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May 03, 2010, 12:02 AM
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HD Video: 200mph DS Acro with Wizard at Weldon

I've posted this elsewhere but it's a bit buried in the Lake Isabella and Colorado FR threads.
Response has been good, so figured it deserved a better showing here.

Enjoy. Let me know what you think.
The Weldon Dynamic Soaring experience (10 min 0 sec)

Click on title to go watch at YouTube in whatever level of HD your computer can handle.

Video was recorded with a GoPro Hero HD in 1080p
Audio was recorded with a Zoom H2 recorder with its 4 mics encoding to 2 channel surround sound.
On top of the H2 recorder was a "dead cat" windscreen which blocks virtually
all the wind that normally swirls around the back of the hill. It'll handle 5-10mph.

Adding Nick's DS Acro vid. Filmed in SD with my Canon SX-10 often at a mid-high level of zoom
so you can see a lot of plane details. Still recorded sound with Zoom H2 + dead cat.
Nick does acro about 2X as fast as I do, so it'll waste less of your time.
Nick's Incredible DS Acro session at Weldon (6 min 44 sec)

YouTube has a hard time with the high motion so here's a better (much higher bitrate) XviD encoded version
http://www.thud.us/videos/rc/socal-d...k-wiz-acro.avi (right click - save as)

More individual raw vids + good sound at

Last edited by Daemon; May 04, 2010 at 04:26 AM.
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May 03, 2010, 12:57 AM
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That's nice man! I really like the video + sound quality collabo. Looks & sounds like a jet!
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May 03, 2010, 12:57 AM
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Ian the POV cam is nice. I've been to Weldon just once and it took me a few tries to figure out how low to go on the backside and the approach to land. You vid is a perfect intro to Weldon.

The acro and the sound really makes this video.....
May 03, 2010, 01:10 AM
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Now put it on there
May 03, 2010, 01:28 AM
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If you want to see more clips of various people going fast at Weldon this last week
with the same good sound, I'm slowly rendering and uploading vids to my website right now.
They're raw 720p HD hand held videos + high quality audio.
Files without a description, may be in the process of uploading, so start at the bottom.
Download the files to watch (right click - save as) and you'll need either DiVX or XviD
codecs, or easier, the VLC Media Player which will play just about anything.

Last edited by Daemon; May 03, 2010 at 02:20 AM.
May 03, 2010, 02:09 AM
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Top drawer as usual ..... looked and sounded like well over 200 .

May 03, 2010, 02:56 AM
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Good to see something different being done with DS rather than the usual watch paint dry circuits.

Impressive stuff

A bit long at 10mins tho
May 03, 2010, 03:01 AM
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DSing is like NASCAR. It's almost never boring going in circles when you're actually there.

I cut it down from 20 minutes and ever cut was painful. It wasn't going to get one second
shorter than 10 minutes. I generally don't make videos for those with short attention spans.

May 03, 2010, 04:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Daemon
Let me know what you think.

May 03, 2010, 04:29 AM
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You're allowed to let me know what you think, and I'm allowed to explain why
it is the way it is.

May 03, 2010, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Thepasty

Impressive stuff

A bit long at 10mins tho
+1 for both impressive but too long.
May 03, 2010, 05:57 AM
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I thought how long you watched something for or not was all about whether its enjoyable and worth watching for said time period.... apparently not.... its all about attention span!

Thats why I struggle watching the wife's Friends re-runs for the 10th time, its nothing to do with the content!

Its all so clear now...
May 03, 2010, 08:12 AM
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Actually Ian is on record here previously for recommending a pretty hard nosed approach to editing, getting out as much extraneous stuff as possible till you've whittled down your presentation to the best and brightest.

That said, it's really hard to cut anything when the day, the flying, the whole experience was awesome to the pilot/filmer/editor... I think we can all be sympathetic to that
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May 03, 2010, 09:51 AM
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of cause... What ruffled my feathers only very slightly was the response to my opinion (which he asked for)...

He assumed I don't know what its like to see DS in the flesh... I've actually DSed a fair bit, yeah its fun to fly but watching it whether that be in the flesh or on vid is pretty dry...

Followed quickly by the jab that the only reason I thought it should be shorter is because of my attention span... my last post covers my view on that one.


I'm out.
Last edited by Thepasty; May 03, 2010 at 09:56 AM.
May 03, 2010, 11:08 AM
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Wow. Just... Wow. I felt like I was there. Very well done. As others have said, the audio is what sells it. Seen plenty of vids of people taking their planes on a roundy round on the back side but this one (esp at 1080p!) is just wonderful. Thanks for posting it!

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