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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

    A good idea to start this now for members coming out Chasing for the 1st time, these threads usually throw up things that maybe some of the newbies have forgotten etc

    My List for 2010 as Follows

    Got/Taking

    Barons Wx - An essential piece of Kit

    Streets and Trips 2008 (GPS Kit)

    Laptop Wifi Enabled

    3 x Microsoft GPS Recievers

    Verizon & Sprint Datacards to run GRLevel3 and Live Stream whilst on the Move

    Tripod

    2 x Canon EOS Batteries

    2 x Panasonic Video Recorder Batteries

    1 x CanonXs

    1 x Canon 400d

    1 x Panasonic Handy Cam

    1 x 1Gb Scandisc Card

    1 x 4Gb Scandisc Card

    12 x DAT (Digital Audio Tapes)

    Polarising Filter

    Remote Release Cable

    70-300mm Canon Lens

    18-55mm Canon Lens

    10-28mm Canon Lens

    About 10 cables and Invertors for what we need to run in the Cars

    4 way adaptor (Essential for when we are in the Hotel)

    1 x UK/USA Plug Adaptor

    1 x Dashboard Suction Mount

    2 x Radio Units (6 Mile Range)

    2 x Weather Radios

    Clothes

    Shades

    Open toe Sandals

    Trainers

    Waterproof / Fleece

    Cd's - This is useful as we can alternate the Music XM Radio gets repetative

    Passport

    Money

    Flight Tickets

    INSURANCE

    The list goes on and On

    Will also add on things as I remember them

    Paul Sherman

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    Debating whether to ditch the camcorder and seperate camera I've already got and get a new digital camera that films in HD. Has anyone had a play with the newer ones out at the moment? I was looking at this one http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/LUMIX+Digital+Cameras/Super+Zoom/DMC-FZ38/Overview/2718819/index.html

    Can be had for around £250 and seems to tick all the boxes :rofl:

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    just recently bought a small pen light to see the setting's in the dark for the camera..

    last year was very difficult without a small light

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

    • Bottle opener in case you may need to open a bottle of bud.
    • Ear plugs in case your room mate snores like a freight train
    • Cloth/rag to clean the crap that often ends up on camera lenses, often dirt is windborne off the fields blown up by storms.

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  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

    Tips to cure snoring

    I did share with one chap that snored like a trooper. After the third day I tucked him in and kissed him on the cheek. He didn't snore for the rest of the trip. ;-)

    Or share with Pat because you can't hear him snoring if he can't find the hotel.

    Chuckle chuckle

    Tom

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    Tips to cure snoring

    I did share with one chap that snored like a trooper. After the third day I tucked him in and kissed him on the cheek. He didn't snore for the rest of the trip. ;-)

    Or share with Pat because you can't hear him snoring if he can't find the hotel.

    Chuckle chuckle

    Tom

    :help:...

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  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland

    My equipment list so far. Will most likely change as requirements change....

    Canon 450 D

    Sony DCR 40 Handycam

    Canon EFS 18 – 55 mm Lens

    Canon EF 70 – 200 mm L Series Lens

    Sigma 10 – 20 mm (for ultra wide shots)2 x USB Cables

    2 x 4 GB SDHC Cards

    Spare HC battery for Handycam

    Remote Cable for Canon 450

    TR-90 C6 Timer Remote for Canon 450D

    Infared Remote for Canon

    Infared Remote for Handycam

    1 Small tripod in packed luggage

    1 Gorillapod

    1 Large Tripod (carry on luggage, any hassle I’ll dump in airport and buy cheap one in Radioshack)

    1 Dell Latitude D530 (though this might be upgraded)

    1 12v Universal laptop power supply

    1 HP Laptop for Live Stream

    1 HP Laptop for getting GPS co-ordinates back to Netweather and MS Streets + Trips

    External 500 GB HDD

    Strikealert portable lightning detector

    6 way UK / Ireland socket board with US plug

    Pocket Loox Sat Nav with US Maps

    1 USB GPS Receiver

    1 Bluetooth GPS Reciever

    1 Blackberry 8800 for calls and BBtracker, will tract our location every 5 mins and export to KML at end of day

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  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland

