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Making the videos

Here's the video making process!....... I start off by copying all my video files onto an external hard drive.  I have 10 files from the SJ 5000 cam (should have turned the image stabilization off as it hates being mounted to the buggy).  Joel very kindly has given me the drone files from the first few flights, so another 6 files from there.  15 .mov files from my SLR.  47 files from my hand held gopro and 42 files from the ION Air Pro mounted on the back of the buggy. Once that's copied over, I view them in Xilisoft Splitter and cut the bits I want for the videos.  Some for a Longstar Video, some for a Peak 2 video and some for an A & B Kingston Video.  I had decided earlier that I wanted a couple of Kingston videos - one with more time lapse sequences and some nice celitc music and the other a bit faster.  Another big time waster is I have to convert all the 2K drone files as my editor won't accept them.  So once I split the bits I want from the drone files, they have to be converted back to something my editor will accept.  (If I wasn't so scummy and updated my editor to the latest version then I wouldn't need to stuff around with the converter). About 4 or 5 hours gone so far.  Once I've got the split files I rename them all with things like 'A Joel funny dance' or B Doug behind claypan.  That way I know which video they're going into and what the content is.  I could do all this in the editor but then I'm dealing with large files with generic names and I get confused easily. Meanwhile I'm thinking about what shots I want in various places in the video and what bits I want to slo-mo.  Which is the next step - take all the long 20minute sunset or cloud files and speed them up in the editor.  I can only speed up to 10x so a 20minute sunset becomes a 2 minute file.  Still too long, so after rendering them, I re-import them into the editor and speed 'em up another 10x.  I'm going to try and keep most of the clips in the video to under 10 seconds each - probably more like 6 or 7 seconds.  Might depend a bit on the music. Thinking about the music, there's a track I did with Que Decree in the 80's - a very silly piece of writing set to some good tempo rock music.  Except I don't want the lyrics and I want to insert some slow bits into the music for the timelapse sequences.  So I will have to re-record that.  Which will involve programming the drums, then laying down the guitar, bass, keyboards then lead guitar in roughly that order.  The other Kingston vid I'd like to use a Cara Dillon track that I quite like.  The Peak and Longstar vids will get some tunes that I've already recorded. Next I will take all the 'A' videos and put them into the editor.  Working out the sequence is the tricky part.  Then putting the music in and moving/cutting the endings to match the beat.  Then I have to think about what titles/labels/names/descriptors to put in and how I want them to display.  After that, I'll hit 'render' and have a watch and see if I want to go back and re-do anything.  Things don't always turn out how I think they will and I'll often watch the vid and think 'meh, not what I'd hoped for'.  Occasionally it comes together well and I'm pleased.  Sometimes the music is all wrong and I have to go back and do a new soundtrack and re arrange clips to suit. I've just about got all my clips organized and ready to put into the editor.  With a bit of luck, some will start appearing in a few days time.....

Bill

Bill

 

Share and share alike...

So John left yesterday, so I thought I'd keep up the blog writing for you all.  A busy day out on the clay pan with approximately 11 blokarts, several with the "Shadow" side carts and the custom land yachts zipping in between the branded sails. Dougie, Chook, Rob, Jay and Darryl have the buggies out and will soon have to do some dodging as I see the witches hats being set up for a sailing course. Plenty of space for everyone to share though, but a lot of tacking for the kites to get out. Out-numbered at the moment.
Dougie puts up the PL Viper 5.3 to start and gets some good wind to whistle his lines. Mike" turns up with his buggy on the back of his X-Trail so have a sneaky peek on how he's rigged it up - a bike rack which holds the buggy perfectly. The winds at lunch time start to pick up with gusts of about 19 to 20 knots. Chook's chooses to have a sail first. Jay has his "Buster" 3, getting a PB of 38kph but came in with a rattling buggy. Rob is setting up his 7 meter (crazy man!) and Mike, a 3.5 Quad Foil X-M, Darryl a little larger with a Quad Foil X-M 3.8.
Doug comes in "its gusty as frack out there and calls it the "Oh shit" run. Jay's Buster wants to fly - without its pilot and detaches itself from the peg it doesn't get far. The wind has picked up even more with the blokarts staying down the other end for the mean time. "Ben" is out on his land board with a windsail powering it. Not as fast as the blokarts, but doing pretty well in the gusts. A few 3 meter sails up now, and two wheels. One of the windiest days so far at Kingston. Saw some 2m sails during the day.
By 2pm we had we were joined by Joel, Mel (and her parents) Neil and Nigel also came along. Jay tried Dougie's buggy with the 2m Bruiser - we get worried when 20 mins go by and he's a no show - the kite was pulled from his hands and had a tangled mess in the lines. Just as we send out a rescue team (Lachlan - from the land yacht team has a quad bike) he shows up the other side out of the haze. 
Mike gave the land board a go and Neil puts up a 4.5m Vapor and feels it's power. 
By now we've attracted quite a few spectators from the road. 
As I speak 'wows' are heard from the group at Joel's territory and I look over to see a blokart on its side, a gust hits his sail and he's over. Neil finds the Vapor a bit big and comes in to change and puts up his 2.5m Raptor. Red - makes it fly faster! Mike puts up a 2m Blade Flexifoil and goes out for a bug run. Rob - comes in for a rest, he's stayed out on the 7m since this morning. That man is bloody talented! 
Joel's setting up for a buggy run come 2:40 and the pan is looking rather quiet at the moment however the buggys outnumber the land yachts at he moment with Nigel, Mike and Neil all out. More spectators arrive from off the highway so everyone is out and about showing off to the crowds. A good day to draw in the crowds with the fishing competition going on in town.  There are many changes in kites and I can't keep up so please feel free to comment below with what you flew today. 

