• Check out the XP2 Quadcopter used to make this video: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 • The song "Mulu the Rainforest" from Thomas Dolby's classic album "The Flat Earth". • Shot and Directed by Chad Johnson in August 2012 • © Lost Toy People / Chad Johnson 2012 Mostly shot with a GoPro Hero 2 camera attached to a remote controlled quadcopter flown by Chad! • This video was shot in the Rockefeller Forest in the Giant Redwoods of Northern California.
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Hear the different characteristics of these four lavaliere mics and decide for yourself which one is best for you. Also you'll hear how well these lavs cut against the RØDE NTG-3 shotgun microphone. Thank you to Guy Cochran and DveStore for providing the Rode Lav and an extra Sennheiser G3 wireless system to do the shootout with. RØDE Lavalier: http://www.dvestore.com/products/RODE-Lavalier-Mic.html Sanken COS11D: http://www.dvestore.com/products/Sanken-COS11D-lavalier-for-Sennheiser-Wireless.html Sennheiser G3 Wireless: http://www.dvestore.com/products/Sennheiser-EW-112P-G3-Wireless-System.html Tram TR-50: http://www.dvestore.com/search.php?search_query=tram&x=0&y=0 RØDE NTG-3: http://www.dvestore.com/products/RODE-NTG%252d3-Shotgun-mic.html
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Shot with The XPX from XProHeli: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 Please enjoy these shots of majestic Giant Redwoods located in Northern California. Sequoia sempervirens is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae. Common names include coast redwood and California redwood. It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1,200–1,800 years or more. This species includes the tallest living trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter at breast height. These trees are also among the oldest living things on Earth. Before commercial logging and clearing began by the 1850s, this massive tree occurred naturally in an estimated 2,100,000 acres (8,500 km2) along much of coastal California (excluding southern California where rainfall is not sufficient) and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon within the United States. An estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood trees have been cut down due to their excellent properties for use as lumber in construction. Camera: Sony NEX-5r Lens: Sigma 19mm 2.8
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Protecting the entrance to Humboldt Bay in Eureka, CA, yhe South Jetty was originally built in 1889, and updated many times since. In November 13 2016 we has a super moon which brought high tides and waves with it, though I think I missed the tide today, as the waves weren’t too big. It’s a great place to hike around, fish, and just relax. For More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_Bay • Shot with a DJI Inspire Pro quadcopter. • X5 4k camera • Olymous 12mm Lens Chad Johnson ©2016 Music: “Going on a Holiday” from the Digital Juice V27 Cinematic Stacks collection.
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Looking for a small microphone to use with your DSLR? This is just a quickie comparison of 4 mini shotguns I have handy. I did a much more in-depth shootout with some of the same mics (but not all) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aluFqQQ7is Hähnel MK200 - Que Audio Mini Shotgun-Pro - RØDE VideoMicPro - Sennheiser MKE400 Notes: • These 4 mics were set to the boost mode and recorded into a Sony D-50 recorder. • All recordings were level matched in post to highlight the sonic differences of the mics. This is not a comprehensive test of the mics. It's just to hear the different characters of each mic in relation to each other. • I kept referring to the Sennheiser as the "MK 400" when it's really the "MKE400". • I think I was on the edge of distorting the input of the D-50 with the Rode. Normally I would have not used the boot mode with the D-50, but it's pretty clean except when I get loud, then you hear a slight distortion. • The Hähnel MK200 is harder to find in the US, but it can be purchased here: http://www.myphotoaccessorystore.com/Hahnel_MK200_Uni-Directional_Microphone_DSLR_Video.html • Video was shot with a Sony NEX-5n using the 16mm pancake lens.
