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  1. Sorry, don't have any list, would take too long to make them up, and, yes its still being added to. Thanks for your interest.
  2. Following on from last weeks video (Watching Trains - 41), the cameras are now at the southern end of the Main station, following our trains through Trenholme Junction. The steam loco and its container train has entered the Lower Marshalling Yard. We are joined by Bulk Grain train destined for the Whisky Distilleries and a Shunter with a train of and wagons waiting to cross the main lines near the southern signal box and through into the tunnel.
  3. In this video we follow the four trains we saw in the last one in the series (Watching Trains 40...). The cameras have been moved to the north end of Trenholme Junction. All three scenes distort the actual images of the model, and show how different the model can be made to look with the special effects.
  4. In response to the many requests I get for information about the production of the videos made on Trenholme Junction, here is the fourth of a series of videos explaining the details of how they are achieved. This video concentrates on the make up of the background and how, when the trains crossover between the model and real world, the integration is achieved.
  5. After running through the summer with the 'experimental' series, I've now switched back to my usual videos, incorporating the features which I've learned in the process. The videos, from now on, are produced using Vegas Pro 19 Post edition software. In this video, the cameras are facing North West looking towards the Diesel Motive Power Depot. Those of you who have been watching earlier videos may have seen this view angle on occasions with a model rockface to the left. Using the new software and the 'experimental' techniques, I have removed the rockface and now can have any background I like in place of it. Although not intended, it does look like a garden railway now......
  6. One of the main aims of building this model railway was to achieve convincing 'distance' and although the layout is 57 feet long its still difficult to emulate that elusive fading away effect. In this experiment I have attempted to refine my skills to try to achieve this. Pretty pleased with the results. Also in this video, I have used yet another technique in special effects to increase the quality of the separation of the trains from their model surroundings. This is the last in the experimental series for the time being, I'm going to use the results of this series to incorporate what I've learned into my future videos. In order to build a model railway there are many skills which need to be mastered in order to have a satisfactory outcome of your endeavours and recent video developments means there is a whole new world of possibilities in the hobby. Another aspect of this fascinating subject. Video footage from Gopro 9 and edited in Vegas Pro Post Suite.
  7. In this video I have concentrated a lot of time in raising the quality of the trains part of the production. There has been some fair comments on previous experimental videos about the the trains having some transparency. Separating the trains from the background is very difficult. My previous attempts were less than convincing because the lighting was unsuitable. Fluorescent lighting flickers and causes poor keying. I have recently invested in LED lighting and using state of the art software have improved the overall appearance. You can see the field behind the coaches and the brake vans through the windows....... Fine tuning the already proven concepts.
  8. The idea behind this video is to move things around the layout, without actually moving them. What??? I hear you say. Well, in this video I have photographed the Goods Shed at the Upper East Station, the cluster of Houses at the southern end of the Main Station, and, a signal. The aim is to produce a new scene from what already exists, without physically moving the actual models on the layout. Signals are a long standing omission on Trenholme Junction and were never installed because the project ran out of money. I have about twenty but decided not to put any on the layout rather than a few. Using the techniques I have developed I can now photograph one signal any use it any number of times, hence the layout can be fully signalled in the future. One such application is seen in this video. I can even make the lights work. The principle of photographing an accessory and using it many times can apply to any accessory. You can even photograph real 'accessories' such as a real farm gate and put it into your model hedge (or vice versa). The possibilities are endless! For the technically curious, there are three videos and three photographs used to make up this scene.
  9. These experimental series of videos concentrate on achieving a specific effect. Its mainly my learning how to exploit the software used to for the productions. Using software to change the shot video is called Post Production. I use Vegas Pro Post to achieve this. Almost all the videos I produce start off with at least two videos running together and then they are merged together. I use a Gopro Black 9 camera to shoot the video(s). I use this camera because of its small size, giving a child's eye view of the model. Its not possible, for example, when using a camera this size to zoom the shot. In this video the experiment is to zoom in and out. Zooming in and out is relatively simple with one video but is much more challenging. Scene 1 has a bit of fun attached, how good is it to sit on your own station watching the trains pass by. Scene 2 is me standing on the station with the video camera zooming in and out the shot. Not perfect, but a proof of concept.
  10. In the previous videos in this series the model trains have been planted into real world either by placing them in front of, or behind the view. In order to produce a convincing collage, the models must be inside the view, passing in front of and behind objects. This short video attempts to do just that. In the first scene the trains are in front of the hedge and disappear behind the fence and nettle bed. In the second scene the trains appear behind the pub wall, continue in front of the hedge and disappear at the back of the cricket pavilion and behind the hedge beyond. The real world is videod at Ingleby Cross, near to where I live. I am grateful to the landlord, Chris Lill, of the Blue Bell public house in the village, for kindly let me make the video of the village cricket pitch from the pub grounds. A superb location!
  11. Crathorne never had a railway, but it does have this relaxing view over a corn field with the A19 trunk road behind the hedge. This, another experimental video, puts a railway into places that never had one in the first place. Makes a change from videos of those who had one and now don't. I use different techniques to 'plant' the model in the real world and this one uses a different method to isolate the foreground and the hedge, to what I used for the previous experiments. This method is more effective than previous ones and can be achieved in a shorter space of time, raising the quality just a bit more.
  12. There is a growing interest in the idea of 'shelf' layouts. This idea is particularly popular in the USA. A layout is is built on a shelf around the edges of the room. Trenholme Junction was not built on this concept, but has accidentally fallen into this category when you look at the upper level of the layout. The upper level is actually a 'shelf' layout built not around edges of the room but around the edges of the lower level. Originally, the layout design specification was to have two levels capable of fulfilling the brief as independent layouts. Videoing the layout on either the upper or lower levels was always difficult to seperate the two and to make it look like the two were unconnected. When videoing on the lower level the first stage was to have the sky background replacing the walls and lights of the train shed and then to have the camera angles such as to hide the upper level, a satisfactory outcome. The videoing of the upper level when the lower level was unwanted is much more difficult. The sky and the background uses the same technique as for the upper level but 'seating' the layout into the foreground is a bit more tricky. In this video, taken in the place I live, is of the trunk road which passes close by. The village was never served by a railway, so I decided to give it one by using the model of the station on Trenholme Junction and set in the 1960's. Its another in the experimental series of videos which merge the model with the real world.
  13. Throughout this 'experimental' thread the merging the model railway with the real world has culminated with this effort which uses the model in the minimum and the real world as the predominant feature. There's a point to this apparent madness. I have been considering a branch extension to Trenholme Junction and I have a notion to attempt to build a 'skeleton' layout, without any scenery at all and use special effects to create the scenery, backgrounds, seasons and weather. Madness - maybe, feasible, definitely.
  14. This, the latest 'experimental' video is a model railway crossing a cornfield. The model, using the real world as the scenery. Breezy day. Not as simple as it looks.......
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