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Hints and tips

Some hints and tips for entrants:

  • If using a tripod mounted camera, try using longer lines (e.g. 100') to set the kite further back and give yourself more in-frame flying space.  Also, set the camera so that only a small amount of the ground is in-frame - the aim is to try and maximise the amount of sky available to keep the kite in-frame!
  • Set your video camera to "infinite focus" if it has such a setting.  This will avoid the kite going in and out of focus as the camera tries to adjust to its movement.
  • If your video has been recorded in an interlaced format (e.g. 1080i), look for a "deinterlace" feature in your video processing software and enable it.
  • Use a video format that is common, e.g. as .wmv, .mov, .avi.  Remember that your video needs to be viewable by VLC to be accepted.
  • Record your video in the highest possible quality that your camera allows.  The quality can always been down-sampled to fit within 25MB when the video is rendered by your video editing software.
  • If possible, shoot your video on a clear sunny day - a bright blue sky serves as a positive backdrop for your flying.