Mez

Mez

 

Finally, a beach day!

An on shore wind started up around 11.30am so after a quick cuppa at the lobster (who's called Larry btw) we made for the beach and had a really great day running from the breakwall at Kingston up to the granites.  The 6m P2 was brilliant in the 6-12 knots that we had over the course of the day and even the Pansh a15 made an appearance later in the afternoon - and looked good. Bull had the 7m Brooza up and running and it looked great against the blue sky.  The wind started to turn more southerly around 3.30-4.00pm and made returning from the granites very hard work.    with ssw'erly winds forecast for today and the claypan likely to be a bit greasy this morning, I'm going to head home today.  It's been a fabulous trip with some brilliant bugging and great company!

Bill

Bill

 

Kingston cooks up a storm....literally!

An amazing storm came through early this morning with some fantastic lightning on display. Before heading to bed, we watched it out to sea, hit Rob's home town, before it gracefully made tracks to the quiet town on Kingston where it didn't disappoint.  We unzipped the front end of the trailer tent, whilst dodging the rain drops, enjoyed Mother Natures light display. I hear John, tinkering around, so he's also up watching too. This was not to be missed. She did a good job with the pyrotechnics! Went on for about two hours!  Last rain falls heavily around 7:30am to leave in its wake, a beautiful blue sky to dry out everything.  Trailer held up, only pooling in the one corner, and a couple of drops inside but all up, dry.  Just have to wait for the pan to dry now. (Plenty of time to fix my blow out on the blow-fly) 

Mez

Mez

 

More claypan goodness

A couple of really good days on the claypan with quite a few turning out for the fun.  Chook rigged his pole dancer up and proceeded to hurtle past us and pull in front spraying us (well me, anyway) with gypsum or whatever the claypan is made out of.  You sure you haven't been talking to Mik333, Chook?  Joel gave his Phantom 3 quad a spin with very, very impressive results.  He's kindly given me the files so I can put some aerial footage into my vid.  A quiet day today with just myself and Tiger37 out on the pan for a brief run during the only part of the day the wind blew.  Alexander had his birthday party on the foreshore in front of the caravan park this morning with some light wind stunt kite flying included.  There's only been very brief westerly winds this year making the beach pretty much a non starter.  Thank goodness for the claypan which has really saved our bacon. (And half cooked it on occasion).  Looks like good wind for the claypan tomorrow but also a little bit of rain likely with Thursday looking very light at this stage.  If you're wondering why I'm signing in as Bill it's because I can't add a blog entry as 'admin' - it's set for 'members'.  Outsmarted myself yet again! The poultry assassin.....

Bill

Bill

 

The winds of change....

I thought I'd post up the next couple of days wind forecast, then again the same couple of days, just to show you how unpredictable the wind came be.  Forecast as of Tuesday 19th January 2016 8:40am.

Mez

Mez

 

Rev it up.....

Monday 18th January 2016 Dougie @igeighty having fun with his 1997 Revolution II. One of his first kites - from brand new. Thank you to @KaoS for the spar replacement. Last flight for this one was 1998, it broke its spar when it fell from its display at home a few years back. John's turn....

Mez

Mez

 

Going going gone

Very little wind this afternoon but still wanted to go landboarding, I pulled out the old 6m ozone little devil grabbed my board and off to the Oval. Just got set up and working hard to keep the kite up with light wind, when a gust picked up lifting the kite and myself. As I let go of the bar I realized I didn't have the safety leash on. Standing in the middle of the Oval looking up at the kite thinking it'll come down it'll come down. Last I saw it was headed towards upper Beaconsfield,  in a thermal spiraling upwards.                    This is a good excuse to buy a new kite, and a reminder to put the safety leash on before launching.

