My iPhone 4 Fireworks Extravaganza

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by The Bronx Bull, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. The Bronx Bull macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Each year my family has a 4th of July party with a fireworks display over the lake, and I figured this would be a good opportunity to test out not only the iPhone 4 photo capability and 720p video, but iMovie as well. The bad news: iMovie is prone to crashing, as we all know. I had to trim the hell out of my photos and much of the fireworks. The good news: everything looks great once I got it to import! Hopefully Apple is working on an update for iMovie.

    I'm in the video alongside my grandfather, a WWII Pacific Marine, in the midst of the video. After one of the mortars was launched, my uncle, who is remotely launching the fireworks, says: "Pop, that one was made in Japan!" LOL.

    Tell me what you think.
  2. tjespo22 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2007
    Staten Island NY
  3. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    very nice...didn't think there would be that many fireworks on that little raft
  4. The Bronx Bull thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    There was actually much more! I had to cut about 3/4's of the Fireworks because iMovie kept crashing whilst exporting!
  5. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Dude, seriously, you've sold me. I've been on the fence about buying iMovie since I"m clueless about anything video related other than watching them.

    Your video was awesome. And I'm not just talking about the actual subjects in the video, but the transitions such as dissolve, etc. But also how you incorporated the music and other stuff. Really a good job.

    Question, how did you get the music to duck down when the fireworks started? I though you couldn't do that on the app version. Or did you split the music into two and duck the second part?
  6. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Nicely done. Both the fireworks and the video.

    Super jealous of the fireworks display though. Stupid Colorado banning everything including Sparklers...
  7. labrat1996 macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2010
    Lenexa, Kansas
    I bought iMovie but haven't tried it yet. I've got to now I've seen that! Great job!
  8. The Bronx Bull thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Thanks! iMovie is extremely simple to work. This helped me out a bit:

    As for the volume adjustment when the fireworks start: when you double tap on a video clip, you'll be presented with the "title" options. On bottom, "enable audio" is there, with a yes/no box - yes means the audio from the video will play along with the music (which auto adjusts to make room for the clip audio), and no means "music only."

    Thanks! I'm in New York though - we're borderline communist bloc! My father's friend is a licensed pyrotechnician, however; he's seen stringing together the "e-matches" right in the beginning of the video. He did say that our personal display is still illegal without a "sponsor." Take what you will from that!
  9. N1CKOLAS macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
  10. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Awesome display and a great show of what the iPhone 4 is capable of.

    As far as the "illegal" goes on some things like this it just makes it more fun. You could have your family form a sort of group and use that as the sponser.
  11. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    Very nice! Can I ask how long it took you to do this project from start to finish?
  12. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    Not bad, not bad at all. Just had a small fireworks show last night in downtown Vegas and I was going to record it with my iPhone 4 to see how well it would do but most of the fireworks were obscured by buildings in the downtown area so I passed.

    I think they'll have something else going on at the baseball park (Cashman Field) here tonight, or tomorrow, not sure but I might give it a go if they do.

    Good job on the video, OP, nicely done.
  13. AshStorm macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Bronx Bull,

    Very cool!

    /salute your Grandfather
  14. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    i'm starting to notice how much i would like to plug in an external microphone alongside the HD video recording.

    the sound is so lacking with a bottom placed microphone...:(
  15. -PsYcHoNoVa- macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2009
  16. LocoMoco macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2010
  17. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I was born and raised in "The People's Republic Of New York" and to top it off, my Dad was FDNY for 30 fireworks for us growing up...:mad:

    Really enjoyed your video...:)
  18. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    Very well done! When played back on my iPhone 4, it shows off just about everything that is amazing on this phone... The video quality, retina display, YouTube in HD, and those deep, deep blacks. The fireworks really pop on my screen. What an unbelievable phone this is.

    Fireworks are particularly challenging to film, and the fact that the iPhone 4 can do such a great job of it is a true testament to the quality of the camera and the software.
  19. The Bronx Bull thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Well, I rode shotgun on the way up to the party, which is about a forty-five minute drive. I started the video when I stepped into the car to go home, worked on it on the entire drive home, and maybe ten more minutes at home? Roughly one hour.

    Thanks! He's gotten plenty of accolades lately. Have you heard of "The Pacific" on HBO? He was in Eugene Sledge's K-3-5 unit as a Machine Gunner on the first waves at both Peleliu and Okinawa - naturally, the producers from HBO have been all over him for that pre-production period. Here's a picture of him on Okinawa in 1945 with Sledge (Grandfather is on the far left, shirtless and holding the Jap flag, Sledge is in the middle, prone, with a helmet on): [​IMG]

    We're all very proud of him.

    Thanks! We had quite a few VFDs at the show!

    Appreciate it. I think they came out superb as well - especially for a phone. The hardest part about filming the show is that most of the mortars were going over the treeline! It's noticeable at the end when the branches obstruct the blasts!

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