travel, video

Sam Kolder – travel vlogger

Sam, from Toronto, is one of the top travel video editors. He got started as the video guy for The Chainsmokers.

I’m studying Sam’s work. He’s a master with the drone.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

Sam spent over 500 hours editing this project. A tribute to his brother.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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


Powell River Giant Hulks breakwater

After you finish the 1.2km Willingdon Creek Trail in Powell River, continue walking towards the Pulp Mill ‚ÄĒ¬†staying as close to the water as you can ‚ÄĒ and you’ll get some distant views of the largest floating Hulk breakwater in the world.

Very cool.

The breakwater is used to protect the Mill’s log storage pond.

While nine of these ten ships were built during the Second World War, the tenth ship, the S. S. Peralta, is the last remaining WWI concrete ship afloat.

Click PLAY or see them on YouTube.

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.

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.

Here’s my most ambitious edit, so far.

Click PLAY or watch it 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.

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 the primary A roll footage.  
  4. ZV-1 mode #1 = 1080p / 120fps 
  5. ZV-1 mode #2 = 4K/24fps 
  6. ZV-1 mode #3 = for photos (9×16) saving RAW and JPEG¬†
    1. RAW editing requires free¬†Sony Imaging Edge software Nov. 2020. ¬†But it’s pretty ugly.¬†¬†
    2. Apple’s free Photos app is not great. ¬†I’m switching to Pixelmator Pro. ¬†And testing free Capture One which can edit Sony RAW files, as well.¬†
  7. X is for B roll, gimbal, time lapse, etc. 4K 
  8. GoPro is or B roll, action, water, mimic drone, etc. 4K 
  9. Editing with Final Cup Pro X on a MacBook Pro 2020 with the new silicon chip
  10. Export 29.97 frames / second
  11. Export in 1080p
  12. Any video with vocal audio shoot in 24 fps
  13. Timelapse 60 fps
  14. Shoot 120 fps only for smoke, fire
  15. Shoot 240 fps or higher for fast moving sports, etc. 
  16. As little hand held video as possible.  Use tripods. 
  17. Target length of my final edit is 4min or less 
  18. No ads
travel, video

expert travel videographers

Trying to improve my own meagre skills, I’ve been studying the best in 2020.

So far my favourite is  Aussie Benn TK (Benn Tkalcevic).

Click PLAY or watch adventures in Australia on YouTube.

Here’s Benn TK in Hong Kong.

A 6min video took him over a month to edit.  11 hours to render out. Over 300 sound effects.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

cycling, travel

Cycling Whistler B.C.

Whistler is one of the top mountain biking destinations in the world.

There are a LOT OF TRAILS.

I like singletrack, twisty forested green trails best. Last week I cycled mostly around Lost Lake.

The easy trails are free.  You do probably need to pay for parking.

This video gives you an idea of the terrain.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


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CanaDream 4 days Calgary ‚Üí Vancouver CAD $618

For the first time I rented a CanaDream camper van to get me and my bike back to the left coast.

My cost for up to 4 days,  3000 km is CAD $618 (US $466) including insurance. Plus about $340 for fuel.  About $960 total.

That would be a great price for two people as flying cost over CAD $550 right now with bike. COVID prices.  I should have flown or taken the bus for about $140.

That price is cheaper than usual from CANADREAM because more people rent Vancouver to Calgary than the other way around. It’s called a relocation sale.

I departed Calgary Friday August 21. Dropped the vehicle in Vancouver Tuesday August 25th.

Did some adventuring en route.  But not as much as I had hoped.  I was behind the wheel for 2000 km.

Wild camped one night. ¬†Stayed in inexpensive campgrounds the other three. ¬†If you don’t plug in to electricity and water, cost is only $15 – $25 at B.C. Recreation sites.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.