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Jun 24, 2012, 05:17 PM
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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
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Jun 24, 2012, 05:37 PM
Deniable plausibility
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Great stuff! Looks like you had a good day, today
Jun 24, 2012, 07:15 PM
Good, fast or cheap, pick two
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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
Jun 24, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Sweet!
Jun 25, 2012, 12:57 AM
Nothing to see here...
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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
Jun 25, 2012, 01:40 AM
If it can-it will!
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Brilliant Chris!
Great flying.
Great scenery.
Great model. ( I'd prefer that to my Stingray!)
Jun 25, 2012, 03:14 AM
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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
Jun 25, 2012, 03:14 AM
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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 ...

Chris
Jun 25, 2012, 03:22 AM
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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...
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
Jun 25, 2012, 03:13 PM
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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...
Jun 26, 2012, 07:41 AM
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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
Jun 26, 2012, 08:39 AM
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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.
Jun 26, 2012, 10:29 AM
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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
Jun 26, 2012, 02:14 PM
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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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