Saturday, September 5, 2009

Elk Resuce-HD Video of incident at Benezette Aug. 20,2009

Elk rescue, magic words that draw a lot of attention, How often does one hear about an elk needing rescued from a hazardous situation?

Regular readers have followed the incident at the old school in Benezette, Pennsylvania quite closely. I have spent a significant portion of the last week editing an extremely short film of the incident.

If you have problems playing the video read the instructions in the latter part of the post before giving up. One of the best work-arounds is to turn the HD off. The quality is still quite good for web video.

Pennsylvania Elk Rescue from Willard C. Hill on Vimeo.
For an even better viewing experience Click Here. It will take you to Vimeo where you can view the video in a larger player.

For those who are technically minded, I filmed the incident with a Canon Xl-H1 with normal lens. Editing was done with Sony Vegas 9.0b.

This is my first attempt at compressing high definition video for the web. Video enthusiasts will notice some compression artifacts where the video fades from the title page into the opening scene.

To prevent "stuttering" or hang-ups on playback, it is best to allow the video to buffer before playing. It may help on a slow computer to turn off HD(look at right side of video player, hover the mouse over the play bar, or you may need to hit play, and you should see three boxes appear in the right side of the player: share, embed, and HD. Click once to turn HD on, and once to turn it off. It should be on by default on your first visit).

I hope to incorporate more video in future posts is this works out well,as I actually do more work with video than with stills, but hesitate to post clips because of quality problems.

At any rate, this should wrap up the series on The Elk Rescue unless I learn further information about the fate of the bull.


Dina said...

Oh this is wonderful, Willard! So touching. Thank you for all the work you put into documenting the rescue and then making a great video for the Web.

Squirrel said...

Great job on the video Willard!!

Janie said...

Greata video! wow, that poor elk really got himself in a mess. I'm glad the rescue crew took care of it.

bobshank said...

Willard, great job with the video of this bull elk rescue. You captured exactly what happened and provided a narrative that was not only informative but engaging as well. You did an excellent job and I look forward to seeing more of your video posts in the future!

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful video, many thanks for sharing!
happy Camera critters
purrs and love

Carletta said...

Thanks Willard for your time and effort to this endeavor. Wonderful detailed video. Job well done!

T and S said...

Willard - That's a fantastic video on the rescue effort. However for some reason the video stops when it reaches 2 min and 56s and refuses to go beyond that inspite of my many tries. You might want to check that out...Thomas

Brad Myers said...

Great job Willard, you captured exactly what happened. I am looking forward to shooting with you later in the month during the rut.

Anonymous said...

Great work Willard. Thanks for sharing and for all that you for the wildlife of Pennsylvania.

HANNIBAL said...

The quality was excellent, the content amazing! Great work Willard!
You have an expert eye! Congrats on a fine piece of art/film!