An Evening with Caterham Cars - YouTube Video

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An Evening with Caterham Cars - YouTube Video

Hi Folks,
  An Evening with Caterham Cars is now live on YouTube and can be found here:

https://youtu.be/m-huS0gPZgE

  The video is pretty much the whole webinar with a few of exceptions to try and keep the duration down a bit:

  • We took out most of Richard’s house keeping at the start of the video
  • The polls are edited to reduce the dead time and the second poll is removed (between us we managed to miss off the option for only owning one Seven (doh!) and that skewed the results enough that we thought it didn’t make sense to include (see raw results below))
  • We have removed the anecdotes from the end of the video. We didn’t think they added a great deal given the other great content and the already rather long video being put out.

Please leave comments in YouTube, like (or dislike!) and subscribe. It will help us get the channel going faster.

For those interested, the results of the messed up second poll were as follows...

 
  Have many Sevens have you owned?  
Response Options Responses % of Respondents
2 98 68%
3 22 15%
4 11 8%
5 3 2%
Loads 10 7%

Total respondents: 144 
Clearly people were confused by the options - unsurprisingly - and so the results are all but meaningless.

For those interested in the minutiae:

  • Stephen Hubbard, Michael Calvert and myself exchanged 186 WhatsApp messages, and a bunch of emails I haven't counted, preparing for the event Blabla
  • 373 people were registered for the event using a combination of Zoom and LoveAdmin - Pink Angels did the authorisation step
  • On the night there was a peak of 322 people attending the webinar (see attendance graph below), which lasted 95 minutes
  • The Zoom webinar resulted in 5 video files (8GB), one subtitles file and 6 .csv reports
  • Zoom records the videos for each person at a resolution of 640x360 along with various versions where the participants and screen-sharing are composited in different ways. 
  • The reports had to be processed to get the poll results you see and some Python was written to parse the poll data, that was all then processed in Excel with pivot tables etc.
  • The video project was edited in Final Cut Pro, with some custom Motion templates and generators
  • LUTs were applied to try and make the video less washed out, but there's only so much you can do with Zoom video. In the end they may be a touch too dark and saturated, but I spent way too much time trying to sort that out and so gave up... a bit. :-)
  • Compound clips and multi-cam clips were created to orchestrate the edit.
  • Title graphics were created in Pixelmator Pro and animated in Motion and Final Cut Pro
  • The Poll data is displayed using a Final Cut plugin from MotoinVFX.com
  • The audio was processed in iZotope RX8 where I did passes for spectral recovery, de-reverb, de-plosive and some hand editing of the spectral display - David's audio was very low and had some horrible Zoom compression artefacts when amplified. The whole audio was then normalised to -20LUFS (though YouTube will also do its own normalisation here too).
  • The "single-head" video is scaled to 75% of full screen to reduce the sense of compression artefacts from the video being so low resolution and the compression being applied by Zoom. This is a common way of dealing with this problem. I didn't use the system the BBC use (where a blurred and scaled version of the video is laid in the background) as it looks way too distracting on such a long video - IMHO.
  • The project is rendered to a 1080p, 5.5GB file and uploaded to YouTube. I went with 1080p instead of 720p (which is technically the maximum native video resolution) as the backgrounds and graphics look crisper that way on tablets, smart-phones and full-screen browsers.
  • Chapter markers are inserted at major points in the video and the links in the description will take you to the relevant place in the video.
  • Captions have been generated. There are 3000 lines of captions for about 17,000 words (though that's just the best estimate I could get without spending an age on it). I've tried to make the captions look vaguely ok, but its too time consuming to get them totally straightened out - YouTube does a good job of auto captioning but does tend to think Caterham should be spelt catering etc. It also doesn't do too well on punctuation or capitalisation (I mostly left the former alone but fixed as much of the latter as time would allow).


Attendance over the time of the webinar:

If anyone has any other questions then I'll be happy to answer them... if I can. I also did some interesting (well at least I thought they were) graphs showing how quickly people responded to the polls, in case anyone's interested I can post them.

John
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Thanks for the link ,,,think after hearing Graham speak I think the club has got to hold another vote ,,,sooner rather than later ,,with most people locked down ,,now seems a good idea ,,

think the name must be changed personally,,one thing he said I did not agree with is that with calling the club LOTUS        who are there competitors I don't agree ,,a seven is a totally different car than any of the lotus models ,,there nearest poss is the Elise ,,but I think they are a lot more expensive than a seven ,,and don't think in anyway the seven can be a competitor ,,A SEVEN IS A SEVEN as a lot say when out ,,,how bloody much did it cost ,,,you could have bought a nice car for that ( bunch of total dickheads )         I think the lotus name should be retained ,as think most do it's were the seven came from ,,but caterham name should be the prominent one ( poor old graham nearn kept it going and doesn't  get a look in )  so yes I can totally understand caterhams wish not for us to be called the lotus seven club ,,,,but I think we should still be separate from caterham ,,not going round with the begging bowl ,think we are in a position to finance our selves 

Derek

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Just to throw a spanner in the works I'd love to no what the agro was with the club ,,,as I think caterham cars at donnington would have been the icing on the cake ,,,it was still a great do though ,,,must admit I was heavily critical on BC. about caterhams no show ,,,,but I think I owe Graham and caterham an apology,,which is rare from a Yorkshire man 

Derek

think I read somewhere soon be big anniversary  of the seven club ,,would be good if sorted by then ,and caterham would attended 

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Graham MacDonald slipped up an said survival of the fittest and should have said fastest regarding the BBC4 documentary in 2003.

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Well, that all looks like a walk in the park, then, John... Biglaugh

Well done to you and the team for getting this record compiled and available.  Good work!  Thumb Up

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Thank you James, from all us. It was very much a team effort.

John

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What a real insight into the business and what the Directors have to do just to keep the car in production.

May I add my thanks to everyone who was involved in this epic production and to Graham, Simon and David for their willingness to talk so candidly about their business.

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Think it showed they would like to get back on good terms with the club ,,,as it should be ,,cos we're there best advert for the seven they have 

derek

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A really interesting watch - thanks to all who made it happen and put the whole thing together. Hopefully a workable solution can be found that is acceptable to both parties and we can just get on have some fun. 

Life is to short to waste on quarreling.

"None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after-thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.” - Nanea Hoffman

 

 

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New member and first post so please be gentle !  Finally got a Caterham  after over 30 years of waiting !

Thanks for putting the Evening with Caterham Cars on YouTube  - thanks to all participants giving their time and for the considerable effort in editing/uploading. It was great to be able to watch the video as I wasn’t able to participate live.

Very interesting to listen to future thoughts and developments and the obvious passion and enthusiasm for the Seven from the guys at Caterham.

Don't know and not sure I need to know what went on in the past between the club and Caterham - let’s look forward. There must be a way of respecting the heritage and also recognising  the fact that the majority of members now drive a Caterham.

Looking forward to meeting fellow enthusiasts in Kent and East Sussex as restrictions allow and plan to attend the open day in Crawley.

Back to polishing !!

 

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Welcome to the club Thumb Up

 

Simon Houghton
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