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    Übermensch Bob C - backpackinglightdotcodotuk's Avatar
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    This year I did hope to produce another series of audio podcasts for The Outdoors Station as in previous years , however the weather prevented that, as we all kept our collective heads down and headed East.

    However I did manage to shoot a fair amount of video material and I've just finished editing the first 2 parts to include the route taken, animated maps, and gear used which I hope will be of use to people thinking of doing this for the first time.

    I'll update this page as more gets released. Any feedback appreciated.

    Part One - YouTube - HD

    Part Two - YouTube - HD

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    Excellent....I've only managed to see the first 5 minutes or so but will definitely be back to watch it/them all!

    If I could offer some advice based on such a short viewing I'd say that some 'voice over' commentary would be nice although the music and scenery were wonderfully relaxing.

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    Great stuff, been looking forward to these Bob

    Hope to see you next year if I get on

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    I hear your thoughts on the Voice Over, however it would elongate the video to allow for the time, which I was trying to keep fairly tight and to the point.

    Its a fine juggle and I thought the pieces to camera about gear would add something a bit different, rather than just hiking scenes etc.

    The original intention was to do bits to camera each evening when camping, but it just didn't happen for obvious reasons.

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    Great views and informative reviews of the kit taken/used.

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    Nice one Bob, a good job considering the conditions this year!

    Changing the subject, I noticed your video of the Bailiwick, when were you over in Guernsey? If I'd known you could have come out on the boat for a spin! Looks like you had better weather than we're having this year anyway.

    Sark is one of my favourite places in the world.

    Steve D

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    Well done, Bob. Very interesting and informative.

    What are the still pictures like on the Lumix?

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    The Lumix was incredible providing you didn't zoom!!

    Hard to get everything right in one small box I guess. It certainly saved me lots of boxes and batteries.

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    The video quality is excellent. The Lumix looks an interesting package for weatherproof photography/filming.

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    Yep, really enjoyed those Bob

    Thanks for taking the time to put them together

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    Superb just watched these with my tea!

    Very interested intemps you reckon the Topbag system would be good for(like the idea of putting my mat in the bottom,but is it tricky in the small hours getting back in?)

    Lumix ; interested in how well its battery coped in lower/damp conditions(my own panasonic FS62 has great battery life unless its cold)

    Looking forward toboth of your reviewsof your wet weather clothing and how it coped,and kudos to Rose for carrying a bottle for a couple of days!

    cheers

    John

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    Maybe make them available as .mov/avi files for download from the BPL site, for people who can't get at Youtube for whatever reason.

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    Good stuff Bob

    brings it all back.

    Look forwar to the rest of them.

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    How embarrasing is this ...

    ... someone has just pointed out it was the 32nd crossing NOT the 23rd ...

    ... just re-rendering and editing the whole lot again ...

    What a numpty!! And I've been staring at this for weeks now

    I'll be deleting those files when the new ones have been uploaded ....

    Thanks John B for the comment. You have no idea how much Rose appreciates that

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    Re the download files comment, they are currently around the 500 meg size at this quality. They could less of course, but then quality suffers, but I may do that anyway.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Great videos Bob. The video quality seemsextraordinary for such a small camera, especially for what looks like a stills camera being used in video mode.

    What is the exact model of the Lumix that you were using? Itlooks smaller/lighter than my Fujifilm FinePix F30 which is not weatherproof nor can it shoot HD video.

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    Thanks it was the Lumix FT3.

    Of course you have no control over it like my pro video cameras, but to be honest when the weather is shite, and all you want to do is grab a shot, it does the job! I need to work on a fast tripod solution though. I used my walking poles to lean on for most shots, or the micro Ultrapod.

    Okay, video update. All the 23rd to the 32nd errors now corrected and the videos, plus the new part three can been found here;

    Part One

    Part Two

    Part Three

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    Bob, if you want a lightweight tripod, look at the Velbon V-pod, which weighs 279g . It's very good, in fact better than the heavier VTP-815.

    Sorry to hear that Golite have done the dirty on you (and others).

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    Thanks Robin, I've sorted myself with a reasonable tripod, but it is another 500g on top of the camping gear, so what I tend to do now is brace myself (as the third leg) against the two walking poles. Which on the whole isn't too bad, however in the high winds on the recent TGOC, it had a few wobbles.

    However, as shooting was less important than the walking, I thought the results we half decent.

    IF shooting was a priority, and not the walking, then the set up would be different. There's another thread talking about this currently.No one has ever done it before on the TGOC for the whole trip, so at least I gave it a reasonable shot.

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    The V-Pod is only £15!

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