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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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1st RC Helicopter Test - XHA1

http://www.theastonisher.com/Nathani...Logo%20600.mp4

It was a little dark. This was on a Manfrotto 701 and a cheap tripod. I started playing with the aperture half way through. Tell me what I can do better, please! I de interlaced and exported as ProRes422 HQ.. then to a MP4. VIVIDRGB, 60i, 1/90
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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Downloading now. Warning to anyone thinking about downloading... 271MB File.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #3
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Sorry it's so large
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Old January 14th, 2008, 08:40 PM   #4
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Very cool!

I think I want that dude as a pilot! Sweet, the camera handled motion very well.
Thanks for that!

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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:15 AM   #5
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Sorry it's so large
No problem. I personally enjoy seeing a good quality movie over a highly compressed one :) I just try to warn people when I break 100MB that they might want to go get a cup of coffee while they wait :) Anyway! Good video. I have never personally filmed anything so small and fast moving which really makes it hard to give you any suggestions. When I have found my self in situations where the light is constantly changing (because of the subjects changing locations) I have been forced into using the A mode where it takes care of the exposure while leaving focus and such to manual. At times the camera is better at doing that while I am trying to keep the subject in frame properly. Im sure the guys with more experience can chime in with other suggestions :)
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Old January 15th, 2008, 09:49 AM   #6
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Nate glad to hear you have done your first shoot unfortunately I can't watch it cause my browser keeps saying it cannot find the web page for some reason and I am pig sick about that can you put it on youtube or somewhere else, is that possible for you.

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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:17 PM   #7
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Sorry ur sick.. I've been sick for 3 days too. I'll put it on youtube this afternoon.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:23 PM   #8
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Nate, I wanted to share it with my brother who is a helicopter pilot for the marines so I had done a Flash encode to share privately with him. I can provide the link now if you like? Its a much higher quality then what youtube will give you.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:53 PM   #9
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Please, anything but YouTube.

Stage6 would be a big step up, even.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 02:06 PM   #10
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Nate, I wanted to share it with my brother who is a helicopter pilot for the marines so I had done a Flash encode to share privately with him. I can provide the link now if you like? Its a much higher quality then what youtube will give you.
That would be great.. post the link. Thanks
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http://www.simplethoughtproductions....oads/heli.html
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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #12
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Disregard the previous statement about youtube. Flash encoded video runs horribly on my laptop and only moderately better on my desktop, but every other format runs just fine, even full resolution HD runs better. Youtube to your hearts content as far as I'm concerned, Bill doesn't speak for all of us (most specifically me - no ofense Bill, i don't like youtube much either, but it functions correctly on every platform). We all realize that youtube encoding looks bad, but it works everywhere well.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #13
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I understand.
I finally got the direct download to work.

My interest in this is I have an Uncle who likes rotorcraft enough that he taught himself to fly gyrocopters back in the 1950s. He subsequently designed and built his own gyrocopter and flew that for a couple+ decades.

In any case, when I get a video like this, I turn it into a DVD for him to watch. So starting with high quality source is a very good thing.

Question: Is that heli electric powered? I find it hard to see the usual 2-cycle motor gear in the final view where it has landed on the ground. And it says 'New Clean Technology" alongside the nose.

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Old January 15th, 2008, 09:29 PM   #14
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cool vid. I watched the first two minutes (i am doing too many things at one time). Those bright flashes were a little much for my eyes...made me dizzy (after eating one quart of icecream, and no lunch...usually not a good idea: ( ...I believe the term at 1:50 was "where'd he go" : )

I haven't dug into my settings enough to offer any suggestions, but one thing you can do in the next vid is show a couple cuts of the radio being used.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 10:23 PM   #15
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The footage I was able to see was pretty good, those things are hard to follow when zoomed in...and too small to shoot really wide.
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