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#1 Woodstock 1 Jun 24, 2012 05:17 PM

Video: Another boring day in paradise...
 
Just had a really great day on the slope and wanted to share the stunning scenery and weather. That's the main reason for the video: not much by way of flying, but just a celebration of slope soaring..

Another boring day in paradise (4 min 27 sec)


Chris

#2 Shedofdread Jun 24, 2012 05:37 PM

Great stuff! Looks like you had a good day, today :)

#3 robh Jun 24, 2012 07:15 PM

Awesome place you get to slope there Chris - amazing colors, beautiful sky and countryside, and thanks for posting what type of plane that was you were flying in the credits, I was just going to ask. The Valenta sure looks good in the air. Oh yes, nice flying too! Thanks for posting...

Rob

#4 winterstick Jun 24, 2012 10:00 PM

Sweet!

#5 67econoline Jun 25, 2012 12:57 AM

Chris

My favorite video yet!! Your hills are so beautiful.

It really says what slope soaring is all about.


thanks for posting .
I am off to sleep so those images can fill my dreams....

Rubio

#6 cliffhanger Jun 25, 2012 01:40 AM

Brilliant Chris! http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...er_02/afro.gif
Great flying.
Great scenery.
Great model. ( I'd prefer that to my Stingray!)

#7 Twyl Jun 25, 2012 03:14 AM

Never had one till now, but I think you might have just started my bucket list.

What a beautiful place to fly you got there Chris. How hard was it blowing by the way? The lift band looks enormous.

-Jonathan

#8 Woodstock 1 Jun 25, 2012 03:14 AM

Thanks for all the kind words ^^^^ :)! I guess it turned out better than I thought. It was a truly stunning day, made all the more memorable by the fact that it isn't always like that here :o...

Chris

#9 Woodstock 1 Jun 25, 2012 03:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Twyl (Post 21988996)
What a beautiful place to fly you got there Chris. How hard was it blowing by the way? The lift band looks enormous.

-Jonathan

It wasn't that hard, and TBH it was quite crossed and a little bit weak for that particular slope! I guess around 10 - 13 knots. I never go to this slope if the wind is forecast to be strong, it's an insane slope for lift!

I am truly privileged, so sad that I'm alone 95% of the time...

#10 wakumann Jun 25, 2012 09:05 AM

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I am truly privileged, so sad that I'm alone 95% of the time...

Hi Chris
same here, nice video btw
Had also a relaxed Sunday flight, but have only small cliff and the wind was light

Sunday slope flight with TRAGI /CLUSTER (4 min 15 sec)


Cheers
Thomas

#11 Woodstock 1 Jun 25, 2012 03:13 PM

Nice one Thomas - who says men can't multi- task :)?

I've re-done my video with a bit of adjustment of the brightness - it was a bit dark...

#12 Woodstock 1 Jun 26, 2012 07:41 AM

Does anyone here use Sony Vegas? I'm stumped trying to find out a way of adjusting the exposure / brightness "on the timeline" (so that I can adjust it higher and lower as the video progresses, instead of one universal setting)?

Chris

#13 Phil.Taylor Jun 26, 2012 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Woodstock 1 (Post 21999671)
Does anyone here use Sony Vegas? I'm stumped trying to find out a way of adjusting the exposure / brightness "on the timeline" (so that I can adjust it higher and lower as the video progresses, instead of one universal setting)?

Chris

Yes, I use it - and love it, except the terminology to get anything done is really obscure - so i struggle with it
I have set exposure/brightness differently for different "chunks" of video - assuming you have split it up into chunks? If its all-one still, then split it up as necessary so you can adjust separately?
(there's probably a much more elegant "expert" way to do it, but i'm no expert!)

Phil.

#14 dawsonh Jun 26, 2012 10:29 AM

Chris:

Great video! I need to get a nice big ship like that so I can fly BEAUTIFUL BIG AIR ACROBATICS like that at Greens Peak... our only site an AZ that has that sort of landscape.

Regarding exposure: Your problem, as you probably know, is that your camera is auto exposing the scene as you shoot. The sky is so much brighter than the ground. The camera is compensating accordingly... stopping down in the brightness and opening back up in the darker stuff. If your camera had manual exposure you could pick the best compromise exposure and live with that.

You can fix it in post production doing what Phil said. You may not need to cut your video into "chunks." I use Final Cut Express and it lets me apply a brightness/contrast filter to a whole video clip; but gives me an adjustment curve that lets me apply different brightness/contrast settings to different parts of the clip. This is nice since it lets me smoothly blend in the brightness/contrast adjustments.

The down side to the post production solution is that is takes a lot longer to render the movie file.

Dawson

#15 Woodstock 1 Jun 26, 2012 02:14 PM

Phil: Thanks, I am familiar with the splitter, but I really need to invest more time in the help menu...

Dawson: Thanks very much! It's not a HUGE ship (2.8 m w/s), but most of my slopes are conducive to big planes and big moves.

Thanks for the advice, I must do some test footage at different exposure settings. Without a doubt a manually set setting will improve on that auto exposure "hunting" effect... I don't want to increase rendering time too much TBH, I already shoot at "only" 720 x 1820 so as not to take too long...

Chris


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