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Drive from Tikaboo Peak parking to Nevada 93 in snow



A 1-1/4 hour video, with live narration, of the drive from near Tikaboo Peak to Nevada Highway 93. The starting point is a parking space inbetween trees off the side of the trail to Tikaboo Peak, widely considered the best remaining legal point from which the public may directly view the very secretive Area 51.

The narration is a mix of recounting the day’s solo hike in the snow to the summit of Tikaboo Peak to get a view of Area 51, mixed with hiking advice, descriptions of the route being driven, and storytelling about various other hikes and adventures including some others near Area 51. Add to that occasional humor, the suspense of whether the camera battery will last to the highway and what would happen if a car comes the opposite way, and advice about equipment and techniques. Then throw in various minor tidbits about the author’s life, interests, and philosophy, plus only-half-joking speculation about what some odd experiences in the area might point to.

Shot in December 2008, the day after a snowstorm shut down LAS airport and most highways around Vegas.

The vehicle was a Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD.

The camera was clamped to the driver’s side handhold for a steady view out the top left corner of the windshield.

The camera was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 point and shoot, filming 848×480 video at 10fps in order to conserve file size and allow for better light gathering, as much of the drive is in complete darkness except for the headlights. The SDHC card was 8GB Class 6. I use cheap A-Data, Pqi, and Transcend SDHC Class 6 cards interchangeably in the camera, with never a problem.

To meet the 500MB file size limit of a free Vimeo account, and to recreate the look and feel of an Apollo moon rover film, the 1.06GB .MOV file from the TZ3 was converted, using RAD Video Tools file converter and selecting the Cinepak Codec by Radius. It became a 388MB (real MB, around 407 million bytes) .AVI file resized 0.5x to 424×240 and then cropped to 320×240, with every other frame removed to give 5fps. Other key parameters in the RAD conversion were: contrast=30, gamma=1.7, and 8000Hz mono 8-bit audio to match the camera.

No editing whatsoever was done in the sense that no video or audio was added, removed, or converted differently from any other frame of the video. What you see is exactly what the camera captured, in real time, from the time the shutter button started it until the time the shutter button ended it. Video conversions, enhancements, and degradations were applied equally to each frame in the whole video.

I made a slightly different conversion of this video to DVD HQ (720×480 which maybe shows as 640×480 on 4:3 TV due to the square pixels, maybe the CyberLink software knew to crop it?) at 5 fps, and plan to make a DVD SD at 10fps also. I must like listening to myself and/or re-living this ride, as I’ve watched the HQ DVD at least 10 times already.

This is my first upload to Vimeo, or any other video site for that matter. We’ll see how it goes. I hope the time I spent in search of the right file conversion parameters to make the video look presentable in Windows Media Player, yet fit within the 500MB Vimeo size limit was not in vain.

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JB737

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Flash media for video: what to look for – Filmmaking Tutorial



A recommended SD card:

If you have a camera that uses SD or CF cards, there are a few things you should know before purchasing or using them, and in just 5 minutes you’ll be better prepared!

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Buying a tape was pretty easy, despite a few bottom of the barrel ones to avoid, they were all fairly solid and could be relied upon when used with a well maintained camera. But now we’ve moved to flash media, which was just not designed for long term storage, it’s meant as an offload and reuse type of storage. That, and they are a lot more technically intricate than a tape, meaning a lot more can go wrong with it if it happens to be poorly made.

So how do you ensure you buy a well made CF or SD card, or any other flash media for that matter? Use your internet audience! The two main sites i use when buying a new card are Amazon, and Newegg. I don’t necessarily buy it from them(though they do have great prices usually), but rather i use them for their excellent base of user reviews. It’s quite simple really: are there 20 or more total reviews, and are they all or mostly all in the 4-5 star range? Now back up a second, because yes i do of course look at how many gigabytes i need, and how fast the card is, but here we’re talking about reliability. Because it doesn’t matter how fast or big a card is, if it burns out and destroys all of your files!

I’ve had a great experience with Sandisk brand, which is one of, if not the largest producer of flash based media, so they kind of have a lot of experience. But still, they DO have some lemons out there, so no matter what i need, i be sure to check extensively to see if a large number of people have had any issues with a card i’m interested in.

So now that i’ve scared you into reading reviews, the other two issues i want to briefly touch upon, are physical storage and digital storage. That is, how will you store the card, and how will you store the footage you offload from the card?

