HD video: San Francisco Cable Car ride from Powell St to Fisherman’s Wharf, in 2 minutes

On Saturday we took the San Francisco cable car from the Powell St stop, where it turns around, all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. I shot the entire ride in 1080p with my Canon 5D. I’d never done the cable car ride before but now I highly recommend it. Make sure you are sitting in the front, or hanging off the side. It’s a great way to see a lot of the city.
Check out the rolling fog over Alcatraz towards the end of the video. Very cool. Make sure you click to full screen the video, HD is on.

The Powell St station is also where the cable car turns around.

Details on the video: Canon 5D Mark II 1080p H.264. Edited on Final Cut Pro with ProRes 422. 1000% speed across the board. Exported to H.264 and then uploaded to Vimeo. The exported H.264 video still looks flawless on my machine, but Vimeo definitely added a lot of encoding artifacts. Boooo. You can click to download the quicktime video on the Vimeo page.
No, I’m not going to stop complaining about flash video. Get over it.

Another puppy video

I had so much fun with my dad’s dog the past few days, I was very sad to see her go back home. So smart, so loyal. She never barked, she didn’t shed. He hair is silky smooth. She’s just like a little stuffed animal. Sometimes I didn’t believe she was real.
She has so much energy. She always seemed to have a smile on her face and wanted your attention more than anything in the world. We played fetch with a ping pong ball. She loved jumping on me, and biting my hand. My dad made a really great decision to get a dog. I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with her.

Ten Out of Tenn perform at the Fliggo party, Speakeasy – Austin, SXSW 2009

Austin is known for its music. I was there a few years back for Austin City Limits and had a blast. We didn’t see a ton of live music at SXSW (we were there for the dork interactive portion), but we were lucky to catch Ten Out of Tenn at the Speakeasy. “Ten Out of Tenn” is a compilation of Nashville singer/songwriters. They tour together and share a band, and play backup for each other. Great idea.

Below are Erin McCarley, K.S. Rhoads, and Katie Herzig. These were all shot with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-200 F4 IS. These are all straight from the camera, posted to Vimeo HD, click full screen to view them large.

This is probably the best web video possible today, but wow, it’s nowhere near as sharp as the original files or even Apple movie trailers. You can see the pixelation especially in the third video. Flash video sucks.