Dash Cam: Fisher Island Ferry

Fisher Island Ferry.  It’s not exactly what I’d like it to be.  Was hoping to get a front row seat but haven’t over the last several years.  In this video we get a good view anyway.  I’ve been surprised how difficult it is to get in front.  It’s all about timing.  There has been other footage but the water was so rough that when the playback speed was increased it made it impossible to watch.

In this video we get smooth water and a decent view.  On the return trip there is I think a Netherlands flagged wood mast ship.  I couldn’t figure out which ship is was and am hoping someone will be able to identify it and share it with us.  Until we have better footage this will be it for the ferry. -13

 

Dash Cam: Ocala to Naples in less than 25 minutes.

Spring cleaning? Something like that.  Found a file in a place it wasn’t supposed to be.  Thought I had placed it someplace else.  Maybe that explains why I couldn’t find it and hadn’t finished it before now.

The footage is of a few historic homes in Ocala, painted horse art, an amazing after accident scene where the tires are knocked off a semi truck trailer.  Then accelerated speed footage to the I-75 / Naples exit.  Was hoping to get video all the way to Broward county but night set in and that was that so I cut it off at the last Naples exit heading south.

The video starts with the accident that is family friendly.  No guts, no gore. -13

 

Dash Cam: After Irma Part 1 & 2

South Florida Driving 101 has two videos that feature storm damage and after effects from Hurricane Irma.  Downed trees and power lines, car size debris piles, repair crews, property damage and carnage.  Not much in the way of stupid drivers but it does show driving difficulties presented after a storm by downed power lines and trees.  They often block roadways making chainsaws and cable cutting equipment a necessity. -13

 

 

Dash Cam: Latest South Florida Crazy Videos

Here it is!  After a very long break from the dash cam videos South Florida Driving 101 is now editing and posting videos.  There have been multiple problems over the last few months.  Most of the issues have been addressed.  Been looking at cameras over the last week and cannot make up my mind yet.  Going to watch more videos on YouTube before I decide.  There were three Cobra CDR 840’s in rotation at the beginning now there is only one malfunctioning camera hanging by a thread.  More in another video/blog post soon.

Drivers 72(below) contains hurricane Irma damage, metro mover, flying objects, pedestrian issues, Miami skyline at night, dangerous objects on the roadway and the usual bad driving habits.

 

Drivers 73(below) has the little Red Bull car, a guy takes a bike for a ride, pedestrians playing traffic-roulette, merge madness, selfish cut offs, jet passing by, drawbridge runner, driver can drive but can’t read the signs.

 

Drivers 74(below) is full of selfish drivers cutting off everyone or taking stupid risk to avoid turning around at the next exit, a jet takeoff, a night time reminder of why we dash cam.

The Truth about the Cobra CDR 840 Dash Camera. My experience.

The truth about the Cobra CDR 840 dash camera like no other.  If you would really like to know more about this camera and my experience just watch the video and you’ll see how I really feel about this dash camera.  Sometimes, there are no words to express an experience, you have to be there, or, watch the video.   The video is a little long but I don’t think I left anything out.  Hope this little video helps you make your purchasing decision wiser.  One small tip, use a 64 GB card if you want to capture over one hundred 3 minute videos so the auto over record doesn’t delete the footage from earlier in the day.  -13

Dash Cam: Car Wash.

South Florida Driving 101 goes to the Car Wash.  Made a video at one of the places I’ll stop by to get a quick wash.  Usually works and cleans it up all shinny but not too sure the undercarrage wash is working since I can’t hear or feel the water hitting the underside of the car.  Tried the split screen thing for a couple of the wide shots, also for the side view.  Didn’t turn out how I would have liked but it works.

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What surprised me was how long it is.  Couldn’t figure out how to make it shorter using editing.  I could have sped up the playback speed but tried it and it was to jerky and had a dizzying effect.  Don’t think making peoples head spin watching a video might be good.  Somebody might get sick.  It’s better everyone has a good time.

I wanted to get a better angle to capture more of the side motion but there is no place to mount the camera’s in the car where they need to be placed to get that kind of footage.  I may get it using a mini van if I can mount the cameras but that, is another project to add to the list. -13

Dash Cam: Compilation 13, 14, 15

South Florida Driving 101 Dash Cam Compilation 13, 14, 15 are online.  13 has the usual no signal kind of stuff with plenty of cut-offs.  14 of course includes all the no signal cut-offs it also has “confused?” which features a truck with turn signal in use completely change directions and “what is going on up there” featuring a driver having a hard time getting between the line.  Then there is “pedestrian crossing” with a little humor and word play.  15 features another “follow me” fool that deserves special attention for making everyone wait and cutting off the entire intersection to avoid doing it the right way.  There is a near miss and perfect demonstration of why to use indicator signals and blind spots.  There are a couple of consistency bad drivers on exhibit as well.  Another rearview montage.  An old man tying his shoes never looks for traffic, just up and walks into the path of bicycle, lucky old man.  Also a close call with a tractor-trailer

