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I was experimenting with the idea of seting up a camera dolly.
I set up about 30 feet of track in the grass a couple feet to one side of the layout. I set the track on boards and carefully shimed it to get the camera angles correct. The camera is on a four truck center depressed flat car pulled by a soundless loco.

Here is a bunch of resulting scenes thrown together.
What do you think?
 

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Thanks again Low.
Well, turns out there was a lot more to it than setting up the track.
The key was cutting two boards and a shim or wedge. The two boards go under the dolly track every 2 feet. Then the wedge was inserted between the boards while viewing the monitor so that the camera was tilted up and down (tilting the rail left and right).
I ended up putting a wireless video transmitter on a second flat to send the video to a 14" LCD monitor so I could see what the camera sees. The little LCD on the camera just didn't let me see what I needed.
There was a lot of tweaks, and adjustments to each scene, I would move the camera a few inches and check the monitor, then make adjustments.
It took about two hours to get the camera angles correct and all the scenes set up. I had the camera recording the whole time so it would not shut down. So, I ended up with a 2 hour long recording of the process.
Here is the entire 2 hour recording. I time compressed it to 2 minutes and added text comments to explain the entire process. If you plan on trying something like this, perhaps this will help explain the process.
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Posted By cjwalas on 04/29/2008 7:42 PM
... Now you know one more reason why they cost so much.
Chris

So... since track prices for camera dollies have doubled, are movie tickets going up?:D" border=0>
 

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Thanks K
Letterbox! Yep. All these shots were done with a high def 1080i cam coder in 16:9. I'm still trying to get the hang of converting then to a format that loads on utube without squishing them all up. The array of options for codecs, letterbox and compression is mind numbing.
Sure wish there was a way to put the full high def versions on the net. But then again, maybe not./DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/sad.gif You can see every pine needle, every weed, the flange sizes, the Kadee glad hands,,, every flaw. But, it is nice in HD. Just a lot more preparation work and a lot to learn about getting them converted to the web.

I want to play with the camera dolly idea a little more. Then I want to try building a camera boom. Any Ideas?
 

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Posted By Richard Smith on 04/30/2008 11:37 AM
Very good Bob! Done in your usual excellent way. I especially enjoyed the how-to video which is very much the way I do still photos.



Well, Ain't a minuet of video just 360 photos?
To see how I approached this video, go back to this post from JANUARY.

www.mylargescale.com/Community/Forums/tabid/56/forumid/15/postid/3180/view/topic/Default.aspx

JANUARY? Yep, that is when I started planning this video. The photos look real familiar don't they?
You should have seen those scenes prior to putting in the buildings, trees, shrubs and cars. How good would it look to see trains running past water sprinklers landscaping materials, and edging?
 
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