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Two tree skiing  shorts.  I had no clue what I was doing with a GoPro but it was fun skiing!


Edited by Dane - 5/9/13 at 11:05am
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There is a reason a lot of people refer to their POV videos as "edits". Because they edit down their footage so that it only has the best bits, and is much more exciting to watch. :35 of lift unloading and putting on pole straps= bad start to a video. Meandering from tiny patch of woods to the next= uninteresting. Cut out the inbetween bits, and make a video of continuous trees, and you'll make it much better.

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I also have to point out that your camera angle is nauseating.  I understand that YOU want to be able to see the skis and what you are doing, but most of your viewers don't want the camera under the horizon pointed so far down that you are getting your ski boots in the shot.

 

You added a soundtrack, so you know how to use basic editing software. Just trim out the stuff that isn't skiing, and if you want to show it to others, tilt the camera up so it is looking forward instead of straight down.

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Like skiing, everyone starts some where.  As I said, I had no clue.  It is always a learning experience and something new to play with. POV was an obvious lesson.  Cooked this up later that same day.   When I figured out how to add music (which is how the other two got their own sound tracks as well).

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I also have to point out that your camera angle is nauseating.  I understand that YOU want to be able to see the skis and what you are doing, but most of your viewers don't want the camera under the horizon pointed so far down that you are getting your ski boots in the shot.

 

You added a soundtrack, so you know how to use basic editing software. Just trim out the stuff that isn't skiing, and if you want to show it to others, tilt the camera up so it is looking forward instead of straight down.

A problem made worse by fish-eye lenses. Even when looking forward, most helmet cams produce these repetitious, context-devoid shots of curved tree trunks whizzing by as the ski tips do little windshield wipers. There's a reason professional movies still depend on external shots and narrower field lenses. Suggest that you work on surveying the area you're going to ski first, so the video has a panoramic setting, then keep your orientation as forward and stabile as you can, so viewers don't get sea-sick, and stop once in a while to re-set the viewer's frame of reference. Also, try to do some big drops off cliffs, which always are a nice visual change of pace from the trees. biggrin.gif

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Also, try to do some big drops off cliffs, which always are a nice visual change of pace from the trees. biggrin.gif

 

lol...

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Got a smartphone? GoPro has an app, if you use HERO3(or wifi bacpac) you should be able to connect to your phone, and adjust view using App's live preview feature before going. I think the wide-angle effect is inevitable with gopro since you don't really want to do tree runs without waterproof housing for gopro, and the housing comes with essentially a wide-angle lens...

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Get a smart phone. (good one btw)   Huck cliffs. (sounds dangerious)  Ski only on sunny days?! (I wish)  Got it.  Will do.  My 2nd career starts now.   Thanks! biggrin.gif

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Looks like Silver.. I'll have to show you where the real goods are sometime. biggrin.gif

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Looks like Silver.. I'll have to show you where the real goods are sometime. biggrin.gif

 

Right on, it is Silver.  And thanks for the kind offer Mike.   I'd love to take you up on it during the big storms to come next winter and my new season pass!  People keep offering that help. biggrin.gif   Been skiing there...worked/walked/skied/ran a chain saw and a shovel on that hill and pro-patroled for a full decade..last year of Jackass till the early 80s.  Same terrain just more lifts now beercheer.gif

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Right on, it is Silver.  And thanks for the kind offer Mike.   I'd love to take you up on it during the big storms to come next winter and my new season pass!  People keep offering that help. biggrin.gif   Been skiing there...worked/walked/skied/ran a chain saw and a shovel on that hill and pro-patroled for a full decade..last year of Jackass till the early 80s.  Same terrain just more lifts now beercheer.gif

 

Very cool!

 

This should look pretty familiar to you then:

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I'll show you some of my stashes next year in exchange for some of your stories of the hill from the Jackass/Silverhorn days.

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Great, thanks!  Likely the first winter after we painted the towers that summer. '77 may be?   Close?  Paint has held up well.  Never was a fan of the jackets that year.  Bill's idea of course.  I know the two natiojnal patrolers in the picture for sure.  Names may come to me.  And had to know the Lifty but can't make out the face..  No pro patrol yet I don't think.  But Steve may have come on that winter.   I was likely driving the Thiokol. If that is your picture very likely we've met.

 

Stories?  How about luaching 3# of TNT over Kellog onto the south side where we ski now?  That was a long walk ;-)    Or the 50 sticks in one long charge line that were cut in half by the FNG from BM that bought the wrong det cord?

 

First beer is on me next winter.


Edited by Dane - 5/16/13 at 1:39pm
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