Vlogwalk: From Suffolk College to the start of Ipswich “town centre”

By , 9 September 2005 4:01 pm

Here’s another “vlogwalk”. This time at real-time speed. Unfortunately, I can’t get Google maps to do this journey right at all, but the streets I describe can be seen here.

For this one I used the same small flash camera as for the last one, but this time it was in disguise 🙂 It also both functions and looks like an MP3 player, so I plugged in some headphones and carried it like an iPod as I walked along. Nobody seemed at all concerned.

I started by crossing the small green area just in front of Suffolk College (incindentally, the same area where they cooked the worlds largest curry). I then walked out along the college access road. The building to the right contains some county council offices. All these college and council buildings are scheduled for redevelopment in the next two or three years.

I then walked across (and a little along) Grimwade Street before turning into Rope Walk. The building on the far corner of this junction is the Ipswich Registry Office where civil weddings take place, and also where I went to register the birth of both my daughters. If you hear me snort part way along this street, it’s because a colleague passing in the opposite direction said “hello” and broke my concentration on trying to keep the camera steady.

At the end of Rope Walk, I just caught a break in the traffic and crossed over Bond Street into Eagle Street. Although there are a few shops in Eagle Street (including Ipswich’s premier comic and game store and a great charity bookshop) most people don’t consider it to be really “in” the town centre. That starts at the junction of Orwell Place and Upper Orwell Street, where I stop this portion of the vlogwalk.

I hope you enjoy my little journey.

2 Responses to “Vlogwalk: From Suffolk College to the start of Ipswich “town centre””

  1. Randolfe says:

    This was actually a bit dull. Commentary would have perhaps made it more interesting.

    I don’t know if anyone has invented a steadycam for small cameras. It is very difficult to film
    while walking.

    I would be interested in seeing your camera. I do like the idea of an “unseen” camera. What is the model?

    I’m not familiar with “flash format”. I assume that a “flash” camera shoots in that mode. Some vlogs I like use it as well. I’m just about to start vlogging and am not sure which format will be my choice. The tech arguments leave me cold.

  2. Frank says:

    Honestly, I agree that it’s dull. I’m still experimenting with the idea of this to try and work out how best to annotate it. Did you read the associated blog entry (before or after viewing)? Did it help?

    I’m toying with the idea of “stretching” the video frame from 4×3 to 16×9, to give space beside the video for putting some sort of written commentary in my next one. It’s more production work, but it might change how it’s viewed.

    When I say “flash” in this case, I’m not talking about a format, but a medium. The camera records to a solid state “flash” card rather than a tape. It actually records in ASF Mpeg4 format. I wrote a little about this camera in this older post.

    Thanks for all your comments.

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