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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #720 on: August 02, 2020, 09:26:22 AM »
Sorry I missed a perfect operating session.....good story Bill.  :)
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #721 on: August 02, 2020, 09:49:13 AM »
As always Bill, a wonderful story that easily takes us back to a time and place in a bygone era ...   thanks again for our weekly time travel to perhaps simpler times, much appreciated!


All the best to the Saturday Buddy group with both Isaias and the pandemic.
Be well and stay safe,
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #722 on: August 02, 2020, 10:04:35 AM »
Great story Bill.  That does sound like something a self professed 'efficiency' expert would come up with.  Truly a Dilbert moment.   ;D
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #723 on: August 02, 2020, 01:33:55 PM »
Greg, Paul, Bob, Karl, and Curt -  Thanks for the kind comments.  The many victims of the evil geniuses in Human Resources will identify with this week's story. 

We are hunkered down for the virus and this small hurricane that is on its way up the East Coast of Florida.  I can't pronounce the name of this particular storm, but, like all the others, it too will pass. If the storm knocks out our power for any lengthy period of time, we plan on checking into one of the area hotels and eating through room service until power is restored.  Social distancing, you know. 

We have a good time making videos.  Our video cameras are just little Sonys and that limits our ability to get creative.  We plan on upgrading our video production capabilities when we get around to it.  We could start with a mini-cam that we can mount on a flatcar for track level viewing, along with a program we can use for editing.  Sometimes we have to reshoot a scene several times because a whistle didn't blow on time, an engine derailed, a train went into the wrong siding, or an engine stalled on a turnout.  This causes laughter and an occasional cuss word.  Fortunately, the expense of videoing is minimal due to digital technology eliminating the cost of film and development. 

I am searching the April, 1938 Railroad Magazine for ideas for next week's story.  Signing off for now.

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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #724 on: August 02, 2020, 01:53:35 PM »
Here's a nicely done layout "ride along" video, and some notes on how he did it in the associated blog posts:  http://sandcrr.blogspot.com/2020/07/a-moving-picture-made-on-s.html


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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #725 on: August 04, 2020, 04:09:29 PM »
Dave - Thanks for the video.  It is much better than most.  I have seen dozens of these videos and most of them are terrible.  I have come up with a few suggestions (Rules?) that will make model RR videos more fun to watch. (Lawyers always like Rules.)
 
1.  Plan ahead.  Make sure the scene (as seen through the camera) shows railroad and not layout clutter, children's toys, and exposed ceilings.
2.  No full-size people or their voices or noises allowed in the video.
3.  Add variety.  Include shots other than shots taken from the cowcatcher.  Run-byes, switching, helper service, station stops and the like add interest to what otherwise looks like a home movie.
4.  Use short sentences and phrases to explain what is being viewed - "Big River Crossing," and" the Pacific begins the grade" are examples.
5. Spend the money and get a decent camera.  Download a user friendly program to edit the video.

Attached is an example of a video taken on the A&S several years ago that should rate no more than a "D."  Admittedly, the video photographer had no chance to edit the video, but there wasn't more than a minute or two worth salvaging.  The trip through the staging area (the Bottoms) was unnecessary and way too much time was taken on the Ovalix.  Additionally, the engineer failed to advance the throttle a notch or two at appropriate times and the whole trip was in notch 1. (I think I was the engineer.) I could go on and on.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jdPxNygosE&t=79s

On the other hand, I saw an excellent video yesterday.  It is attached also. It could be improved if the narrator had more of a Southern accent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwx-b-czSSo



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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #726 on: August 04, 2020, 04:20:12 PM »
NOTE:  This was a video shot by a third party and not by the Atlantic and Southern Video Staff. Just making that clear.

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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #727 on: August 04, 2020, 07:31:13 PM »
Nice video regardless who filmed it.  Great scenery is great scenery.  Very cool!  Thanx Thom...