Friday, December 14, 2012

Bang Bros on 121212

Shot the Bang! Bros twice on Wednesday. They were were trying to do twelve shows in twelve towns on 12/12/12 in an effort to break a world record for most shows in different cities in a 24-hour period previously held (and possibly currently) by The Flaming Lips. Unfortunately due my work schedule I wasn't able to hit more shows.
The Newburyport show (above) was at a large private residence that's hosted a few shows before. Really cool spot. Clip starts with bringing the gear in (everything already taped in place to the table, they just had to kick the legs down). Also caught a brief conversation between the Bros and Marc, D and  Greg talking about how a lot of these shows might not be enough to make the people at Guinness happy (unofficial venues, small or non-existant audiences, how do you define the word 'city'). "It's a personal World Record."

The Lowell show was originally set to take place at The 119 Gallery but was relocated to UnchARTed because it would have been difficult to work around 119's current exhibit:

Definitely more energy in the Lowell show with a crowd to play off of and some coffee before the show.

More info about the shows: article written before the effort.

Tech stuff for the videos: These were the first performances I show with the Sony HDR-CX190. Picked it up for $240 at Best Buy. Pros: It was $240. Decent sound and picture for the price. Cons: Inaccurate portrayal of battery life on the screen. With a larger battery it went from saying that it had 4.5 hours of juice left to saying it had 3 hours left in under 45 minutes of shooting. Also it doesn't let you just take the memory card (SDHC) out and put it in a card reader, computer has to read it from the camera.  

Had the "Low Lux" setting on which seemed to help (didn't need to adjust anything during editing). Can't remember if the zoom mic was on. Used a rigid monopod (no swivel head) but I think there's parts where you can hear me adjusting the leg for boom shots. There is a built in stabilizer but I had it turned off. Stabilizing was done on YouTube.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Virtual Hiking Technical Stuff

Still playing with basic variables such as clip speeds and transitions versus just letting the clips play. After some of the slower (IE real time) clips like Mt Major and Carrigain I know they generally need to be sped up. I'll still post them in actual time or close to it once the clip gets above treeline, the question is how much speed up does it need?

With The Bonds I put the Lincoln rail trail segment at 5x and (I think) dropped it down to 3x once on a regular trail before putting it in real when the views got all rewardy.

Another advantage to the higher speeds is that they cover up the occasional editing glitch (eg shots not quite matching each other after a cut).

The other side of the transitions thing though is that overlapping two high speed clips can look even more obvious.

Camel's Hump

We drove up to Vermont on Saturday June 30th, taking the highways until we got tired of the kayaks falling off. Something about me not putting them in right, them leaning too far forward rather than resting properly between the two big checkmarks which make up the Thule (pronounce 'too lee' I believe) kayak holding... system... thing. Once we got them on right (somewhere around the state line of New Hampshire and Vermont on 89) we decided to take slightly slower roads. Of course in Vermont this means you go from 65 mph highways to 55 mph dirt. Routes 4 and 100 mark something close to the center of the state. It's where the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail decided they'd had enough of each other. The Long Trail going to Canada and the Appalachian trail heading east to Maine. It would have gone to Canada but it had legal issues a long time ago and they still won't let it in. That's happened to a lot of people.

Got up to Little River State Park after six, a great campground conveniently located right between Camel's Hump and Mansfield. The next morning I got up and entered "Camel's Hump Rd" into my phone/GPS without realizing that there are two roads with this name (or, more accurately, one road with a mountain blocking the middle of it). Original plan was to come at it from the East because I thought that coming in from the West would mean shooting into the sun. A concern which, in retrospect, made little sense since (a) there was a big freakin mountain blocking the sun and (b) the day was a bit overcast. But to get back to the previous tangent, I ended up coming in from the West due to the previously acknowledged lack of basic research. I followed Camel's Hump Rd to the parking area for the Burrow's Trail at which point I finally figured out my mistake. Looking at the map I could see that the Burrow's Trail was very similar to the trail I originally intended to take (the Monroe Trail), just on the opposite side of the hill.

Normally I hike alone, but this time I had company for part of the way in a the form of a very happy and energetic dog. I don't know who's he was but after a mile or so I guess he figured I didn't quite look like them. You can see him starting at around the 5:30 mark below:

Burrow's is a nice trail, well maintained, easy to follow. A steady climb a little over two miles long. I know I climbed it once about 18 or 20 years ago with my older brother and a couple of people from church. We stayed at the Queechee Gorge Campground then. No idea what trail we went up, but I could've sworn we spent more time above treeline back then. Anyway, enjoy the video. If you're looking for music to play behind it this live Moe performance might work (remember to open it in a different window by right-clicking):

If you'd like to watch the video in HD make sure you click on the YouTube logo which takes you to their site. Once there look towards the lower right side of the video for a donut with bumps on it. Click on that to change the resolution.