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AirCam Pacific got some great aerial footage of the 30th annual Reggae on the River music festival, and this is just a taste. http://www.reggaeontheriver.com This video was shot using: • XP2 Monster Quad from XProHeli: www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 • Hero3+ / 60fps / Medium • Snake River Prototyping: BlurFix Air ND8/CP filter • DYS 3-Axis Smart Gimbal / 2.3b5 Firmware
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Original music by Chad Johnson Just comparing the 2 modes using my Hero3 for Wide, and my Hero3+ for SuperView. You'll also notice that the color is a lot better on the Hero3+ More Info on the Hero3+: http://abekislevitz.com/whats-new-with-hero3plus/ So the GoPro sensor is a full 4:3 (almost square) aspect ratio, yet most video modes like 1080P are 16:9 (widescreen). This means you're cutting off important visual data on the top and bottom of your video that could actually be captured! In the GoPro we have 4:3 modes that take care of this in the form of 1440P and 960P, but if you're not a computer person, getting those to playback at 16:9 can be pretty confusing. Superview automatically captures a 4:3 aspect ratio (so full height, sky and feet) and dynamically stretches it to fit a 16:9 aspect ratio. It doesn't just stretch it down, everything would look fat, but pinches the center so anything in the center of the frame looks good, while it stretches out the outsides. Superview has the potential for great results as well as some pretty funky looking video. Basically anything POV without a ton of important visual items in the edges of the frame will look good -- examples are motocross from the head, downhill mountain biking from the head or chest, skiing on the head or chest, surfing from the nose of the board, etc. Anything where you start interacting with people or holding it in your hand will end up with some stretchy looking figures. Bottom line for this mode is the more view you have in any of your sports the more immersive and smooth your video will be -- try it out and see how you like it.
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This is my first informal test of the AT4053b Hypercardioid mic I just bought. In this video I am switching between the AT453b and the Rode NT3. Both mics were placed in pretty much the same place above my head. Make you own conclusions. To me the AT4053b is darker than the NT3. At first listen the NT3 sounds more open and clear, but the AT4053b is more rich and full. I think the fact that my room is treated made the AT4053b sound a bit darker in this test than it has proven to sound in the field.
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Check out Raven's Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRavenJohnson My niece wanted to record herself singing to a karaoke song. I grabbed the camera as an afterthought to get some nice shots if I could. It was somewhat shaky but hey it's just for fun. As a test for the Sony EX1 camera I am very happy with the image quality.
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To make this video I used an XProHeli XP2 quadcopter, and XPG gimbal you can get here: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 11/28/13 Thanksgiving Day and the weather was warm and still. Some nice views along at Houda Point in Trinidad California. The 2nd of 3 coastal locations I hit that day. Quadcopter: XP2 from XProHeli Gimbal: XPG from XProHeli Camera: GoPro Hero3+ Camera Settings: 1080p60 / Medium / Protune / Cam RAW Filter: Blurfix Naked 52 mount from SRP with a .9ND filter from Tiffen Some shots had post stabilization using Apple Motion.
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Head to head Lav action! http://www.dvcreators.net/sanken-cos-11-lavalier/ I just bought the Sanken COS-11D lav mic from DVCreator's DVStore. I tested it against the Sennheiser ME-2 lav that comes with the G2 & G3 wireless packages. I found the COS-11D to be much more sensitive and open sounding. I put both on simultaneously and used a G2 unit with the ME-2 and a G3 Unit wit the COS-11D. I adjusted the level so that they are at the same level. No processing on the audio.
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Hear more Chad music at Reverb Nation! http://www.reverbnation.com/chadjohnson/songs Please support my channel by purchasing my song "Let the Rain Fall" on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/let-the-rain-fall-single/id745530975 Watch the entire music video for "Let the Rain Fall" featuring the NT1 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIU-OvZDCIk I just got the newly designed Rode NT1 microphone, so I took it through it's paces recording a few different sources, and mixing them in a fully produced song project. Find out more about the newly redesigned NT1 at http://www.rodemic.com/ All instruments played, all mixing, all shooting and editing by Chad Johnson. Thanks Mike Kapitan for final mix suggestions! Buy the Chad Johnson original song "Let the Rain Fall" on iTunes to help support this channel. The shaker, lead vocal, acoustic, and electric guitars were recorded live in front of the camera in one or 2 takes. The video you see is the sound you hear. The bass was recorded direct (video performance is not live), and the backing vocals were recorded earlier on a Rode NT2000. The drums were programmed by Chad using Groove Agent 3.
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Download the free song: “I Don’t Want to Give it to You” for free here: https://www.reverbnation.com/chadjohnson/song/25381800-i-dont-want-to-give-it-to-you Learn more about the Aston Origin here: http://astonmics.com/microphones/origin/ This is a review of the Aston Origin microphone that includes an entire song I wrote and recorded as a way to test it out in a real world setting. Gear Used Microphone: Aston Origin Preamp: Black Lion Audio B12a Audio Interface: Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt DAW: Cubase 8.5 Mastering: iZotope Ozone 5 Acoustic Guitar: Taylor 714CE Electric Guitar: Moonstone Vulcan Hollow Body Bass: Fender/Squire Classic Vive P Bass Amps: Fender Princeton ’68 Custom Reverb Mesa Lonestar Special Roland Cube 100 (Bass) Drums: Superior Drummer Camera: Sony FS5 Lens: Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art Lens NLE: FCPx / Color Finale Recorded & mixed, and shot & edited entirely by Chad Johnson, except for slider shots on the lead vocal, which were shot by Chris Smith.
