Burma (Myanmar) and Similan Islands video
Posted 03 May 2006 - 01:01 AM
This was originally a "taster" at the beginning of the 90-minute DVD. As an online promo it's probably a bit slow moving, especially the macro stuff towards the beginning.
Bear with it, the mantas and whalesharks are at the end
Google's "streamed" version is 320 pixels wide but the "downloaded" version is 420 px wide so I recommend you do that.
Brutally frank feedback appreciated as ever.
Posted 03 May 2006 - 05:50 AM
You have some great clips there, well done.
Love the clear water.
I recond I have swan with that same Whale Shark here
Love the frog / toad fish or whatever you call him.
Did you shoot that with the Gates, abit of vignetting around the edges I see. Well you are not alone there.
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Posted 03 May 2006 - 06:21 AM
Yeah, VX2000 in Gates housing. From memory on fully wide it vignettes about the same as the Amphibico VX2000 housing.
I normally zoom in a bit to get rid of the vignetting but it's difficult to know when to stop when doing a zoom out (e.g. That young whale shark next to the boat).
Apparently that last whale shark, about 7m(?), is known as "big boy" and has been around these parts before. He(?) has a tiny v-shaped nick in the top of his tail.
That anglerfish has been camped out at East of Eden for the whole season.
Posted 03 May 2006 - 08:19 AM
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Posted 03 May 2006 - 11:34 AM
Posted 03 May 2006 - 03:31 PM
Really loved the video - the macro shots especially were outstanding. 10/10!!
The only other thing to say is that Google video sucks - I had to try at least 20 times before I could finally get to watch the whole film!
Posted 03 May 2006 - 09:26 PM
Is anyone else having trouble viewing it?
Thanks for the kind words guys.
Posted 04 May 2006 - 08:27 AM
Where were you diving with the WS?
Posted 04 May 2006 - 01:16 PM
My only interest is higher resolution, but that's a future computing issue.
Posted 04 May 2006 - 01:29 PM
The baby was at Fan Forest Pinnacle, near Western Rocky Island in the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar. "Big Boy" was at good old Richelieu Rock, Thailand.
Where were you diving with the WS?
These were only my 2nd and 3rd whale shark sightings. Previous one was also at Richelieu Rock one year before. And that one took me 4-5 years of Andaman diving to see.
Posted 04 May 2006 - 11:22 PM
Posted 05 May 2006 - 01:16 AM
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 06:27 AM
The probelms I had with google video may be just at my end by the sound of it if no one else is having problems. I guess that's what happens when you try to use a wireless connection through 5 walls!! I just wish my wife would put up with the cable running through the hallway, but alas no!
Posted 05 May 2006 - 10:40 PM
It's best if you click "download" on the right of the Google page. You will need to get the Google video viewer. The video will play and stutter as it downloads but once it's downloaded you can replay it smoothly.
The videos downloaded from Google are 480 pixels wide and based on Divx 5. They're pretty good as long as what you upload to them is good. The streamed version is only 320 pixels wide and not as good.