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Cæsar og Charlie – Just a car trip in Norway

Video I have recorded during my 2021 summer holidays, using a Samsung Note 10 and a DJI Osmo Mobile 4.

It is tradition for me to make a video out of all the places that I have traveled to. 

This year trip was between the Norwegian mountains, to cross around 500 kilometers of road. 
My departure point was Bergen, and arrival was around the Oslo area. 

This is the route that we rode with our car.
It includes a 40 minutes ride in a ferry close to Odda (Between Bergen on the left, and the center of the route).  

Something that I am glad of is that while traveling you can often easily find accessible public bathrooms, (almost always in highly clean conditions)
These are well equipped, well isolated from the outside and offer good comfort for anyone.

I saw plenty of small towns here and there completely surrounded by huge mountains and water. They gave me a warm and welcoming feeling. 
The biggest challenge for me was to stop recording (I ended up with 60GB of recorded video footage). All locations that I have seen were worth recording.
Here is a little sneak peek of the places that I have visited. 
I apologize for the low camera quality. 

I wanted to “upgrade” my equipment since recording Ujig’s video, but due to several reasons I never had the opportunity to do so. 
One month ago my Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s completely died out, so I opted for an used Samsung Note 10 (350€ circa). 
The phone features three lenses:

  • 12-megapixel dual-aperture lens
  • 16-megapixel wide-angle lens
  • 12-megapixel telephoto lens

I am going to be honest. 
The phone does not capture as much detail as I expected it would, both in photos and videos.
We are talking about a top-range smartphone with a 949$ launch price. 
Only the dual-aperture lens is capable of recording at 4K 60FPS too.
My previous Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was better in capturing detail, and was released one year before the Note 10. 

Phones are not professional cameras, but I needed a phone foremost so it was a good deal overall for me.
One problem of my Ujig video (talking about first one, I am planning on working on a second one) is that almost all footage was shaky. Especially the one recorded in the car.
I tried the trial version of Mocha Boris Pro (btw, it has insane stabilizing accuracy) but it took a lot of time to get good results and there is only so much you can do with “dirty” footage. 

I wanted to get an electric stabilizer for phones, but I was not so sure about making the jump due to the prices. 
The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 seemed interesting because it costed only 100€, but it was sold out everywhere in local stores. 
The Osmo Mobile 4 costed (as of time of writing) 200€, which is double the amount of money. 
It does have a huge advantage compared to the previous model though, which is the possibility of detaching the magnetic phone mount.
This means that, incase the phone mount broke, I can simply buy a replacement part.

So yeah, I went to Elkjop Sandefjord, I saw the box of the model 4, I spent a few minutes thinking and then decided to buy it. 
I gotta say, it was absolutely worth it. 
The quality of the stabilizer is insane and has plenty of useful tracking feautres.
Their Android software is lackluster though.
I am planning on writing a dedicated review to it.

I often saw timelapses made by vloggers such as the ones in Andrea Galeazzi’s videos
(IMO one of the best reviewers/entertainers in Italy), and I wanted to try on my own during the car rides I had.
As a first attempt, I am pretty satisfied of the results. 
Shooting with the telephoto lens would have been impossible otherwise. 

Some of the best shots I was able to get were in this small town between two mountains.
I used all three lenses to record and uploaded screenshots from the video so that you can take a look.
Also note the water level almost overflowing and reaching the road we were driving on, due to intensive rain. 
Scary!

I am glad I had the chance of spending some time with Cæsar and Charlie. 
They both are beautiful animals that I am already missing since I came back. 
This is the YT thumbnail that I created for the video. 
I was told that it looks great, so I am going to put it on RedBubble as a tshirt. 

This is how it would look.
Note: I need to buy a license for commercial font usage, so these “renderings” are just for concept purposes. 
No copyrighted material is being sold, or has been produced.

After receiving some feedback, I was suggested to make a second variant of the logo taking a smaller portion of the clothing, more specifically on the right side.
I think that this works very well.

I took the opportunity to also try DaVinci Resolve, a professional program that offers a free version.
All the other editing programs that I have tried do not have good touchpad multi-gestures support (something that Windows heavily lacks compared to macOS), but DaVinci seems to have good enough support.

The UI looks fresh and clean, and the video editor includes some powerful editing tools.
The premium version includes hardware accelerated encoding/decoding and the rendering speed is just insane. 
The performance is good enough to edit HEVC 4K 30mbps files on a Lenovo Legion Y540 with the following specs: 

  • i5 9300H Quad-Core 2.4GHz
  • 8x2GB RAM DDR4
  • GTX 1650 4GB VRAM
  • 1080P IPS display
Edit mode.

DaVinci Resolve is split in several sections, which you can see in the bar below the program. 
In order of appearance: 

  1.  Media: You get an overview of all the clips that are imported into the project
  2. Cut: After choosing all of your imported media, you can then ‘mark’ the parts that you need. This is useful so that you will not waste your time manually cutting the clip on the timeline over and over. And also because the marked parts will be saved. 
  3. Edit: You move to the timeline the cut footage and adjust it as you please. 
  4. Fusion: For adding effects to the media on the timeline. 
  5. Color: Advanced color tools to change how the media looks.
  6. Fairlight: Made for sound designers to adjust the sound of the clips. 
  7. Deliver: To render your work. 

There are a few things that I found annoying while using the program: 

  • Playback will not stop when you click to change the pointer position over the timeline
  • Doing a mouse hover over the project clips will switch the preview to these, hiding the timeline preview
  • You can’t change the framerate of a Timeline after creating it

Other than these few issues, I have had a smooth experience and might switch to Resolve as my main editing program.

Something I do not go crazy for in Adobe Premiere Pro is how masks are handled. They are not as advanced as on Photoshop and to even manually resize a single point of the mask you need to know keyboard shortcuts. 
On DaVinci Resolve this is intuitive and easy. Same thing for other features such as tracking a point. 

The premium version costs around 400$ (Please correct me if I am wrong) and is a one time payment only.
It might sound like a lot, but compared to other companies forcing monthly subscriptions, it actually is a reasonable price. 

I now have to come back to Bergen. 
I will miss you Cæsar and Charlie. 
See you next time.