Please, don’t just use the dinky little plastic case that the card came with, it’s just not fun, nor very protective. There are tons of inexpensive cases for cards, two of which that i find useful are: http://www.meritline.com/waterproof-memory-card-case—p-57839.aspx as well as http://www.meritline.com/memory-card-case-waterproof-multiformat—p-70257.aspx
yes, 5 bucks, and 3 bucks! Buy both! But please do not get tempted by the dollar/2 dollar ones im sure you’ve noticed on that site as well, i bought all of these from the site to test them out, and the dollar ones while better that dinky case your card came with, simple does not stay closed properly and needs to be taped shut. So stick with the two options i’ve linked to, or other well reviewed ones. It’s a tiny investment and can save your footage. Do it.

Lastly, a tip on the workflow front: never, ever, download your footage from your card to just ONE drive. Always make two full SEPARATE drive copies of your files before formatting and reshooting the card. This is just not an option, despite how reliable many hard drives are these days, there are many unreliable ones, so listen to me and make two backups and enjoy never loosing a file.

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Panasonic HC-MDH2 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder (PAL)!! ALL YOU NEED KIT NEW!!


Price: $1199 - $939.99

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Product Includes:Microfiber Cleaning ClothHigh Speed Gold Plated Mini HDMI CableLED Light Kit6.5″ TABLETOP TRIPOD HAND/PISTOL GRIPPanasonic HC-MDH2 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder (PAL)32GB SD Memory CardULTIMAXX BLOWERULTIMAXX 3 PC CLEANING KITULTIMAXX High Speed SD/SDHC/Micro SD Reader/CARD READERULTIMAXX Extra Large Gadget Bag/CaseULTIMAXX Wrist / Hand Grip StrapULTIMAXX LENS CLEANING PENULTIMAXX 75″ TRIPODULTIMAXX LENS CAP KEEPER49mm to 58mm Step Up Lens Adapter for SLR CamerasULTIMAXX 6pc Graduated Color Filter Set 58mmULTIMAXX UV Filter 58mmULTIMAXX HD MACRO CLOSE UP LENSES 58MMULTIMAXX 3 Piece Multi Coated HD Filter Kit 58mm (UV, CPL, FLD)The Panasonic HC-MDH2 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder shoots SD and HD video that is compatible with PAL standards. It supports Full HD 1080p 50, using AVCHD version 2 compression at 28 Mb/s. It also shoots 1080i 50 recording at 24 Mb/s, as well as higher compression rates enabling longer recording times. The camera can also record SD footage, so it integrates into an SD or HD workflow. This makes it an option for those who are not yet ready to transition to HD but want to be able to use the same camera once they do.The camera features a 1/2.33″ MOS sensor that has been designed with a thinner wiring layer, which allows the sensor to capture more light resulting in a better low light image with less noise than with a similar sensor with a thicker wiring layer. Panasonic’s Crystal Engine Pro image processor converts the info from the sensor to a viewable image. It also handles the image processing of the 50X intelligent zoom, providing smooth looking video, and minimizing artifacts.The camera features built-in image stabilization that operates in 5-axes, compensating for vertical, horizontal, forward and back tilt, and panning motions that might otherwise be distracting to your audience. The HC-MHD2 features a level function, where the camera corrects shots that are not horizontally level. The camera’s Intelligent auto mode allows the camera to select the appropriate settings to capture you image. However, you can choose to manually control, focus, zoom, iris, and white balance. The camera comes with an eyepiece viewfinder for a traditional ENG approach to shooting, but you can also use the built-in touch panel LCD instead. The camera records to available SD/SDHC/SDXC media, and features 2 x media card slots, allowing either relay or simultaneous recording to create an instant back up. Once you’ve captured your footage, you can connect an available USB drive to the camera and transfer directly to the drive without using a computer or other USB host device. An update on the little red recording light, the illuminated ring at the base of the lens glows to indicate the status of the camera, either blue for stand-by or red for recording.

