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I am JCVdude aka Joe Vass. As a Freelance Videographer, Producer & Photographer my passion & focus is travel and travel related videos; to show the incredible beauty of destinations in the hopes of intercepting and inspiring others to travel. I have chosen YouTube, as my delivery system as it is the World's 2nd Largest Search Engine, it accomodates HD & 3D video and in using it, we are viewed in over 200 Countries World Wide.

With my partner, Cindy Aspden, our JCVdude YouTube Channel is the 17th Most Viewed Channel All Time in Canada. With an average of 100,000 views per day to our broadcast channel, we continue to be featured by Mainstream Media: Google Canada in the London Free Press reported, "Another wildly successful Canadian YouTube star is JCVdude."

Our collections of videos include a wide variety of content as we explore our world and it’s beauty; incredible alpine resorts, beautiful Caribbean resorts, Jazz Festivals & interviews with the great Buddy Guy, Talent Contests, Tours, Nature, Cuisine, Sporting Events, Arts & Culture and more, including Charitable and Non-Profit Events. 

Our philosophy is 'YOLO' ~ You Only Live Once. Tomorrow isn't promised to any of us so live life to it's fullest and with passion. My goal has always been to travel and document through video, the world and it's wonders and beauty. I film and produce video to allow my viewers the feeling that they are 'there' - in the destination themselves and also to whet their appetite to go ~ to travel and see & experience for themselves. 

We love travel! We are passionate about travel and passionate about documenting our travel. Never without our cameras, our day starts before the sun rises and ends late into the night. This is our passion!! 'YOLO'!!

We welcome you to our Channel ~ http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

Specialties:

Freelance HD Videography, Editing & HD Video Production

Freelance Photography

YouTube & New Media Specialist: 
#17 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Canada 
#7 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Directors - Canada 
#12 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Partners - Canada

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Over 60 Million Views to our JCVdude YouTube Channel!!!

Over 60 Million Views!!! We are soo excited!!

#14 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Canada
#7 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Directors - Canada
#13 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Partners - Canada 

Thanks to all our friends and subscribers and viewers!! 
Joe and Cindy

JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)
http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Did you know - Cruise ships use Caribbean Sea as a solid waste dump??

Under the current Caribbean regulations, ships can begin dumping garbage, including metal, glass and paper, three miles (five kilometres) from shore as long as it is ground to less than an inch. Almost anything but plastic can be dumped beyond 25 miles (40 kilometres).

Miles from shore in the open Caribbean Sea, cruise ships are dumping ground-up glass, rags and cardboard packaging. But vessels in other waters such as the Baltic and North seas are prohibited from throwing any solid waste overboard other than food scraps.

The difference? 

Many countries with coastlines on the world's most fragile seas abide by a United Nations dumping ban that requires them to treat ship-generated garbage on land. Caribbean islands, however, have yet to adopt the ban, saying they simply don't have the capacity to treat ship garbage on shore. They also fear the ban could push ships to dock in less regulated ports of call.

The islands scattered across the Caribbean have struggled to establish a common policy because when it comes to the cruise industry, they see themselves as competitors. Cruise ship arrivals are major economic events, with passengers spending roughly $1.5 billion annually in Caribbean ports. Governments are wary of driving away ships that might find fewer requirements or lower fees elsewhere.

In one notorious example, Carnival Cruise Line withdrew from Grenada in 1999 amid a dispute over $1.50-a-head tax to pay for a new landfill. "Countries haven't forgotten that," said Christopher Corbin, a Jamaica-based officer with the United Nations Environmental Programme. " They are worried that they will get played off against each other."

Plastic bottles, all kinds of shoes and flip-flops litter the coast. We have seen this kind of litter throughout the Caribbean from Dominican Republic to Jamaica. My suspicion is that it comes from cruise ships, especially the footwear, accidentally lost overboard.  Plastic bottles and bags should be banned world wide.


JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)
http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Howler Monkeys in Mexico!

Howler Monkeys are native to South and Central American Forests, with 9 recognized species. Like other animals, they are threated by human predation, habitat destructions and being captured for captivity. 

Howler Monkeys range in size from 56 to 92 cm, excluding their tail which can be equally as long. They typically live in groups of 10-15 animals having 1-3 adult males in the group. 

Howler Monkeys are considered to be the loudest land animal as a result of an enlarged hyoid bone (lingual bone) a horseshoe-shaped bone in their neck. The main vocals consist of loud, deep guttural growls or 'howls' which can be heard throughout the day. As Guinness Book of World Records notes, their vocalizations can be heard clearly for 3 miles (4.8 km). 

These Howlers were living in the trees in Playcar, Mexico - moving through the tree tops between the Sandos Resort to the Iberostar Tucan Quetsel Resort. They eat the leaves and the fruit. The resorts discourage human contact other that photographing and filming. However, there is one Resort Friend who has gained the trust of one of the males in this group. 



JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Swimming with Sea Turtles - Akumal Bay in the Riviera Maya Mexico

Mexico has the largest number of sea turtle species worldwide. Seven of the eight species known at the world  nest on Mexican beaches in the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean.One of the most amazing experiences we've had in visiting Mexico is taking the Akumal Bay Snorkeling Tour to see/swim with the Green Sea Turtles.

The Green Turtle is a vegetarian species when adult and loves the sea grass in the Akumal Bay. They will also consume algae and invetebrates. We have also filmed these majestic animals in the bay of the Barcelo Palace Resort.

