The Pamlico Anntique 2017

Thank you for watching my video about the Pamlico Anntique 2017. This is a collection of clips taken over the course of 2017. I wanted to use this as a way to practice different video editing techniques that I have learned during the past year using FCPx.

I used quite a few different pieces of gear during the past year:

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Time-Lapse – How to Shoot Time Lapse with your Mavic Pro

Today I’m going to show you five techniques that you can use to take time-lapse videos with your Mavic Pro. And make sure you stay until the end. I’ll show you a technique that you probably haven’t seen before. This will help you step up your time-lapse game. So grab your gear, let’s go out to the field, and I’ll show you some different techniques.

Okay. So basically the first technique is a reveal shot in tripod mode. So first what you want to do is go into tripod mode, click “okay”, and just go ahead and hit “record”. Make sure you tap the center screen to focus, tilt your gimbal down a bit, and then you just want to go full throttle up and full throttle forward at the same time. And you just want to go at that speed and that angle for at least 90 seconds.

Technique number two is the camera interval shot, which is not my favorite, as you’ll see in the following result. So first you want to frame your shot and focus. Next you want to go into tripod mode. Click “okay”, and you want to switch over to photo mode. You want to go into the camera settings and change it from single shot to interval shot. Your best bet is to do two-second intervals.  And then you just click “start”, or click the shutter button to start.  Keep in mind that you’ll have to go for about 10 minutes’ worth of photos for this to make a 10-second clip if you’re doing 24 to 30 frames per second.  So in my opinion, this result is too much float for this to be usable footage, in my opinion. Your results may vary, as you can see there.

Technique number three is the TapFly mode.  All right. So back in video. I’m going to change it to TapFly. I’m going to put my mouse per hour at three miles per hour, and just kind of go about like that. Hit “record”.

Technique number four is Point of Interest mode, and this is my favorite. We’ll first go into POI mode. You want to select your point of interest and hit “apply”. And then you just want to back out and increase the radius to frame your shot correctly. And you just want to frame your shot where you want to actually start. And then just hit “start” and “okay”. Next you want to choose the direction that want to fly in. This can be either counter clockwise or clockwise. And then it’s important to fly very slowly. You want to fly no more than about three miles an hour. And then just hit “record” and let it go. That’s all there is to it.

All right, guys, we’re almost through. This is technique number five, WayPoints. So technique number five you use the WayPoints feature. You go in and choose “WayPoints mode”. You want to select “start recording WayPoints”.  And then you just choose “C1” to mark your first WayPoint. Then you just fly over to where you want to end up the shot and then you’re going to mark “C1” again to mark the second WayPoint. And then just hit “done”, “apply”, and then the Mavic will fly back to the beginning and it’ll start by itself.

So again, here you want to keep your speed low, at like three miles an hour, and then you just want to hit “record”. And then your result will look something like this.

I go to WayPoint mode right here. I’m going to set my first WayPoint and I’m going to click right there. That’s 50 feet up in the air. And what the interpolate feature does is it moves your camera gimbal from WayPoint 1 to WayPoint 2 smoothly so that right now I’m starting down at the bottom looking straight down, and I’m going to go up to, what does it say right there, 270 feet, 273 up in the air. I’m going to move my gimbal up like that, right about there, mark my second WayPoint. I’m going to save it. Interpolate, done. Hit “okay”, flight saved.

All right. So now I’m going to open up that mission and call it “Interpolate”. I’m going to load it. I’m going to hit “record”.   “Preflight”, go “okay”. It’s going to upload it. 55 feet.

All right. Starting, looking straight down, moving straight up. And watch how smoothly the gimbal pans forward as I move up.   So now you have five simple ways and one bonus technique to create simple time-lapses every single time. With practice, you can plan this to complete at least three to four of these every single time on a single battery charge.

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GOLUK T3 Dash Cam Review | Installation and Comparison

This is the GOLUK T3 Dash Cam Review. I show you unboxing, installation, night, daytime footage and compare to a similar Blackvue camera.
2:11 – Installation
8:13 – Comparison Video
This is an unbiased review comparing the new GOLUK T3 with a Blackvue DR650s dashcam, along with some compatible gopro accessory mounts. The results for this price point may surprise you!

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Stealth Cam DS4K Review | Dual Sensor | Setup and Footage

Stealth Cam DS4K Review | Dual Sensor | Setup and Footage. This video is an unpaid trail camera review of the DS4K Stealth Cam. I’ll show you how to setup the DS4K for 4K video to capture great footage.

