Awesome inspiration. Thanks for posting this story.
Heh heh. That was an awesome reply.
One of my favorite lines from the Simpsons has Millhouse proclaiming: “If it’s in a book, it’s gotta be true!!!” That’s a line from 90’s. If that episode were made today, I’m sure the writers would have chosen: “If it’s in a British accent, it’s gotta be true!!!”
I feel editing is very talent-driven and a lot like writing: Everyone knows most of the words to their native tongue, but only a few can order the words in such a way that inspire and provoke emotion. That is something I believe is very difficult, if not impossible to teach. I do think you can get better at it, but you get better by being exposed to good editing. Just as you would get better at writing by reading good writing, not books on how to write. The good thing is that being exposed to good writing is as simple as buying a few classic novels in your favorite genre, and likewise, being exposed to good editing is as simple as renting a few classic movies that interest you. But then you need to pay close attention and deconstruct them: As you feel your emotions rise, ask yourself what is it about a shot, a sequence, the score (in most cases the largest contributor to emotion) , or a spoken line made you “have feelings” for the material you are watching. So to summarize I think in both writing and editing a good primer on structure is helpful and necessary. After that, your time is better spent deconstructing all the grade A Hollywood stuff that is available. And of course practicing the actual work of writing/editing.
But there has to be some talent in order to be developed. No matter how many “how to” videos and great art you are exposed to in the end you will be there, all by yourself, with your computer. All the “how to write/edit” info and all the classic novels read/movies watched will not come in and coach you with any ideas to your particular project. All they will do, and here is where exposure to good art trumps “how to’s”, is increase the likelihood of you coming up with your own awesome idea that provokes emotion. In the end it’s all on you.
Lets try to see if the link goes completly blue. (Otherwise it takes you to the wrong page)http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degrees_of_freedom_(mechanics)
In mechanics, a rigid body has 6 degrees of freedom. 3 rotations and 3 translations. Here is a good explanation for anyone interested:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degrees_of_freedom_(mechanics)
3-axis gimbals stabilize the 3 rotations. A 4-axis gimbal would be useful to handheld stabilization only, as the 4th axis would be used to stabilize the up/down translation that results from walking. This is what the springs on the Stedicam arm vests do. A flying drone does experience this up and down bobbing, so the most axes a drone gimbal will need is 3.
A 6-axis gimbal would constrain the 3 rotations and the 3 translations. These devices are extremely easy to make, though hardly useful. If you are interested in making one yourself, here’s how: Put some permanent-bonding epoxy glue into the screw that fastens your camera to the quickrelease base. Now weld that quickrelease base onto any fixed structure. Could be a public monument, or someplace in your home that will accept a weld. And that’s all there is to it! Congratulations, you have your 6 DOF constrained. Your camera will never rotate or translate in space. Altenatively you can pour concrete but that requires, digging, preparing rebar, and is quite messy.
A 6-axis is marketing for uninformed consumers. Like the above poster says they must be taking credit for the gyros inside the drone but neglecting to mention it to mislead consumers.