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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by XT Thumper, Mar 11, 2008.
More Victoria's Secret girls, less freaky heads on other people's bodies!
HAHAHAHAHAHA,,, now this was perfect to end my school semester...LOL!! Thanks for the laugh
Cheaha Yee Ha (lite)
Spectre and I left Navarre Friday morning and took my motorhome with the trailer loaded with our KTMs and my Vstrom to Cheaha Mountain.
We arrived just before dark and had enough time to gather some firewood for the night.
Saturday morning Gary Cahoon arrived as planned and we left the camp at 10 am. The plan for the day was for Gary to show us the good stuff and spend the day south then do the same on Sunday to the north.
We rode the ridge at the end of 281 all the way to White Gap where we climbed the big hill Madhouse showed us last year. We even continued all the way to the cell tower at the top.
No trip to Cheaha is complete without a meal at the Old Mill in Waldo. When we walked in the owner told us about a cop just being shot by a bad guy and a chase that needed with the Gunnar's death right near the restaurant. Crazy!
After a late lunch Gary showed us around as we took the lower route back up to the north towards the campground. The sun was down by the time we made it back to the ridge road on 281 .
A nice 6 hour ride through the sites of the south range. 117 miles
Sunday was forcasted to be rainy but as you know, we ADVers don't let some rain scare us.
As I mentioned, the plan was to head north towards Highland Park, Georgia. We again set out at 10 with Gary leading the way.
As we made it north, the rain hit hard and we continued. Spectre has not had the rain riding experience Gary and I have had so he neglected to put on his rain gear when we first hit the downpour. It wasn't long till he was experiencing the discomfort of riding in soaking wet clothes!
The plan was to stop for lunch at the Wagon Wheel in White Plains for lunch and to get out of the rain for a bit. As we pulled off the forest road, Gary's rear bearings failed (ala Freeborn Man) so we knew the ride north was over.
After a long lunch, Gary parted ways with Spectre and myself as we made our way on the 35 mile ride back to the camper at Cheaha.
Like Gary said, "When it comes to riding, there are good days and better days". There have been better days of riding but even in a downpour, soaking wet, you can't complain about riding around Cheaha with good friends on a dirtbike!
Spectre and I made our way back to the camper, cooked a big meal and settled in to watch the 3:00 game. 95 miles
Thanks Gary for the great time and leading us around.
Madhouse and Vic.....I saved the tracks!
Click the train one for a video.....
glad you guys had fun... thanks for sharing the trip.
Orange Crush is coming over tomorrow for some KTM work and then we are going for check ride at Timberlake if anyone wants to join us. No set time but figure around 11ish.
Let me know if you want to join us and we can work out details.
Timberlake is in Ft Walton Beach if any n00bs are wondering...
Very interested in those tracks Rick.
Would like to make some changes to the old tried and true route I've got, but its tough without doing some more exploring missions.
Your stuff will help.
You've got my email address right?
PM it to me again T!
Vic fixed up the Katoom's E-Starting problems for me and then we headed to Timber Lake and had a great ride. The weather was perfect and with just two of us the dust was not an issue.
Thanks Again Vico!
Ok I am posting this video to see what going on with my new Christmas present...
There is something here just click on pic
Looks really grainny - any suggestions out there...
Turn off the "grain" setting and go back out there right now and redo it. What is your new Christmas present? A new video camera??
ooooh I believe that is the "atari" setting...
Video thought... you didn't engage the "chucklehead" setting.
TIPS FROM THE PROS
But seriously, if you got a GoPro just run it in the best resolution (1080p) or 720p @ 60 FPS and don't use the narrow FOV (in 1080p) as it can/does cause the grainy look. Use the recommended HD SD card, and have a pc that can do the editing along with some good software too.
p.s. It may be punishment for opening the Christmas gift before Christmas too.
Trying different settings. The vids are fantastic on my computer. super sharp. but when I go through Photobucket the are grainny...
I am using a Contour HD.
Thanks for any help...
Are you using a free photobucket account? Did you select HD for your video on Photobucket?
HD or not, the quality of your video above is the result of compression- what happens to a video when it is shrunk or converted to a different kind of video. That video on Photobucket would look just fine if you viewed it in a 2x2in screen, but because it has been enlarged it loses quality considerably.
First: Find the type of video your camera records to; likely MP4. If it is some weird format you'll want to convert it to something more user friendly. I suggest Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/)
Second: Find the resolution. 1080 is the highest for most; the smaller the number the smaller the file, but also the smaller the video size. (I suggest 720 or above if viewed on a TV)
Third: Pay close attention to sites like Photobucket! In order to save on server space they automatically shrink and compress your videos. What is on your computer may be nice and crisp, but what comes out on the website looks quite different. So if you want to have a nice finished product you have to either A. start with a small enough video that will not be affected by the shrink-o-matic compressor most hosting sites employ, or B. avoid said websites entirely.
MovieMaker (PC) or iMovie (Mac) are super-simple tools to make great videos. If you are totally clueless send me the original file and I'll jazz it up. (I put myself through college by opening my own photography studio and editing home movies)
I shot this yesterday morning on the way to work.
So how do I post on ADV without using photobucket. What process did you use to post your vid -- very nice by the way.
Use YouTube. Then embed the code or use a link.
I know you have missed me, right?
I was offered to ride/race supermoto.....so needless to say I TOOK IT! I had a BLAST!! I never thought a sane person would ride street tires in dirt, jump and have fun... lol
This past Saturday I went to Jennings, FL for a track day so I could get used to riding the YZ426F.
Then Sunday was the Florida Supermoto Race in Starke, FL. I raced the beginners class. I was the first person on the track to practice and the last one off. In the first heat, I got the holeshoot and 3rd place. In the race, I think I would have placed 3rd again, IF I didn't wipe out in a sandy berm. I couldn't kickstart the bike, so I had to wait for someone to help me. That put me dead last, BUT I STILL HAD FUN and will be back for more.
Now I am HOOKED on supermoto Must find another bike or alter my dual sport
In between riding a lot to get ready to jump on the supermoto ..I still found time to study for my finals... I finished this past school term with a "A" in my wireless Lans class and a "B+++" in Project Mgt class.
Yeah... what he said.
YouTube and Vimeo are good for folks who have fairly refined finished video products. Photobucket and Smugmug are good for photos, but not so much for videos.
I use YouTube for simple ease of posting to ADV and whatnot. Vimeo I use for public display of art. I require my students to get Vimeo accounts because it is a community geared toward cinematography, whereas YouTube is geared toward whatever the hell gets attention on the internet.
If you own a Mac then the solution is as simple as can be with the use of iMovie. You can post directly to YouTube (and all others) straight through the program. For PC's the MovieMaker is similar and has just about as useful an interface for creating movies, but not as easy to publish; you'll have to do that manually through YouTube, etc.