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Nick Hope

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#346155 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 13 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

Thanks Dustin. Maybe I can split them up to make them shorter, and try and get them onto one line. Cheers

#345946 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 10 April 2014 - 02:58 AM

In September 2007 I took my old Sony HVR-Z1P to the Lembeh Strait for 9 days and came back with a ridiculous amount of footage of a ludicrous number of critters. Six and a half years later, I've finally made a documentary of it. Speed of post-production is not one of my strengths :sleepbig:


Last year I posted a prologue video. Now, finally, here is the first episode, which introduces Lembeh's location at the heart of the Coral Triangle, and takes a look at corals and tunicates. If it's OK, I'll post future weekly episodes on this thread.


The camera was in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing with a flat port, and I used a Century +3.5 achromatic diopter for most of the macro shots. I used Light & Motion Elite (halogen) lights on most shots.


As always, honest feedback is welcome - positive, neutral or negative.


#345667 Critter Planet

Posted by Nick Hope on 04 April 2014 - 07:54 PM

Very nice work Dustin.

#345451 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Nick Hope on 01 April 2014 - 02:05 AM

Call me old fashioned but I thought April fools jokes were supposed to be made on 1st April. And a bit strange (from an English perspective) to keep insisting it's real after everyone's claiming April fool. A bit of a dangerous game. I doubt Panasonic are too impressed.

#338896 Get the kick out of this!!!

Posted by Nick Hope on 01 November 2013 - 11:13 PM

Do not watch "True Facts About The Frog", and do not Google "Trypophobia". You've been warned.

#338749 The Triangle

Posted by Nick Hope on 28 October 2013 - 11:39 PM

Very nice film. I especially liked the anemonefish tending its eggs, and that black manta is beautiful.


As you're looking to improve, I did notice one or two slight wobbles at points that I might have tried to stabilise or cut in post. Also I think you may have just slightly overdone it darkening the footage in a couple of places. The blues were occasionally very deep, almost too deep, and the blacks very black. But I'm being very picky here.


One other thing. Be very careful with CC licences. You generally need CC-BY for what we do. CC-BY-ND doesn't allow for syncing to video. I love the track you've used and wanted to use some of that artist's music myself, but very little of it is CC-BY, and I've been too cheap so far to stump up the $99 for a Jamendo pro licence.

#338747 Video - Ordinskaya Caves near Ural mountains

Posted by Nick Hope on 28 October 2013 - 11:15 PM

Nice, atmospheric footage and I enjoyed the aspect ratio changes. The lighter music for the credit was strange, but might have worked if the accompanying footage was different and relaxed (e.g. all smiles while de-kitting), but it wasn't. Would have been great to see you all emerging triumphantly into the light at the end.

#331373 First Place Video - Classic - SEA International 2013

Posted by Nick Hope on 14 May 2013 - 10:32 PM

Very nice work Dustin. Full frame looks so challenging for macro because of shallow depth of field but you did good. Great lighting. Great music.


Suggestions for improvement...


Use some straight cuts instead of cross-dissolving every single transition.


And move your copyright notice right out into the corner. It's distracting where it is. You'd still qualify for statutory damages under US copyright law if someone crops it out.


Also if you're using a royalty-free CC licence, make sure it's CC-BY and not CC-BY-ND, which doesn't cover syncing to music, or CC-BY-SA, which requires you to share your video under the same licence.


What did the stargazer eat?

#329422 Panasonic GH3 is (almost) here

Posted by Nick Hope on 08 April 2013 - 10:18 PM

Nauticam have told me: "We provide only the acrylic dome ports for NA-GH3 housing."  :(


(In case anyone missed it: pics of the housing)


Anyone at NAB?

#322867 Diving in Bali (720p)

Posted by Nick Hope on 17 December 2012 - 09:00 AM

You may have seen my 54-minute Bali DVD on the net before at 480p, but I have breathed new life into it by improving the colour correction and upscaling from 576i to 720p (by a fancy AviSynth method) for YouTube. At the size embedded size in the forum it really needs to be seen at 720p, which you need to turn on with the cog symbol at the bottom right.

You can view the common and scientific names of all the marine life by turning on the captions under the CC button.


#322655 A bit of everything from Manta to ladybug,Komodo,Indonesia.

Posted by Nick Hope on 13 December 2012 - 11:39 PM

Nice work Nu.

I think a lot of your macro shots could be improved by adding some sharpening (e.g. seahorse, pygmy seahorse, nudis). Ideally that would be applied after scaling to 720p.

#322141 Gulp!

Posted by Nick Hope on 07 December 2012 - 12:02 AM

6 hours! Maybe it was a sponge. What did you breathe?

#321710 Sony FS100 white balance at depth

Posted by Nick Hope on 29 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

The green channel on that last shot is actually clipped, meaning you can't retrieve detail from the highlights. You want to be doing something during image capture to stop that happening. Sony Vegas Pro scopes:

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I would start with putting curves something like this on it:

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Which gives this:

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Not right but at least you can see more detail in the highlights in the sand.

#319662 Reef Life of the Andaman - THE WHOLE THING

Posted by Nick Hope on 01 November 2012 - 12:12 AM

I decided to release my 116-minute documentary about the marine life of Thailand and Burma in its entirety on YouTube.

This was a real labour of love for me, and represents a pretty big chunk of my life, so I thought I'd give it its own thread rather than tacking it to the end of my thread about the series. I hope that's OK.

Feel free to share and embed it anywhere.

It looks best at 720p, and there are a number of closed caption options under the CC button including the names of all the species and dive sites.



#318607 Sipadan with Canon 5dmk2

Posted by Nick Hope on 17 October 2012 - 09:12 PM

Nice video Seok.