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Re: Our fun Teslathon / Lightning on the Lawn party
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Original poster: "D.C. Cox" <resonance@xxxxxxxxxx>
Terry --- I understand completely what you mean about "recovery"
after a Teslathon!!
I you can select 70-80 of the best raw photos I can clean them up for
you in Photoshop --- I have version CS and use it a lot. Might save
you some time so you could work on the videos.
If you have any mini-DV video tapes you care to copy the raw material
and send it up I also use Pinnacle Liquid Edition which does a great
job on video editing --- lots of power. Real time immediate
rendering with only 1-2 second delays!! No hours of waiting for the
Also, Liquid Edition, can do the direct transfer to PAL version with
Whatever you do -- DO NOT try to send them via email. Our country
36.2 kB connection can't handle long files and chops them off around
500. Sam Waterman, or somebody close to that name already tried to
send me a long file and I lost the whole thing --- so if you're
listening --- send it on a CD via the mail. Thanks.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Tesla list" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:38 PM
Subject: Re: Our fun Teslathon / Lightning on the Lawn party
Original poster: tb3@xxxxxxx
Jeff Larson and I took plenty of photos and video from the
RATCB2005 Teslathon (10 days ago) and the Cheesehead IV Teslathon (3
days ago). We traveled 625 miles to the RATCB and 180 miles to the
Cheesehead. These back-to-back weekend teslathons are really tough
(DC, how about a week or 2 break in there next year?).
Anyway, as usual, I expect to provide tons of photos on my website
for the two Teslathons. But I have to get together with Jeff to
combine photos. Then weed out the 800 or so bad photos to get the
100 good ones. Hehe. Those remaining 100 get cropped and have
various adjustments made in photoshop, to improve the quality and
bring out the sparks. Then I'll post em for ya. This should happen
in 1-2 weeks.
Maybe I could get a few preliminary photos posted so you can have
something to look at. DC really had some monster coils running, the
biggest I have seen in person. It's not everyday you get to see a
17 foot tall teslacoil belt out streamers 25 feet long. Even DC's
little teslacoil was 12 foot tall and put out 16+ foot streamers.
As for video. I always intend to make DVDs of every teslathon I
attend, but don't seem to get them all done. One problem is that
the editing software I use (which I really like), tends to get less
responsive as the project gets more complex. So any little change
causes the program to freeze up for a long time, while it gets
everything figured out. Compound that with the issue of requiring
8-10 hours to fully re-render a DVD after each change (if the
software does not crash overnight) and the effort gets very frustrating.
But this summer, while attempting to put together RATCB2004, I tried
breaking the video into lots of smaller projects, one for each
chapter of the final DVD. The small projects never overloaded the
software, which continued to be easy to work with and make changes
to. Then, each chapter was output as a DVD-compatible file that
could be stitched together with the others in about 30 minutes. It
was because of this method I was able to get the RATCB2004 DVD done
in time for the RATCB2005 teslathon.
I would like to enjoy some of the remaining summer days that are not
over 90 degrees, and crank out the DVDs in the late October time
frame. Have to see. There was an event from last June (non-TC)
that also demands conversion into a DVD. So I gotta get this
process streamlined even better.
A number of people have asked about PAL versions of the DVDs. I am
not sure how to do it or test it, but there appear to be a lot of
folks that do not have NTSC video in their country, but still like
tesla coils. So I am looking into that also.
Slowly recovering in Chicago
-------------- Original message from "Tesla list"
> Original poster: "David Rieben"
> David, or anyone else who was there,
> So when is this event going to be available on video tape
> or CD for those of us who were not fortunate enough to
> be able to make the trek to Wisconsin to personally wit-
> ness this??
> David Rieben
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tesla list"
> Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 1:11 PM
> Subject: Re: Our fun Teslathon / Lightning on the Lawn party
> >Original poster: "Harold Weiss"
> >Hi All,
> >Thank you Dr. Resonance for hosting Cheesehead IV!!!
> >The KREW was great! That cannon could make one heck of a bang! It
> >felt like about 10-20 lbs of C4 going off. The boric acid/methal
> >alchohol sprayed in the bore, gave it a greenish flame. You could
> >hear it echo for miles. Talk about having a blast!
> >SAFETY NOTE: Watch that non-firing coil secondaries are shorted out
> >when firing other coils nearby. Steve Ward got bit by his coil when
> >another coil was firing. He's fine don't worry!
> >Had a bit of fun with the digital camera when Chris was running his
> >coils. It just didn't like the frequency of the RF.
> >David E Weiss