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Samsung 256GB EVO Plus MicroSDXC w/Ad


Price: $64.00 - $41.99
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Simply the right card<BR>Get more out of your mobile devices with fast read/write speeds, perfect for 4K UHD video. With astonishing performance and reliability, EVO Plus lets you save and treasure the richness of life.<BR>Fulfill your need for speed<BR>Record and play 4K UHD video. With ultra-fast read &amp; write speeds up to 100MB/s &amp; 90MB/s respectively, the 256GB EVO Plus lets you transfer a 3GB video to your notebook in just 38 seconds.* Shoot high quality photos and videos, and share them all in an instant.<BR>Capacity to live large<BR>Never worry about space again. With massive amounts of storage the 256GB EVO Plus is enough memory for up to12 hours of 4K UHD video, 33 hours of Full HD video, 55,200 photos, or 22,500 songs.* So go ahead and savor all of what life has to offer, and keep it all too.<BR>Extended compatibility<BR>Compatible with a wide range of devices for both SD and micro SD. You can even capture detailed 4K UHD video. The included SD adapter fits most devices under almost every brand name, while preserving all of EVO Plus’ outstanding speed and performance.<BR>4-Proof protection<BR>Your experiences are irreplaceable, and now unforgettable. Backed by 4-proof protection, the EVO Plus can withstand up to 72 hours in seawater¹, extreme temperatures², airport X-ray machines³ and magnetic fields4 equivalent to an MRI scanner. Samsung provides a 10-year limited warranty*<BR>1 Certified waterproof with IEC 60529 and IPX7 rating<BR>2 Operating temperatures

Up to 95 MB/s read and 90 MB/s write speed with class 10 and U3 compatibility; includes full-size SD adapter
Free up your devices with the largest capacity and highest read/write speeds in Samsung’s class, suitable for full HD video
Backed by 4-proof protection, the EVO Plus can withstand up to 72 hours in seawater, extreme temperatures, airport X-ray machines and magnetic fields equivalent to an MRI scanner
With astonishing performance and reliability, Evo plus lets you save and treasure the richness of life
10-year limited warranty

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artfone Big Button Flip Phone for Elderly, 3G Unlocked Senior Flip Phone, Large Volume, Tmobile Phone with Radio, SOS, Torch and Camera Functions, Senior Phone with Acc Reciever Like Iphone’s (Black)


Price: $56.99
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artfone Big Button Flip Mobile Phone for Elderly, 3G Unlocked Senior Flip Phone, SOS Button Tmobile Flip Phone, Large Volume for Senior & Kids, Mobile Phone With Radio, Torch And Camera Functions, Senior Flip Phone With ACC Reciever Like Iphone’s

【Flip Mobile Phone With High-resolution Screen】Big Button Mobile Phone and 2.4”Screen – 170 degree opening and closing, easy to use, durable and practical.2.4 inch high-resolution QVGA (240×320) large screen ,big font and big button pad .Even no glasses wearing for elderly ,the font is also clearly and easy to read . 15mm large button is very convenient for the old people with being inflexible finger
【2 Side Buttons + 1 SOS】On the right side are Flashlight and volume buttons for quick access. On the back is emergency button. You can set 5 SOS numbers. In possible emergency, you can press the SOS button for 3 seconds to dial emergency numbers and send SMS, to get immediate help from your family or friends
【Even More Functions】Calling, SMS, Bluetooth, camera, FM, calendar, calculator, alarm, audio player, sound recorder, image viewer, video player, speed dial, SOS button, flight mode, keyboard light, magnifier, supports micro SD up to 32 GB, and more
【3G Cellphone without Contract & Long Using Time】Supports 2G bands:850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G bands:850/900/1900/2100 MHz, compatible with all AT&T mobile operators,compatible all 3G bands except CDMA . Lithium battery with 1000mAh large capacity, supports talking time up to 4-5 hours, standby time up to 200 hours. A charging station and a charging cable are included, making your phone charging quick and easy

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Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant, One Pack, White


