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Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:12:36 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions!!

Yeah, the level thing is a problem, my current set of sticks really doesn't have a level bubble on it or easy way to adjust.

I"m trying to start to research a new set of sticks that has the ball (half ball?) type base that the video head connects to, so that you can set up and then adjust level....not sure what to get as that I"m just starting to look.
I can spend some $$, but not a ton....


Where do you live?  (I'm in Texas.)  Maybe I'll sell you one of my ball grip heads and sticks in exchange for some quality cooking!   LOL!  :P

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:09:34 PM »
I suspect there are several reasons...

1.  It is likely that many folks just don't know.  If possible, I think it would be a good idea to have another heading at top of the site next to the existing 8 topics (CanonRumors, Forum Home, Help, Search, etc...) that simply says something like "Selling" or "Trading Post" perhaps.  It would be a HUGE advantage if a number could update next to it showing new or total items listed so folks would always know things were being listed.

2.  I agree that this time of year, a lot of folks are simply offline a lot, out of town, on vacation, busy with family, getting ready for school or out shooting pictures.

The overall problem with large forums is that things get buried, hidden, etc because the threads and topics are a top-down design and new stuff is only seen if the tree is navigated.

So overall, I think a lot of folks either don't know the beta Trading Area exists, they are unsure how it works, they have forgotten or they are offline anyway.


Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:40:01 PM »
AND - For those of you with some extra time on your hands with science loving kids (or grandkids)...


Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:36:00 PM »
OK - If you read nothing else in this thread... READ THESE!

You will be fascinated beyond words with these great write-ups on Mission Control!  Seriously, Check Them Out!!  :D

And the incredible Eidophor Projectors they used in mission control!!

Eidophors used an optical system somewhat similar to a conventional movie projector but substituted a slowly-rotating mirrored disk or dish for the film. The disk was covered with a thin film of high-viscosity transparent oil and through the use of a scanned electron beam, electrostatic charges could be deposited onto the oil, causing the surface of the oil to deform. Light was shone on the disc via a striped mirror consisting of strips of reflective material alternated with transparent non-reflective areas. Areas of the oil unaffected by the electron beam would allow the light to be reflected directly back to the mirror and towards the light source, whereas light passing through deformed areas would be displaced and would pass through the adjacent transparent areas and onwards through the projection system. As the disk rotated, a doctor blade discharged and smoothed the ripples in the oil, readying it for re-use on another television frame.

Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 18, 2014, 03:13:13 PM »
Schweet!  I would love to be able to make a video half that good!  I can't wait to give those recipes a whirl!  :D

At time index 1:50 you can see the light modifiers in the background, if that matters.
During the close ups of adding ingredients at 6:50, the lighting shifts slightly.
Love the time lapse segment, esp where you added the little extras like the spinning salt box, etc.

Next time, give the dog the first manhattan and he'll probably be out for the duration.   (Kidding, LOL!)  :P

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:03:57 PM »
There are very accurately placed mirrors on the surface of the Moon which allows Earthbound scientists to bounce laser light off them in order to confirm and track the Moon's slowly movement away from Earth.


Been there for more than 40 years. They didn't get there on their own, nor would the degree of precision in their placement be realistically achievable back then unless - y'know - somebody physically put them there and lined them up...

(Earlier attempts by the Russians to remote-land mirrors didn't work nearly as well, precisely because of the lack of control over their placement).
Oh man!  You beat me to it!!  Of course, it's a LOT more fun to learn about those mirrors from The Big Bang Theory!   ;D


Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:55:58 PM »
Thinking about it now, that would have been an exceptional feat to accomplish with the technology of the time!  So there's room for doubt.. and deception.

Bull. The 747 was designed from scratch and brought into production in 28 months during that period, without computers. Remember the Concorde?

It was an exceptional feat. That's the kind of thing you get when thousands of dedicated individuals, with extraordinary resources, work for a long time on a common goal.

I agree.  Feats like this are possible when great leaders inspire great minds and many talented/smart individuals to work together to achieve a common goal.  Those 1960's folks did all that with slide rules and an enormous amount of guts, sweat and sacrifice.  (Not to mention copious amounts of coffee and cigarettes!)

Unfortunately, I'm afraid we have mostly forgotten that spirit of self sacrifice and achievement in this country.  Our leaders are largely selfish, corrupt or just too weak to make a difference.   The majority of our youth are now poorly educated, apathetic and self centered.  (And those are the ones that aren't on public assistance programs.)  Our smart and motivated youth are in short supply these days.  It's a terrible shame.  Now more than half of our populace fears the future is less hopeful than the past.   :'(

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:39:02 PM »
This website has truly jumped the shark.

