Monthly ArchiveJune 2006
Miscellaneous 29 Jun 2006 11:31 am
By popular demand (well, two people asked), I’ve added a photo of The Deck to my article about rainwater tanks.
Formula 1 29 Jun 2006 11:24 am
Diet Coke + Mentos = ?
A few weeks ago, one of the marketing reps for Ulead Systems, a maker of video editing software, was in Australia to launch a new version of one of their apps. Tobie (the marketing guy) participates in a video editing discussion list that I read, and I met him on that list. As a former power plane pilot, he expressed an interest in taking a glider flight while in Sydney.
I picked up Tobie from his hotel in Sydney, and took him to Southern Cross Gliding Club at Camden on what turned out, despite expectations, to be quite a nice day (but with no lift to speak of). We put him in the front seat of the club’s fabulous DG-1000 two-seat glider (with one of the instructors in the back!), and he took his Sony high definition camcorder along for the ride. Here’s the result:
(For the tech heads: the camera used was a Sony HDRHC1, and the video was edited with the Ulead’s low-end editing product VideoStudio 10 Plus. I have a few comments about VideoStudio 10 Plus here.
Here’s a new topic for the Flying Nerd.
You’ve probably notice that I enjoy writing about technology. Formula 1 sneaks in as it’s probably the sport that uses the highest level of technology.
Well, here’s a change of pace – but it’s an interesting use of a combination of simple technologies.
[Lots of pictures on following page - may load slowly...]
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Video editing 14 Jun 2006 07:45 am
Ulead, creator of my preferred video editing software, has been through turbulent times in Australia.
After many years being distributed by Company A, they changed over to Company B. Result: they almost disappeared from the Australian market – it was almost impossible to find (current) listings for Ulead software with Australian resellers.
Well, Ulead saw the problem, and Company A is now the distributor again.
But the guilty secret is this: while Company A is starting to get the word onto the street once again, the prices charged in Australia are still way too high. Check out these comparisons:
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