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The NEW Cycliq Fly6 – In Depth Review

Review of the Cycliq Fly6 rear facing action bike camera combined with a light. I Show how to set up, how to use, with sample videos from the Fly6, along with video from a vehicle dash cam following behind.
Fly6[v] Action Camera, Tail light combination

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Recovering From Knee Surgery

Accidents happen as they say, and I am no different.  Long story short, I recently had a fairly major knee surgery resulting in an extensive knee rehabilitation process that is still a work in progress.

If you ever find yourself in the same situation, there are couple of things that you will certainly need because you are going to be on no weight bearing activity or “NWB” for quite some time(1-3 months), depending on your situation. I would consider these items mandatory.

  1. Carex Bathroom Safety Rail 
    • This was actually a life saver to help out in the shower, also helps out around counters.
  2. Folding Walker with 5-inch Wheels
    • Having a walker around the house or outside can be very helpful, especially if you can rig up a basket for carrying things around.  if you have only crutches, both hands/arms will be required, not allowing you to carry anything around the house like food/drink, cat, etc.  A basket hooked up on a walker solves this.
  3. Crutches
    • Sounds obvious, and you’ll probably get a pair at the hospital following any surgery, but the cost of the crutches from the hospital will be 4 times what you pay on Amazon.  So pick up a set ahead of time.
    • Tip: Take the water bottle cage off the bike that you are no longer using and ziptie it to one of the crutches so you can carry around bottled water, drinks, etc.

Next: The next couple of weeks are going to be tough, real tough.  Keep your chin up and stay positive.  My first couple of weeks (weeks 0-2) after surgery, i was in a locked knee brace, so zero flexion movement.  Tough to get around in with no flexion.  Follow the Dr’s orders here exactly as prescribed.  Namely the following

  1. Keep your leg elevated above your heart to reduce swelling.
  2. Keep the knee wrapped with an ace bandage to reduce swelling.
  3. Consider also wrapping an ace bandage also from below the knee down, including the foot.  You don’t want to have a swollen foot, so address this before it becomes a problem.
  4. Lots of ice compression

After the 0-2 week period you’ll probably have your first follow up with the Dr.  Its at this point, that it becomes all about getting your ROM and Flexion back to the knee.  This is a huge challenge as your knee has been immobilized in a straight knee brace for 2 week with trauma involved. Your doctor will give you exercises.  I am not going to give them here because i am no doctor, but i would say do the exercises as often as you can every day.  Your doctor may  say 3 x per day.  But this is for the masses;  and you want to get your full leg capability back right?  So make it your mission.  Do some of these exercise every hour, or every 90 min.  The key is to move as often as possible.  I can assure you, that even in between 60-90 mins of rest, you will stiffen back up.

A couple of things that helped the most in getting my ROM back.

  • If you have a bicycle, having an indoor bike trainer set up as a stationary bike is a huge help.  Until you get the go-ahead from the doc to have weight bearing activities, you can spin on a bike with the resistance set to zero. There are lots of options out there to choose from.
  • Somewhere around 3-5 weeks after surgery.
  • Rocking Chair –  I know it sounds silly, but I spent 60 mins at a time, sometimes 3 times a day just sitting on the front edge of the rocking chair, having a slight bend in my knee, and then spending 60 minutes just trying to ever so slowly get my knee back to a 90 degree angle.

Again, your doctor or physical therapist will give you exercises to do at certain phases of the healing process. Ex: 2-4 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 6-9 weeks, just depends on your situation.  Frequency is the key to get your mobility back.  So if you have access to a pool, start walking in the pool once you get to the 25%-50% weight bearing, then easy spin on the bike trainer for 20 mins in the evening.  In between all that try and do the prescribed rehab exercises 3-5 times a day so the you are moving every 60-90 mins.  Nothing strenuous at all, but just moving the knee joint.

I really hope someone finds this useful someday.  Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.

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BlackVue DR650S-2CH In-Depth Review

Life changed dramatically for me recently as a result of a car accident with a distracted driver. In an instant I was broadsided by a car running a red light at 45 miles an hour. Unfortunately, there were no real witnesses, and no ticket was issued. His word against mine. Months of hospital bills, insurance, and legal bills later, I vowed to never let that happen again.

Enter the Dashcam.  I needed something that I could use just in case another situation were to occur.  It needed to be simple(turns on and records automatically), small form factor, and high enough quality to capture details in most situations.

I purchased the BlackVue DR650S-2CH.  What follows is everything you need to know.

Unboxing:

Once you have removed the contents from the box you only a few items.

  • Quick Start Guide/Warranty Card
  • Front Camera
  • Power Cord(14′ 7″)
  • Rear Camera
  • Rear camera connection cable(19′ 8″) – Plenty for a full size SUV.
  • MicroSD card reader
  • Cable Clip(8) – only needed 2
  • MicroSD Card
  • Pry tool
  • Double-sided tape for Mounting brackets

Installation:

Obviously, the placement of the camera is of utmost importance.  Every vehicle is different in terms of the front/rear window placement.  I wanted to make sure that my camera did not obstruct my view in any way, yet still had good field of view.

