I, Trip Glazer, have made my first video this weekend. A friend of mine filmed me for less than an hour and this is the result. It’s about 3 minutes of action and is good quality but is 35 MB. We ran out of battery for the camera so I didnt get everything I wanted but I was happy with the result. Everything was shot at my school, American University, in DC. Most likely, a follow up video will be made soon including much more.
Good job. The music seemed to accentuate that it was such a dreary day. Like the missed falls 70% of the way through. It helps the viewer realize that it isn’t as easy as it looks. Whish I could do 10% of what you were doing.
I like what you were doing with the video but found it frustrating to have so many sections that were too dark or that had you riding in a shadow. Work on the videotaping (better lighting and use of camera features to make best use of the existing light) and you will improve your videos immensely.
Keep on working on the videos. I learn a lot when I watch them and enjoy seeing what others are doing. Thanks for posting your video.
hmmmmmmmm, maybe its your computer because when i watch it there is no problem with darkness. there are a couple scenes that we shot purposefully in the shadows for cool effect (one of me jumping some stairs and one riding a ledge behind an amphitheatre).
hopefully someone else will post on this subject…
also, is washington, PA near DC? If so, or if not and you wanna drive a while, we should ride together! I dont have access to a car so you would have to come to me.
Very nice…I look forward to seeing more of them. Maybe it’s just Bill’s and my computer but yes it was also dark for me. It didn’t bother me too much other than not being able to see fully how high that really high pedal grab towards the end was. Either way I was very impressed by it.
That section of the video shouldn’t be so dark that you can’t make an estimation of the height. I can see that section of the video clearly, although it is a tad dark.
I paused the video on that frame, measured the height of the wheel and measured the height of the wall. I assumed a wheel diameter of 20" and used ratios to estimate that the wall was 34" high. The wall was 1.7 wheels tall.
If the video is so dark that it is hard to see then you need to adjust your monitor. First make sure you have an INF file installed for your monitor. The INF file will have specific settings for your monitor to adjust color and gamma. You should be able to find the INF file for your monitor on the web site for the monitor manufacturer.
You can also manually tweak the color settings and gamma for your monitor. Control Panel >> Display. Settings tab >> Advanced. Whether or not you can adjust the color settings will depend on your video drivers.
There are many pages on the internet that cover monitor calibration. Some are:
Google will find more.
The first link is a good one.
The special calibration images will help you adjust brightness, contrast, color, gamma, and geometry.
Since you’re planning on creating a video and using your computer to edit the video, you need to make sure your monitor is adjusted correctly. Otherwise you could end up creating a video that is too dark, too bright, or doesn’t have the correct color balance.
I adjusted my monitor as John C suggested and it helped a good bit. I still find the variances in lighting a bit distracting. I can appreciate your attempts to use varied lighting for variety and I encourage you to do so. But there seems to be variances in the lighting at places that were not intentional and those bothered me.
Fortunately for all of us, there is a lot of high quality stuff for us to view and that sets the standards high for those who produce their own work. I know from experience, not with video, but with personal attempts to tape some of my own music performances playing guitar and singing. Many consider me an accomplished musician and I have performed many gigs for good pay so I know others think I am good. I have never been satisfied with any of my recording attempts. It’s tough to make it sound and looki good with so much yop quality stuff out there.
I offer my thoughts in an attempt to help you make your next video a little better. Please see these as constructive critiques. On a positive note, I will gladly view and enjoy any of your future videos. I know, because I enjoyed this one and I’m sure the next will be better.
Thanks again for posting your vid for all to enjoy!
Will you be setting up an autograph booth at Motorama now that you are a video star?
I definitely agree with your statements above. Since we only did one hour of filming, we did not have much to work with. I actually put almost every scene we shot in the movie. There were a couple of things I did not include but you wont miss them . I certainly hope to make some more movies, hopefully off campus with some cooler lines, not just hopping around.
And I’ll have to talk to my agent about autogaphs…