Sep 27, 2016

My Time-Lapse Compilation Video in HD

I've captured many time-lapse videos on my GoPro Hero 4 since buying it earlier this year and have become a bit obsessed with time-lapse videos. I've experimented a lot with the several settings in search of the best way to capture and edit these files in a manageable way without having the fastest computer at hand. Although the GoPro Hero 4 Silver comes with both image and video time-lapse options available, I found multiple images at a short interval vs recorded video works better and still produces smooth time-lapses. I really enjoyed learning how to use keyframes to add a panning or zooming effect and I mounted the camera to a kitchen timer for a 180/270 degree time-lapse pan.

Storing all my time-lapse videos over the last few months to finally compile them in this one video. They are filmed mostly around Cape Town, but also include a recent holiday on a cruise ship sailing around the Mediterranean Sea aboard Vision on the Seas, as well as two days spent in Venice.

Below are a few examples of the locations you can expect to see in the video:

Table Mountain
Acropolis in Athens
Lanseria Airport
A Busy Intersection in JHB
Leaving Venice on the Cruise Ship
Rialto Bridge - Venice
V&A Waterfront

I hope to improve (perhaps with a proper SLR camera) and one day get the mandatory shot of clouds filling Cape Town CBD below Table Mountain or wrapping around Lions Head.

Let me know which one was your favorite in the comments below or on YouTube please.

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Sep 18, 2016

Vision of the Seas - Our Royal Caribbean Cruise

We boarded Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas in Venice for a 7 night cruise around Greece. Vision of the Seas and the Royal Caribbean vibe was as fantastic as our previous holiday and the destinations on this cruise were incredible.

Here is where we went:

Kotor – very scenic port arrival. Strolled the town and walked around the old city.

Corfu – walked around the old city and swam near the yacht club below the old city.

Athens – took a Royal Caribbean shore excursion which included the Acropolis and Plaka. Worth doing a tour here.

Mykonos - hired a scooter for 20 Euros and explored the beautiful island and its beaches. It's a small island, so you can cover a lot in a day. A definite highlight of the cruise.

Argostoli - our last stop, situated on the island of Kefalonia. The Royal Caribbean tour is recommended as the island is large involving lots of travel time to the sights. The Melissani Cave is amazing, floating on bright blue water.

Venice - the start and end of our Royal Caribbean, Vision of the Seas cruise, but we were lucky enough to spend 2 days in Venice afterwards. We walked about 45kms in those 2 days. St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs, Riolto Bridge and other sights are great, but almost every corner in Venice is photo worthy. A Gondola ride is expensive, but it was great to have been in one. Overall Venice has so much charm.

Sep 13, 2016

Ken Block's Gymkhana 9 - Raw Industrial Drifting

Ken Block has just released the another Gymkhana video, again showing off his unbelievable driving skill and delivering extremely entertaining viewing. Taking his 600 horse power Ford Focus RS RX to the edge, literally. The sound of the car is beautiful, crank it up.

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Aug 10, 2016

Bloemendal Mountain Bike Trail

Bloemendal Mountain Bike (MTB) Trails are a definite favorite within the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club's network. Bloemendal offers brilliant single trail for all levels of riding and it's central for linking up with Hillcrest, Contermanskloof and Majik Forest. Bloemendal is also home to the club's weekly Thursday night ride. In this video I cover both upper and lower trails of Bloemendal cycling along: Rooikat, Bloemendaaler (Bloemslang), B-Spot and the newly upgraded Lombard's Terra. My ride includes the new Bluegum trail on Upper Bloemendal and the gap jump on Lombard's Terra.

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Jul 16, 2016

Contermanskloof Mountain Bike Trail Session

Contermansklook mountain bike trail has some of the most advanced single trail in the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club's network. I finally got more GoPro accessories so the camera angles are more varied, plus I have learnt some more editing tricks specifically with keyframes and splitting video segments. I tested out the handlebar or seatpost mount, as well as the chesty and I'm pleased with them both. It was the perfect time to record a video at Contermanskloof as they have recently done some trail maintenance and the greenery at this time of year made for some magnificent scenery.

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Jul 5, 2016

Skydiving in Cape Town

It was finally time to tick skydiving off my bucketlist. The trip includes a 20 minute flight to about 10 000ft, 25-30 second free-fall and then about a 5 minute parachute ride back to ground. I got to pilot the parachute once opened and the whole experience was absolutely incredible. Two GoPro cameras are used so you're able to get both video and photos of your dive, thumbs up Skydive Cape Town.

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Jun 25, 2016

Table Mountain Cable Car Experience in Cape Town

The Table Mountain cable car is free on your birthday if you're a South African resident. All you need to do is show your ID at the ticket booth and you will be given a return ticket for the cable car. I took the day off work and what better way to spend a mid-week birthday morning than appreciating Cape Town as a tourist. I was very impressed with the hospitality and spirit of the Table Mountain staff.

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Jun 18, 2016

Buzzbike: Bicycles as Rolling Adverts

Buzzbike gives Londoners a free bicycle if they are prepared to be a rolling advert and ride it 12 times a month and park it securely outside. The bike is built by Cooper (Mini), uses Bluetooth and apps to measure activity, and enable community communication, plus advertisers can specify geographic preferences for promotions. Good for the environment, good for the people riding them = brilliant!

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Jun 17, 2016

Old Irish Beer - Real Virtual Reality Experience

Most people don't trust exaggerated advertising slogans, To launch a new Old Irish craft beer they came up with "Discover the real taste of Ireland" and delivered exactly that via real virtual reality.

View the case study video.

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Jun 3, 2016

BMW S1000RR Bus Stop Activation in Cape Town

I'm a fan of motorbikes and Cape Town. This is a very clever activation at a bus in Cape Town to showcase the BMW S1000RR, capable of doing 0-100km/h in 3 seconds, "blink and you'll miss it".

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