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  1. Skydiving is a Sport and a Business, it is symbiotic. After being a full-time videographer, I can tell you I never made profit after equipment expenses and poor living expenses from having pride in my work and having the latest technology. Being a pro meant having backup equipment having 2-3 rigs and 2-3 CX150s. Maintaining safe gear and packjobs cost money. My Canon with tokina 10-17mm got me great photos. But nobody prints nowadays. I traded quantity and quality for a neck saving NEX C3 with 16mm pancake lens. A TI will make more money with no equipment investment and packjob to pay for after a skydive. A handshake, certificate and they are done...maybe even a cash tip. I cringe at -Videographer using CX150 with shitty quality wide angle lens, -Using HD Cameras to output to DVD, -Outside Video Guys using Gopros for video and pics, -One customer getting a great outside quality video and another customer getting far outside video with poor quality. But it all comes down to the DZO stuck in the old business model who is paying the same amounts 10, 15, 20 years ago. So every year you earn less due to inflation and rising cost of living and gear equipment. It would be nice as a "1099-Contractor" if you really got to determine your pay schedule. The transition to HD and NLE had increased the expense and downtime for a videographer. I find that factor has forced the lower quality in workmanship of videographers. If only all DZOs would see the benefit of buying a DZ NLE that is cheaper than one Tandem parachute and get an office editor. The only thing I really like about handicam videos is the initial reaction of the customer after the parachute opens and the parachute ride. Also video quality is standardized. I am sure in 10 years time outside videographer are still getting paid $40 to $55 and TI $30. Now I am a weekend warrior flinging drogues with a Sigma and GP3 Black Handicam and it is a breath of fresh air. Peace Kai
  2. thanks for the feedback, it only happened on that one jump of thousands i conclude it was moisture from a rain jump the previous day. the pressure to jump in rain sucks :( kai
  3. Yup Flysight is awesome, thanks Mounting methods need to be improved, 5Hz, Simple and Accurate Nice product
  4. Anyone seen this before? is it my lens or body failing? only on a few photos on one jump. done like 2000 jumps on lens and 1000 on body lens : tokina 10-17mm body : canon t1i ta kai
  5. how hard is it to post pics or video? exit shots, freefall, deployment and landing please...anyone? Kai
  6. found this on sony FAQ, http://www.sony.com.my/support/faq/441976 and a grab of the usermanual attached. Kai
  7. HMmmmmm played with cx160 today, not mine, so no jumps. but it is bottom card slot. big Question for DSE, with 60p can you create a blu ray dvd? or any dvd? are dvds restricted to interlace only? the cx160 in PS 60p mode stated that you cant use for blu ray dvd. and i confirmed with frenchie 4way video dude, that is using a cx300 with OIS and Active mode on, footage super nice. Kai
  8. CX160 is not side card slot http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2011/01/02/HDR-CX160_Terminal2_BK-1200_540x321.jpg CX560 is side card slot http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/multiple_images/item_images/IMG_190664.jpg I cant find a picture of the cx160 bottom For me, it would be the cx160 or 560, the 60p is nice and 37mm threads. I see people jumping the cx300 for 4way, and I jumped the cx550 no probs. I think the OIS stink comes into play mainly for high speed sit. Kai
  9. A brief summary of 2010 vs 2011 sony CX lineup.
  10. So whats the story, on the 2011 lineup on Sony CX? B&H have them in stock and shipping. Cx160,560 & 700 Did Sony Improve the OIS? Kai
  11. Been a while since I played with my Wintec 201, I had to install win7 via bootcamp on my mac to run Timemachine X to reconfig the Wintec to "Airborne 4g". Yup the 4g Filter has worked, the track has me going thru the course and no more into the ground.... BUT not perfect, the only error now is the altitude off the ground varies from skydive to skydive, eg sometimes my swoop is 50 to 300ft off the ground in Google Earth, obviously in Paralog I right click on the graph and SET Ground Here. Any Ideas of how to improve the altitude accuracy? Kai
  12. more questions the nex 3 has a nice flat base for contact, but the nex 5 seems to up and down, how is it mounting? are we gonna see any freefall pics? in door shots? the normal mode is 2.3fps, but in speed priority its 7fps, what does it set the shutter speed at? is it like sports mode? oh, the e series lenses have sony OIS built into the lenses, whats the story with that. ta for your info, im still hopefull on gen 2 having shutter port
  13. Yup I played with flip screen, actually pretty stiff, so im confident in freefall it wouldnt open. Has anybody used the panorama sweep for any cool photos, eg: in the plane/door open I think more mirrorless slrs will appear on the market, maybe the next sony nex version will have a shutter release port. I may be tempted this summer for your mod JayR Kai
  14. forgive my ignorance, never bought software or had multiple computers. what stops you running the program at the same time on 2 computers? Sony Vegas Pro 10 Educational http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/738198-REG/Sony_ASVDVD10000_Vegas_Pro_10_Educational.html For Students, Faculty and Education After purchase, before they ship, you need to fax/email/mail academic proof.