You mean the shark-nado;D

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:56:11 AM »
Since we are all having fun predicting...

7D should be less expensive than a 1D BUT - Canon has become greedy the last couple years and they are playing this launch a lot like Apple.  They are trying to get the market in a frenzy by holding back info and tempting everyone with small tidbits of data.  So it will be expensive I'm afraid.  I predict $2799 to $2999.  Half the the price of the 1DX and close but not above the 5D3.  I would love it to be less but from what they are saying, it won't be.  And people will still buy it, esp if it actually works and lives up to the hype by 80% or more.  (Like the 5D3 did.)

I've decided that while WiFi (bigger loss) and Touchscreen would be missed, it wouldn't kill it for me.  But without those, I think Canon should be careful how close to the moon they make the price.

If it has no pop-up flash with a 1D type metal top (meaning no GPS either, sorry) then again, they better not kill us with the price.  I also want RT flash control built in, esp if there is no pop up flash.  It's about time this feature is built-in on every camera Canon makes.

With cinema being such a big deal lately at Canon, I think the 7D2 will be a video powerhouse which will likely make it very expensive, maybe even above $3000.  Which will likely put me out of the running since all I want are the specs we've heard so far, faster fps, solid build and spectacular sensor. 

If the camera magically comes in under $2500, I'll buy it soon.  If not, I'll probably just get a 70D and wait a year or more unless the X-mas deals are incredible.

Software & Accessories / Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:13:09 PM »
I would go with aluminum because it costs less and isn't that big of a difference in weight.  You should minimize the initial investment because once you have it, it will probably just sit in a closet anyway.   :D

Software & Accessories / Re: Asus or BenQ
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:52:14 PM »
I haven't seen that particular model from BenQ, but I have a hard time connecting that brand with quality, and reliability. Asus has become better over the years, so I would say that is a safer bet for your money.
BTW have you considered DELL's U2713? It should set you back roughly the same amount of dollars.

Edit: I have the DELL U2713HM (cheaper), which is a slightly older version than U2713H (not so cheap).

I would pick the DELL U2713 models over ASUS or BenQ but the DELL U2711 has a wider color gamut and better AG coating.  And since it's older, it might be less expensive too.

Software & Accessories / Re: Asus or BenQ
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:19:58 PM »
As an IT guy, I've seen ASUS grow as a company and appears to be shooting for Samsung level status.  Benq is a smaller company.  Benq monitors over the years have been value based choices to save money.  That's my opinion and I'm sure Benq makes great monitors that cost more.  But keep in mind that ASUS and Benq are not necessarily shooting for the stars in the photography / graphics design market.  They are shooting for the mass market and the gamers.  They are making monitors that scream fast refresh rates.

While the statement above says nothing about the actual quality of the particular models you are considering, if you are dead set on buying from those brand names, I would go with ASUS.  ASUS has a pretty good reputation in the market for most of their products including LCDs.

Of course, for a high end graphics quality display like you are shopping for, I wouldn't consider either company.  I would stick with the higher end products.  HP, DELL, EIZO, NEC, etc.  One way to get a high quality display without breaking the bank is to buy a refurbished (or not) DELL U2410 IPS display.  It's a bit older but it's a very well respected display that can be obtained for around $200 - $300 now.  When you get it, you'll understand what a true quality display is.  It was about $1200 back when it came out in 2009.  The newer version of it is the U2711 which is around $500 - $700.

Most of the web comparisons are biased but here is a decent list of better options.

animoto.com... does it all for you

Do you use animoto?  It looks pretty interesting.  I'm wondering if it would be a good fit for our scout troop (non-profit) for the scouts to use to create videos.

FYI - Hillsilly has touched on a topic I've been meaning to pose for quite a while so I started a similar thread asking about Software, Tips and where to get MUSIC which is always my biggest challenge.

Hopefully the replies to both this thread and the one I just started will help the OP and everyone else.   :)

Another thread just popped up asking about slideshow software.  This reminded me that I've been meaning to ask the CR community...

-  Favorite Authoring Software?  (ProShow, PicturesToExe, etc),
-  Tips on making a great slideshow and most important...
HOW/WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MUSIC?  The music part has always been my biggest challenge.  I am usually interested in fast paced rock/pop music because my slideshows are about youth summer camps, etc and need to convey energy, fun and excitement.

I use ProShow Gold & Producer and I want to give PicturesToExe another try sometime when I have the time.  Any other winners out there?

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