As you know, Aliy has gotten pretty darn good at shooting video out on the trail. As you also know, the camera she has been using -- a little "point and shoot" -- has some serious limitations. Besides the wind noise that we've been battling, it has no zoom capability and Aliy has only been able to shoot when she could have a hand free to hold it.
Our goal is to bring you unprecedented footage from the trails, especially during upcoming races like the Denali Doubles next week and the Iditarod next month. So, I picked up a new camera for Aliy -- a "real" video camera -- and rigged up a mount for it to ride on the handlebar of her sled. She took it out for a test run yesterday, and we are pretty excited about the results. The objective for this test was just to see what kind of footage we could get -- to see if it provides a realistic sense of what it's like to "be there" -- so Aliy doesn't do much narration. You can clearly hear how she talks to the dogs from time to time, however, and I think you'll agree it gives you a pretty personal -- even intimate -- insight into their relationship.
We've got more tests ahead of us -- to try out different zoom settings, to work out audio levels for her narration vs. sled/brake noise, etc. -- but we wanted to share this early test with you. We hope you are as excited about the prospects for future Dog Log videos as we are!