Crackers

Crackers

 

Sunday Clay Pan Dango!

Sunday 17th January 2016 An afternoon in photos..... Enjoy!  I shall update throughout the day. Good Morning Kingston - morning walk as the sun came up. Formula One Pit for Kite Buggies - Doug @igeighty Mez of the pan! @mezzararty Trevor's 9 meter Flysurfer Peak - a bit strong in today's wind but what a lovely looking kite? @Tiger37 John started out with his Ozone Access XT 4 meter. @jhn.holgate

Mez

Mez

 

Big day on the claypan

We made an early-ish start on the claypan today to get there before the wind died off.  I measured the wind over several minutes at an average of 6 knots......but not for long!  Took the cheeseburger wrapper out and had a good run out and back before the wind died to 1.5 knots.  After standing around for 20 minutes with a few false starts I gave it up and sat down in the shade with Trevor, Shane, Doug & Mary.  After about 3/4 of an hour the wind turned onshore and started to rise so we all jumped in our respective blokarts and buggys.  The wind slowly rose over the afternoon to around 20knots with Chook, Rob, Nigel and Bull joining the party.  Another great day out!

Bill

Bill

 

Friday 15th January 2016 - Running Blog

Another beautiful start to another day here in Kingston. A quiet morning with a gentle southerly breeze, roughly 18 knots but no fear, the 23 knots is near! It will pick up towards late afternoon - ready for the Clay Pan.  Went on a walk this morning, down along the beach (only downside is the smell of the rotting seaweed) The water, very calm but no dolphins this morning. Then up onto and along the pier and back along the foreshore. There's a co-op down that way which I'll investigate and get something nice for Doug's tea later. Right now, it's 10am and after a coffee, I think we're off to investigate the Clay Plan option for a pre-lunch fly/sail shortly so I'll sign off now and add more as the day goes on.  To those of you travelling down/across - safe travels and we'll have the kettle boiled ready Mez x **UPDATE** John left for the clay pan earlier today - get a text saying its 5 to 20 knots out there and a bit scary at times. Drive past Rob and Chooks site on the way to the grocery store - they have ventured out to fly also. Trevor arrives around 1pm with his van. If you haven't met Trevor, he's a lovely man, greets both Doug and I in a warm and friendly manner and all that after travelling so far!  At the grocery store, I pick up a 7.5kg water melon for Doug - $22! And we thought they grew out this way. Anyway hopefully it is money well spent as it will go down a treat later.  Its still too bitey in the sun for the three of us but the winds are picking up still so with a bit of luck, we'll head down to the pan before the day in through.  **FINAL UPDATE** Trevor, Dougie and I head out to the pan as its gone three and we haven't seen John, Rob and Chook all day. We find them all seated having a chat, waiting for the wind to become a little more consistent. I take the wind meter out with me - 20knots is pretty consistent so John puts up a Nasa Star 2 1.5 meter and "Bull" (who found the gents on the pan) also went out, but I'm unsure as to what he flew as I was admire ring his Dodge! Broom-Broom!  John hands the Nasa Star over to Dougie, who like a little boy in a strange, yet fun place, takes hold of the reins, anticipating it's behaviour but soon lets out a "Whoop" and as Bull leaves, followed by Trevor, Chook and Rob, John and I are left patiently waiting for Dougie to park up. He would have stayed out there longer, given the opportunity but grumbly tummies soon take over.  After dinner, we're joined by John, Trevor, Rob, Shane and Nigel (who arrived whilst we were all out) and Alexander, who took a fancy to John's buggy wheels on the back of his truck. I glance over and see that Cape Jaffa lighthouse has its light on, so as people say their goodnights, Dougie, Rob, Maggie and I go and investigate. Turns out that today, the Lighthouse celebrates its 144th birthday and from now on, will display its light on the 15th January each year. I'm allowed to climb to the top - so not only do I climb my first lighthouse (a great passion of mine), I do it all in my slippers! Happy Birthday Cape Jaffa!  Another awesome end to yet another amazing day in Kingston S.E.

