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December 31, 2007

HD: Kohala Jodo Mission


Kohala Jodo Mission from hawaii on Vimeo.

One of the key stops on our regular pilgrimages to the Big Island is a drive out to Kapa'au, ancestral home of my mother's side of the family, to visit the graves of my maternal grandparents at the Kohala Jodo Mission. Near the very northern tip of Hawaii, tucked away on a hill behind the original King Kamehameha statue, this small Buddhist temple is the epitome of peace and serenity.

The above is the embedded video player from Vimeo, one of the only online video hosts to serve up HD content. To see the HD video (and not a scaled and compressed Flash version), however, you need to view it at Vimeo or download the original movie file (1250x720/81MB/MP4). It should look great on an Apple TV.

You can also watch this video at YouTube, Google Video, and BlipTV (low quality but fast playing). DivX lovers can find this video at Stage6 (in HD). And both MPEG-4 and DivX versions of this video can be downloaded from the Internet Archive.

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Posted by Ryan at 6:20 PM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2007

HD: Takeoff


Takeoff from hawaii on Vimeo.

Departing Honolulu International Airport (HNL) aboard go! Airlines flight 1034, bound for Hilo (ITO). This short clip was recorded by special request from Zac, who loves watching my last go! Airlines video just for the takeoff sequence. Even though low clouds and a dirty window made things a little hazy this morning, I think it looks pretty good in 720p HD.

The above is the embedded video player from Vimeo, one of the only online video hosts to serve up HD content. To see the HD video (and not a scaled and compressed Flash version), however, you need to view it at Vimeo or download the original movie file (1250x720/63MB/MP4). It should look great on an Apple TV.

You can also watch this video at YouTube, Google Video, and BlipTV (low quality but fast playing). DivX lovers can find this video at Stage6 (in HD). And both MPEG-4 and DivX versions of this video can be downloaded from the Internet Archive.

Subscribe to the HawaiiVog video podcast via iTunes, or in the media aggregator of your choice via RSS.

Posted by Ryan at 10:23 PM | Comments (0)

December 29, 2007

HD: North Shore


North Shore 2007 from hawaii on Vimeo.

A cool and gray day on the North Shore of O'ahu. While the dreary winter weather kept the beach clear, hardcore surfers still congregated out on the ocean to catch some waves.

One year ago, I posted "North Shore for the Holidays," recorded with my Panasonic Lumix digital camera's movie mode and cut-and-paste edited in QuickTime Pro. I return to the North Shore today with my Sanyo Xacti HD700 digital video camera, and combine the clips in Final Cut Express 4. Today's lesson: fades and dissolve transitions. Next up: titles?

The above is the embedded video player from Vimeo, one of the only online video hosts to serve up HD content. To see the HD video (and not a scaled and compressed Flash version), however, you need to view it at Vimeo or download the original movie file (1250x720/68MB/MP4). It should look great on an Apple TV.

You can also watch this video at YouTube, Google Video, and BlipTV (low quality but fast playing). DivX lovers can find this video at Studio6 (in HD). And both MPEG-4 and DivX versions of this video can be downloaded from the Internet Archive.

Subscribe to the HawaiiVog video podcast via iTunes, or in the media aggregator of your choice via RSS.

Posted by Ryan at 7:58 AM | Comments (3)

December 28, 2007

HD: Mililani Town Center


Mililani Town Center from hawaii on Vimeo.

These are the first video clips taken with my new Sanyo Xacti HD700, which records high-definition (720p) video in Mac-friendly H.264 MPEG-4 format. Low light is actually one of the weaknesses of the Xacti, so this after-sunset walkabout was a good test.

The above is the embedded video player from Vimeo, one of the only online video hosts to serve up HD content. To see the HD video (and not a scaled and compressed Flash version), however, you need to view it at Vimeo or download the original movie file (1250x720/71MB/MP4). It should look great on an Apple TV.

You can also watch this video at YouTube, Google Video, and BlipTV (low quality but fast playing). DivX lovers can find this video at Studio6 (in HD). And both MPEG-4 and DivX versions of this video can be downloaded from the Internet Archive.

Subscribe to the HawaiiVog video podcast via iTunes, or in the media aggregator of your choice via RSS.

Posted by Ryan at 7:22 PM | Comments (1)