Time to go to Lake Tahoe

[Vimeeeeeo] <— 11,400 Hmmmmm... Justin Majeczky has figured out some good timelapse and tracking techniques to make candy for your eyes. Because of this - and a couple *other* things ... I think I will be visiting Lake Tahoe this weekend :) Awesomeness work Majeczky.

Shot with Canon 7d, 5d mkii and 5d mkiii,. Moving shots were accomplished by using the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly with the Merlin Acuter telescope head.

Everest – A Time Lapse Short Film by Elia Saikaly

[VimeeeeO] <— 540,000 I always had dreams and aspirations for climbing Mount Everest ... Thanks to Elia Saikaly - this is good enough for now :) [Mount Everest – The Death Zone]
[Elia Saikaly Homepage]

Amateur Awesomeness

[YouTubeUlar] <— 14,087,805 As I told Jason McWilliams...

“That’s some good shit… I love seeing videos that have been on the interManets for over 6 years a finally come across my attention span!”

I can’t really put it any better than that. This kid, Kolon Parentes, has been making random music videos and compilations for quite some time. I would have to say I like his humor, and timing… and especially the fact he’s pulling 14 million hits without ad revenue :)


[Hyperactive] <— 7,762,722 [Kolon Parentes – YouTube] <— 67,896

Chris Newman – Chopper Flight School

[YouTubeUlar] <— 33 views Tagging along with Devin Super Tramps latest Insane Rope Swing Video is Chris Newman’s guide to getting started with Chopper Flight School. Chris runs CineChopper.com and is going to provide a great resource to those of us looking to jump into this fun world of playing with really expensive toys. Luckily it is NOT that pricy to get up and running.

Here is his list of things you need to get started.
Blade MQX Quadcopter Ready to Fly Version (RTF)


Blade MQX Quadcopter Bind and Fly Version (BNF)
with one of these…
Spektrum DX6i Transmitter (TX, Remote Control)

Or this controller with software bundle…
Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator (Windows only) with Spektrum DX5e

And don’t forget some batteries…
MQX Batteries

Thanks for the tutorials Chris. Looking forward to more.

[CineChopper – Homepage]
[CineChopper – Facebook] <— 42 likes [CineChopper – YouTube] <— 136 subscribers 022713 mQX Quad Copter Purchase List

3:2 Pull-down

Performing a 3:2 Pull-Down
The most common approach to distributing film’s 24 fps among NTSC video’s 29.97 fps is to perform a 3:2 pull-down (also known as a 2:3:2:3 pull-down). If you alternate recording two fields of one film frame and then three fields of the next, the 24 frames in 1 second of film end up filling the 30 frames in 1 second of video.

As shown above, the 3:2 pattern (actually a 2:3:2:3 pattern since frame A is recorded to two fields followed by frame B recorded to three fields) repeats after four film frames. Virtually all high-end commercials, movies, and non-live television shows use this process prior to being broadcast.

Final Cut Pro – Future + Past

Recently reading the May issue of Larry Jordan’s usually very informative newsletter… I rallied through a couple in depth articles regarding Apple pulling the strings on Final Cut Pro and how false those rumors could be.

1. Larry’s Blog
2. CNET Update
3. Philip Hodgetts

For most people consuming my random postings and writings – this will mean nothing. But for me – it is great to relive the good years from 1998 where digital video was born and how it has shaped my life. Brought to you by Philip Hodgette.

Apple eventually purchased Final Cut about three weeks after NAB in reality to ensure that there would continue to be a Non Linear Editing application on the Mac. I also believe that someone figured that Apple’s FireWire (they developed it) port combined with the iLink on Sony’s DV cameras just released (in reality, also FireWire) combined with the new software could sell some Macs. That was a smart move. When I saw Final Cut in March 98, it was working with some Targa dual stream cards, which was not as robust as when Final Cut Pro was release at NAB 99. But Final Cut Pro had native FireWire/DV support: perfect with those new Blue and White G3 towers with native FireWire!

What a great look back to the good ol’ days – thanks for the write-up Philip.

TJ Fry – on the street drift video


“oh the street drift video. here goes.

Idea was simple. Shut down a windy road that lots of car people know about and drift it. It’s been done before so the best way to stand out was to do it on the first take. That right there sounds like a project I would want to be part of. Now here’s where it goes downhill. They had some sort of funding for this project. I don’t know what it was, and frankly it doesn’t matter, because the final product was good, but not great. Driving was good, but not great. When you take into account that it was Tanner’s first run, it does push the impress-o-meter up a bit, but not enough for me. Its the same reason people love watching the chase scenes in movies despite the skid marks on the road. even if it’s the 50th take, the audience feels like it’s the first because thats the first time they’ve seen it. So when two cars crash or slide past each other at 100mph within 3 inches of each other, it’s still impressive.

I would have rather seen Tanner really push it to the limits and tap some guard rails and rocks, rather than lay fresh rubber the whole way. He played it safe, and who can blame him? It’s a car that probably has Half a Millon dollars invested in it and it’s the only one he has for Formula D competition, which is where he makes a big chunk of his bread and butter. Using the “It was his first run” statement to justify the video is like justifying Steve-O’s behavior by saying, “Well, he’s a druggie.” It makes sense, but doesn’t change the fact.

The driving is impressive, but I’ve seen Tanner do WAY more impressive things in a car. The filming was a debacle. Again I don’t know the situation, but if I had to guess here’s what I would say. Someone talked their way into being able to direct the project, and decided that Ken Block’s videos were a good way to go. Rather than do something original, they applied a style that worked for someone else, despite not having toyed with the style themselves. Then you have a budget that doesn’t allow for proper cinematographers AND proper cameras. It allowed for one or the other. They chose nice equipment, but you can have the best stuff in the world and not know how to use it effectively. So you have a crew that isn’t familiar with this type of action sports short film style, using equipment they may not be familiar with, shooting something in one take. Even with the best subject matter in the world, it’s a recipe for a mediocre final product. Thats why film has always revolved around the concept of multiple takes. You do it until you get it right. No one gets it perfect the first time, not even Tanner, who is, in my book, one of the best drivers on the planet.

So when they looked at the footage, they realized they needed to spice it up somehow and went with, “Well, it was his first run.” Then the editing wasn’t great in my opinion. there wasn’t much flair to it. Kind of mundane.

So to re-cap. Impressive idea for a project, decently executed, poor choice of style, lacking originality, and good driving flaunted as amazing driving. Not much to write home about. I’ll keep you posted as we get ready to release our street drift project to the world.

Also, let’s close Berthoud this summer and make a movie.”