Over the last few weeks I've been gradually building a collection of shots of our kiting antics at our new secret spot. I'd been promising the guys an edited video for ages, and was finally prompted into action when I found out that the newly reborn Middle Wallop Power Kite festival was re-instating an old favorite of the weekend: a video competition. As always happens with these things I found that I only had a week in which to edit something together. I'd arrived back from another astounding week's kiting in Iceland and had planned to leave for the festival on Friday afternoon.
I found myself fairly pleased with the edit, having finished it by Wednesday night, leaving only the post-production work on a few of the buggy shots to do on Thursday. My good friend Mark had been extolling the virtues of Autodesk Combustion for this, and had given me a quick tutorial, so I thought things were well in hand - only seven shots to do some rig removal on, none of them more than a couple of seconds long, piece of cake, I thought: I couldn't have been more wrong.
I spent the whole of Thursday night working on it, losing hair in the process, and was only just finished by 1 pm on the Friday. Just time then to burn a DVD, load up the car and head off for what would hopefully be a great weekend's kiting on Wallop's glorious grass.
I can confidently say, having had more unwarranted crashes, glitches and curse inducing failures in one night than anyone deserves in a lifetime, that Autodesk Combustion is the worst; the least user friendly, and most unstable collection of God awful programing it's ever been my misfortune to come across. I would like to meet the lead programmer, so that I can punch him (or her) on the nose.
And, after all that, Wallop didn't even hold the damn video competition; why? Because mine was the only entry, and they quite rightly said it wasn't fair that I win by default.
So, here is my entry (the only entry) for the Middle Wallop Power Kite Festival Video Competition 2010. It's been seen by a few guys around my tent (and by a few very good blokes in the tents close to us - who projected it onto the side of their panel van).
I think the edit's ok, but please do forgive the somewhat ropey post-production on the buggy shots: it was my first time, with a hideous program that I'll never use again - I'll replace the shots once I've settled on an alternative (any suggestions for a post production program for OS X are more than welcome).
2nd June 2010: I've updated the file with another version with trimmed down opening & closing titles, and, as it's one of my videos, more kites.
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