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Download the free song: “I Don’t Want to Give it to You” for free here: https://www.reverbnation.com/chadjohnson/song/25381800-i-dont-want-to-give-it-to-you Learn more about the Aston Origin here: http://astonmics.com/microphones/origin/ I recorded this song to test out my new Aston Origin microphone. Check out the review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcekM91Xb7U Gear Used Microphone: Aston Origin Preamp: Black Lion Audio B12a Audio Interface: Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt DAW: Cubase 8.5 Mastering: iZotope Ozone 5 Acoustic Guitar: Taylor 714CE Electric Guitar: Moonstone Vulcan Hollow Body Bass: Fender/Squire Classic Vive P Bass Amps: Fender Princeton ’68 Custom Reverb Mesa Lonestar Special Roland Cube 100 (Bass) Drums: Superior Drummer Camera: Sony FS5 Lens: Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art Lens NLE: FCPx / Color Finale Recorded & mixed, and shot & edited entirely by Chad Johnson, except for slider shots on the lead vocal, which were shot by Chris Smith. Lyrics I Don’t Want to Give it to You by Chad Johnson I am just a shopkeeper’s son And I’ve been keeping shop for far too long I’m running in a race that no one’s ever won I give away too much and it cost me my song Chorus You can’t keep a damn thing you see But there’s one thing that I’ll never lose It’s not big it’s not small it’s just me And I don’t want to give it to you Thank you for your stability But I am choking on the hand that feeds You’re killing me-you kill me with your courtesy As my blood fattens up your hungry family Chorus Bridge Running the race, waiting for grace to come from above Coveting crumbs, cooking up sums and calling it love Have I become too blind to see? Chorus You can’t keep a damn thing you see But there’s one thing that I’ll never lose It’s not big it’s not small it’s just me And I don’t want to give it to you I don’t want to give it to you I don’t want to give it to you
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Here's a look at my Ibanez AS7312! It's a nice little 12-string electric that goes for 500.00. It's not perfect, but with a little work you can get it playing like a much more expensive guitar. I think it needs a new bridge with 12 saddles as apposed to the 6 saddles it has now. You can't get the intonation perfect unless you have a saddle for every string. Mine also has a nut that has the strings fairly high, causing some intonation issues, but others that have this guitar don't have this issue, so you can always return your guitar if it isn't right. Overall, I like the guitar, and feel it will be great for those times I want some 12 string jangle. This is the bridge I'm going to get: http://www.allparts.com/GB-2580-010-ABM-2412-C-12-String-Tunematic_p_1643.html Search it on bay for around 100.00. You'll need these studs too: http://www.rockinger.com/index.php?cat=WG088&product=36034&sid3=5cb8134b841b2f0883987219bf320992 Non essential upgrades: Gotoh Mini 510 tuners: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Gotoh_Tuners/Gotoh_Mini_510_Tuners_with_Metal_Knobs_3L3R.html Case that fits the guitar: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/gator-gw-335-laminated-wood-case-for-335-guitar TonePros Locking Studs http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Electric_guitar,_non-trem_bridge_parts/TonePros_Locking_Studs.html Ibanez forum on the AS7312: http://forum.ibanez.com/yaf_postsm508738_New-AS7312-in-the-house.aspx#post508738
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Get the "New Mic Song" file FREE here: http://www.reverbnation.com/chadjohnson/song/16149554-new-mic-song Here we go! 4 great large diaphragm condenser mics go head to head! The key to which mic is which is at the end of the video. Download this video for better quality. Mic Shootout Key: 6:21 I set up these 4 mics in an array so that I can do one performance into all 4 mics at once, then level matched the results so the only difference you hear is the character of each mic. You'll hear voice over, guitar, singing, shaker, drum, tambourine samples played back to back. Vimeo version of this shootout: https://vimeo.com/19919137 Download the raw audio files: http://precisionintermedia.com/chadswebstuff/
Views: 48808 Chad Johnson