  • Tip: Before you install your camera on the front windshield, set up the Blackvue app on your phone so you can get a live video feed of the camera view, trying different positions before adhering to the windshield.

Interior Pano view:

Exterior view:

Driver side view:

Passenger side view:

As you can see, the unit fits quite nicely behind the rear-view mirror.

Next, you’ll want to run the DC input cable.  I am no pro with running cable in an automotive situation, so this something that literally anyone can do.  With the use of the Pry tool, you can easily route the cable around the windshield, to the passenger side, under the glove box, and to the DC power source.  The same process is followed for routing the cable for the rear facing camera(although routed on the driver side).

General Usage:

  • Essentially, you just start the engine, and/or plug in the dashcam to the outlet in the car.  Recording starts automatically, so this really is a hands-free solution. The BV is ALWAYS recording in either Normal, Event, or Parking mode.
  • One Issue – In the product manual it says that the “BlackVue Dashcam will turn off when the engine is turned off.  To record while the engine is turned off, a hardwire kit (Power Magic Pro) is required.”  In my experience, when the engine is turned off, the BV will NOT turn off, rather it will switch to parking mode recording after 5 minutes(just a different recording tag). There may be a difference in the way different vehicles are wired.  But my vehicles have the “Acc Pwr” outlets wired to the RAP(Remained Accessory Power).  In either case, my BV will draw current from the car battery 24/7 unless I have a Power Magic Pro. It’s worth noting.

App Usage:

  • BlackVue Cloud – I should point out that BV Cloud functionality requires you to have a hotspot in your vehicle, like a Verizon Jetpack, Netgear, or similar.  Would be nice not to have this requirement in the future, though I don’t see myself needing use of this function unless i just needed to know where my car was at a given time. In addition to Live Video feed and GPS tracking is the ability to set up 2-way voice communications, video backups stored in the cloud for retrieval and/or playback
  • BlackVue Wi-Fi – If within 10 meters, you can connect via Smartphone directly.  Also has Live Video, historical video clips saved on your BlackVue MicroSD card, along with the ability to change numerous settings(voice, LED, video quality, motion sensitivity to name a few).
  • Internal Memory – Once you have found a video clip via Wi-Fi you can copy that file easily over to your smartphone if you need to save/share, etc. You can also remove the microSD card and view on PC/MAC using the BlackVue Viewer program(already formatted on the microSD card), or by video viewer of choice(.mp4 format)

Video Review with Sample Video:

Summary:

  • Pros
    1. Hardware quality is rock solid.
    2. Video quality is rock solid. FOV is plenty wide to capture events from either side.
      • Front: Full HD (1920×1080) @ 30 fps
      • Rear: HD (1280×720) @ 30 fps
    3. Ease of use.  Start the car and/or just plug in and dashcam just works.
    4. Installation is easy.  No tools required and no need to tear up the interior of your vehicle.
  • Cons
    1. BlackVue Cloud – This has great potential, though is reliant on having hot-spot in the vehicle or very close by(home, work, mobile hotspot). This is very minor in that 99% of the time you won’t need to access anything on the camera, that you can’t also do in Wi-Fi mode.
    2. Battery Drain with Parking Mode.  In reality, if the dashcam is plugged in, it is drawing current for the battery, and recording all the time.  It’s just that the tag on the video is different (Normal, Event, Parking).  This is resolved if you purchase the Power Magic Pro(UPS). Probably not a big deal if you drive every day, though could lead to battery issues if marked for long periods of time(3-5 days).

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DJI Phantom 2 Series Replacement Battery from Powerextra

It’s been 2.5 years since I purchased the DJI Phantom 2. I suspect there are quite a few other pilots out there that have a functioning PH2, but have dead batteries.  Unfortunately, DJI no longer sells the accessories for PH2 series drones.  At some point I had a significant crash that damaged the battery and needed replacing.  I purchased some knockoff battery(can’t remember from where), that lasted about 3 flights and then would not hold a charge above 20%.  Since then I came across Powerextra, which is selling batteries for just about anything you can think of.  I checked and sure enough they also carry the Intelligent replacement battery for the DJI PH2 series quads.

