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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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If you want to smooth out the action, the use of a pole is a great way to literally extend your reach. You'll notice here that these essentially telescope. So, you can loosen that up a little bit.
Pull it out. And get a pretty good reach. This is going to give us flexibility to reach up or shoot down. I could actually follow action here. Someone riding on a board could hold this next to them and film underneath the wheels. Or hold it out in front of them, shooting themselves, to the side, chasing other people, this is just a great way to stabilize the camera. Holding a camera, fisting it like this, is not so good. But this is really easy to hold, and if you had to, you could just quickly let go, and it's still got a wrist strap, so if you need to regain the use of your hands, you've got that.
Makes it really simple, for this particular one we're using a pretty simple cool mount; it's got GoPro clips on both sides. So, what I've done here is, one side I've attached an articulating arm, this is going to make it a lot easier to actually angle the GoPro, so I can hold this and we could set it to sort of shoot backwards. On the other hand, this one's pretty simple, just a telescoping pole, and I'm using the GoPro tripod mount just to attach to the thread there, and this is going to give us nice shots for reaching over the edge of the bowl, following the action up, or chasing it as it occurs.
And, what this also does, is really just smooths out the camera. It absorbs a lot of the shock that you would get from hand holding the camera, and just makes the moves a lot smoother. Remember though, put the safety strap on, so as you're working, if you have to, quickly let go, you've got your hands back so you can use them for safety. All right, let's go ahead and put these in action some more.
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