Short Videos using the Splice iOS App

Mobile apps make it so easy to create. Whatever your passion or interests may be. Shooting videos has became so easy. iPhones, well OK – Smartphones – (can’t have the non-iOS folks feel left out, can we?), cameras with video capabilities and the ever popular GoPro. Videos in the droves. However, until recently, editing the videos, enhancing them to tell somewhat of a story meant huge software  programs in the computer. With the advent of the smartphones and tablets and the associated apps, the complete life cycle of a video – raw to finished, published (read as YouTubed) product can be completed entirely on a mobile device. And with that the Splice App.

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Season:2016 | Engage: Prep mode and GoPro Setup

This week here in Metro-Atlanta had been like Spring – almost Summer. Clear blue skies. Warm 78s through the day. This, after a number of weeks of irritating, persistent rain – or ‘precipitation’ as the weathermen would like to call it – seemed like the call proclaiming that the 2016 season is now open for Cage-free riding and for some GoPro videos to boot!

I was looking forward to riding with a group I came to name as the WeekendRiderz on Saturday. But having to visit some friends on a late Friday night, turned in to a late Saturday morning and a subsequent (sadly, sorry Chaps!) scrubbing of me being able to ride with the group. This had me with some free time on my hands during the early afternoon.

I decided to run the FJR around the local neighborhood testing out the various GoPro camera locations and vantage points around the bike, using the suction mount and the Ram clamps. I had an hour or so available for this. I focused on using the Saddlebags or  Panniers. Along the rear the surface on the Panniers afforded decent flat areas for the suction mount, The GoPro3 had the Limefuel battery all hooked up and ready to fly.

Using the GoPro App on the iPhone, I used ‘control’ mode to view the shot angle on the GoPro3 and make any necessary adjustments. This was done while the app is connected to the GoPro, hooked up in turn to the iPhone via the GoPro camera wifi. Once the videos were captured, I used the Apple Lighting to SD Card Adapter to connect the microSD card to iPhone to import the four videos into iPhone. I could have used the GoPro Studio app on the my laptop, but I still find that clunky and a little tedious to use and decided to go the RoadWarrior way and create the video using the iPhone. This time using Splice iOS app, a nice easy to use and quite intuitive app for video editing and production. Far better than the GoPro Studio. Any wonder that GoPro decided to use a substantial amount of the cash reserve to acquire Splice.

Tip: Uploading videos from iPhone to YouTube: Once the video was ready, I used the YouTube iOS app to upload the video to my channel. However, after uploading completed the process hung on ‘finishing the video’ for a couple of hours. Looking up Google Forums, it seems to be an endemic problem with the uploading feature of the iOS app. The alternative was to ‘share’ the video from the Photos app to YouTube. This worked fine and the upload was completed within minutes.

Here’s the video showing the four different locations I tried.

Do you have any suggestions of camera positions I should try on my next ‘camera location’ trial session?

Boots by Royal Enfield, India
Bike by Yamaha
Video by RakeshRao of #PoshGoondas
Camera by GoPro
GoPro battery by LimeFuel
Mounts by Ram Mounts

 

The Valley Green

 

Mountain range surrounding Leh, Ladakh; As seen from the Shanti Stupa, Leh

The day after we arrived in Leh, we had the morning to ourselves. #PoshGoondas were free to amble around town; try and get some Indian money out of the ATMs (that’s another story for another day); or do a bit of sightseeing which Jatin, I and Kalpesh decided to do. Nimish was off Snow Leopard spotting.

After visiting the Leh Palace, we went up to the Shanti Stupa. A nice, serene, spiritual location. Although walking barefoot on the sun baked tiled floor was a task. Perched at an elevation, we could look down on various sections that made up Leh, ensconced in the Valley. With it being a dry day, the skies were pristine blue, the clouds snow white and the land saturated in arid browns or lush green. The view of the fertile greens snaking along the valley, appeared to look like a tree lined river finding its course as allowed by the Mountains, as if standing guard. And this scape overseen by the snow capped mountains in the yonder. Such stark terrains, coexisting. Perhaps in co-dependence. Another of Ma Nature’s tapestries.

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”
/Theodore Roethke

Snow capped Sentinals

 Mountain range surrounding Leh, Ladakh.

We rode into Leh the previous evening. The general feeling on reaching the hotel was bittersweet. Glad that we had an amazing experience leading up to arriving into Leh and without any mishap or untoward incident, more importantly. Saddened to a degree since Leh was the ‘end’. A couple of days and we would need to fly back to reality. To the concrete jungle. To the rat race. This was, in my opinion, the measure of the quality of the time we spent, on our own and with each other, over the previous few days. Either when riding, or just gazing in amazement at what Nature can really get up to.

Nimish and I were up early(ish) armed with our cameras. I found Nimish on the terrace of the hotel building. The terrace afforded a clear view of the Leh Skyline on one side. The other side looked towards the town but was shielded by trees and hotel/homes reaching up two maybe three stories. Needless to say our attention was drawn toward and captivated by the ‘Skyline’ side. And what a breathtaking skyline it is. We kept swapping lens, positions, zoom in, zoom out whatever we could to try and capture what we were seeing. I don’t believe the images do justice.

Amazing how Nature can take a handful of colors – just the Browns and Blues and the intermittent White – and create such an indelible painting. It was wonderful to see the wind blowing wispy clouds over the peaks, gently caressing the Snow, as if trying not to smudge the painting. A picture of gradients rising from the dark, arid rock merging into the soft white snow through to the wispy white and finally to the vivid deep uniquely blue skies. The image may not fit into the ‘photography rules’ – rule of thirds, leading the eye etc. But it is striking nonetheless. Hope you like it.

Nomination:
With this image I nominate a determined spirit, a great person, and a wonderful photographer, Siddharth. We spent a day together as we rode, or rather, ‘traveled’ out together from Kaza. Enough for a bond to be created. His images are truly inspiring.

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing”
/Barry Finlay