About Junction 133

June 10th, 2011

Junction 133
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Equipment:
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Cam: Sony PMW-EX1, Canon 7D
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Head/Tripod: Manfrotto 503HDV, 351MVB2K
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Microphones: Rode NTG-2, AKG C-1000
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Camera Bags: Dakine Reload, Dakine Sequence (www.dakine.com) —
Both Dakine bags are very well designed. The Reload is a larger camera bag that offers maximum protection. When I’m flying with my camera I always use this bag as my carry-on. It is very well padded and offers plenty of space to store some extra gear as well as a laptop. The Sequence is a more compact bag that is more appropriate for backcountry trips or times when you just want to be traveling light on the hill or off.

The Sequence offers great protection as well but for air-travel I’d stick with the Reload (I’ve seen a few too many stewardesses slam my camera bag while trying to force some morons oversized suitcase–that should have been checked–into the overhead compartment). Both bags have fully-adjustable velcro dividers so that you can easily arrange the interior layout to fit your needs (both seem to have been designed for photo use but with a few quick adjustments your video will fit in there fine). You can strap on skis/a tripod/glide cam to both bags although when toting a lot of gear I’d recommend the Reload.
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Editing/Post Production Software: Final Cut Pro, Color, After Effects, Motion, Photoshop
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Dolly: Glidetrack HD range .75 meter — tripod mounted dolly system — (www.glidetrack.com) —
The Glidetrack is one powerful piece of equipment. I first decided I needed to downsize my home-built dolly when I started traveling frequently. I needed a solid dolly rig that was lightweight, portable and somehow didn’t take up much space; Glidetrack was the solution. The Scottish company managed to design one of the best slider-dolly systems on the market, with a price that is unrivaled.

Glidetrack at JOSS

The track (size of your choice) easily screws onto your tripod head-base, then you can mount your actual tripod head right onto the sliding unit so you can get nice tracking motion with your existing movement. Even with a heavy camera like the EX1 the Glidetrack slides smoothly from end to end. I measured my travel duffel bag at just over 30 inches so I opted for a custom sized .75m track so that I could utilize the most possible space while still getting a good sized track that I could travel across the world with. If you plan to use the system in a studio setting or travel portability is less of an issue than I’d recommend going with a longer track (currently available up to 2 meters long).
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Stabilization: Glide Cam 4000 Pro
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Lens adapters: Century Optics .55x Wide Angle

36 Responses to “About Junction 133”

  1. johnn Says:

    what kind of camera do you use?

  2. admin Says:

    Video: Sony PMW-EX1
    DSLR: Nikon D40x

  3. Platform 8 Media Says:

    I love my d40x. How do you like the sony?

  4. admin Says:

    I love the EX1 so much. Honestly, such a powerful and amazing camera. They use SxS cards which pop right into my Macbook Pro and the shots quickly load on. The whole importing process is more like bringing on digital pictures from a camera than the traditional capturing tape process. I have no complaints about the cam.

  5. Andrew Says:

    Your vids are insane
    What do u use to edit?

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks man! I’m using Final Cut Pro 6.5.

  7. Stefan Says:

    would you say its worth it to buy Final Cut Pro cuz i can get a decent student deal on it.

  8. admin Says:

    FCP is definitely worth buying. I bought FCP 6.5 right before I left college, great investment.

  9. bob Says:

    I am looking into getting the ex1 or the hvx…what is ur opinon on them?

  10. admin Says:

    I use an EX1. I’ve used an HVX200 a bit but I really don’t like the interface and feel of the camera nearly as much as the EX1. Although the EX1 is a bit more expensive, I feel it is a superior camera. There is some extensive reviews online comparing the HVX and the EX1, I’d search around on Google to find some more details. Good luck.

  11. bob Says:

    thanks for the advice. I was also wondering if you color correct at all?

  12. admin Says:

    Yes I do color correct all of my shots. On a lot of shots its just a minor saturation boost but other times a slight black and white level adjustment can be very helpful.

  13. Dani Says:

    I love your vids !

    Can you do any making off of a vid ? I would like to see how do you do your vids !

    Thanks !