    Just finshed modifying a standard laptop car charger so it will power (charge) my dell latitude on tour. Most modern Dell notebooks wont charge the battery unless a Dell charger is connected, easy enough to trick the little bugger into thinking its got one. Needed to do it as it caused a few probs for me and Ian last year. Looking at stormchasers S3E8 this morning it seemed to be a bit of a prob for Mr Timmer's team to. :whistling:

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  • Location: Cumbria UK
  • Weather Preferences: Cloud 9
  • Location: Cumbria UK

    Well heck I don't know.

    I am taking-:

    a couple of Sony digital cameras , one slips into your shirt pocket for off the cuff shots

    Two camcorders complete with discs & spare tapes

    Garmin GPS unit to use for setting lat/longs for Spotter Network reports

    A gaggle of wires/adaptors and plugs for all type of occasions

    Storm alert radios

    Lap top

    Two repair kits for carrying out running repairs whilst out on the road

    Insulation tape (see above)

    Various tablets Asprin, hay fever (because it will be spring out there when we arrive)Imodium anti mozzies spray and insetc bite cream etc etc

    Plasters

    Set of small screw drivers but not in carry on luggage or else you will have them taken off you by security.

    Photo copies of all important documents e.g. passport, insurance and on line visa ref

    US Electrical adaptors for plugging into hotel room sockets

    I don't overdo the clothes because no matter how little you pack , you only ever use half of what you take. All the motels have washing/drying facilities.

    I am sure there are some things that I have missed off. For phone calls home you can buy a phone card out there believe you me it is the cheapest option. Unless you have Skype. You can use the phone card from nearly any phone. Cheaper than motel or most mobiles.

    OH yes two way radios for communication between vans (not mine I must say)

    Tom

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  • Location: Basildon
  • Weather Preferences: Stormy
  • Location: Basildon

    Debating whether to ditch the camcorder and seperate camera I've already got and get a new digital camera that films in HD. Has anyone had a play with the newer ones out at the moment? I was looking at this one http://www.panasonic...8819/index.html

    Can be had for around £250 and seems to tick all the boxes :ph34r:

    That looks very nice! Might solve my problem of whether to get a good video camera as well as a stlls camera.

    J x

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl

    That looks very nice! Might solve my problem of whether to get a good video camera as well as a stlls camera.

    J x

    Hi Clippy, There was a section on the gadget show this week with this type of camera. If i remember it was a Sony cam that came out on top, not sure on the models but it may be worth a watch!

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    sorry John havent seen this message and didnt realise my PM was full...cheers for the info

    edit...will buy one of them then..thanks, just wanted to be sure not to blow the laptop..

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  • Location: Basildon
  • Weather Preferences: Stormy
  • Location: Basildon

    Hi Clippy, There was a section on the gadget show this week with this type of camera. If i remember it was a Sony cam that came out on top, not sure on the models but it may be worth a watch!

    Thanks for this!

    Found it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6dakmvoEWA

    The Sony did indeed come out on top and looks very nice indeed.

    I'll be nosing around reviews as well.

    I will let you know how I get on.

    jo

    -x-

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    hmmm, thanks Ross/Jo for the info/link I dunno what to do now! :whistling: Have sorted out a new netbook for the trip, now just need to decide on what camera to get.

