This post is somewhat of a change of pace for my blog.
The link below is to a video I made of the highlights of my granddaughter’s events from the Pioneer League Track Finals meet. Lucy is normally known for her soccer play as the goal keeper on her Beach Development Academy soccer team.
As it turns out, she is also on her West Torrance HS Freshmen/Sophomore track team. She did quite well as shown in the video.
I edited the raw video footage using Adobe’s Premiere Elements 15.
Just about two years ago I posted this article on processing a video file using the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) editor in Photoshop CC and how the results compared to the same video processed in Premiere Elements.
My remarks in that post are still valid today. This post is just another example of the comparison. However the videos clips are shown back to back and in slow motion to better focus on the results.
I am not suggesting that the ACR inherently is better at editing video. But for me, it is much easier to get to the final result I am after (video with punch) than is PRE 15 in this latest example. I did not try to duplicate the two results. I was happy with the PRE 15 version until I further processed it in the ACR.
I am sure that not everyone will like the ACR result, but I do. And, since I am far more familiar working with the ACR than PRE 15 in this regards, I find I can get to what I am after much quicker.
Here is the link comparing the two video clips.
If you have a video and use Photoshop, try it out. My previous article outlines the steps. It is extremely easy to do if you work already with the ACR.
Let me know what you think. If you liked this post, please Like it, rate it accordingly, and share with your friends. Thanks for dropping by.
Until next time, Happy Holidays!
Where to Find Me
Summer has begun for me. I have just finished teaching my last digital photography class of the spring term for the Torrance Adult School. The only class I will be teaching in the fall is “Photoshop CC on Your Laptop”
I am going to use this time to become much more active in this blog. I am going to be spending the summer upgrading and adding significantly more content to this blog, website, and my social media pages.
Many of you are on my email distribution list. I do not send out many emails, and they basically only deal with my upcoming teaching schedule. Their frequency will probably not change, but I will their content with time.
If you want to follow me and view the written, and video tutorials that I have already published, and those that I will be adding moving forward, there are several ways to do that. Here are several ways to follow what I will be posting:
Email Distribution List – Not very often, since it requires heavy maintenance on my part. If you are not on it now, feel free to email me requesting to be added. And by all means, you can use email to ask me any digital photography, iPad/iPhone questions you have, and I will promptly reply.
My Welcome Page – Most of you are familiar with this, and it does provide links to some of my sites.
This Blog – Probably the timeliest and most frequently updated of all of my sites. I have been posting here more many years now, and there is even a Search button that can be used to get to previously published material. There is also a button that allows you to subscribe to it and get an email whenever I post something. And please hit the Like button, and add a comment when you find a post that is useful or interesting.
Facebook – I actually have two (actually three of you count my Leuzinger High School page) on Facebook. One is where I generally post family stuff, but on occasion will have links to digital photography topics as well. If you are a Facebook user, please go to the pages below and subscribe or Like the page. I would really appreciate it.
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YouTube – Currently, I have a large number of videos already posted on YouTube, but they are generally accessible by direct links provided from one of my other sites. My Channel is not really active now, but that will change very soon. If you go to one of the linked videos, which are mostly Public, you will see Like and Subscribe buttons there, similar to Facebook. Please Subscribe or Like the videos if you found them interesting or helpful. Here is a link to one I posted recently from a trip I took to Mammoth in 2015. From there you can view or subscribe to my videos, most or many of which are tutorials and demos.
Pinterest – On my Pinterest page you find links not only to my tutorials, but those I found interesting written by experts. There are scores of links on several boards with a variety of subjects related to my interests. It is a great please to see very interesting and helpful articles and videos that have helped me. You can subscribe to my Pinterest posts as well.
My Photoshop Elements eBook – Now for my commercial. I have written three eBooks that cover only the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. My latest one covers Photoshop Elements 14. They are all available on Amazon. Here is the link to my latest one. I suspect I will write additional eBooks in the future.
Well there you have it.
As you know most of my posts and videos have dealt with Photoshop Elements. I will continue covering that program, but will add more and more content covering Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, as well as material on iPads/iPhones. Related subjects, such I my use and experiences with my DJI Phantom 2+ drone will also be added.
My overall goal is to pass on what I learn as I practice my hobby making the content more understandable and easier to follow than its original presentation may have been. Also, suspect I follow these technologies more closely than you have the time to do. These two provide the value I add to a information available online.
