Hi all, I’m still playing with the new GoPro on the Rails to Trail if anyone is interested in that sort of thing. I went out this morning and rode the rest of the improved section of the Santa Fe Rails to Trail route. I rode south from the house along the Eldorado section of the trail and then along the two miles or so of the very nice, new section of the trail that extends the route from Eldorado to Spur Ranch Road. Mike emailed me and suggested I try the timelapse mode on the GoPro, which I have never played with before, so I googled how to do it. The GoPro 8 has something called “Timewarp” mode that applies image stabilization to a video made up of individual timelapse images. The result is a video that runs at about 30x normal speed.

I set the GoPro to Timewarp mode and rode from the house along the southern section of the Rails to Trail. I just took a look at the resulting timelapse video when I got home, and it’s too fast to follow for my taste. I will see if I can set the camera to grab images more frequently, which should effectively slow the timelapse video down next time. BTW, as timelapse mode is based on a series of individual photos, there is no way record audio while the images are being captured, so there is no audio in the resulting video. Or at least no audio without without post-production video editing, which I don’t know how to do yet. On the other hand, for some reason I was a chatterbox on the normal video I shot when riding the route north, ha.

When I got the Spur Ranch Road, I set the camera to normal video mode, but this time at 4K to see if that would improve the image quality when the video is uploaded to Youtube. So the first 3 videos listed below are with me chattering away while riding north on the Rails to Trail route. The fourth video is the “Timewarp” video riding south on the trail from the house. And the fifth video is a link to a fellow named Darwin that Rich and I follow who has a very active Youtube channel riding the Santa Fe Rails to Trail back in 2016. I added a link to Darwin’s video as he has hiked and biked all over the country and he was still very impressed by our little Rails to Trail route. BTW, if others have video cameras mounted on themselves or their bikes, please share your rides with the club during this time of social distancing.

Santa Fe Rails to Trail 4, riding north-a,  4K: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmHq_P2atFE&feature=youtu.be

Santa Fe Rails to Trail 5, riding north-b, 4K: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhHSILcZSpY&feature=youtu.be

Santa Fe Rails to Trail 6, riding north-c, 4K: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvF6nhgyizc&feature=youtu.be 

Santa Fe Rails to Trail “Timewarp”, riding south: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=521xMMjf-Wg&feature=youtu.be

Darwin’s 2016 ride on Santa Fe Rails to Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHd_5gg488E

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