I mentioned in an earlier post that I am an MVP (Most Valued Professional) for CyberLink, which makes the video editing software I use, PowerDirector. They don’t pay me or anything, but I get early access to new products and that sort of thing.
Recently Fershad Irani of their marketing team sent me some questions by email. I’ve reproduced the questions here, together with my answers.
1. Please give a short background of yourself, (i.e. country, work, etc.)
My wife, Loretta, and I live in rural Colorado in the United States. She’s an artist. I recently retired from IBM, a large computer company, as an IT Architect. My undergraduate degree in Mathematics came from Brigham Young University in 1975, and my masters degree in engineering came from California State University at Northridge in 1984. I’m a ham radio operator, callsign KEØOG, and also have a passion for enjoying our beautiful mountain scenery on motorcycles and ATVs. We live in Ouray County, Colorado, which is filled with beautiful mountains and offers many roads and trails to enjoy these.
2. You’ve owned several motorbikes over the years, where did that passion start?I first rode a motorcycle at the age of 16. A friend came by with his new Yamaha trail bike and asked me if I’d like to take a ride. I was hooked! I now own two motorcycles, a 2009 Yamaha XT-250 dual-sport and a 1994 Yamaha Seca II street bike. One reason I enjoy using the motorcycles to see the vast beauty of our Rocky Mountains is that the view is unrestricted, even with a helmet on. Riding a motorcycle is a very personal experience. I can feel the wind, the sunshine, even the rain drops.
3. What made you decide to start taking videos while riding?
I was given a GoPro Hero 2 HD camera for my birthday, which I mounted on top of my helmet. Initially I used it so I could share my rides with my wife. At the time I was doing a lot of dirt-bike riding on the XT-250 in some rugged hills north of Montrose, Colorado. When I showed the raw video to her she enjoyed it! I put up short videos on YouTube using a competing video editing suite which frustrated me, so I made the switch to CyberLink PowerDirector. My purpose was to share my rides with friends, but soon found that other people wanted to see these videos too. Continue reading