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The GoPro HERO was practically built for sports, and not just the extreme kind. It's compact, durable, and produces high-quality footage at a high-frame rate—just the kind of camera you want for shooting fast-moving athletes outdoors. Rich Harrington drops in at the local skate park and shows how to shoot grinds, kickflips, and ollies from multiple angles, including a head mount and an under-the-board point of view. He also shows how to plan for other equipment you'll need, like Steadicam rigs for extra stabilization or clamps and poles to capture interesting angles. Plus, learn how to film interviews on location without having to switch cameras, and set your GoPro to capture overcranked footage. Best of all? The techniques shown only require one camera, so if you have a GoPro, you're good to go.
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Throughout today we did a lot of different shooting and one of the coolest things about the shoot was that we had different people helping us out. Let's take a look at some of the shots we got as well as the behind the scenes footage. And just share with you some of the best techniques that we worked out. The Wi-Fi remote and app proved invaluable. We used this to do some cool, high speed photography, as well as just put the cameras in unusual places and triggered them when we needed. It really helped. We kept the GoPro One and just gaff taped it to the bottom of the board.
And the video quality, not so great. But, since we were slamming the camera all around the course, and doing all sorts of things to it, we didn't mind. Now, this camera got wet, it got scratched up, we literally grinded it right across the surface of the ledge. And eventually, we destroyed the camera, but it worked for a unique perspective. The cage from Redrock Micro is awesome. This gave us a great mounting surface, so we could put the camera in lots of different places. By being able to attach thread mounts and professional video clamps and make it secure.
Now, it is a bit bulky if you're going to be putting it directly next to the rider. But as a stable mounting point, it was awesome. And for some of those shots where impact was likely and cameras got knocked over it provided the protection it was suppose to do. The GoPro attached to a pole really gave us a lot of versatility to move the camera up and down, and chase the action. And all in all, I'm very happy with the type of shots it let us get. Much easier, and much smoother movement. And just hand-holding the camera.
The chest mount did a great job at getting shots. Now, what I liked was pushing this so that it was tilted slightly downward angle, and that would show the rider in the shot. Putting it on the chest actually made it feel like you were right there in the rider's body, and it led to some very cool shots. In the case of skateboarding, we really wanted to see the feet action, and how everything came and inter played, and so this was one of our best mounting solutions. The smaller Steadicam Curve is a new product, and it got some great shots.
It really did add some stability. And we liked it, putting it directly in the hands of a rider, and we also used it to chase some of the action our self. It really worked well, but I found that you needed to keep a thumb on it to help keep it balanced. This is a really lightweight Steadicam solution, but if you put a lot of running into that, it might not work quite as well. The Smoothie, on the other hand, definitely was a step up from the Curve. Much bigger unit, but it gave us some great motion. And, moving around with it, very comfortable to hold, very easy to get fluid motion.
And I really like the energy that this added to the scene. The GorillaPo was incredibly versatile. We were able to position the cameras at the edge of the bowl and really get some secure angles and interesting shot composition because the camera platform was stable but low to the surface.
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