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  1. In this weeks video we return to the southern end of the Main Station at Trenholme Junction and watch the comings and goings from the embankment at the Parcels Station. An 08 is busy removing a couple of vans from a recently arrived passenger train from the west country and placing them with another in Parcels platform to make up a new train. A 'rat' departs from the bay platform with a local suburban train, followed by the arrival of two four car DMU sets, one in the bay and one in the Main station road. another rat moves from the stabling centre road in the bay platform and couples up to the aforementioned vans and then, departs. The four car DMU set then leaves the main road, followed by the other, from the bay. A foretaste of what's to come, only diesels in this scene, all steam are on shed.
  2. I've noticed a considerable drop in the number of the views my videos have got since I have been producing these composite videos. I wonder if they are not watched because it is perceived to be real and not a model. I'm not motivated by how many people watch my videos and so I'm going to carry on along this theme. This is the first time I've used a building as part of the scene. The merging together of the model and the real world is but a start here, I have plans to develop this theme even further. Thanks to those of you who continue to support me in this quest.
  3. In this video, we are sitting at the throat of the Lower Marshalling Yard at Trenholme Junction, a simple pleasure enjoyed by me as a child, just watching the trains pass by. A debut for my 05 Shunter, bought about three years ago by my children for Christmas but never seen running on the layout before. Of the 120 points (switches) on the junction there are many with plastic frogs and short wheelbase loco's don't cope well with these. I have permanently attached a 'match truck' to the loco and changed the wheels of it to DCC Concepts pickup wheels and wired them through to the loco.
  4. Each of these recent video's from Trenholme Junction has a different aim, although it might not be apparent to the casual viewer. Matching the lighting on the model to the light outside when the video is shot is very challenging (to an amateur like me). I have recently stopped videoing in the train shed using the fluorescent lighting which has been there for the last twenty years and have bought several LED purpose made video lights. Two advantages here, keying (the removal of the background) is more effective without the flicker and the lights are dimmable making it easier to match the light on the model with the outside world. A short video, again, and the length not reflecting the approximately 24 hours work to produce it. Video 1 Foreground, (real world) is shot in the lane with all the background removed. Video 2 Mid Section (model) shot on the model, Trenholme Junction with all the background removed. Video 3 Background (real world) is shot in the field nearby and nearer to the hills and on a different day, but similar weather conditions. All three video's are shot in 5.3k @ 60fps, merged together using Vegas Post editing suite.
  5. This weeks video is short and sweet, watching trains passing the level crossing on the lane. There are four videos merged together here. First, (real world) is the foreground taken in the lane. Second, (model) Level Crossing Gates with (real world) hedges. Third (model) Goods shed and Signal Box. Fourth (model) Four trains as seen in last weeks (Watching Trains 44). For those with the appropriate devices, you can watch this video in 5k.
  6. In this weeks video we are at the South West station at Trenholme Junction. Four trains passing through on a lovely late summer day.
  7. Following on from last weeks video (Watching Trains - 42), the cameras are now at the Lower East station, following our trains around Trenholme Junction. We are following a couple of the trains from the previous ones in this series, passing through the station together with some others. The purpose of this video is to test the camera and the new version of the Vegas Post software I use for my productions. For those who like the technical details, this video is produced in 5k. This high definition is good at producing clear images of the trains at speed which is demonstrated when the first wo trains pass by. Pleased with the result and will be upgrading my camera with even better definition.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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......
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.......
  22. In last weeks' video I showed how merging foregrounds as well as backgrounds into the modelled section of the layout by using a tree as the foreground subject. In this video, using the same principle, this video uses a bridge as the foreground. This is not the first time I have done this with this particular bridge, the last effort used photographic stills for the foreground and background, this version uses high definition video for all the elements, foreground, background and model videos, which adds movement in the trees and the sky. The last scene of this video shows the current actual view (April '21). The following is a quote from the original production:- Built in the mid 1850's this bridge is a survivor from Picton to Battersby line. Double track, the bridge is on the first section between the stations of Picton Junction and Trenholmebar. The line closed in 1958 but this piece of superb engineering is remarkably intact complete with its Yorkshire Stone coping stones and iron handrails. Repairs were made a few years ago to the brickwork, I think probably cheaper than demolishing it. The track bed is almost intact, amongst lots of undergrowth. The modern A19 trunk road passes nearby, with Trenholmebar station largely buried underneath it, but I often drive this way home through this quiet country lane and admire the bridge..... you can almost hear a train coming, so for just one minute only......
  23. In my previous, recent videos, I have produced them using a background video, replacing the walls and ceiling of the footage shot indoors on the model railway, Trenholme Junction. The technique of removing the unwanted background areas of the video is relatively straight forward Adding a background video, which is shot outdoors, adds a realistic dimension to the end result with moving clouds, trees waving in the breeze, birds flying etc. I have also used a similar technique (to the background thing) to add foreground features in some places on other videos and it works quite well, but has a slightly 'flat' unconvincing outcome. In this short video, I have attempted to address the 'flat' issue by superimposing a foreground video (the tree) over both the layout and background videos so that the trains are passing within the scene. It's not perfect, but proof of concept achieved.
  24. This short video moves the camera further south at Trenholme Junction than lasts weeks video at the throat of the Lower Marshalling Yard to the station and the southern junction. The trains are a continuation of last weeks' (Marshalling Yard 11), the emphasis here is experimenting with further tuning of the blending of the model and the real world. The weather is a breezy spring day with the clouds moving by, the trees swaying and birds flying accross the sky. Produced in 4k and best viewed in that format.
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