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Video: Josh’s Shanghai Walkabout

I’ve been in Shanghai for about a day and a half now, for the Spring 2008 Intel Developer Forum conference. I’m here to shoot video of stuff that’s interesting and useful for software developers and generally cover the event for Intel Software Network.

Yesterday was “Day 0” of the event – badge pickup, etc., but no real events scheduled. I took the opportunity to escape my hotel, and do a little walkabout exploration of my surroundings in Shanghai. I’ve been shooting tons of pictures and video, and I could write thousands and thousands of words about how cool Shanghai is. For now, enjoy this little video I put together of my “walkabout” in Shanghai.

Features include: about 100 people offering to sell me a “Rolex”, some of the great Shanghai architecture, exploration of the “Super Brand Mall”, including the Chinese versions of McDonalds and Toys R Us, a supermarket, and more.

Later that evening, my ISN China colleagues (and Shanghai natives) Richard and Welles basically showed me the town. They took me to PC Mall, which is a 5 story mall full of nothing but computers, electronics, cameras, and games. It’s like Fry’s on crack, and I’m DEFINITELY going back there before I come home. :-) There’s a bonus clip of PC Mall at the end of the video.

I also ran into my first “blocked in China” site while trying to upload this video – blip.tv. I love Blip, for lots of reason – video quality being one of the top. So I was bummed to not be able to use it for this video. Instead, it’s on YouTube (strange that Blip is blocked but YouTube isn’t – what’s up with that?), with the accompanying quality loss. But at least you can see it. And the quality isn’t super high anyway – it was all shot handheld in HD on my Aiptek Go-HD, then reencoded to 640×360 on my trusty Elgato Turbo.264. I’ll put up a high quality version when I get home.

Here’s the video – enjoy! :-)

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9 thoughts on “Video: Josh’s Shanghai Walkabout

  1. Only part way through the video…hopefully I can get through it all. I have a problem with watching “home movies” because I get headaches from shaky cam. So far not too bad, I’m surprised you know how to pronounce Sephora. 😀

  2. Great stuff. Thanks for sharing. <3 Pocky’s.
    How’s the Go-HD working out for you? Surprised the audio quality is clean.

    Jezlyn: A lot probably has to do with the ‘wobble’ effect from handheld motion. Occurs in cams like Aipteks and Flip Video.

  3. @Jeff, @Janet – thanks! :-)

    @Jezlyn – I’m sorry for the shakycam. I know it’s hard to watch, so I don’t blame you if you didn’t make it through. :-)

    @rodfather the Aiptek is doing AWESOME. I’m really pleased with it. Since everything is Quicktime MOV files, I can “edit” and piece stuff together in Quicktime Pro, without having to import it into iMovie or whatever, which takes forever, and makes it just enough work that I probably wouldn’t do it. I’ve been doing more little clips with it, trying to perfect my “hold my arm out and point the camera at me” method, so there’ll be more to see soon! :-)

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  5. It’s not your fault, Josh. I’m rather sensitive to home movies with no image stabilization or video games with a first-person view and a lot of movement. I can barely watch 30 seconds of someone playing Doom/Halo/Super Monkey Ball/etc where there’s a lot of panning without starting to get a headache. 😛 Despite being an awesome movie, Cloverfield was a huge ordeal for me because of my simulation sickness. :(

    I’ll try to watch the rest of the video because I think it’s pretty interesting. :)

  6. @Jezlyn I totally understand. I got a little queasy in Cloverfield, and I got outright motion sick (as in, had to run out of the theater to throw up in the bathroom) at Blair Witch Project.

    That said, I have another 10 minute video ready to go, so I hope you make it through OK! :-)

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