gymnastics, hiking, video

Do I need a drone?

Tried it once. Found it too complicated. LAWS too restrictive.

BUT — what about indoors?

Gymnastics Clubs would allow it. Of course I’d need an expensive one — something like the new  DJI FPV ( $1,299 plus accessories).

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Here’s some indoor footage.

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cycling, hiking, product endorsements, travel

My 1st SERIOUS Tripod

The MeFOTO RoadTrip Air. Weight 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)

It get’s well deserved GREAT REVIEWS.

I got the RoadTrip rather than the Backpacker — even though it’s a half pound heavier — mainly for the superior ballhead.

Details.

I’ll use this day-to-day at home. And on bikepacking trips.

Won’t likely carry it on long hikes because of weight, though the detachable selfie stick is an option.

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Looks great. But — in reality — I use my Fotopro uFO 2 tripod 90% of the time.

I like it better than the GorillaPods I’ve used. You can attach to things more reliably.

And it’s only .5 lbs (227 gm)

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Apple, hiking, photos

Pixelmator Pro photo editing

With Kraig’s encouragement I tried and then bought ($29.39 CAD) an Apple only photo editing package.

I’ll continue to use free built-in Apple photos to organize my many pics. BUT switch to Pixelmator Pro for editing the best of the best.

I started posting daily to Instagram. My best hiking photos.

Instagram.com/BestHikeVisuals

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cycling, health & fitness, hiking

I HATE Running

But days are too short in November – January in Canada to do multi-day hiking or cycling trips. I’m stuck with it.

Semi-rad

Right now I’m alternating:

  • Runs up to an hour. Up to 10km.
  • Stairs series
  • 100m sprint intervals

For runs I head off from home towards my favourite park. Turn around at the half way point in time / distance.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

RELATED:

Click PLAY or watch running Parksville in the Spring on YouTube. Flowers!

Click PLAY or watch running Bermuda on YouTube.

about Rick, cycling, hiking, McCharles family

Happy March 193rd

#ManPlansGodLaughs

I had big plans for 2020. All postponed.

Instead I’ve spent most of the year in small town Parksville B.C. at my parent’s home. All is well with me and family. We have had very few COVID positive cases in this part of Canada. Almost everything is open.

We’re staying safe as possible in these troubling times.

Since March I’ve made about 15 overnight bikepacking trips. And now feel very confident in this new-to-me hobby.

cycling Vancouver to Calgary 2020

As days grow short I’ll cycle less, run more. Add more playground conditioning. Add basketball. Perhaps add Golf.

I’d hoped to get to Nepal for November. But they can’t get the virus under control.

I’m now looking at Hawaii.

Stay safe.

Google, hiking, travel, video

My Hiking YouTube channel

We love YouTube. My first upload was Mar 28, 2006.

Google bought the startup November 2006 for US$1.65 billion.

I spun off a hiking YouTube channel Jan 17, 2018.

Finally got it looking good October 2020. I’m studying how to post better videos in future. #CovidGoals

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube. Subscribe to be notified of future updates.

The best YouTube uploads have dedicated thumbnails like this. The rest show a somewhat random frame of the video.

YouTube thumbnail

cycling, hiking, travel, video

My video/photo editing workflow

A #CovidGoal is to improve my video editing.

A secondary goal, to improve photos and start sharing them more. I started an Instagram account for my hiking pics – BestHikeVisuals.

It’s working. But so far I’m only up to the stage of knowing now what I don’t know yet.

Mostly my videos are for outdoor recreation, but I also hope to get back indoor soon shooting Gymnastics.

Click PLAY or watch a sample on YouTube.

It has more editing magic than I’ve used in the past: Sound effect, Color balance, Slow mo, Intro flash, Ken Burns pan, Speed ramp, Focus blur, Zoom, Directional blur, Gausian blur, Radial centre. 3 cameras.

Audio the most time consuming part, however. I’m starting to enjoy background track music selection and audio editing.

Here are the BASICS for upcoming shoots:

  1. I’m usually shooting solo
  2. 3 cameras (Sony ZV-1, GoPro 7 and iPhone X with DJI OM 4 gimbal)
  3. ZV-1 is primary A roll footage.   It has by far the best audio. 
  4. ZV-1 mode #1 = 1080p / 60fps (60 is better math when slowing for 30fps output)
  5. ZV-1 mode #2 = 4K/30fps for zoom and cropping  (I’ve switched from 24fps to 30fps for EXPORT)
  6. ZV-1 mode #2 = PHOTOS 16:9 RAW and JPEG both
    1. Apple’s free Photos app is not great, but I’m still using it for organization.  I’ve switched to Pixelmator Pro for editing the best of the best photos.  
  7. I quit trying Sony S-Log2, S-Log3, and other HLG profiles used by the cool kids as it was way too much hassle for dubious gains in quality. 
  8. iPhone on the gimbal for B roll: slow-mo, time lapse, special effects, etc. (mostly 4K 60fps)
  9. GoPro is for B roll: action, water, mimic drone, etc. (mostly 2.7K 60fps as 2.7 is the highest it can go with Superview enabled.  I’d only switch to 4K if on a tripod.)
    1. 16:9 ratio
    2. low light set on auto
    3. ISO min 100, max 400 (400 might be low)
    4. Protune off
  10. Editing with Final Cup Pro X on a MacBook Pro 2020 with the new silicon chip. 
  11. Export in 1080p
    1. master file using ProRes 422
    2. export ‘Computer’
    3. export H.264 Faster Encode
  12. Timelapse 60 fps
  13. Shoot 120 fps only for smoke, fire
  14. Shoot 240 fps or higher for fast moving sports, etc. 
  15. As little hand held video as possible.  Use tripods
  16. Target length of my final edit is 4min or less 
  17. No ads
cycling, hiking, photos, product endorsements, video

UBeesize 54-inch Selfie Stick Tripod

For hiking I’m not often going to be carrying a full tripod.  Too big.  Too heavy.

But for cycling, I’ll often bring this one along.

I’ve spent hundreds of hours videotaping from tripods. But — until now — have never used one as an extended selfie stick.

Of many similar options, I got the Selfie Stick Tripod, UBeesize 51″ Extendable Tripod Stand with Bluetooth Remote for iPhone & Android Phone.   I won’t be using the Bluetooth Remote.

  • CAD $33
  • 610 Grams
  • suggested max weight is about 2.2 lbs/1Kg.
  • 1/4” screw thread (fits my GoPro, Sony camera, OM 4 gimbal)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch some of my tests on YouTube.