Last Sunday Saban A. and I went scouting some ride locations.
We started off at the “new” Woodinville Sk8 Park. Pretty good riding but a bit crowded. We moved on to Bothell Landing and hopped up and down the ampitheatre before making the 1/2 mile treck onto Blythe Park.
At Blythe there were plenty of fun things to ride on the playground, big tractor tires, a terraced tire retaining mound, a platform and bench for rolling hops, a good set of railroad tie stairs down to the river and lots of other fun stuff.
We left the camera in the car for most of the ride but went back to shoot some of the Blyth stuff. My digi-cam has a 7 Frame Per Second setting that I’ve posted sequences before, but it also has a feature I had not used yet that will turn those 7 FPS sequences into a Quicktime Movie. We shot over 300 frames.
I have posted four movies and two sequences at:
The first sequence and movie is a gap from a 6x6 rail over water to the shore. Sabin free mounted onto the rail, nailed the gap, and a side hopped good portion of the slope following.
Next is a movie of a rolling hop onto a platform, up onto the bench, and off.
Next is a movie of Seat-out jump onto the big tires, gap across both tires and drop off.
Last is a movie and Sequence of a crank hang to rubber to drop off of a tree stump.
The movie files are a bit large, 7 to 10 MB. I need to figure out how to compress them.
Check out the kids and their comments in the water and tire movies.
Great stuff! Hey Sabin and Steve, would you mind if I borrow some of those frames and make a little image analysis out of them for www.unicycle.2ya.com? Of course I’d give you both crtedit for them.
Two of the videos didn’t upload to the gallery. The gallery has been having problems with larger files recently. It will look like the file is uploaded, but when you try to download it the file is not there.
The Water Gap Movie (10.2 MB) and the Tires Jumps & Gaps Movie (9.6 MB) are both DOA in the gallery.
man i love that pedal grab. I’ve never seen it done quite like that. Sabin’s an animal. Thanks for the pics/vids.
I think this photo shows us a lot about what good pedal grabbing technique should look like. Great work Sabin.
Go ahead, we’re looking forward to it.
Shoot, I didn’t test them after upload. Can someone send me a PM on how to compress the vids? I can work on them tonight and repost tomorrow, I’m on a road trip today.
It is possible to use TMPGEnc to compress the video to an MPEG-1 file. That will reduce the file size by more than half, depending on the bitrate you decide to encode at.
If TMPGEnc doesn’t open the QuickTime file then you’ll need to install the QTReader plugin for TMPGEnc. Extract the download file and copy the QTREADER.VFP file to the directory where TMPGEnc is installed. TMPGEnc will now be able to open and convert the QuickTime MOV files.
TMPGEnc is a freeware program.
When TMPGEnc starts up it will display a Project Wizard dialog. Cancel that dialog. We’ll do this manually.
Select the video source (the MOV file)
Select the output file name
Click the Setting button
Select the Video tab
Stream type MPEG-1
Frame rate of 7.5 fps since your camera is 7.5 fps
Rate control mode: Constant bitrate (CBR)
Bitrate: somewhere around 2000 kbits/sec
Click the Start button in the upper lefthand corner
Now you should have an MPEG-1 version of the MOV file.
If you don’t like the quality of the video then increase the bitrate until you get a result that looks good.
The other alternative is to buy QuickTime Pro from Apple. QuickTime pro will allow you to recompress the MOV file from your camera to something smaller. But that option costs money.
Thanks for the link John. I used to use VirtualDub to compress movies but a lot of people have trouble with getting the DivX codec to work for them it seems. This makes it a little difficult at times to share videos with people. It’s good to know of a program that doesn’t save movies as .avi files. The compressed videos you get out of this program will be viewable on any computer won’t they?
Yup, pretty much any computer will be able to play an MPEG-1 file. It’s the best format for distributing video if you’re concerned about compatibility.
TMPGEnc has the option to save as an MPEG-2 file during a trial period. MPEG-2 is the format used for DVDs. Don’t use MPEG-2 because it requires a DVD player software to play. Most computers don’t have DVD player software installed so they won’t be able to play the video.
MPEG-1 will be a little bit bigger than WMV-9 or DivX. This is because you have to use a higher bitrate with MPEG-1 to get the same quality as with WMV-9 or DivX.
Thanks for the compliments Andrew and Erik/Mango. It means a lot comming from two people of superior unicycling ability:)