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Videography 2016/17 Season

.Joel

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Last season two of my passions intersected, flying drones and flying kites.  I love power kites and i've been flying them for over 10 years now, however drones are a recent passion in the last 3 years that i've picked up and started to enjoy.  I used to call them multi-rotors, but the mainstream public's declaration of calling them drones has now washed off on me.  During our Kingston trip I finally had the opportunity to really intersect the two passions, and this year i'm hoping to take things a little further with my video production.

To start with i've purchased some Joby Gorillapods, and these things are really versatile.  I was planning to review them, however I dislike unboxing reviews as they really don't prove much going down the path in terms of use for a product like a gorillapod.  So i'll come back to reviewing them after i've had the opportunity to really use them.  Initial thoughts however is that the large Gorillapod SLR-Zoom is a tank, it's solid.  The Gorilapod magnetic, feels a bit like a fragile toy.  The Joby ballhead feels solid, I would of liked a secondary type of safety on it in case it releases, however I'll just wrap the neckstrap around the legs for now.

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Something else I picked up was the Pico Dolly, now this thing for product video etc is amazing.  It's also incredibly amazing as a slider cam when you can't be bothered hauling a full 1.5M slider and setting it up on two tripods.  All you need is a smooth surface, a walking path, a car bonnet, hard packed sand, anything that you can smoothly roll the wheels over and produce a cinematic sliding effect.

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So the collection from last season has grown a bit, and here it is below.  
I'm considering a DJI Osmo Mobile to use with the iPhone7 Plus, and a couple of additional SJCam's to mount on to people at the Extreme Kites meets.

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PS: If you didn't see my video from last year here it is, I've refined a lot of techniques and learnt some new angles and ideas since then I hope to be able to reproduce in the next event video.

 

Thanks for reading, hit that like button if you enjoyed this blog entry so I know to add more! :good: 
Comment below if you think you would like me to create a couple of tutorials the gear, settings and how i use it for different results.



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Just a thought with the Dolly - if you find it tricky to pull/push it slowly and smoothly,  you could try gearing down with some small pulley blocks and 4mm rope - ie: like a 4 to 1 reduction so for every 4 foot of rope you pull, you end up moving the dolly only 1 foot which may help smooth things out.  This sort of thing except horizontal with one end attached to the dolly and the other to a kite stake.  Another idea may be to wind it towards you with some fishing gear....:grin:

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3 minutes ago, jhn.holgate said:

Just a thought with the Dolly - if you find it tricky to pull/push it slowly and smoothly

Some good ideas there John :good:  
For convenience I use a large thin elastic band.  It has a dampening effect, provided the surface has some drag to it.
On a fast flat surface, I drag part of my arm on it as the friction allows you to keep a more steady movement.

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14 minutes ago, .Joel said:

Some good ideas there John :good:  
For convenience I use a large thin elastic band.  It has a dampening effect, provided the surface has some drag to it.
On a fast flat surface, I drag part of my arm on it as the friction allows you to keep a more steady movement.

Sounds like there might be some fun to be had at Sandy if the wind isn't blowing.  There must also be some way to add a little worm drive or friction drive to one of the wheels of the dolly....or some sort of worm drive string winder.....variable speed....hmmmmm....

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On 9/30/2016 at 10:28 PM, jhn.holgate said:

Sounds like there might be some fun to be had at Sandy if the wind isn't blowing.  There must also be some way to add a little worm drive or friction drive to one of the wheels of the dolly....or some sort of worm drive string winder.....variable speed....hmmmmm....

Sounds like an up-grade to RC could be on the cards!!

Go a RC buggy.

Wheel to wheel action at 50kph!!

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