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  1. Bill

    Flysurfer 4m Peak 2 SOLD

    He got a bit rowdy with the guitar last night. Just as well there's nobody else here.
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    Flysurfer 4m Peak 2 SOLD

    No probs Mark. Txt your address to 0417327908 and I'll check at the PO on wed when I'm back - cheers John (signed in as bill cos I'm on the iPad up the Murray)😀
  3. Still in my diary. Weather permitting, I'll be there.
  4. Bill

    Sandy Point 1st Run for 2019

    It's in the diary.
  5. Some video of what the foreshore looked like on Australia Day....
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    Craig Hansen Inflatable Kite

    Now that you mention it......
  7. SOLD A set of almost matching Kenda Beachracers on 4" wide sysmic rims. Bearings are in good nic and there's still plenty of those rubber bits sticking out of the tires. Two of the tires match and the third seems a little squatter - I always put that one on the front.....well, after I noticed they weren't all identical..... Located Ballarat, central Vic. Grace my palm with $350 and they're all yours.
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    Beachracers on Sysmic rims - sold

    Cheers John, received.
  9. Bill

    Bye Dad.

    Very sad to read this. Always enjoyed Jim's company. Will be missed but fondly remembered.
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    Beachracers on Sysmic rims - sold

    Sorry, the only bigfoot fork I've got is for the Vmax which I don't think will be any use to you.
  11. Bill

    Summer 2017/18 Sandy Point Sessions

    Thanks Nigel but I'll be in Kingston
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    Addicted to the Lights

    Fast forward 18 months or so and we're now talking 25,000 lumens. Beautiful huge wide flood light that just lights up everything. Doesn't do the max 25K lumens for more than a minute and a good job too with all the heat it puts out at that. But an incredibly useful beam at lower settings. Plus a wall of red light, green light, blue light and UV light thrown in for good measure. And here was me waiting for a 10,000 lumen torch - they surpassed that pretty quickly. 2 more years.....5 more years.....geez, what are they going to be making then? The speed of advancement is staggering. Here's a video review of the Acebeam X80 at 25K lumens and the X45 at 'only' 18K lumens. Sadly, Marshall, who does such a good job on these reviews passed away a few months ago at age 37.
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    Funny Videos

    The latest electric car from Mercedes.
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    Wilsons Promontory

    Yeah, that seems to work pretty well. Good for spying on birds nests!
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    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.
  16. '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.

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    Wilsons Promontory

    Thanks Mez. You could make a special 'wombat' coat to disguise Maggie.....
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    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.
  19. @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.
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    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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    Mad Way Mongolia

    ok, got the tracker bit working but I can't see the posts - we'll fix it Barry.
  22. Election topic feed here:  www.aussieelection2016.nov.gov.au

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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.....