I was on the road from Friday to Monday and traveling again from Thursday to Sunday, so I haven’t been able to make it to training. Fortunately, today made up for it.
WOD - Mini Murph:
1000m Run, followed by 15 rounds of Cindy:
5 pull-ups (75 total)
10 push-ups (150 total)
15 squats (225 total)
And then one more 1000m run.
I did the whole workout with no modifications in 33:07. That 1K at the end was the slowest 1K of my life. Push-ups were my biggest issue, but I was able to power through by switching from regular push-ups to knuckle push-ups. I will be hurting on my flight tomorrow.
Yesterday I was invited to the YouTube Studio space to take a crash course on the Phantom Miro for this weekend. I was able to grab this clip from the people at Vision Research to show. We shot this at 1500fps with the new 24-70mm L.
This workshop was really fun. The Vision Research people still aren’t very aquatinted with moviemaking type folks, so we were able to give them a lot of feedback based on the fact that we’re not research scientists. Key points that they took home:
-We really like Macs, and “just use parallels” is not a good solution -The touchscreen on the $130 Nintendo DS is way better than the touchscreen on the $30,000 Phantom Miro -A three-position switch that goes between “off”, “on (using battery or AC)” and “on (crashes if AC is unplugged)” should probably only be a two position switch.
The camera itself is a lot of fun, but I’m really glad we took the time to get a hands-on course with it. It’s absolutely not the kind of thing where you can take it home from a rental house and feel confident with it after watching a couple YouTube videos.
As far as the post workflow goes, it’s officially Windows only (again, see that first point) but DaVinci can handle the footage on any system. I’m glad Sean got to bring home a file and make sure we could do something with it.
My blog is six years old today, and it has seen some shit.
My favorite post from May 2007 is the shot of a cabin on a cruise ship where my Steadicam is parked in the corner. The camera on top weighs about five times as much as the setups I’ve been posting this past week.
If flying that thing around didn’t dissuade me from learning how to become an operator, I don’t know what will.
The Seattle Rainmakers recently played their first ever MLU game, and I was on-hand to get 240fps highlights.
Ultimate Frisbee is an intense sport, and I did my best to highlight the athleticism and teamwork that happens out there on the field. It’s pretty disappointing when fringe sports like Parkour, Capoeira and Ultimate get lumped into the “I don’t understand this and it has an unfamiliar name, so now it’s a punchline!” mindset. These athletes do some crazy shit, and deserve recognition for it.