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Monday, January 28, 2008

Our Storm Chasing in 2007 Timelapsed

I only have Pinnacle 10 and it only allows 5x sped up, so I had to upload fast forwarding and got a lot of artifact garbage in there. Hopefully I can get a better video editing program, to where I don't have to use crappy fonts as well. Chase days are 4/21, 5/4, 5/5, and 5/22.


mnwxchaser said...

With Pinnacle render your first 5x as a .avi the re-render at 5x or whatever to get time lapses faster than what it's limit is. Sure beats capturing on FF.

mnwxchaser said...

Oh yeah, one other thing. On Pinnacle/PS/Premiere if you hold down the left alt key and type 0169 it will give your the © symbol instead of doing the (c) while you are in the create title screen (or using the test tool on PS). Doesn't work with all fonts but most will.

DM said...

Thanks Bill, and thanks for the kudos on your blog. I have some photoshop books I bought online a long time ago, and by chance I opened it to that page, and was like, "That's it?!?!" I was thinking it was more complicated with the magnetic lasso and channels stuff, which I don't know how to do much with at all.

I recommend this book though, I bought it for 15 dollars brand new on ebay, "The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers."

I took a photoshop class in 2006, and the teacher basically just made us read through the tutorials and do the work. The book for that class was garbage, this one is really good.

I have only learned how to edit video since August...still learning stuff, not much you can do with Pinnacle 10, not even worth the 70 bucks I paid for it. I need Adobe Premiere 3.0.

I think I'm going to do a more detailed storm processing photo tutorial this week some time, it's really not that hard once you get it all down. One photo takes me 2-3 minutes from start to finish. Night ones are even quicker, maybe a minute. The trick is using the shadows/highlights and the midtone contrast with it. Too much shadow and it looks fake, too much highlight and the clouds turn funny colors.

Unsharp mask is the key, and a lens is only as good as how it sharpens in post-processing.

My settings:
Unsharp mask - amount 100-300 (sometimes more) percent
radius 1.3
threshold 2.

No need for layers with their "fade " they have too. Edit >Fade unsharp mask.

I need to update that tutorial also, I used to use just "sharpen" after the USM on a full resolution, but I can't believe I didn't know about the "sharpen edges." I always thought it meant the edges of the photo, for lenses that are soft, such as UWA's or SWA's. lol, it has to do with the algorithm.

I use the USM, then sharpen edges once or twice on a full resolution, resize to my 800 x 533, and hit sharpen edges again, then fade it. They look SO much better.

Can't wait for the new xsi, I have been eager for it to come out, I knew it would be soon. I've had the XT for 2.5 years now, and it still works good, even after dropping it in water and mud, and one time on cement with the lens diving head first. Still works!!

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