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  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales
  • Location: Aberystwyth, West Wales

    Does anyone have any recommendations on easy video editing software that they use? I used power director last year and to be honest was a bit of a faff for just cutting it up :D

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    Does anyone have any recommendations on easy video editing software that they use? I used power director last year and to be honest was a bit of a faff for just cutting it up :D

    AVS is fairly easy to use Smokie and cheap...

    or Pinnacle but more expensive....or one of the best and get Adobe Premier

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  • Location: Bicester Oxfordshire
  • Location: Bicester Oxfordshire

    AVS is fairly easy to use Smokie and cheap...

    or Pinnacle but more expensive....or one of the best and get Adobe Premier

    If you have vista or windows 7 try windows live movie maker,

    its got all the basics is easy to use is not a memory hog and renders video quicker than premier elements

    cost is free and on low spec notebooks (so long as it has dualcore and got a HD capable graphics card onboard and a 2g ram some of the newer netbooks meet these specs) does 1080p video all be it a bit slow unless you have a very fast pc, and you can play them in windows media player although you may get the occasional stutter skip etc.

    amongst the equipment i will be bringing will be

    Kodak Zi8 pocket cam

    ContourHD 1080p cam

    both record in 1080p .mov the contourHD is a helment cam but i have an adapter to fit it to a 1/4" thread i will put it on a twin mount with my dslr as it has a very wide angle lens 110deg/135deg dependent on HD mode used, hopfully good for cloud formation daytime lightning etc.

    you can see some video from the contourHD on my youtube page http://www.youtube.c...er?feature=mhw4

    I will put some video from the Zi8 on end of nextweek.

    And before anybody says yes both cams are small aperture but i have used the Kodak Zi8 in my car at night and was quite supprised not too bad as long as you dont zoom in too much plenty of videos from both cams on youtube and the contour users group

    for those looking for a notebook charger i found this online i may get one http://www.ultimate-netbook.co.uk/Acer/acer-ferrari-one-accessories/batteries-chargers/uni-dc-car-charger%20___1670.htm

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    If you have vista or windows 7 try windows live movie maker,

    its got all the basics is easy to use is not a memory hog and renders video quicker than premier elements

    cost is free and on low spec notebooks (so long as it has dualcore and got a HD capable graphics card onboard and a 2g ram some of the newer netbooks meet these specs) does 1080p video all be it a bit slow unless you have a very fast pc, and you can play them in windows media player although you may get the occasional stutter skip etc.

    amongst the equipment i will be bringing will be

    Kodak Zi8 pocket cam

    ContourHD 1080p cam

    both record in 1080p .mov the contourHD is a helment cam but i have an adapter to fit it to a 1/4" thread i will put it on a twin mount with my dslr as it has a very wide angle lens 110deg/135deg dependent on HD mode used, hopfully good for cloud formation daytime lightning etc.

    you can see some video from the contourHD on my youtube page http://www.youtube.c...er?feature=mhw4

    I will put some video from the Zi8 on end of nextweek.

    And before anybody says yes both cams are small aperture but i have used the Kodak Zi8 in my car at night and was quite supprised not too bad as long as you dont zoom in too much plenty of videos from both cams on youtube and the contour users group

    for those looking for a notebook charger i found this online i may get one http://www.ultimate-netbook.co.uk/Acer/acer-ferrari-one-accessories/batteries-chargers/uni-dc-car-charger%20___1670.htm

    yes I heard Windows does do a good job of video editing and conversion..

    never used it myself but I think I will give it ago

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  • Location: Swallownest, Sheffield 83m ASL
  • Location: Swallownest, Sheffield 83m ASL

    I'd go with windows movie maker for a quick edit. A lot of the other progs tend to be a bit bloated and sometimes slow. You can always edit using other software when you get back.. :rolleyes:

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  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland

    I'd go with windows movie maker for a quick edit. A lot of the other progs tend to be a bit bloated and sometimes slow. You can always edit using other software when you get back.. :cray:

    I'd agree with this. You guys are going to be knackered at the end of each day. It will be a struggle to find the energy to do anything fancy before uploading to NW Player etc etc. Basic split and cut functionality is all you'll need out there. All the fancy stuff can wait till your back in the UK.

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    I'd agree with this. You guys are going to be knackered at the end of each day. It will be a struggle to find the energy to do anything fancy before uploading to NW Player etc etc. Basic split and cut functionality is all you'll need out there. All the fancy stuff can wait till your back in the UK.

    John is that back in Okalohoma :wub:

    but yes I agree...last year was impossible to edit properley to an expert level

    edit...I see you have changed it :cray:

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