On the iMovie learning side of things I’ve discovered that when using picture-in-picture pressing the command key allows movement of the image without snapping to those annoying lines that wouldn’t let me line things up the way I wanted.  The other precision movement thing learned was that if I expanded the timeline out as much as it allowed I could get exact placement on any item.  I found this to be particularly helpful when trying to get my audio timing perfect.  Thats all I can think of for now.  -13

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Dash Cam: Compilation 11 & 12

South Florida Driving 101 Dash Cam Compilation 11 & 12 are online.  Finally.  Marathon edit underway!  Catching up and trying to keep up with only a few days not a weeks worth of editing for this project.  Nearly there, maybe this weekend will do it!  I think I’m going to have to cut the blog post for the videos down to once a week so there will be much more to write about and to make it eaiser to keep up with.  Seems like a week-in-review kind of thing, happenings by the week, not moment.  Nothing new to note with my iMovie education this post.  Enjoy! -13

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Dash Cam: Compilation 10

South Florida Driving 101 Dash Cam Compilation 10.  This lesson includes a close encounter with “Suddenly -Jet Blue”, and plenty of no signal lane changes.  A little Design District “drive-by-art”, both the north and south side.  “Bug Problems” a place where there are 6 Orkin cars-trucks parked in front.  Makes me wonder what kind of problem they have that needs such a response.

 

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Figured out that the red dot placement on the iMovie world map can be placed at a generally specific location yet have a custom label.  For instance, I choose Miami Florida as a location to get the red dot to display toward the southern part of Florida but change the display name to whatever I want to.  Not a big deal I know but I recently figured it out and wanted to make note of it.  If you go back through the first videos you can see the difference.  Think I figured out the freeze frame thing, I think?  Still trying to refine how to keep the continuity but keep the story brief so everything makes sence. -13

Dash Cam: Compilation 9

South Florida Driving 101 Dash Cam Compilation 9.    Lesson 9 already and a “stack” of digital files waiting to be edited.  Thank you to dK2 for bring us this footage.  What can be recorded on one camera on a trip to Miami and back.  More bad drivers than I could ever imagine.  Used to be a time when these kind of drivers weren’t so readily available.  Clearly that is not the case anymore.

Almost half of the footage is on Miami Beach or trying to get off the beach.  The rest of the footage is the typical kind of driving experience one can expect during any south Florida drive.  Then there are the drivers you hope you never meet in person and have to wonder how they obtained a driver’s license.

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iMovie is easy to use but still gives me trouble when I’m trying to be precise placing a freeze frame.  Not sure why I have so much trouble but will figure it out.  Also moving object are still giving me a hard time trying to follow with moving signs.  No matter it is all fun.  Enjoy the bad driving. -13

Dash Cam: Compilation 8

South Florida Driving 101 Dash Cam Compilation 8.  It’s a short one, under three minutes.  It is not short on bad driving wait until you see some of the merges and exit craziness!  No signal lane changes galore!  As always??!!  Plenty of drivers deserving of a good middle finger or horn blast!  Just my opinion.  Most of the footage is in Miami courtesy of dK2.

 

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Editing was fun trying to use the “Do Not” strike out signs.  I think having them float over the car is better than x-ing out the car.  Getting a little bit better at tracking with the “follow me” sign.  It can be hard to track the movements with them at times.  iMovie is working out well for the low budget of the project.  Plus it is easy to use.  The next footage is about ready to be edited  There is some good stuff in them can’t wait to get started. Get ready to see more bad drivers.  -13

Dash Cam: Compilation 7

South Florida Driving 101 Dash Cam Compilation 7.  7 is on YouTube and it’s almost ten minutes long.  When I started this project I had no idea how much material would be captured by the camera.  It’s been a big surprise.  Takes up a lot of time but it is fun.  Makes me get better at editing and picking out the bad driving.

The addition of the rear and side camera on the car I’m using it’s also getting good material.  Didn’t think how useful it could be until this trip.  “Scooter” and “Road Warrior” are good examples.  Both captured the approach and passing which to my eyes adds so much more to the story when able to view all the footage.

“Scooter” is kind of funny to me because I’m always fascinated by how those guys keep getting away with that kind of driving without getting killed.  I’ve driven motocross and street bikes and would never drive like that.  Oddly my favorite part of that footage is the reflection of the bike passing by on the black car next to my car.  It’s why I left it in, could have cut out for time but I liked it.

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The “Road Warrior” I really don’t get.  Thanks to the rear camera we can follow the progression of the truck, what it did and how long.  I kept all the footage in real-time.  Keep in mind I always use my signals.  Always.  They are so important I have a kit to repair them on the spot.  Got really dangerous there as he passed me from the right lane.  Huh?  What a spectacular accident that would have been.

This video is from a round trip to Miami back to Fort Lauderdale.  There is a few extras I thought might be worth putting in.  Like, the legal way to change lanes with gold star awards.  The Miami skyline footage is about a minute long and features a short section of I-95 North just where U.S. 1 dumps the traffic onto the interstate.  If you’re into Britto there is a piece of art on a building visible from I-95 north or south bound.  Hope you enjoy. -13