Friday, May 7, 2010

Flip Video and Mountain Biking around Las Vegas

My boss gave me a Flip Video during our company conference in Las Vegas, and that was my first attempt at shooting and editing the Flip (or any video camera for that matter). This device is amazingly easy to use. 

I rented an Ellsworth Epiphany mountain bike from Escape Adventures, and shot the inaugural video in Cottonwood Valley. Imagine a desert in one of those western movies, that's exactly what it looked like - blue sky, joshua trees and light brown rocky soil. The trails are flowy and not that technical. I had to improvise and strap the Flip on to my Camelbak chest strap - hence the jerkiness and dodgy angles:

I think the overall video quality improved a little on the 2nd ride:

Then I got a little adventurous and took a 45 minute taxi ride southeast of Las Vegas to Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park. This trail is a lot more challenging, and really windy:

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