Friday, January 14, 2022

A day in my pandemic life

I've been working with several professional accordionists on Skype during the Pandemic. Mike Aman owns Monarch Accordions and we work on my repertoire and technique. His accordion orchestras are legendary and his daughter is a national accordion champion. Sandy Brechin is in Edinburgh and he's one of Scotland's best known Ceilidh accordionists. I've been composing the music for a new musical theater piece about a small island in the Hebrides over the last couple of years and I wanted to make sure to capture the nuances of Scottish Ceilidh music.

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Insta360 underwater camera enclosure

Here's some underwater video footage of some exotic fish. I used the One X bullet time string to lower the Insta360 underwater enclosure with the One X 360 camera into Gates Pond at the Denver Botanic Gardens. In post I used the Insta360 software to add keyframes and VideoPad for video editing and stock music.


The consistency of the spherical images created by the plastic enclosure make the content nearly unusable for any thing other than reconnaissance footage.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Canadian geese on Grasmere Lake

Here's a couple of framed-up videos of some geese on Grasmere Lake in Denver. I tethered the 360° camera to a drone and used the Insta360 software to add keyframes and VideoPad for video editing and stock music.

I like how the Insta 360 One X gyro keeps everything relatively stable since the camera is upside down on a short string under the drone, but I was disappointed in the artifacts created by the Insta360 underwater enclosure.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

360° Video of Blossoms of Light 2021

Here's a 360° immersive video of the Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It's a seasonal event that starts in November and goes through January. It's still pretty warm in Colorado and we haven't had any measurable snowfall yet. The complete tour takes about 20 minutes, but I have several scenes on my YouTube channel a little later in the evening for anyone interested.

Apple iPhones require a 360° plugin like VLC.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

360° Video on Georgetown Loop Railroad

Here's a 360° immersive video of the Georgetown Loop Railraod in Colorado. We've had a longer than usual Fall this year and the Railroad authority extended the season as a result, but much of the Fall Foilage and colors were gone. The train climbs over 600 feet between Georgetown and Silver Plume and takes about 20 minutes.

Apple iPhones require a 360° plugin like VLC.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

360° Video on Grasmere Lake at Wash Park

Here's a 360° immersive video on Grasmere Lake at Washington Park in Denver. I used the bullet time string to hang the camera under the drone and get it out of the picture frame. One nice feature of the Insta 360° is the auto gyro that sets the horizon in post even it the camera is upside down and swinging when shooting the scene.

Apple iPhones require a 360° plugin like VLC.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

360° Video on Broadway in Nashville

Here's a 360° immersive video of walking up the North side of Broadway between 4th and John Lewis Way in Nashville. It's amazing how many different bands you can hear on this street on any given night and in the Summer the windows are mostly open. This place is truly Music City, one block North is Ryman Auditorium where Bluegrass was born and one block South is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Apple iPhones require a 360° plugin like VLC.