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Flying the P2 at the race track

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by ianwood, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. ianwood

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    https://vimeo.com/87741779

    First time shooting motorsports with the Phantom. Going to be a while before I get the moves worked out. But, not bad for only two batteries worth of shooting at the end of the day.
     
  2. OI Photography

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    Very nice...the vid and the event! Is that your gorgeous dark red Elise?

    Shooting motorsports is a challenge all its own, but if you love the track anyway it can be very rewarding. I'm guessing you get there as often as you can anyway, race-ready or not ;)

    It looked like some of the cars there might run SCCA as well...?
     
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    Mighty fine!

    ”from the perspective of an angry pigeon.” :lol:
     
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    very nice...
     
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    Nice Ian. Your panning is getting pretty good !

    I love Phantom videos when you see the shadow of the Phantom on the ground. Just adds a level of surreal to it
     
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    The "Alfred Hitchcock cameo moment"

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    Nice video! Can you give us details on what your camera setting were? What program do you use to post process?
     
  8. ianwood

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    The red Lotus belongs to my friend. (I am all BMW at the moment.) I actually didn't drive this time as it was a weekday and I had to work. So instead, I joined late and flew the Phantom. Being a private session, I was able to push the Phantom out past the pit wall and get some good shots. With a little more confidence in my FPV, I am hoping at the next one to get it beyond LOS to capture shots from the more interesting turns. This being the first time flying it with the track hot, I stayed just beyond LOS.

    As for settings, I am shooting in 2.7K 30fps, medium FOV, ProTune, CAM RAW. Forgot the ND filter so shutter speed wasn't ideal. Not to mention some prop shadows and jello (gasp!) in a few shots.

    As for workflow, I am chopping it up in GoPro Studio and then editing it in a 1080p24 project in FCPX. I don't conform the frame rate which slows them down to 80% which I find to be perfect. It's just enough of a slow down to look cinematic without looking like it's all in slow motion. And with 2.7k of resolution I have the option to down-res clips or to zoom or even to animate pans and zooms. Only one or two clips are stabilized. I don't like FCPX stabilization.

    That's my current process. It's a work in progress. I may give Crumplepop a second chance in place of GoPro Studio. And once my self-imposed purchasing embargo ends in two weeks, I'll buy a white balance plugin and a noise filter plugin. FCPX is like the $100 printer that requires $400 of ink.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. I have only shot in 1080p60 so far. My imac computer isn't really fast enough to handle anything bigger. I'm not a big fan of the slower frame rates as they seem to make the video jerky when you are panning. I also use GoPro studio to chop up the clips then import to FCPX, usually in 720p since most of my stuff just gets uploaded to Vimeo and I see no reason to use a higher quality. In fact, most of my friends view my video's on smart phones. No need for anything really higher than 480p for that. Funny, I like FCPX's stabilization!

    https://vimeo.com/87367770
    You may have already seen this video as I have posted it here before. I was using wide FOV so the props come into view. I will switch to medium for the next one. Most of these clips were stabilized in FCPX which I think does a good job.
     
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    /thumbsup
     
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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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