Sunday, 31 August 2014

vJournals - iPad - iMovie

Been thinking for a while now how to make a convenient vJournal by shooting short clips during the day and then pulling them all together into a short memory-jogging movie. Anyway, I tried Vine but to be honest the quality of the video was so poor I really didn't want to use it as a long term record so I looked around a little more.

I was surprised to find that there is a version of iMovie for the iPad and I have no idea why I hadn't played around with this before, maybe because I have done very little video recording with the iPad until now.

Well, I think this will work for me. I'm recording a series of short clips, each one maybe 6-10 seconds long on the iPad as the day passes. Later in the day I pull them together on the iPad using iMovie which has some basic editing features and then upload directly from the iPad to YouTube and share from there if required.

Once this is done I am then deleting the video clips and the project from the iPad to avoid chewing through the available device space and then repeat the process on another day. It may be that the best thing to do will be to do say a week's worth of clips at a time but at the moment I'm just getting used to the tools so experience will dictate what I do in the future.

Lorena's Ice Bucket Challenge

Well, I told her it wouldn't be any fun but she would insist on doing this so of course I had to oblige and chuck the water over her. I think it was colder than perhaps she had been expecting :-)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

IFTTT - Blogger + Evernote

I've not posted here for a while and this is very much a trial. I've been messing about with the IFTTT service which essentially allows you to "pull" information from various sources and bring them together into what for me is a much more useful format. That more useful format is Evernote, because I can search it and filter it. Facebook and Twitter in particular make it very difficult to find your own material some way down the line. If, 18 months down the line, I want to know when I bumped into Freddie, which I mentioned on Facebook at the time, I just can't find that easily. With the data in Evernote I simply search the "2014" notebook for "Freddie" and bingo, its there.

I'm using Evernote to keep a diary/journal which I'm hoping will become increasingly valuable as time goes on. I also post material from time to time to Facebook, Twitter and to this Blog. It struck me that IFTTT could be set up to collect any material I publish from these three sources and add all the postings to the Evernote page in use for my daily diary.

I reckon if I "point" all these feeds to an Evernote note called "Today's Diary" everything will appear in there from whatever source, all in chronological order. Because all this information is then in Evernote it will be extremely easy to tag/filter/search and all I will have to do at the end of the day is change the name of the "Today's Diary" note in Evernote to say 21 June 2014 at the end of the day and then it will then be all ready for the next day's material.

Seems to me like this will be the best way of getting a diary to autocomplete itself to a great extent! Anyway, this post should appear in my Evernote diary for today without any further intervention from me, all I have o do is click the "Publish" button. That's the theory anyway! :-)

Monday, 2 June 2014

Family Fun Cycle Event - Hulne Park - Alnwick

Some video material shot during yesterdays lovely Family Fun Cycle Event in Hulne Park in Alnwick which I hope people will enjoy. I've tried to include some of the lovely scenery of the park but mainly I hope the riders (and runners!) will have fun trying to spot themselves making their way around the circuit.

If you saw me as you rode around you are likely to be in there somewhere!  The video is best viewed directly on YouTube in HD, either in 1080p or 720p. The event was arranged in support of Hospice Care Northumberland, was held by kind permission of His Grace The Duke of Northumberland and was supported by Alnwick Cycling Club.

Please feel free to share!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Puerto de Pollensa Video Clips

Just spent a bit of time pulling together some video clips shot in Puerto de Pollensa from the last holiday Lorena and I were on. If you haven't been this is a really lovely place to stay and if you are a cyclist it's probably about as nice as it gets. I've never ridden anywhere where the motorists are so considerate, highly recommended.

The Hotel Galeon (start of first clip below) is I believe where Bradley Wiggins likes to stay when he is out there either on holiday or training and Tolo's Bar is frequented by hundreds of cyclists, one of Wiggo's yellow Pinarellos from the 2012 TdF can be seen in the back of the cafe, along with other memorabilia.

Videos best viewed on YouTube in HD.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Majorca 2014 - TVCC - Video

Just uploaded the latest video shot in Majorca in April 2014 on the Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club trip. This was an excellent trip, staying at the Aparthotel Duva and Spa in Puerto de Pollensa. No video shot from the bike this year so this is all social stuff, happy memories!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Far Too Close For Comfort

This is a personal message to the lorry driver that overtook me the other day at great speed and far too close. As you can see from the video the oncoming traffic was also forced over into the gutter to avoid the oncoming lorry, this kind of driving is just inexcusable.

There is no doubt in my mind that all it would have taken would have been a pothole or a wobble and I would have been killed or very badly injured.

As you can see from the article below pothole related fatalities are all too common and combined with this kind of inconsiderate driving the odds seem to be increasingly stacked against the cyclist.