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  1. Funny Videos

    The latest electric car from Mercedes.
  2. Wilsons Promontory

    Yeah, that seems to work pretty well. Good for spying on birds nests!
  3. 'Bill' was a 'guinea pig' account when I was admin that I used to ban and warn and see how the system worked.  I haven't been able to get the jhn.holgate account to work so I'm stuck with Bill.  This is fine by me and after my little melt down at Kingston, 'Bill' will be keeping - hopefully - a relatively low profile!  Cheers - John Holgate.

  4. Wilsons Promontory

    Thanks Mez. You could make a special 'wombat' coat to disguise Maggie.....
  5. Wilsons Promontory

    Spent a couple of days wandering around Wilsons Promontory when the wind wasn't predicted to be much chop for Sandy point. Geez, this place is bigger than I remember and it's amazing how one minute you can be in a shady gully surrounded by tree ferns and not far away are spectacular beaches or granite mountain tops. I could have easily spent one to two weeks and still only covered a small portion of the Prom. @Chook If you and Anne get the chance to visit on your Vic trip, do it - lots of different bird species calling in the gullies. The main Tidal River campground is getting very busy/tourist-y and you probably wouldn't get a spot over the Jan holidays - but the Yanaki campground 25km away is pretty good with a loud and varied dawn chorus and reasonable prices. For the tech heads, this was all hand held footage (except for the time lapse) from the iphone using the Zhiyun smooth Q gimbal. Best viewed in 1080.
  6. Born-Kite LongStar 2

    What better way to break a 7 month buggy drought than to give a 9.5m LS2 it's maiden voyage?? Pulled like a truck in 6 -8 knots and put a big smile on my dial. Pretty responsive and easy to turn particularly considering how much depower I had pulled. At one point I launched it in what must have been 2 - 3 knots and wasn't really expecting it to fly let alone pull the buggy - but it launched with ease and with some fig 8'ing got the buggy moving nicely up the beach. Still haven't got the little 3.5m munchkin in the buggy yet. Next time....Nearly out of therapy - this certainly helped.
  7. @Tiger37 Sorry to hear about your mum, Trev. All the best and hope to catch up in Kingston. @mik333 All the best for you and your mum too, mate. I'll head down on Sunday, should be there lunchtime-ish. Will be there for Mon/Tue, if not for some buggying then some walking around the Prom. Hope you get a good day in on Saturday - should be a blast. John.
  8. hay @Bill you still around :round-thumbs-up: will you be going to Dean?

  9. Mad Way Mongolia

    ok, got the tracker bit working but I can't see the posts - we'll fix it Barry.
  10. Mad way tracker

    Hi Joel, Doug got the 'you do not have permission' thingo when he went to the MWT - which I fixed, except when I tried it as Bill, the tracker comes up but no sign of the posts? Are they under a separate permission somewhere?
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  12. 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.....
  13. 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!
  14. 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.....
  15. 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!
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