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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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Alright, what I have here is a Steadicam smoothie. It's a small Steadicam unit specifically designed for handheld shooting, and what you want to do is be able to get fluid motion. Now, you need to balance it out, so the first thing you're going to do is take the Go Pro unit and attach it using the included base plate Slip that in, and then basically turn this lever here, it drops into place, and then close it. Now, ideally this is going to keep the camera right over the center.
The handle, typically locks into place for storage, then you just pop it back out. And what you're going to do is basically hold that, And see if it goes balanced. In this case, definitely not balanced. So there's two sets of nobs. One for front to back, and one for side to side. Let's start by getting the side to side balanced here. And I'll turn that. And then let go. Looks like it's just about centered over the middle there. There we go. And then I can adjust the rear knob here just a little bit to get the tilt. All right. That feels pretty good.
Note how I fluidly move. You may have to gently use your thumb here on the back. Just to keep it from free spinning. So occasionally, you touch that, just to stop it from moving. But not so much that you're adding vibration. And you see we get pretty smooth handheld motion there. Just keep the thumb on the back to brace it a little. I'm not really touching it. I'm just adding slight resistance, a little bit of drag. All right, that looks pretty good, let's go shoot with it.
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