dreamt that I would get to be the creature that I always meant to be". I got this one because that line always stood out as a younger man when I felt so out of touch with the world around me. I hoped that one day I'd feel more comfortable in the world, in my own skin, and become who I was suposed to be.





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