On this day, at Akumal Bay, we enjoyed 7 different turtles. Hope you enjoy! 




JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

YOLO - Google - YouTube and now 3 years later

Three years has flown by and our passion for travel, YouTube and videos just keeps growing. A few weeks ago Cindy flew in an air show with the Fraser Blue formation flying team and I filmed model 3D planes in Vernon, float planes in Salmon Arm and RC jets in Princeton.
Salmon and kokanee, black bears, beaver, mule deer bucks and a variety of birds, changing fall colors and fall fair with miniature horse chuck-wagon races, First Nation dancers and drumming, rodeos and the World famous
Omak Suicide Race. Then there was 3 weeks in Jamaica, BC ski resort and Mexico - just in the past year.
Many more things coming - first up 3 weeks in the Riviera Maya and then....

Live life with a goal a passion and live it full...YOLO You Only Live Once....

JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

Both California and Rocky Mountain Bighorns are considered vulnerable and “at risk” . . .

California Bighorn Sheep
The oldest Bighorn Sheep fossils found in North America are about 100,000 years old. The race or subspecies known as the California Bighorn (Ovis canadensis californiana) inhabits the southwest interior of British Columbia and extends southward on the east side of the Coast and Cascade ranges into northern California. At one time, there were 1.2 - 2 million Big Horn Sheep in North America. During the late 1800s, overhunting decimated many Bighorn Sheep herds in British Columbia. It is estimated that there are 18,000 in BC, AB and Montana. BC's population is estimated at 3,300 to 3,625 in 1998 when the last count occurred.


The bighorn’s name comes from the adult ram’s massive, brown, spiralled horns that curl back and down close to the head, with tips that project forward and outward just below the eyes. The horns continue to grow throughout the sheep’s life, but growth slows down in winter. This causes check lines, or annuli, whose number shows the ram’s age. Ram horns can be as long as 127 cm around the curve and as thick as 40 cm around the base. Rams often wear away (or broom) the first year or two's growth by fighting with other rams or rubbing their horns against rocks. Ewes have slightly curved horns about 30 cm long. Their annuli are too close together to tell their age beyond five or six years

Both California and Rocky Mountain Bighorns are considered vulnerable and “at risk” in British Columbia, which means that without further protection, they are likely to become either threatened or endangered. Today, the Province of British Columbia allows the 'harvesting' of these beautiful and disappearing animals. For $29,500 plus TAX one is provided a 13-14 day trip to kill a Ram.
No wonder BC doesn't want to have legislature to protect the wildlife.



Journeys to the Edge - Is any of the 2010 hype true?

$27 +HST
Box Office 250-717-5304
JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cindy Films Macro With The Sony HDR XR550 1080i HD

Thanks Joe for the beautiful editing of my clips!!

I'm new to videography. I was the still photographer of JCVdude, but have been promoted to Video now. I'm using the HDR XR-500 and was experimenting with the macro setting. Totally impressed with what this camera can capture and I'm a beginner! 



JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)
http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Black-capped Chickadee [HD] - SONY HDR AX2000 Wow!

Joe is loving this new camera! 



JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Underwater of a Horse Swimming [HD]

I got to play with the new HDR-XR550 and the sport pack to try some underwater filming! Tooo fun!! 


JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)
http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gas Prices Around the World: What It Costs to Fill Up


Here's what a gallon of gas goes for in the 33 cities around
the world that AIRINC surveyed:  (As of June 30, 2010)
USD Regular/Gal
Eritrea
Asmara,
$9.59
Norway
Oslo
$7.41
Denmark
Copenhagen
$6.89
Italy
Milan
$5.96
China
Hong Kong
$6.87
Germany
Berlin
$6.82
Monaco
Monte Carlo
$6.82
United Kingdom
London
$6.60
Italy
Rome
$6.44
France
Paris
$6.04
Brazil
Sao Paulo
$5.69
Korea
Seoul
$5.55
Japan
Tokyo
$5.40
Singapore
Singapore
  $4.81
Kenya
Nairobi
$4.31
India
Mumbai
$4.25
Chile
Santiago
$4.18
South Africa
Johannesburg
$4.05
Australia
Sydney
$3.84
China
Beijing
$3.71
Thailand
Bangkok
$3.64
Argentina
Buenos Aires
$3.58
Cuba
Havana
$3.64
Pakistan
Karachi
$3.02
United States of America
New York
$2.85
Russia 
Moscow
$2.80
Mexico
Mexico City
$2.45
Nigeria
Lagos
$1.62
United Arab Emirates
Dubai City
$1.57
Egypt
Cairo
$1.17
Kuwait 
Kuwait, City
85 cents
Saudi Arabia
Riyadh
45 cents
Iran 
Tehran
32 cents
Venezuela 
Caracas
6 cents
 Canada  
Toronto
$3.81




















 If only Canada was an oil producing nation.....   

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

the beat - original track - mp3

  
Download now or listen on posterous
The beat.mp3 (6761 KB)


JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)
http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

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Monday, August 9, 2010

MASON RACK BAND LIVE [HD] - SICK drum show from RAREARTH 2010!!!

Their show left the audience "gob smacked" and wanting more!! - watch for the drum show!!! It's crazy! 
Home is the Gold Coast Australia.



JCVdude
Joe Vass
Freelance Videographer/Citizen Journalist
( No.1 Most Viewed Video in Canada)
(18th Most Viewed All Time in Canada)
http://www.youtube.com/JCVdude

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