  15. I had my new Vapor helmet 6 months before I put it together, working on a perfect design. Everything fell into place once I saw the Schumacher Stealth Box for the CX150 on Chutingstar.com Also I crammed/forced a factory diver visor onto it, so nice for the winter jumping. Im all happy in my little fish bowl. Really happy with it. total weight is 5.5lbs, same as my rawa setup with QR. But my neck is alot healthier with everything centered on the top. Kai Kaiseye (HAHA - I was wondering why I was having trouble putting the helmet on, on Jumprun)
  16. What License comes with these software? Do you have to buy a full copy per computer? Or can the DZ buy it and put it on 2 stations? Kai Kaiseye
  17. The body of the nex 3 is 239g and nex 5 is 229g, huge difference compared to rebel T1i at 480g, i think my neck would like that too The 0.62 Fisheye adapter is $150
  18. Whats the flow like, regarding buttons, settings, touchscreen menu? Does that LCD flip open easily? Kai
  19. Just an update: I bought Cx150 and Cx550 camcorders I jumped both in turn, top mounted on my Rawa with a Manfrotto Quick release. With a Century 0.55 lens. Both with IS off (Cx150 EIS off, cx550 OIS off) Both displayed shake while sitflying as the speed built up Even though i love the cx550, the image quality of the background was better on the cx150. The cx550 footage was soft on the corners and distorted. Maybe because the CX550 has a wider view, so with the Century 0.55 you get a wider view than then the CX150 and therefor more background distortion. Also since there is no box available for the CX550 to dampen it, I dont trust the 1/4 screw hole, because after just 5 jumps there was distortion in the bottom plate, after taking the plastic plate off, only one small screw actually hold that 1/4 hole to the rest of the camera. Cookie was awesome and sent me Demo Boxes for the Cx12 and HC3, the CX12 box had the most promise. .... So I have chosen the Cx150 for my Tandem work on my new Vapor Flat top with the Schumacher Stealth Box. The stealth schumacher box that i got from chuting star is perfect for top mounting, simple and lightweight in design. a friction snug fit. The camera stays in place due to a gasket ring. I did have a few mm of play front and back, so i put a rubber O ring in between the gasket and the lens. Any size battery works with this box. Until our DZ pays for a NLE Suite, Im using the Sony MC6 burner to burn SD DVDs, and if the customer wants the AVCHD footage I sell that as unedited / edit at home, by using the USB connection to burn an AVCHD DVD.
  20. from http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=153972 any euro peeps help find the screw more easily? Kai
  21. Didnt somebody post.. a IR Remote with optical cable mod? lets see a pic of your mount / setup the specs of the camera sound great especially with 16mm pancake lens. Kai
  22. Can anyone find this screw? M6 x 0.75 fine thread its a rare screw, for the side mount hole on the flash. Ive been to a few places, but no go on the 0.75 pitch. Kai
  23. Are we still waiting for a decent Flash mount/box by Schumacher? Kai
  24. The Goal / fantasy Standalone tower, insert card, insert blank media, Hit a big red easy button, Tandem AVCHD-DVD in 5mins or less. Reality = Headache Customer can choose SD DVD, AVCHD DVD or a Bluray DVD Videographers are using Sony CX100/110/150 series. Current Video at DZ are 5 to 7min long. Working on a Budget Spec with Vegas Pro 9, Win7 and a Wetdream Spec with Vegas Pro 10, Win7 I have attached some pics of a shopping cart list at newegg.com Some Questions for the Enlightened Computer Geeks, who are gonna rule the world :) Questions Boot Disk Is a SSD 10k rpm not gonna boot as fast as a 10k rpm HDD? (everyone is ranting about SSD boot time) RAM How much time will be saved using 24GB over 12GB? Whats best for data access flow, 6 x 2GB or 3 x4GB? GPU Will any +512mb GPU be ok for Vegas Pro 9? Using Vega Pro 10 what size GPU are we talking about to significantly reduce time? RAID????, Some type would hinder, some type is critical, external raid device, or raid on the motherboard or something......Havent a clue, inform me please. Anybody willing to share their actual working Tandem Desktop Station Specs for Vegas Pro? and turnaround time? Is the Mac gonna make a come back with CS5 Premiere Native editing of AVCHD? .............. What I do Know is.. PC's crash alot Boot disk needs to be 10K rpm Boot Disk for Apps only and have lots of permanent free space (as computers slowdown when the boot disk becomes full) Video Source Drive 1TB (read), and a Video Export Drive 1TB(write) Need 12GB RAM min, and the Fast stuff. FAST i7 Processor and motherboard Clean Install of Win7, maybe a Lite version without the crap. The GPU is for Display output (unitl Vegas pro 10 and CS5 came along) Bluray Disc Container is overkill for our short movies. My view is do it right the first time, and maintain the Highest Quality. Things are sure getting expensive, including rigs and life. Thanks for your time guys. Kai Please only post if you are contributing, do your flirting elsewhere, click the watch button.