Price: $155.88 - $25.98

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CONNECTED: View in real time and capture directly to phone for sharing via app / Works with Alexa and Google Assistant / Free rolling 14-day access to AWS cloud storage, in perpetuityADVANCED: Continuous footage recording and two-way audio / JX-F23 CMOS sensor provides clear images for day and night / Matte finish replaces glossy finish of original to reduce reflectionSMART: Motion Tagging detects and outlines motion in live or replay / Recognizes sounds of smoke alarms and CO monitorsTECHNOLOGY: Class-K audio power amplifier / New audio chip significantly reduces TDD interference and EMIUSB Port: The USB port supports daisy chaining up to 3 Wyze Cam(s) to share a single instance of the provided power adapterSpecifications: Power Cable Length: 6 feet (1.8m)Mounting Method: MagneticPorts: 1 Type-A USB, 1 micro USBPower Adapter Input: 110-240V (AC/DC)Power Adapter Output: 5V/1000mACPU: 1.0GHzMemory: 128MBResolution: 1920 X 1080 (1080p)Camera – Lens:  F2.0 aperture, 2.8mm focal length; Image sensor: 1/2.9″ CMOS; Digital zoom: 8xField of View: 110° lensNight Vision: 4 IR LEDs (850nm); Illuminates up to 29.6 feet (9m)Video: H.264 encoding; Day time video: 15 FPS; Night vision: 10 FPSAudio: Built-in speaker and microphone; Class-K power amplifierAlerts: Push notificationsCloud Storage: Free rolling 14 days of Event Videos stored in the AWS CloudLocal Storage: Supports 8GB, 16GB and 32GB microSD cards in FAT32 formatData Security: End-to-end encryption; HTTPS secure transfer protocol; AES 128-bit encryptionData Usage: 1-2MB per minute in SD, or 4-7MB per minute in HDWiFi: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz (Does not support 5GHz network) Supports WPA and WPA2 protocolsConnectivity Requirements: Upload speed 1.0 Mbps for SD and 1.5 Mbps for HDIntegrations: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTTOperating Systems: Supports iOS 9.0 and Android 5

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Panasonic HC-MDH2 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder (PAL)!! PRO BUNDLE BRAND NEW!!


Price: $1199 - $909.99

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Product Includes:32GB SD Memory CardMicrofiber Cleaning ClothHigh Speed Gold Plated Mini HDMI CableLED Light Kit6.5″ TABLETOP TRIPOD HAND/PISTOL GRIPPanasonic HC-MDH2 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder (PAL)ULTIMAXX BLOWERULTIMAXX 3 PC CLEANING KITULTIMAXX High Speed SD/SDHC/Micro SD Reader/CARD READERULTIMAXX Extra Large Gadget Bag/CaseULTIMAXX Wrist / Hand Grip StrapULTIMAXX LENS CLEANING PENULTIMAXX 75″ TRIPODThe Panasonic HC-MDH2 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder shoots SD and HD video that is compatible with PAL standards. It supports Full HD 1080p 50, using AVCHD version 2 compression at 28 Mb/s. It also shoots 1080i 50 recording at 24 Mb/s, as well as higher compression rates enabling longer recording times. The camera can also record SD footage, so it integrates into an SD or HD workflow. This makes it an option for those who are not yet ready to transition to HD but want to be able to use the same camera once they do.The camera features a 1/2.33″ MOS sensor that has been designed with a thinner wiring layer, which allows the sensor to capture more light resulting in a better low light image with less noise than with a similar sensor with a thicker wiring layer. Panasonic’s Crystal Engine Pro image processor converts the info from the sensor to a viewable image. It also handles the image processing of the 50X intelligent zoom, providing smooth looking video, and minimizing artifacts.The camera features built-in image stabilization that operates in 5-axes, compensating for vertical, horizontal, forward and back tilt, and panning motions that might otherwise be distracting to your audience. The HC-MHD2 features a level function, where the camera corrects shots that are not horizontally level. The camera’s Intelligent auto mode allows the camera to select the appropriate settings to capture you image. However, you can choose to manually control, focus, zoom, iris, and white balance. The camera comes with an eyepiece viewfinder for a traditional ENG approach to shooting, but you can also use the built-in touch panel LCD instead. The camera records to available SD/SDHC/SDXC media, and features 2 x media card slots, allowing either relay or simultaneous recording to create an instant back up. Once you’ve captured your footage, you can connect an available USB drive to the camera and transfer directly to the drive without using a computer or other USB host device. An update on the little red recording light, the illuminated ring at the base of the lens glows to indicate the status of the camera, either blue for stand-by or red for recording.The design of the image sensor increases sensitivity by using a thinner wiring layer, providing for larger photodiodes that can capture more light.

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Meet Wakinya



This endearing young gentleman is Wakinya. He is 10 years old and will be in the 5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Wakinya has a kind and gentle personality, he enjoys meeting new people, and he describes himself as creative, a hard worker, quiet, honest, strong, and talented. Wakinya enjoys activities such as playing cards, family board games, and he has a vivid imagination.

Wakinya is inquisitive and does well in school. His favorite subject is reading. Other interests include lacrosse, video games, and lately designing paper airplanes. Wakinya can light up and chat your ear off but also enjoys his alone time and can keep himself entertained.

