Parks to the west of Paris – video


This is another video test from a few days ago. I was travelling west through the many parks and woods leading from Paris to Versailles.

It’s telling that large parts of these parks simply cannot be accessed because they’re private. On the east of Paris, you can’t access for the lack of useable paths, on the other hand. It’s a shame as all of these parks of forrests are very well tended to, and when you can find a path through them, it’s a great experience.

Another thing I realized again is that we French love perspective. Very long, straight paths leading up to the horizon, from the Champs-Elysées to the gardens of Versailles, are the common marks of french architecture. We love geometry, and we love Nazca-type plans. That might also have been an effect of the state of french towns, which do not, in general, have long straight streets as in the US. People in power maybe wanted to experiment, just like they did when they redesigned Paris.


This time I’ve put the camera on top of my helmet. A bit more difficult to focus at the start, but it keeps my ears from being torn apart by the headset. Disadvantage though, the camera is moving a bit and that creates a lot of noise. I need to glue it somehow to the helmet.

Also, no more acceleration, rather some impressionist bits and pieces to recreate the atmosphere of the place. It’s pretty hard to select which part though and reduce it down to a few minutes only. Also, filming while moving remains a challenge : I crossed the path of a small dear at some point, but it doesn’t even show up on screen. I searched for it picture by picture but it was just a bit too far.

All in all, I think I’m getting somewhere. It still needs a lot of editing for every shot, but the result is better.


Another video test


I did another video test on saturday when biking through Paris. The weather is great here these last few days so it was the perfect timing.

This time I was filming only when I was at an interesting location. Still, in the end I had more than 40 minutes of video, including a long chase with two policemen on bikes :p So I had to make some choices to edit that down to less than 20 minutes, which is already too long. I also tested without any acceleration, so that I can film while moving on the bike. It’s not always very good while I’m not looking directly at the point I want to film, which is… most of the time in a city, as I need to check for traffic.

I’m not completely happy with the result, as I lose the main idea of sharing a ride in a video. I still have to look for the perfect solution…