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Posted by clipper453 | Jan 14, 2009 @ 06:14 PM | 3,678 Views
On the Super Cub Club forums, I was recently asked what my basic process is from recording the aerial videos to posting them on Vimeo/YouTube. So here are the extremely simplified steps that I take:

1. Record aerial video.
2. Copy raw video file to computer hard-drive.
3. Start Adobe Premiere Elements (ver 4).
4. Select the 720p Widescreen profile, and begin a new project.
5. Import desired video and audio files into Premiere.
6. In Timeline mode, add the audio file to the "soundtrack" audio track.
7. Add the video file(s) to the timeline.
8. Edit the video to match the soundtrack, add audio fade-in's and fade-out's, and insert transition effects as desired.
9. Save project (frequently) in case Premiere crashes.
10. Export final movie using these settings: http://mattclipper.com/H.264_HD_Settings.pdf
11. Upload file to Vimeo and/or YouTube.
12. Add title, description, tags, etc. to the Vimeo/YouTube upload.
13. Post link to RCGroups.com, Super Cub Club, tell friends, etc.

That's it! If you want more detail on any given step, just let me know.

- Matt
Posted by clipper453 | Jul 02, 2008 @ 10:53 AM | 4,479 Views
I just created an aerial photo gallery section on my personal website:

http://mattclipper.com/photos/ap/

The index page is a little rough right now and will be "beautified" soon, but the images galleries are all functional and complete.

- Matt
Posted by clipper453 | Apr 02, 2008 @ 01:40 AM | 4,908 Views
I've always been interested in flying RC planes, even as a kid, but the hobby was historically too expensive for me. Now, that I'm more established in my career and have some expendable income, I'm finally able to pursue the hobby.

Honestly, I had forgotten about that desire for quite some time, until a good friend of mine (Ken Moore ) turned me back on to it. One day while having lunch together, he showed me some of his aerial videos on his iPod that he had recently taken with his GWS Slow Stick. From the moment I saw them, I knew that I wanted to do that.

In September 2007, my wife treated me to a belated birthday present by buying me a HobbyZone Super Cub. I haven't had the chance to fly anything else yet, but I can say this is one fantastic plane for teaching yourself how to fly. Within just a few times out there, I was getting better at landings, and decided to strap my old digital camera to the bottom of the plane to get some aerial video. Shown below is my very first aerial video.

My very first aerial video.

I am now on my 3rd camera that I've tried with my Super Cub, and I must say that the third time's a charm. It should be noted that my Super Cub is completely stock, with the exception that I use an 8-cell (9.6v) battery pack. Here's a listing of what cameras I've used, along with their pro's and cons:

1) Sony CyberShot DSC-P100
Pros:
  • Readily available (wasn't be used for anything else).
  • Shot video at 640x480 @ 30 fps.
Cons:
  • Relatively heavy
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