I caught some shots at the start of the Kinetic Grand Championship happening at the Arcata Plaza on 5/28/2016. It's a three day Kinetic Sculpture race from Arcata to Ferndale CA, traveling over streets, sand and water. http://kineticgrandchampionship.com Shot with a Panasonic GH4 camera with the Lumix 12-35mm lens. Chad Johnson
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Benbow Inn Summer Jazz Series featuring the Steve Smith Quartet Steve Smith - Keyboards Francis Vanek - Sax Joani Rose - Vocals Baron Wolfe - Bass Michael Curran - Drums Video & Audio Recording - Chad Johnson 2nd Camera - Chuck Johnson Live Sound - Jim Fulton
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The Rycote S-Series Windshield is a great way to prevent noise caused by wind, and at a great price! In this video we have a shootout between the Rycote and Rode blimps. rycote.com/products/s-series_kit/
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I just bought this sweet MIDI pickup that converts your guitar into a MIDI controller! I've been looking at MIDI guitars and pickups for years but they were too expensive, so I was really happy to find the Fishman TriplePlay while flipping through the Sweetwater catalog I read every night before bed. The price is right and it's the fastest tracking guitar-to-MIDI solution I've ever heard. Check it out, as there's too much to write about here. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TriplePlayPU The song is a Chad Johnson original named "Givin' Love". Lyrics/Chords below. I sang into a Rode NT2000 microphone, that went through an APHEX Expressor, into a Black Lion Audio B12A preamp (API clone). The Guitar is an Ibanez AS103. Recorded in Cubase 6.5, and mastered with isotope Ozone5. All performances were done live in front of the camera. All sounds are stock Cubase patches. Givin' Love by Chad Johnson A G Here we go I'm gonna start the show Don't you know? I wanna play some more... E_ _ _ Gonna get up in the sound Where nothing's lost / nothing's found Sure-Life-Can-Get-You-Down 'Cause Life ain't f#!king around D -- E A G Don't hang on To what's all wrong Life's a song That don't last long E_ _ _ Don't you push and don't you shove Don't you fight what you're thinking of Like a magician pullin' doves I am giving you love F... G SOLO A G There you go You've Rocked & Rolled And in the afterglow Get ready for the show E _ _ _ Voices ring from up above Don't you fight what you're thinking of Like a magician pullin' doves I am giving you love I am giving you love...
Views: 20710 Chad Johnson
This is aerial video shot of the Kinetic Grand Championship 2014, a 3-day race along California's northern coast from Arcata to Ferndale. Racers compete for glory in all variety of people-powered kinetic contraptions, pedaling along roads, the beach... even through the Humboldt Bay! The racers were fresh and eager to test their sculptures on this arduous course. Aerial footage shot by Chad Johnson & Kevan Stone of AirCam Pacific. Shot with the XP2 quadcopter from XProHeli: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1
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So I got myself this thing called a "PinMic" from RØDE Microphones. It's a kind of lavalier that is less visible than your typical lavalier because the cables go behind your clothes, and the capsule just sits on your shirt or jacket looking like a button or something. I thought they sounded pretty good, so on a lark I decided to record a whole song using only the RØDE PinMic (for most tracks), the Lavalier (on lead guitar and kick drum) and their Hs1 headset mic (on backing vocals). It was an exercise to show that used the right way, you can get a great recording without using the traditional high priced studio mics that are the norm. Not that I would really choose a PinMic to use in the studio, but it does show that it's a pretty decent mic. I think it's hecka tight.
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• Check out the XP2 Quadcopter used to make this video: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 Just got my XP2 put together and took her out for a flight. It was a bit too breezy for my taste. I did not use any smoothing processes on the video so I could see how shaky I was flying....and it was pretty shaky. One minor crash. With no stable mode on the Quadrino board I have to control everything all the time.