Mez

Mez

 

Great Southern Land

For anyone who has ummed and arghed about making the trip to Kingston, no more excuses, it's bloody amazing here! The drive up from Victoria was a warm one, but the start of an adventure. Some amazing natural rock formations coming into S.A truly had the wow factor and it is amazing how different the landscape is.  Kingston, is a quiet little town, about 250kms south from Adelaide and is protected from the direct Southerly winds so the sea doesn't display the crashing waves like that at Sandy Point, but a gentle changing tide (I do miss the sound of the waves though)  We arrive Tuesday afternoon and set up camp at the Kingston Caravan Park, very clean and has running water by each site. We met up with John and Rob, and also meet Chook from WA for the first time. It feels as though we've know him for ages! Great company! The evening takes John, myself and Doug out onto the Clay Pan - wow what a place. I have never seen anything like it.  As far as the eye can see - a vast emptiness of flat surfaces, and a trusting wind (approx 15 knots from the South) With Doug flying his 4 meter Ozone Method. The sun sets on a perfect arrival day. Wednesday and we wake up early for as soon as the sun hits the tent (around 7am) it warmed up. We head over to the grass area out the front of the caravan park. Doug is first to put a kite in the air, a two line R-Sky, John puts up his Longstar on handles, and Chook displays a rather beastly looking Revoltion 4 line which takes a fancy to Rob's head. Rob plays with his Ikon 7 - as he feels it may have a puncher, turns out that he didn't secure a valve tight enough, as for me, I try the blokart with the 5.5 sail but with the light winds and the thick grass, I can not even get started. Doug had the idea to sail it up and down the pavement and has a ball until I demand it back. Yes it was fun!  In the afternoon, we head back over to the clay pan for a very windy session at 20 knots from the south-west. Doug puts up a 4 meter but soon feels over powered and changes to a 2.6 Peter Lynn Viper. Rob had his 7 meter Ikon up! He's a crazy bloke!  John flew one of his Nasa's and Chook flew his PL 5.2 Vapor. Anyway all going smoothly, John comes in, followed by Rob, then Doug but we loose Chook. After about 15 minutes, we still do not see Chooks kite in the air so Rob and I head out to look for him - in case he had OBE'd some where. We find him down the very end of the pan, trying to get his kite up - he'd been trying to relaunch after adjusting his new lines but the wind was that strong, his kite wouldn't behave. In the mean time, Rob gets into a sticky situation and bogs his van, so I help Chook get back in the air, so he can return back to base, get his patrol and come rescue us.....hang on, weren't we meant to be rescuing Chook? Anyway, thank you Chook and Doug (and Maggie too) for coming back to get us. It was threatening to rain and a few lightning bolts were spotted but fortunately it misses us (and hits Melbourne - check out the report of the the Spirit of Tasmania II ferry) It's been a long day and everyone sleeps well. Doug makes a comment that Rob's tracks will remain for thousands of years! John says he can still see tracks from last yearsbuggy run!  Thursday started off cloudy and a lot cooler than yesterday. We wait till the afternoon to fly as although cooler, the sun has a bite to it and you can feel the burn! Back down to the clay pan - the winds haven't been right for a beach session yet but in strength, they haven't been disappointing. Rob's happy as he picks up a new kite from the local post office - a new Ikon 3 meter inflatable. He's keen to get out and test it out. We head off late afternoon and I feel anxious from at the strength of the wind. I do not have a sail small enough to take the Blow-Fly out. John starts with the Nasa 2.5 but after a run up and down, comes in to down size. Rob tries out his new kite, shits a brick when he gets it up on two wheels and at one stage has the wheel about six foot off the ground. Doug flies his 2 meter Brooser but retires early after snapping his lines and Chook too suffers a severed line. The winds were forcast 23.4 knots - it was probably gusting 30-32 knots at times. Strong enough to blow Doug's GT Buggy a good 30 foot and park itself next to John's buggy. Everyone stayed within eye sight of one enough, sensible is such winds but funnily no one suggests this, it just happened that they all chose to keep close, after yesterday's events. Anyway, stop at Subway for dinner on the way back - and back to camp by 10:30. A cold night tonight so will need to rug up. Can't wait to see what adventures we be sort tomorrow at Kingston S.E!

Mez

Mez

 

Tuesday & Wednesday

Arrived on the Tuesday - Chook and Rob were already setup in the caravan park with Doug and Mary arriving a bit later in the day.   Headed to the beach and while it was 'high' tide, there was still more than enough hard pack to kite on.  The wind was cross on shore but we managed a couple hours of kiting in moderate conditions.  Wednesday morning saw some static kiting and Blokart shenanigans on the foreshore which was a bit of fun.  Steve was staying in a house nearby and wandered over to introduce himself.   In the arvo another epic clay pan session starting of with a 15knot NW'er which then died, turned to the SW and came up with a vengeance with gusts to probably 25knots and punchy.  We were starting to pack up but had lost sight of chook who'd been fairly belting around - even with the binos I couldn't see him so Rob and Mezz went in search in robs van.  Chook was way down the far end of the lake sorting out some line stretch and was fine.  Rob however got bogged and chook had to kite back to grab his 4wd to go and pull rob out.  Despite that, it was a damn good arvo. 

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

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