/ Gopro recording for rock climbing?
Not much of a poster but long time reader i just wanted to know how many people have tried recording with gopro's while rock climbing. I have edited my first attempt using two go pro's one attached to climber and one on the belayer.
Am looking for feedback and different ways people have attached camera ect.
Won't let me post a link so if you want to see my first take visit dink20099 on youtube and go to video Craigmore - Layback Crack - E1
I filmed one alpine ice route with a gopro on my helmet, it was a little boring as I concentrated on not falling off, rather than stopping to check out the scenery. some editing and a few panoramic shots at belays and it turned out alright.
Didn't bother taking the gopro the next trip, and I can't see a rock climbing video being interesting from a climbers perspective.
I have discussed this with climbing partner and came to the conclusion that the majority of the time it would be very boring so not worth recording.
So we decided that some sort of voice recognition software was needed to automatically start a 10 minute recording whenever someone says either "watch me here" "tight" "f**k" etc coupled with motion sensors in the legs to pick up a bit of disco leg and start recording as well.
Like yourself I am a recent convert to GoPro so am pretty inexperienced ( especially on the editing software side of things which I found the biggest challenge being an IT philistine!) but I think that GoPro can be an exciting new medium if used properly. Anyway I've had a look at your first attempt and it is a great effort for a first go(pro!) and certainly better than my first bash. Nowadays I try to keep the leader helmet cam shots to a minimum because with my head movement the rock or image tends to "pulse" a lot. From feedback and what I think is more interesting for the viewer is looking down on the second whilst keeping the head still to provide some good footage especially on a spectacular and exposed location such as a sea-cliff for example see 3.40 on the following:
Or better still (like photograpy) when climbing in a 3 you can be detached from the climb and get some pretty cool film see 2.20 or 8.40 in the following:
Finally as already mentioned previously I think music is very important in setting the mood of a film. Anyway good luck and hope this helps!
Keep in mind they can also take decent photos so maybe include these in the vid. Reducing the movement of the camera leads to a better experience for the viewer, so maybe try putting it on a clip stick.
love it man, lived in franz josef for 9 months last year so managed to get up a lot, and got some pretty hard stuff done in summer and winter. back in england at the mo, but heading back out soon. Also love the rock climbing over there.
just ordered a go pro. Its all down to how well footage is edited!
I've used them for making short films, including this one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/17352594
The quality of the pictures is incredible for such a small piece of equipment, but as others have said, it's important to use the shots sparingly and have other footage you can edit it with. Shaky helmet cam pictures can get pretty monotonous very quickly. Also the sound you get from them is poor, so if you're serious about making video you need another way of recording quality audio for clips and FX.
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