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For more info: www.vvmf.org/twth 10:00 AM April 2, 2015 Opening Ceremonies BEAR RIVER BAND OF ROHNERVILLE RANCHERIA (LOLETA, CA) The Wall That Heals will be hosted by AMVETS Humboldt Bay Post 96 for 4 days of events and activities dedicated to honoring and remembering veterans. April 2 - April 5, 2015 Based in Washington, D.C., VVMF (the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund) is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. Incorporated on April 27, 1979 by a group of veterans led by Jan C. Scruggs, the organization sought a tangible symbol of recognition from the American people for those who served in the war. The result was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (commonly referred to as The Wall), which has become one of the most visited memorials in Washington, D.C. with an estimated 4.5 million annual visitors. Since the dedication of The Wall, VVMF has pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Our latest initiative is the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Education Center will show the pictures and tell the stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, provide a rich educational experience on the Vietnam War, show some of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall, and celebrate the values exhibited by America’s service members in all wars. - See more at: http://www.vvmf.org/aboutus#sthash.W4djSPQG.dpuf
Views: 2338 Chad Johnson
I’ve been in Oxnard for the last 2 months dealing with my mother’s sickness and eventual passing. My buddy Ben came through town with his new DJI Inspire 1 Professional, featuring the new Zenmuse X5 gimbal/camera, which is a new micro 4/3 sensor camera similar in quality to the Panasonic GH4. We flew the new Inspire around Surfers’ Point in Ventura, CA, and it felt just like the original Inspire 1. I didn’t really notice any loss in flight time either. I didn’t have a chance to dial in the controls, as the sun was going down fast, but we got in 2 flights and combined the best shots into this video. I’d love to get one of these new Inspires myself eventually. The only thing I don’t like is the bitrate is only 60Mbps. For such a nice sensor/lens, I would hope for 100Mbps like the GH4. That would keep the image from breaking down with heavy grading. The 2nd shot (the two girls) of this video looks a little crunchy in the shadows, but that’s mostly due to the original shot being very dark. Music: “See Me Now” by The Kooks. (The lyrics reminded me of my parents who have both passed now).
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To make this video I used an XProHeli XP2 quadcopter, and XPG gimbal you can get here: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 • 11/22/13 It was very warm and still for November, so I had to go out and get some shots. I'm glad I did. This is some great b-roll of Trinidad State Beach in Trinidad California. Quadcopter: XP2 from XProHeli Gimbal: XPG from XProHeli Camera: GoPro Hero3+ Camera Settings: 1080p60 / Medium / Protune / Cam RAW Filter: Blurfix Naked 52 mount from SRP with a .9ND filter from Tiffen Post stabilization was done using Apple Motion
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Testing the Marumi Circular Polarizer filter on the GoPro Hero3 for aerial video. Got the filter and Blurfox3 SO Naked from Snake River Prototyping. http://snakeriverprototyping.com/products.html Check out the XP2 Quadcopter used to make this video: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 See my dramatic ND filter test that reduces rolling shutter jello in the GoPro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12psgQFBNbU
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Here's a look at the HS1-P headset mic from RØDE. The HS1 was connected directly to my Sony EX1 camera using the Micon-5 XLR adapter for most of the review. There is a part where I run the mic using the plug in power supplied by the Sony D-50, and connect using the Micon-2 3.5mm connector. So all the RØDE lavs can be recorded into small recorders with no XLR inputs like the Zoom H1 as long as they supply plug in power. Pick one up here: dvestore.com/products/Rode-HS1%252dB-Headset-Mic.html
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Original tune "Jag Jam" by Chad Johnson. This is a cool time-lapse I did using a GoPro camera taped to my rear view mirror. I couldn't use the case to mount the camera because the trip was so long I needed to plug power from my cigarette lighter into the camera.
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Original soundtrack by Chad Johnson. This is a beautiful time-lapse of my trip from Arcata, California, to San Francisco. I used my Sony EX1 camera, mounted on a tripod in the passenger's seat. You see some Giant Redwoods and lots of open road. Enjoy!
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Get the BlurFix Air at: http://www.snakeriverprototyping.com I’ve been using Snake River Prototyping’s GoPro Filters for the last couple of years, and I love them. Now I love them even more because they just came out with the smallest and lightest high quality filters available for the GoPro to date. The BlurFix Air is for use with the naked GoPro, and is so light that you can use it with most GoPro gimbals (used in aerial videography), such as the DJI H3-3D or any number of other gimbals available. The filters are so light they don’t affect the operation of the gimbals! The BlurFix Air comes with a few different types of filters: ND, Circular Polarized, and a combination ND / and Circular Polarized. Which filter you use depends on the situation. One benefit of using ND filters is that they reduce jello by slowing the GoPro’s shutter speed. For cloudy or overcast the ND4 would suffice. For bright days the ND8 is better. The CP and combo ND/CP help saturate the color and are great for cutting glare on water, glass or even leaves. Another benefit of using these filters is that they reduce what I call “prop flutter”, which is caused by the shadow of the prop hitting the camera lens. Depending on how your GoPro is mounted on your gimbal, you may want a shorter adapter that allows you to mount the gimbal outside of some fasteners that go around the camera lens. If you need a shorter adapter, you can just cut the inner lip, or sand it down. Also included is a gasket for extra secure mounting.
