“End of the World” skydive video with Panasonic Lumix GH2

The world will end only after the gospel is reached to all nation, all people groups. The Rapture Day, 5/21/2011, was a dud, as predicted. Only a false prophet would predict something like that.
I planned on using the portable green screen to make some skydivers ‘disappear,’ but it didn’t work out. I did, however, video nine skydivers who were having fun jumping as if there was no tomorrow. GH2 performed nicely, as expected. I got a chance to use the new ND filter for the ground footage. It seems like there is no deterioration of the image like it was with cheap Polaroid filter, even shot at 720p upscaled to 1080p on the timeline, for the ground footage.
I left all settings at -2 other than saturation at 0. It color graded nicely. All I had to do was touch ’em up a bit with Colorista II, balancing lumina and boosting a bit more saturation. I was pretty pleased with the results, especially for freefall stuff.
The second skydiving footage is shakier than usual due to not clipping the left camera wing properly, preventing it from inflating. I had to fly in a really weird boy position to compensate!

Motion control turntable and 5K video

A friend is in the motion control mechanical business. He wanted me to test a computerized motion control turntable that is going to be used for 360 degree shots of products. It’s almost like a Lazy Man’s Stop Motion set up. Just hook up to the computer and a camera and tell the software how many pictures need to be taken per rotation, and voila, the device does the rest, triggering the camera between the rotation. It’s pretty cool. I can see great potential, not only getting great 5k video images of spinning products, but capturing a panoramic shot of a great looking landscape by setting it on top of the tripod. On a side note, I am loving the t2i all over again. I can’t believe the video quality it provides with a 50mm f1.8 lens. It’s simply spectacular for indoor footage.