Summertime

Summer is a time to kick back and relax. That does not necessarily mean being inactive, but what it does mean to me is taking a break from social media and getting outdoors to enjoy the sun, the scenery, and real people doing real things. I have very little time now to post on social media as I am endeavouring to live my life to the fullest, by my standards, and not that which is imposed on us by the constant nagging of social media.

Here is a short video of some of my playtime activities to keep the electronically dependant happy for a least…well..um…30 seconds or so 🙂

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Emerging Beauty

Wascana Park in central Regina is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. There is just something exquisite about having a beautiful man-made lake in the middle of a major city on the prairies of western Canada.

Without a doubt, one of my favourite parks to cycle through, whether it be on a fixed-gear city bike, a road bike, or even a time trial bike enroute to the straight and flat highways east of Regina.

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The South Side

Although this video was shot in the early spring, I wanted to do a compare and contrast clip to be shot later on in the summer. Although the scenery is still drab and dull and the park roads were wet and full of potholes from the winter freeze/thaw cycles, this will soon change to new pavement and the beautiful shades of green in the summer season. Warm sunshine and lazy days on the beach – what’s not to like?

The Randonneur
The Randonneur

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The Speed Racer

Just when you think you are all alone…the Speed Racer blows by you like you’re standing still, soon to vanish into the far horizon 🙂

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The Speed Racer

Shot on a Garmin Virb Elite and edited solely in Lightworks.

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Lightworks: Slightly Ahead of Our Time

After a recent melt-down of my trusty MacBook Air, I was faced with the unenviable task of doing a full MacOS install and reinstallation of all my apps. Unfortunately, I was not even able to boot into recovery mode and do a full system restore from my Time Machine backups.

Sometimes a clean slate is like a second chance to do something different for a change.

Although I have purchased many professional software tools over the years for photo, audio, video editing and graphic design on the Mac platform, I also utilize a FreeNas server for network attached iscsi storage, and a Linux box for Resourcespace development. Therefore, I decided to take another look at the various open source and freeware applications that would suit my aforementioned needs as a photographer and videographer. Running the same software across a Mac laptop and a Linux desktop can be a real positive experience – the best aspect of all is that it is FREE!

I have recently downloaded and installed both Da Vinci Resolve and Lightworks as my primary video editing software of choice along with the venerable GIMP for image editing. Today, I would like to briefly talk about my experience with Lightworks.

I am no stranger to Lightworks (having used it in its early days) and its unique interface and design. Nevertheless, coming from Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), Lightworks is a bit of a steep learning curve nonetheless. Without burying my head in the Lightworks manual and referring to online help, I managed to create a short video from scratch in about twice as long as what it would take me to do in FCPX. Most of that time was spent just trying to figure things out via trial and error. With a little time, I will get up to speed 🙂

This is by no means a full review of Lightworks, but rather a brief summary of my own user experience with the video editing application. In the final analysis, I am favourably impressed with the latest incarnation of Lightworks, even if the free version is crippled to outputting to Vimeo or Youtube at only 720P. That is sufficient for my needs as a blogger, but woefully inadequate for a professional editor. An upgrade to the Pro version is in order for the professional user.

I am going to continue to work with Lightworks over the next thirty days or so before I move on to experiment with the capable Da Vinci Resolve. Decisions…decisions. Here are a few screenshots of the application in my workflow.

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Lightworks Audio View
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Lightworks Log View
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Lightworks VFX View
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Lightworks Edit View

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