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Here's a look and a listen to the new RØDE PinMic, the mic that hides in plain sight when pinned on your clothes, while the cable hides underneath. Get them at DVeStore and tell them Chad sent ya: http://www.dvestore.com/products/RODE-PinMic.html My PinMic Song recorded only with Rode Lavs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-DgP7NJ1uY Here's the PinMic test I did taken from 3 jobs I was working on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XESTnNu3nhQ
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A calm, hazy morning in Trinidad California. Shot in 4K using the DJI Inspire 1 quaccopter purchased at XProHeli. Music: “Blossom_Fill” purchased from the royalty free V27_Cinematic Stacks collection from Digital Juice.
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This is a test to see the different characteristics of the sound of mics going straight into a Busman modified Tascam DR-680 at mic level, low gain, vs going through the Sound Devices MixPre, then into the DR-680 at line level. The Busman mod makes the mic pres sound more transparent with less noise. Which way do you like better?
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Check out the XP2 Quadcopter used to shoot jello-free aerial video: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 The new GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is a great camera, but they changed the composite video output from a 2.5mm jack to a mini USB connection. In order to get the video signal to your FPV transmitter you must soldier the video wire of the USB composite cable to a wire that goes into your transmitter. It's a simple process and this video shows you how to do it in about 5 minutes. Thanks to Steve Helgeson of Moonstone Guitars for helping me out on this.
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So I finally got my AS7312 worked on to make the intonation perfect. The guitar is decent for a 500.00 guitar, but I found the nut to be too high, causing the G strings to go sharp when I pressed down on the 2nd fret. So I added a new nut and a new bridge with 12 saddles, rather than 6 saddles with 2 strings per saddle. The guitar plays like magic now! Thanks so much to Steve Helgeson from Moonstone Guitars for doing the masterful work getting the guitar intonated. http://www.moonstoneguitars.com/ Here's what I purchased to improve my AS7312. 12 Saddle Bridge (you must cut the slots yourself): 102.99 http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ABM-2412-C-12-String-Tunematic-Bridge-CHROME-/360786071692?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item540086908c Adapter Studs for the Bridge to fit the AS7312: 10.00 http://www.allparts.com/BP-0392-010-Chrome-Adapter-Studs-for-M8-Anchors_p_4414.html Earvana Acoustic Retro Style Nut (you must cut the slots yourself): 39.95 http://www.earvana.com/Acoustic_Retro.htm Ibanez forum on the AS7312: http://forum.ibanez.com/yaf_postsm509325_Artcore-AS7312-Semi-Hollow-Electric-Guitar---Video-Demo.aspx#post509325 • Ibanez AS7312 $500.00 (400.00 after 20% discount) • Earvana Conpensated Nut $39.95 • 12 Saddle Bridge $102.99 • Adapter Posts $10.00 • Labor $200.00 TOTAL: $752.94
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Here's a look at a great new camera backpack from Kata that I use to carry my EX1 and lots of gear around in.
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I got a test unit of the new Snake River Prototyping filter for the DJI Inspire 1. It’s an ND8/CP which is a combination of an ND filter and a circular polarized that will cut glare on leaves and water, remove jello (caused by high shutter speeds) and enhance the color. The stock ND filter that comes with the Inspire is entirely too light to allow users to set the camera at the proper shutter speed, which should be double the frame rate. So for 30fps the shutter should be 60, and so on. These filters are not cheap colored glass like the DJI filter, or other knock off brands like Polar Pro. These are real filters for camera operators that are serious about their image. The filters have been tested heavily, and do not affect the gimbal operation. They just work. I don’t have a price yet, but they are going to cost more in the neighborhood of what real filters cost. I’ve used SRP filters on my GoPros for years, and I’m excited they are making filters for the Inspire. Philip Bloom and Mitch Bergsma use SRP filters.
