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post #61 of 80

^I guess I should back up my advice with some examples?


Last year was my first with the GoPro, but not my first year editing footage. I primarily used the chest mount, but immediately found that I needed B-roll to keep the eye interested. I accomplished this with a bunch of still shots, and put some motion tracking on them which I think also helped. What you want to avoid is cutting to/from the same camera angle repeatedly. A quick dissolve, or my favorite, the zoom/dissolve help break up the monotony. I see you cut in some fixed position shots of your daughter from the chesty, between some of the moving POV shots. This is a step in the right direction.


Here's a quicky from a trip to St Anton last year. The skiing footage is pretty unremarkable IMO, but I think the overall content and pacing is decent, and watching it makes me want to go back every time, so mission accomplished!


Make sure to view in HD if you have a choice.



This year I've been playing more with mounting positions, including the dreaded pole-cam selfie, and some following shots that take a fair amount of concentration and luck to get right. The twister shot was a fluke, but a positive by-product of experimentation.


I'm pleased with the way this one turned out, but had to run more compression on the output than I would have liked to keep it under the file size restrictions on vimeo with a free membership. I'm opposed to the idea of paying for the privilage of posting my crappy vids on the interwebz, but YouTube disabled the video due to copyrighted music, so the more compressed vimeo version is the only one I can link here. Enjoy!


Edited by MT Skull - 3/15/14 at 9:12pm
post #62 of 80

And sometimes you can create watchable video without applying any of the above techniques.


Chest mount, two angles, and 18" of fresh=winning combo!


post #63 of 80
Late reply to this thread but I'm sort of in the middle on this one. I can see where skiers not paying attention would be annoying/dangerous but a simple chest or helmet mounted camera seems innocuous enough to not warrant outrage. I don't have a GoPro but my friends do and they record each other and others in our group and the footage is a lot of fun. I wouldn't bother posting to YouTube or subjecting my family to a viewing but amongst those that are depicted in the video, it's pretty cool.

If you aren't disturbing others, who cares? Seems like a weird thing to get worked up about....
post #64 of 80

I bought a Contour +2 the day before our first family skiing holiday a couple of years ago.  I didn't have any mounts so just stuffed it in my pocket and took it out to film - came out pretty well after editing it and adding some pics and music


it's strictly an amateur fair, but I think there is some merit in holding the camera if you can - you get much more interesting camera angles particularly of others in your party.  I am a reasonable skier so just had two poles in one hand and the camera in the other.


Anyway here is the video:


post #65 of 80
Originally Posted by discobean7 View Post

My go to mount is the chesty although that can become boring.  Have used chesty to film others by following closely, pretty good on a powder day.  Recently put a bar mount on the tip of a 70" monopod.  Have used it to film when chasing another skier, turned the camera around to film me skiing and strapped it into my backpack to film overhead looking straight down.  All interesting and different but not great.  My best videos seem to be related more to conditions than where I've mounted my camera.  


How easy is it to film other skiers while following behind or skiing next to them? I have no interest in first person footage of my own skiing, but I'd love to film my kids skiing. When my son skied more slowly it was pretty easy to ski in front of him or next to him with my iPhone, but it's getting pretty hard (and unsafe) to keep that up. 

post #66 of 80

I record people from behind with a hand held phone. A head or chest mounted camera would be a piece of cake.

post #67 of 80

I do a lot of filming of others in my videos that I produce on my little armature channel.  Mainly use the helmet mount and it works fine getting in behind or flanking them.  I have done a little with a pole mounted cam, (not the selfie thing but just mounted on my ski pole just below the grip).  This works good for filming action coming at, and going by you, or filming alongside. 


Here is a recent video that has a lot of 3rd person footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gjx_OY9P-0


And here is one where I do some shots with guys going off small jumps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsZ9eakaEq8 (about 1:43 and 2:20).


Link to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HiMountainAdventure?feature=guide

post #68 of 80
I made a mount by drilling a hole near the top of a ski race shin protector and fitting a mini ball head to attach the Gopro to. I find this (at knee height) to be the best position to create an illusion of being on a roller coaster when viewing. The only drawback is the lean angle when turning for which a gimbal of some kind which I am yet to buy or make would eliminate maybe.
post #69 of 80

I am a new gopro owner and came here to get tips.  First, thank you to those of you who provided reasonable feedback and tips.  Second, if you hate gopro footage then don't watch it.  Some people don't give a shit if you want to watch their videos.  Some of my best memories are of skiing with my family when I was a kid and it is fun to watch those old videos.  Plenty of people just want that opportunity and the action camera is the new way to do it.  I bought one exclusively to shoot footage with my son and I like getting advice on the best ways to shoot that footage.  Rant over

post #70 of 80

Buried under the snow never to be found again for 99.9% of the population

post #71 of 80

I've tried a tip mount for my skis before but never my snowboard.  Yesterday I figured I'd give it a try.  My 69 year old knees won't let me get low but I still have fun.


post #72 of 80

And one more video.  My 3 year old grandson's 3rd time on a snowboard.  He's progressing faster than I did!




Oops! I forgot this thread was devoted to GoPro mounts.  I can't figure out how to delete or move this post.

Edited by patmoore - 1/8/16 at 5:25pm
post #73 of 80

Sounds like you have used up your options, unfortunately if you are taking your poles out you can not use the 3-way mount at the same time. If you know you are going to some visually appealing locations leave the poles and just take the 3-way mount

post #74 of 80

Did a following shot with the chest mount last week. It didn't come out bad, but works better/smoother with a pole mount IMO. OTOH, sometimes the lean angle of turning might be desirable I guess.


The biggest problem I see with any kind of following shot is that because of the wide-angle mode I'm usually shooting in, it doesn't take very much distance between me and my subject for the subject to appear very small and far away. Some of this can be compensated for by switching to med or narrow, but that just seems to exaggerate camera motion, and make it even more difficult to keep your subject properly framed. Again, a pole mount helps compensate, as it's easier to keep the camera pointed at your subject than it is with a chest mount.


I've also started shooting more in 960, thinking it gives better coverage vertically, but need to try a bit more with 1080 or 720 for comparison.


Last week's edit featuring @Abox


post #75 of 80

Chest mount.  Had one heavy crash a few years ago with a gopro on the helmet.  The mount did not pop off and instead caused the helmet to wrench the heck out of my neck.

post #76 of 80
Until you fall on your chest. Hard things like cell phones and cameras can contribute to exacerbating injuries, like broken or displaced ribs. This was pointed out to me by a patroller following a friend's wreck.
post #77 of 80

post #78 of 80

leki just put a mount on the pole ( the modern ones) which is practical cause u still have ur pole

post #79 of 80
Maybe give to someone to actually shoot you skiing?
post #80 of 80

Last year I bought a ski racers shin protector and drilled a hole near the top to fit a mini ball head and fitted the gopro to it. It worked very well except for not having the stabilisation a gimbal offers. I wanted my footage to have a more immersive look with it mounted about knee height. Fitting a motorised gimbal to the shin protector would be the way to go if there was one responsive enough on the market.

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