It's All About The Trains... New Rich Battista Video?

Folks can debate the merits of the various forms of media available for viewing this and other sources of hobby-related information, but if you miss out on the content Rich provides in this particular program (as well as his earlier ones), you are likely doing yourself a disservice. Especially true if you are part of the growing movement to 3RS or hi-rail modeling. I personally prefer "hard copy" media formats--DVD or Blu-Ray these days, along with print books and magazines--because I like maintaining an organized library of train-related "stuff" that I can easily access at any time and conveniently use in any location.

I reviewed a "conventional" DVD of "It's All About the Trains" for the magazine (January 2018 issue) and watched it on my office computer because my home office is still in the construction phase. The image quality was perfectly fine for these old eyes, and that didn't much matter in any case because what was most important was the informative and instructive techniques Rich demonstrates in this latest program.

Marek,

Thanks.  Yeah, Canadian shipping costs have come WAY down and I didn't know until you bought yours.   As for the size it will probably small enough most people can fit and large enough to fit at least one min O-72 loop.  Somewhere between 6x10 and 8x16. 

Max,  Like Rob said...weathering how-to in parts 2 and 3.

David,

  Looks like a small club forming here...I started my career programming in assembly, and I'll do you one better...I punched in machine code in college!  I'm dating myself.  

As far as introducing new stuff, I'm happy new stuff keeps coming.  High Definition (HD) is clearly (pun intended) better than DVD, and 4K is much better than HD, 4 times to be exact.  Although I can only publish HD on a Blu-ray I did video more than half the scenes using a 4K camera.  Why you ask?  The first reason is because I can get much better focus down the length of a train.  I do this by zooming out (by 4x), videoing the scene, then in my editing software I crop back down by 1/4.  Zooming out brings more of the train into focus, and cropping zooms it back in without losing the focus.  Check out the scenes with the trains coming toward or away from the camera, they are much more in focus than they would be if I used an HD camera.  The second reason is I can digitally pan a scene without moving the camera.  Check out many of my scene have a very smooth slow moving pan or zoom in or out.  The camera is still in those scenes and everything is done digitally in the editor where I can crop, move the crop and zoom the crop in or out.  So without the better technology this would not be possible.  So keep it coming!

Frank,

  I understand your situation.  The problem isn't so much having a place to store and download it, its being able to sell it securely and download it.  Again, I haven't looked into enough, but it not just saving it on the icloud.  Apparently, Youtube is getting out of the business of allowing people to sell content.  There are others I'm sure, but they need to be able to take payment, provide secure download without others copying,  etc.  It doesn't sound trivial.  One thing I may be able do for people in your situation it sell the video on a thumb drive if they are willing to pay more.  The cheapest I found is in the $4 to $6 dollar range for 16G which is needed to fit the HD video, plus there is some labor involved.  The other problem with that is that it makes it very easy to copy.   I'll have to look into it some more.

Rich

 

Rich Battista posted:

Marek,

Thanks.  Yeah, Canadian shipping costs have come WAY down and I didn't know until you bought yours.   As for the size it will probably small enough most people can fit and large enough to fit at least one min O-72 loop.  Somewhere between 6x10 and 8x16. 

Max,  Like Rob said...weathering how-to in parts 2 and 3.

David,

  Looks like a small club forming here...I started my career programming in assembly, and I'll do you one better...I punched in machine code in college!  I'm dating myself.  

As far as introducing new stuff, I'm happy new stuff keeps coming.  High Definition (HD) is clearly (pun intended) better than DVD, and 4K is much better than HD, 4 times to be exact.  Although I can only publish HD on a Blu-ray I did video more than half the scenes using a 4K camera.  Why you ask?  The first reason is because I can get much better focus down the length of a train.  I do this by zooming out (by 4x), videoing the scene, then in my editing software I crop back down by 1/4.  Zooming out brings more of the train into focus, and cropping zooms it back in without losing the focus.  Check out the scenes with the trains coming toward or away from the camera, they are much more in focus than they would be if I used an HD camera.  The second reason is I can digitally pan a scene without moving the camera.  Check out many of my scene have a very smooth slow moving pan or zoom in or out.  The camera is still in those scenes and everything is done digitally in the editor where I can crop, move the crop and zoom the crop in or out.  So without the better technology this would not be possible.  So keep it coming!

Frank,

  I understand your situation.  The problem isn't so much having a place to store and download it, its being able to sell it securely and download it.  Again, I haven't looked into enough, but it not just saving it on the icloud.  Apparently, Youtube is getting out of the business of allowing people to sell content.  There are others I'm sure, but they need to be able to take payment, provide secure download without others copying,  etc.  It doesn't sound trivial.  One thing I may be able do for people in your situation it sell the video on a thumb drive if they are willing to pay more.  The cheapest I found is in the $4 to $6 dollar range for 16G which is needed to fit the HD video, plus there is some labor involved.  The other problem with that is that it makes it very easy to copy.   I'll have to look into it some more.

Rich

 

 

Rich, 

I know how it is..its all good brother!  Pirating is definitely a serious concern!  

I may buy a bluray drive for my laptop one of these days and rip it to my hard drive.  

Just looking at the preview, the video looks awesome!  Excellent job!

Frank

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