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GoPro is so old fashioned.

post #1 of 15
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Coming to a ski slope near you. Maybe.

 

 

 

 

The official bublcam website is here - http://www.bublcam.com 

 

A review --- Testing the 360º Bublcam

 

Shame it's not water-resistant.

 

Bit expensive but so was the GoPro.

 

 

 

Mod Note: Title changed, this is not 4th grade. 

post #2 of 15

GoPoo is so oldfashoned.

 

post #3 of 15

GoPro actually has something  like this,  http://gopro.com/spherical

post #4 of 15

I just don't understand the love for GoPro or any other similar products. They almost always result in a video that will give you seizures or headaches from trying to watch and/or someone with the GoPro on a pole so that I can watch his face for 3 minutes. 

 

I just don't get it and I'm only 30 and love technology.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by cdtotten View Post
 

I just don't understand the love for GoPro or any other similar products. They almost always result in a video that will give you seizures or headaches from trying to watch and/or someone with the GoPro on a pole so that I can watch his face for 3 minutes. 

 

I just don't get it and I'm only 30 and love technology.

1) Some people, from the time they were children, are always thinking, "Look at me!"  So, "Look at me, Dad" becomes, "Dude, look at me jump off this cliff" or whatever. The ego doesn't necessarily change.

 

2) You must not have kids. GoPro, Contour, etc. becomes a great way to save family memories and, more importantly, share them with other family members like grandparents. 

 

3) Some of the edited videos and are remarkably good. Not everyone spends much time editing.

post #6 of 15

Fair enough. I actually have 3 kids lol.  I have seen some videos online that are nice and just assumed they were shot with more professional equipment. 

 

Still hold my position, but can at least understand why some people use them.

post #7 of 15

I have a Sony ActionCam, and before that I had a Contour. I prefer the form factor of being able to mount to the side of my helmet over the GoPro on top of the helmet. I rarely use it when I'm skiing solo, typically it is being used to film my students and/ or my ski buddies. When you have a whole crew of good skiers skiing together and most of them have some type of camera running, you can get some really fun edits when you put all the angles together. 

post #8 of 15

In theory, action cams sound great. I liked the idea of being able to capture and relive my powder days in the summer. 

 

In practice, though, the footage is less than compelling and you spend so much time messing around with the camera, it starts to take away from the ski day. That's before you get into hours of editing. I file it with things like Recon goggles and ski watches as "ski gadgets that look great under a Christmas tree, then collect dust." 

 

To the OP, 3D cameras seem like big nonsense, just like 3D TVs. Unless you have a virtual reality system or some kind of home-brewed holographic TV, you're going to be watching the footage on a 2D screen. What's the point? 

 

I did get to check out 3D footage on a VR headset at the Consumer Electronics Show, and it was kind of cool being inside the scene like that, but the tech is premature and may fail to ever mature, just like the 3D TV. 

post #9 of 15

See my thoughts are that the best videos are going to be taken by someone in your group filming your run with a steady hand... and at that point, you don't need a GoPro. I can see the value though if you have a large group with them and you want to piece together a cool little video. 

 

My oldest just began skiing last year and my wife filmed her going down the bunny hills from the bottom and got some great material. If i was going to film the same thing on a GP attached to a helmet, I just don't see it being as good.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by cdtotten View Post
 

See my thoughts are that the best videos are going to be taken by someone in your group filming your run with a steady hand... and at that point, you don't need a GoPro. I can see the value though if you have a large group with them and you want to piece together a cool little video. 

 

My oldest just began skiing last year and my wife filmed her going down the bunny hills from the bottom and got some great material. If i was going to film the same thing on a GP attached to a helmet, I just don't see it being as good.


Sorry Cdt - and you are a young person, relatively speaking, am going to politely disagree, GoPro and I have a Hero 2 which is an ancient vintage - but these moments are not caught by standing on the side of a hill, filming a group coming at you and then receding in the distance:

Exhibit 1: All mostly shot on a GoPro:

 

Priceless in this dad's estimation and our friends seem to agree. On a lot of the terrain, no way is one about to stop and start taking movies, self-preservation ensures that is a no-go, nor is sticking a camera (and I use my iPhone 5 all the time too) in a hand a feasible, nor sensible or rational option.

 

There is a reason, young turks, in skiing, surfing, biking, racing motorbikes and cars all use GoPros. Sure lots of flaws, the smart young teens and twenty somethings usually use a stick to stabilize the video, it's remarkable what that appendage does for video quality, I have mine strapped to my chest generally, and yes, there can be serious technical issues (the famous "is it on ? IS IT ON ?? " refrain for one, and in the old vintage case, no playback or live viewing capability), the shaking, can drive the eyeballs bananas when viewing - of course...

 

but here other old ones, just scroll through to get a feel, they are home movies, but pretty action oriented, the subject and videographer are in motion, fast motion often...GoPro or bust buddy..for live action video for the amateur, nothing like it, in all weather conditions, through terrain, easy, through extreme: This is almost entirely on the GoPro clunker, and to this dad, priceless, without it, would not have been possible ( from 7'38" or so last 2 minutes shot using an iPhone 5 held in the right hand)

 

Pretty much all GoPro:

 

While the stock price is languishing, the product deserves it's cult following even if the old versions are ridiculously irritating to use for the uninitiated, and then when the camera flips over it's clamp and is looking down at the ground when the videographer catches some air or goes over some terrain!

 

Just a nod of thanks to GoPro for enabling the recording of such moments for posterity

post #11 of 15

Some great videos and point of view. I don't even think I completely disagree, I am just skewed by the videos I have seen friends post and the age of the people I would want to film.

post #12 of 15

I tend to agree with @JoeUT.  My ski footage from the GoPro is disappointing.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised with footage I shot while snorkeling in Hawaii.  People weren't bored by it.

post #13 of 15

One of the toughest things I've noticed from POV films is that often the camera is very shaky, which makes it hard to watch. If you have a decent video editor, you can reduce camera shake with the click of a button, but most people don't know how or don't bother. The Sony also has Steady Shot built in, which helps as well. (I swear, I'm not purposely plugging Sony). 

post #14 of 15

My friend has a 360 degree camera. The problem with them for skiing is they flatten out terrain too much. It makes a double diamond look like an easy intermediate. Also when I film an edit I personally don't like to give the 100 or so viewers the option to choose the camera angle.

post #15 of 15

My wife doesn't ski, not sure she ever will. She got me a GoPro last year for Christmas, so she can "ride" along. It's been fun. Use the chest mount mostly, doing the video chase things with friends working on their turns, as well as my free skiing. Got a LOT of footage, and need to edit some more if it down. I've also done time lapses and canyon carving Miata videos.

 

Linky to one of my earliest attempts. I don't own the rights, blah blah, entertainment only, blah blah. ;) Let me know if it plays.

 

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=BC6E2843F4FC20A0!745&authkey=!AKan9RaUcecxqAg&ithint=folder%2c

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