Powerextra 11.1V 5200mAh 10C LiPo Intelligent Flight Battery Replacement for DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision and Phantom 2 Vision+ – Upgraded

Unboxing:

Size/Weight/Specs:

  • 14.4 ounces
  • 5.1 x 1.8 x 3.2 inches
  • Battery type: Lithium-Polymer battery
  • Output power: 11.1V 5200mAh 57.72Wh
  • Discharge current: 10C (52A)
  • Operating temperature: 0-40 Celsius degree
  • Replacement for : DJI Phantom 2 and Phantom 2 Vision, Phantom 2 Vision+

Misc Features:

  • Advertised Flight Time 20-25 minutes.
  • Real world for me with a GoPro Hero 4 Black and ZenMuse H3-3D Gimbal ~17-20 minutes.  Most flights were in December (30F – 50F), under normal flying conditions.

Wrap-Up:

So far I have charged/discharged this battery about 10 times and have had no issues.  I typically like to have 2 of these batteries for my needs…max flight time of about 40 minutes on any given day.  At $62.99 on Amazon, it is still more than I would like to spend on a battery, but I can now hold off upgrading the quad for a while longer.

Happy Flying!

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Mt. Hamilton, CA

Recently I found myself in San Jose, CA with a couple hours to spare before hopping on a flight back home to NC.  I figured i would have about 4 hours to spare so i called ahead and rented a bike from UDC Bike Rental.  I was able to pick up a sweet Specialized Roubaix, with everything I needed for a good solid ride.

So i met a couple friends from work at 7a.m. sharp, and set out on Mt. Hamilton.  I rigged a GoPro camera  to the bike and set it to Time-lapse mode to take a pic every 1 sec or so.  Throw in a little Foo Fighthers, and we’re off.  Good Times!

 

In my limited travel experience to any of the mountains near San Jose, I failed to pack any warm cycling gear for this ride.  It was about 50 when i started, and about 35F and  really windy when i got to the top of Mt. Hamilton.  At first, it wasn’t too bad, but on the descent, you’re not actually doing any “work” on the bike, so you start to cool off really fast.  In the end, it wasn’t anything that a hot cup of coffee couldn’t fix.

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My First Scuba Dive

Here is a video from my first Scuba Dive.  We took a trip down to Florida Springs with Gypsy Divers from Raleigh to get certified as Open Water Divers . I must say, i am liking the capabilities of the GoPro Hero4 Black more and more every day.

In short, I absolutely loved the experience of scuba diving.

The experience is different:

  • Breathing under water is something that you just have to experience.  It does take some getting used to, but seemed pretty natural after a couple of minutes.  Floating effortlessly is an awesome experience. Its like being an astronaut just floating around out there.

The people are different:

  • I really enjoyed meeting everyone on our dive trip.  Everyone just seem to be good people, looking to just relax and have a good dive trip.  There was no competition or ego’s or any of that nonsense, just good fun underwater.

The sounds are different:

  • No cell phones, emails, text messages, car traffic.  All you hear is bubbles floating to the surface and the sound of your own breathing as you inhale and exhale slowly and rhythmically.  This is a great place to escape.

The sights are different:

  • I think your sight becomes more keen as you become less distracted and more aware of your surroundings.  You start to notice all the small critters that live under water, along with all of their colors, movements, etc. Tarpon, Gar, Bass, Manatee, Turtles, just to name a few.  Under water, the grass and plant life takes on this living rhythmic movement from the current passing through.

Things that I learned that are the most important for scuba enjoyment:

  • Hover – Don’t ever stand on the bottom, much less touch anything.  I saw several people touch the bottom or flip their fins excessively near the bottom.  In short, this just destroys the view for everyone else because of the dust/particle cloud created from all of the sediment.
  • Visibility – is probably the most important factor on any dive for me.  Since I like to take photos & videos, I am there to actually see as much as possible. If you can’t see more than 5 feet around, how good could that particular dive be?  If you’re trying to be a good dive buddy and keep your dive buddy in sight at all times, this gets pretty difficult in low visibility.  Let’s be honest, you’re just a hundred times more comfortable when you can see 50ft around you vs. 5ft.
  • Buoyancy Control – is perhaps the most important skill you can learn.  This goes back to not touching the bottom and stirring up debris.  If you can become proficient in this one skill I’m certain you’ll never have a shortage of dive buddies.  Learning to just hover horizontally in the water and effortlessly flutter/frog kick was the main thing that i noticed all of the more experienced divers could do well.
  • Repetitive Diving – I definitely understand the importance of keeping track of surface interval time, bottom time, etc.  However, I feel this is more for the hard core diver that is looking to get in as many dives as possible in 1 day or 5 days worth of diving.  For me, I would tend more towards doing 2 dives in a day, and then spending the rest of the day above water exploring whatever interesting location I am in.  This is not to say scuba diving isn’t amazing, but it would be shame to be able to go to Hawaii only once in my lifetime and not also explore the rainforests, beaches, cliffs, wildlife, sunsets, etc.

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