  14. admin Says:

    Hi Dani,
    I’m not making a full length movie this year. That is a project that you really need a lot of support from sponsors for, I’m just not quite at that level this year. I’m doing work on this year’s Jiberish Project, the new Ride the Planet’s movie “Time” and a few other projects.

  15. Platform 8 Media Says:

    What camera bag do you use?

  16. admin Says:

    I use both the Dakine Reload and the Dakine Sequence. Awesome bags. The Sequence is great when you need a lighter bag that will still protect your camera well, great for backcountry excursions. The Reload is a bit bulkier but its great for traveling with your camera as carry on luggage when you need that extra protection. Both are great bags.

  17. Frédéric Pansini Says:

    GLIDE GLIDE GLIDE .. for perfect follow !

  18. Sam McGowan Says:

    Hey, killer edits homie! I know your editing with FCP and Im in the market for buying a new editing software and that might be too expensive. How much different is express than Pro? thanks

  19. Jakob Claren Says:

    Hello! What video editing program are you using? Awesome movies btw:)

  20. admin Says:

    Thanks. I’m using Final Cut Pro 6.5.

  21. Chris Says:

    killer vids man! cant stop watch them… just wandering how you find all the amazing tracks for your vids though? almost everyone of them is pure fire!

  22. frank Says:

    yo do you use an external monitor with your glide cam?

  23. admin Says:

    No just the LCD. The LCD screen on the EX1 is pretty good though. An external monitor is definitely something that would be a nice addition to the Glide Cam though, the weight would be a bit much on the ski hill.

  24. Anders Says:

    Hi, was just wondering what du you use motion for?

  25. admin Says:

    Hi Andrew, I usually use motion for re-timing shots.

  26. Peter Says:

    What kind of lens would you recomend buying for the 7D? (If I am shooting primarily skiing) Love your edits by the way

  27. Doyle Says:

    What frames/second do you shoot in to get those smooth looking slow motion shots?

  28. Sebastian Says:

    Jo
    do you think you’re going to cut another joe mango edit this year? 😉
    greetz from germany

  29. admin Says:

    Hey Peter, I have 3 lenses for my 7D. It took me a while to save up enough money to buy them. A great lens to start with is the Canon L series 24-70mm f/2.8. It covers a pretty wide range for shooting. Although my favorite lens to shoot with is my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. Thank you for your comment.

  30. admin Says:

    Hey Doyle, it depends. I often shoot at 36 fps (shutter speed 96 or 120) or 48 fps (shutter speed 96). At 60 fps I shoot with a shutter speed of 120 (or if you’re on a 7D, 125).

  31. admin Says:

    Hey Sebastian, I unfortunately won’t be cutting another edit of Mango this year. He was out much of last year with a knee injury but he does have some random shots around on the web. He just got on Ride’s pro team this year so hopefully he’ll be getting some more coverage soon. Thanks for tuning in.

  32. matthias Says:

    hey duncan!
    i really enjoy your edits. stuck in sweden is still one of my absolute favorite.
    isn’t it too heavy to film manually or are you using a vest with the glidecam?
    keep up the good work! cheers
    a fan

  33. admin Says:

    Hey Matthias,

    Thank you for the comment. I really like that edit as well too, it was such a fun vibe once the JOSS competition was over, everyone was just relaxing and skiing because they love it. The whole event got really stressful during the last 48 hours. Such a mellow vibe afterwards though.

    I don’t use a vest with the Glide Cam, I just hand hold it. Thanks for watching!
    -Duncan

  34. nick Says:

    I live a couple miles from junction 133 in Missouri, one of probly 50 skiers from st. louis, reppin’ the midwest

  35. Philip Parkes Says:

    I really loved the stuck in Sweden edit!! Just wondering…how essential do you think the glidecam is to quality skiing footage? I shoot with a canon 60d and am considering an HD2000

  36. admin Says:

    Hey Philip,
    The Glide Cam is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The reality is that it is impossible to get a shot as clean and smooth as someone could without one. It’s a bit of money but if you really want one, save up for it or look up a DIY Glide Cam setup. I got mine on Ebay for around $300 about 4 years ago. Thanks for watching!
    -Duncan

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