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New Year's Eve: Bukit Bintang Unplugged
Duration: 3:18 Copyright © 2009 TV SMITH
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Music: Accidental Magic by Michael Behm
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Bukit Bintang was one of the more interesting places celebrating the 2009 New Year with a countdown and fireworks. Initially, police and city hall personnel tried to restrict the sale of those party spray cans after the riotous incidents at Penang's Gurney Drive during Christmas Eve. For such an event, the crowd was uncharacteristically multi-racial, with many Middle East tourists joining the revelry as well. Apart from the street fights, reports of pick-pocketing and a woman with a bloody smashed head, things were generally peaceful :)

The footage was acquired with the Panasonic Lumix LX-3 in 24p HD and presented in 16:9 SD wide screen format. Arguably, the camera appeared to perform better in low light than the more expensive Panasonic 3MOS HDC SD100.and the Canon HF 10/11/100 series. The camera was unplugged from tripod entirely. For the overhead crowd shots, the tiny cam was mounted on a Manfrotto monopod acting as a mobile boom/jib arm. It was hanging from about 15 feet above the crowd, right down to 2 feet above ground for the low angle shots. The street level shots were captured with a Modosteady stabilization system attached to my chest. A clear Cokin P-size square filter was mounted in front of the wide angle lens for easy wiping when spray-attacked by the mob.

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