Hey Roto -
First - Nice vid! For the most part too much like commuter traffic on the Garden State Parkway.
Second - In the early part of the ride, you mentioned you were doing an indicated 98. . .you weren't passing traffic that quickly. Was that traffic moving that fast? Not that it would surprise me. .
Third - When are you going ot dip into the vast RotoFortune and upgrade your cam? I am assuming you are getting some positive action on your PayPal account. .
I will await patiently for the mountain ride I know you will produce
To your second... yes, traffic moves fast on most California freeways. When in a car I do about 70 and think I am going way fast, yet everyone around me is passing me big time. I end up having to get in the middle lane. How embarrassing. Anyway, near as I can tell, most people in that shot were doing about 80-85. There was one SUV who kept up with me, to the point he was annoying. I was not going to race. And that my speed was on average about 80-85, not 98-100, which was just a few dashes.
To your third... I just got the friggin cam and you want me to upgrade
Besides, I think that unless I go to the next level [$1500++], I cannot do much to improve the pic.
Also, as to the fortune.... did I miss your payment being made? If so, please resend it. Thanks in advance for your patronage.
As to quality, like I said earlier, I think the sun going down and speed contribute to lack of clarity. It could be the tech, such as using the camcorder over the newer digital equipment [e.g., the recordings made with the digital camera on video mode].
But, I also note that when I hook up the camcorder directly to the TV, the picture is sharp and clear. So I suspect I am doing something wrong when transferring it to the PC and compressing the video. Or it all may just be the way it goes because I have to compress to get it to a size suitable for posting on the Net [I note that most video on the Net is not even close to DVD quality. Microsoft has some high definition "HD" samples at it's site, which look great. But note that for each one hour of video the size is 11GB. Yes, that is gigabyte].
Their samples are ridiculous, e.g., 2 minute sample = 135 MB! As a treat, here is a video I made, from a sample on MS. The file is 1 minute, 30 seconds and is HD quality reduced down to a manageable size for posting here. I suspect the cameras used for the shoot were thousands of dollars, but the video editing was left to a minimum in terms of compression. My edit took away that quality for posting here, but it's still better than my helmet cam stuff.
If I transfer the videotape directly to a DVD, without compressing it, it's pretty clear and sharp. But the file is 2GB and is unworkable in terms of size.
Like I said before, this is all an experiment and training in video technique, so your comments are welcome as they make me think of issues and to look for ways to improve my online postings.