I do not like the Slide Show Editor that is in recent versions of Photoshop Elements and is accessed from within the Organizer. It lacks all of the customization features the editor in PSE 10 and earlier versions included, such as the Ken Burns Effect and caption customization.
So I have been spending some time learning more about PRE 14 and making a slide shows using it. In this video, I did my photo editing in PSE 14 and then sent the photos and video clips to PRE 14. The titles and pan/zoom, background music were all produced within PRE 14. I did not include captions, but could have. Also, I could have customized the transitions if I had wanted.
PRE 14 also provides a wide variety of output formats for sharing the finished slide show, including direct upload to YouTube, which I chose to use. The learning curve is a bit steeper than using PSE 14, but certainly well worth the effort. It integrates nicely with the Organizer, which also is included if you buy PRE 14 separately, and do not even have PSE 14.
If you shoot a fair amount of video with your camera or mobile device, you may want to consider buying PRE 14 to go along with your PSE 14. By the way, to share the same catalog, both PSE and PRE need to be the same version.
Ok, here is the link to the video. For the best experience, view it in HD selected from the YouTube window.
I am still experimenting with time lapse videos. This one was taken with my iPhone 6 using its standard video mode. I then used Premiere Elements 14 to speed up the video by a factor of four.
I have experimented with the iPhone’s Time-Lapse mode for this type of time-lapse video, but the resulting video is too jerky, even when you slow it down. However, I really like it for scenes like moving clouds etc.
Here is the link to the video.
Many of my students who come to my blog as the first step of accessing the handouts for their class have no idea just how much other content is in the blog itself and its pages. Hopefully this post, which includes a video, tour will help them find the additional digital photography information contained here.
Below is a quick video tour of my blog and its pages.
I have had my blog now for over four years, so there is a wealth if information that, which I hope will be of interest and useful to you. The video shows where you can search for a title topic, and I have put together a list of all of my posts for the last couple of years. This list is at the link below. It is an Excel spreadsheet. Once you open the file, you can click on its title and go immediately to that post in my blog. Your browser may ask you whether or not you want to open the file or save it. Just follow its prompts.
Please comment, Like, and share this post if you have found it useful.
In this video, I manually superimposed the flight track that was recorded on my iPhone using the FPV Boost on the video recorded by my Phantom 2+ camera. The flight track records a real time display of various flight parameters like altitude, speed, and such, superimposed on a satellite view of the ground.
To make the composite video took multiple steps. The current version of FPV Boost’s Flight Track video cannot not be exported. It can only be played back within that app. So the first thing I did was to do a video capture while playing back the flight track on my iPhone. I used the Reflector iPhone app to display the video on my PC. I then used Camtasia on my PC to capture the video.
Then I imported the two video files (the Phantom’s video and my screen capture video) into Adobe’s Premiere Elements video editing program onto separate tracks. I used Premiere elements Video Guide to learn how to do a picture in picture (PIP) effect, but then manually applied the PIP for this video.
The Phantom video and its flight track appear to be in-sync at the beginning, but there seems to be a drift later in the video. I need to look into that. Butt I’m reasonably pleased with this first attempt.
The video was shot at the Field of Dreams Soccer Complex in San Pedro. During a portion of it, you can see a model RC airplane zooming about.
A few days ago I accomplished my first totally autonomous flight with my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter.
Everything work as advertised, but it was scary to watch my $1300 drone sail off into the distance and becoming a little more than a speck in the sky.
The Phantom has a mode where you enter a series of waypoints on the map, and specify what altitude you want to be at over each point. Once you press Go on your iPhone/iPad app, the motors start and Phantom takes off on the defined mission.
For my first flight I entered only two waypoints. The altitude was set at 98 ft automatically. Regardless of the number you put in, the last one is the takeoff location.
Please Note: I just discovered that to ply the video properly, you must click on the YouTube button, rather than the large Play arrow/
There were several lessons learned from this first flight that I will heed in the future.
I know my schedule for the digital photography and iPad classes I will be teaching this fall. To see the classes I will be teaching at the South Bay Adult School, click on the figure below..
For those I will be teaching at Torrance, click on the figure below.
Both Schools should have their catalogs mailed their online registration open in August.