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I check out the XP2 quadcopter I used to shoot this footage: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 I was shooting some aerial for Japanese TV at Trees of Mystery near Klamath California, and got lots of amazing shots. I am not authorized to publish most if it, but the director allowed me to post my last flight of the day. This was shot using an XP2 quadcopter, with an XPG gimbal from XProHeli. Footage shot with a GoPro Hero3, in normal mode, with the wide field of view. I was flying around the Cathedral tree, but only got one actual shot of that. The XPG gimbal really made the shots stable, and being able to aim it down really made for some interesting perspectives. The Cathedral Tree: A group of nine trees growing together as one - making this the worlds largest "cathedral" tree! Approximately 800 to 1000 years ago a very large tree stood in the middle of this formation. When it fell it didn't die. The roots and burls of the stump sprouted and these nine trees happened to grow together in a circle around the original mother tree's stump, which has long since rotted away. This tree is the site of Easter services each year and also many, many weddings.
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Here are some nice aerial shots of an iconic Trinidad Landmark. Visit Trinidad, California for a great vacation destination. Music: "Emerald Creek": from the "Mysterious Nature" collection, purchased from Footage Firm on 12/4/12. Equipment Used: Quadcopter: XP2 from XProHeli Gimbal: XPG from XProHeli Camera: GoPro Hero3+ Camera Settings: 1080p60 / Medium / Protune / Cam RAW Filter: Blurfix Naked 52 mount from SRP with a .9ND filter from Tiffen Some shots had post stabilization using Apple Motion.
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Go to the Mini Shotguns: 02:15 Go to Lavs and Wireless: 07:08 This series of tests is designed to find out just how great the GoPro Hero3's audio capabilities are. You'll hear the Hero3 in every possible audio situation from using the built in microphones to plugging external microphones in, and even a wireless setup. Shot on the GoPro Hero3 at 1080p30 in the Wide setting. I used magic bullet looks to color grade and remove some of the fisheye.
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Just checking out a nice spot in the forest. Aerial done with an XPX quadcopter with a Silk gimbal: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 Shot with an NEX-5r camera w/ Sigma 19mm f2.8 lens. Music: "Regeneration Full 02" from the "Galaxy Dreaming" collection from Footage Firm. Purchased license 7/6/2012 http://www.footagefirm.com/free-galaxy-dreaming-production-music.html
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A calm, hazy morning just South of Trinidad California. Shot in 4K using the DJI Inspire 1 quaccopter purchased at XProHeli. Music: “Blue Deep Full 02” purchased 11/23/12 from the royalty free “Mysterious Nature” collection sold by Footage Firm.
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Check out the XP2 Quadcopter used to make this video: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 I'm usually much more in control of my flying situations, but today was a bit of an adventure with lots of highs and lows. This is the first time I took my new GoPro out to a location other than around my house. I think I got some decent footage here. The day was plagued with trouble though. Out of 4 flights, the first one I forgot to set the camera correctly, then the 2nd flight my camera mount came loose, and made for mostly unusable footage. The 3rd was nice, though my lamely repaired camera mount allowed some vibration to get into the image, making a lot of great shots unusable. Then on the 4th flight the battery failed and I lost my quadcopter in the river for 2 hours as I dredged the waters in a wetsuit with a giant stick. At least the craft and camera were retrieved, and the footage SAVED! Camera SAVED (after drying in rice for 2 days)! Most electronics SAVED!. Just need new speed controllers. After the excitement I made it home just in time to clean out my gear and get ready for my b-day party/Christmas celebration. I was very tired from walking in the freezing river current for 2 hours. There will be a video about the whole ordeal coming soon. Big thanks to Shane whom I met on the beach just before the crash, and who loaned me his wetsuit that allowed me to brave the winter water. Bro, you're a bro... Shot on a GoPro Hero3 at 1080p60 / Medium / ProTune / Auto White balance Edited in Final Cut Pro 7. Stabilized in Motion 4 Color graded and fisheye reduced in Magic Bullet Looks Flying done with a XP2 Quadcopter from XPro Heli. FPV flying through Fat Shark goggles.
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For more info and reservations: http://iclodge.net/ Nestled in the mountains, Indian Creek Lodge is just 35 miles west of Redding and I-5, but a world removed from the hustle and bustle of urban California. The Lodge is in the heart of the renowned Trinity River salmon and steelhead drifts, and just a few miles from the charming gold rush town of Weaverville and trailheads into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Our physical address is: 59741 Hwy 299 West, Douglas City, CA 96024 This footage was shot with an XP2 Monster quadcopter from XProHeli, sold here: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=5_1 The camera used was a GoPro Hero3+ mounted n an XPG gimbal Settings: 1080p60 / Medium View / ProTune / CamRAW WB
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