Interested families must also be willing to travel to South Dakota for pre-placement visits in order to get to know Wakinya.

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Panasonic HC-MDH3 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder with LCD Touchscreen & LED Light Pro Bundle with 64GB SD, Microphone, LED Light, Gadget Bag, Tripod and Much More


Price: $1399 - $999.95

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Kit Includes:Panasonic HC-MDH3 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder with LCD Touchscreen & LED Light – palSanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDHC UHS-I Card (SDSDXXG-064G-GN4IN)ULTIMAXX BLOWERULTIMAXX High Speed SD/SDHC/Micro SD Reader/CARD READERULTIMAXX Extra Large Gadget Bag/CaseULTIMAXX HDMI A-A 12FT GOLD PLATED (STANDARD)ULTIMAXX LENS CLEANING PENUltimaxx Professional 160 LED Video LightULTIMAXX Microfiber Cleaning ClothULTIMAXX Video MicrophoneULTIMAXX Shoulder StabilizerULTIMAXX STARTER CLEANING KITULTIMAXX 75″ TRIPODULTIMAXX Tripod DollyPanasonic’s HC-MDH3 AVCHD Shoulder Mount Camcorder with LCD Touchscreen & LED Light is at home shooting corporate, event, or indie projects. It features a 1/3.1″ BSI MOS sensor for improved low-light performance, and incorporates a 20x zoom lens with five-axis hybrid image stabilization. The lens also features a single manual ring that you select to control focus, zoom, iris, white balance, or shutter speed. Built into the top handle is an LED light for illuminating your subject.Two viewfinders provide you with a choice of operating the camera with either a traditional tilt-up color EVF, or a pullout LCD high-resolution touchscreen. The LCD touchscreen is positioned above the lens for a more natural viewing experience when shooting handheld. The camera records in MP4, MOV, or AVCHD codecs, and features dual SDXC media card slots, allowing you to use relay or simultaneous recording. The lens incorporates an illuminating ring that indicates when the camera is in standby or record mode. You can also deactivate the indicator if you wish.A built-in LED light illuminates your subjects with a bright beam (300 lux at 3′) of daylight-balanced light. If the beam is too harsh, an included diffusion filter covers and softens the light.The integrated 20x optical zoom lens provides sharp images and an equivalent 35mm focal length range of 29.5 to 612mm (16:9). The lens also features a 49mm filter thread.The camera employs a five-axis hybrid optical image stabilizer (O.I.S.) compensating for side-to-side, up-down, and forward-back handheld shake.Features Picture Tone settings—standard and sharp. Selecting sharp boosts the contrast and a more vibrant color matrix is used, while sharpening is applied.The sensor features a design that moves the circuitry normally found in front of the photosites to the back of the sensor’s substrate. This allows for more photons to strike the photosites, increasing the sensitivity of the sensor.The camera incorporates a built-in microphone.

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Sony HXR-MC2500 HXRMC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (Black) With 16GB SSE Package Bundle Including:


Price: $1364.89

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The HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder from Sony is designed for shooters looking for the inherent stability and professional feel a shoulder-mount form factor provides. It features a 1/4 Exmor R CMOS chip that can work with as little as 0.8 lux illumination when in SD mode, and low light performance is further augmented by a built-in LED light shinning 800 lumens at 1.6; distance. The camera records Full HD in the widely supported AVCHD format and can record SD in the DV codec with an AVI wrapper. Using DV rather than DVD-style MPEG-2 compression for SD means a higher quality thanks to lower compression and compatibility with more editing software. The camera is Wi-Fi enabled allowing you to control it from an app as well as monitor a low-latency live feed on a smartphone or tablet. This Kit Includes: 1- Sony HXRMC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (Black) 1- Extended Life Replacement Battery (NP-F970) 1- 16GB High Speed Error Free SDHC Memory Card 1- AC/DC Rapid Home/Car Charger 1- .43x Wide Angle Lens 1- 2.2x Telephoto Zoom Lens 1- 3 Piece Filter Kit Includes: UV, Circular Polarizer and Fluorescent Filter 1- USB SDHC Memory Card Reader 1- LED Video Light 1- Waterproof Shockproof Carrying Case 1- 72 Pro Tripod w/Carry Bag 1- Pro Tripod Dolly 1- Pack of LCD Screen Protectors 1- Lens/LCD Cleaning Kit 1- Mini Table Top Tripod 1- Exclusive Sunset Electronics Cleaning Cloth