The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
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I am looking all over the web for a digital camcorder but am getting really confused as to what I 'need' & what is available at the price I can pay! Could someone in plain English or French tell me what I need to have some fun with a small camera that I can conceal, easily download & enjoy ... I'm not a professional! My current skills with all this involve my Pentax K100D camera which I love.
Looking at spending no more than 300euros ... I travel by foot/bush taxi and need something that is 'small & compact' and fell in love with Sanyo's Xacti CA6 & the more expensive CA65 ... one is splashproof & the other waterproof but having spoken to a guy in a shop yesterday he told me to steer clear, the quality isn't that good. There was a Canon M101 (?) on sale for 249 and a better version (don't have the actual details to hand) that was a little smaller for 329.
But exactly what I am getting I don't know people talk about HD and the need for this card &/or that card, facility of downloading etc and I'm all confused!
I think that it is a confusing subject, because there is so much more to consider than there is with still photography - hence I have never dipped my toes into using video and I just take those short versions that still cameras can do = the equivalent of a holiday snap!
The last time I looked at the subject in a bit of detail, I got sucked into wanting ever better technology and that technology is developing all of the time of course.
But, in the end you will get what you pay for.
Have just been looking at camcorders myself. From what I have gathered the main decision you have to make first is whether to go with tape or miniDVD/harddisk.
MiniDVD or harddisk have one big disadvantage and that is that you need a much more powerful PC to edit your footing because they compress the video. So editing involves compressing and decompressing. The miniDVDs have the advantage that you can play them straight out of the camcorder in a DVD player.
The tape ones are much easier to edit, and actually seem to have the edge in quality (if only slightly). When I looked at enthousiasts websites for advice, they all tended to lean towards tape. It might seem more old fashioned, but has some significant advantages (and is cheaper as well).
Once that decision is made just look for tests online our in mags for cameras in your price range. Budget in a larger/extra battery as well, as they tend to be quite small.
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
Got myself a Canon MVI630 for GBP100 off ebay. It records onto MiniDV which gives you 60mins normal or 90mins on the longplay (don't bother). They are less shockproof than the Solidstate\memory stick recorders (think microchips not DVDs or Tape) but better than harddisks\DVD and a more-than-adequate, tried-and-tested technology for any traveller. Batteries were about GBP5 from 7Dayshop (great for rechargeable batteries and SD cards).
I've taken 20 tapes with me, one for each country, and here in Mauritania I notice they are about GBP5 for a tape which didn't seem too bad if you really needed more tapes than you can carry.
I do have a helmet cam too from RFSolutions. A nifty 520line Sony job which is excellent and gives great results and runs on 8xAA or a 12V line from my charging socket even on the go and remains stuck to my helmet at all times.
Don't be put off MiniDV. It is a great format. Easy to edit on a computer and survives life in the field as other formats just aren't quite there yet in my mind.
I would also sugest Mini-DV tape. The recording media is cheap, and because the actual camera's are becoming old school, the camera's are much cheaper. Also available in the third world. The editing media is easily available for both PC and Mac, software companies are still trying to keep up with other formats like DVD and Harddrive. Best thing is you have a solid hardcopy of your precious travells! I personally use Sony products, they have always been the best for me. The DCR-HC96 is a really nice camera, but you can find the later models for much cheaper on E-Bay.
Maybe you want to spend some more money on Hi-Def...picture and sound quality is superior. Don't be put off bu the compression factor of Mini-DV, computers now are easily powerful enough to handel it. I use an external hard-drive for all my editing, keeps the laptop harddrive free.
It sounds like the consensus is for miniDV tape so far and steer away from later generation recording media, for now at least.
Are there any views about the number of CCDs (charged couple devices I believe!) to have in the camera? When I last looked at this subject a lot of cameras had just one that recorded all colours - the higher specification products have 3, one each for red/green/blue and this is "better".
I second, third and fourth the MiniDV tapes. You actually WANT a "firewire" system in your camera because it's much faster than USB. Don't be afraid to buy the "firewire" card as a perfectly functional one isn't usually very expensive. "Video" has both a video and audio streams and you want to maintain as much of the original info (data) as possible. The ability to keep the original as recorded is one big benefit of MiniDV. Most, if not all, consumer DVCams only offer compressed recording and usually output either a special manufacturer specific format or an MP4 format (which is good enough for web work).
Currently the best way is to "capture" the footage from the MiniDV tape into an editing program (where it's stored and maniputled digitally) and YES it does take time and patience. If you're serious about making soemthing out of your trip then it's important to consider what work will need to done behind the computer AFTER you get back.
If you are creatng a video of any length from it you'll need to spend time reviewing your footage anyway and it will only help your skills as both a videographer and editor.
Lastly, follow your guts on which camera to choose. No matter how much money you spend, all cameras will have limitations but the biggest limitation is the photographer him/herself. Take the best gear you can afford, but make the best experience you can and record that. Regardless of what format you choose to share it, it will still be a good story!
Good luck on your camera choice and better luck in your shooting!
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