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Helmet Cam - Sharing the Stoke or Narcissism?

Poll Results: Sharing the Stoke, or....

 
  • 13% (4)
    Narcissism
  • 26% (8)
    Sharing the Stoke
  • 50% (15)
    Both
  • 10% (3)
    Flawed
30 Total Votes  
post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I saw someone skiing with a helmet cam on the other day and it just struck me as a little odd. So... discuss.
post #2 of 18
I would like one so I can share my wilder runs with my wife, who does not ski...yet.
post #3 of 18
On one hand, video of a skiing adventure falls into the same category as home movies or slides (remember slides?); you're not bragging about your trip to the Grand Canyon, you want to remember it.

But there is also the possibility of video misuse and abuse: look what I can ski, can you?

My want of a helmet cam is multi-fold. My inner videographer wants to document the experience, I want to use the footage for editing at work, and I also want to relive the day when I need, but cannot enjoy, a fix.


I'm going to amend my answer: the footage is always better when you're following somebody else, or when someone's recording you. Not only is it more interesting, but people, often narcissistically, want to see themselves ski.
post #4 of 18
In general they're annoying but they've gotten a lot better. I don't find the picture all that interesting. So you're going down and we see the arms come into view. Lot's of times it's blah blah. Yeah I guess it's better than nothing but so is a quarter pounder with cheese. Could make skiing mt everest look ordinary. Far better would be the guy with the helmet cam follows someone else.

My vote: it's the Dinty Moore Beef Stew in a can of filming. Keeps you alive and sometimes can be quite good!
post #5 of 18
I've taken a lot of video on the hill, and don't like watching what I've skied, even when it's perfectly clear. It's hard to expose properly and not exciting unless there are trees/drops.

Even when I edit for the people who I skied with and captured, I make sure there's lots of personality/joking, etc. Too much skiing, even by "experts", is boring unless they're taking drops or slaying pow, and my friends are far funnier and more interesting when they talk.

Thinking about it...mebbe my friends need to be better skiers to make skiing video more interesting, but that's my $.02...
post #6 of 18
I want video so I can watch myself ski (for better or worse), sharing with others is secondary.....who they heck would want to see me ski anyway?
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
I saw someone skiing with a helmet cam on the other day and it just struck me as a little odd. So... discuss.
it depends on whos head it is on.

jake is narcissistic but he takes alot of time to really put together a video. If more people copied what he was doing as well TGR users stilleto, allentaylor, MD9, chompfaeckillar i think the helmet cam stoke would go up.

the other thing is anything less than a VIO 1 really doesnt come out all that good IMO thats the only helmet camera worth using.

If your a good skier with a good camera on your head then by all means continue.

I also like the helmet cam idea because it lets you capture footage with out stopping other people from skiing and you can take helmet cam footage skiing by yourself.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Wave View Post

But there is also the possibility of video misuse and abuse: look what I can ski, can you?
so what get better, people are going to record stuff that is interesting and fun to them and nto worry about people thinking they are 'dick waving"
post #9 of 18
I love pov videos. More than likely I'll never ski on the level of most of those guys/gals, so it gives me a peak into that world. Watch every one that I can find.
post #10 of 18
I would not want to use a helmet Cam, but I enjoy seeing a good Vid shot by a good skier.

Michael
post #11 of 18
If the run is interesting and the skier skis it decently then: stoooookkkkeeeeee! I agree with catdaddyxx, I watch every one I find here and more.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
it depends on whos head it is on.

jake is narcissistic but he takes alot of time to really put together a video. If more people copied what he was doing as well TGR users stilleto, allentaylor, MD9, chompfaeckillar i think the helmet cam stoke would go up.
MD9 Stoke = FKNA!!!
post #13 of 18
If the run is so good that you'll want to see it again.....

Go ski it again


So few things in life are for watching. Get out there and do it
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
If the run is so good that you'll want to see it again.....

Go ski it again


So few things in life are for watching. Get out there and do it
Amen!
post #15 of 18
I freakin' love watching good POV footage.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by thefrush View Post
I freakin' love watching good POV footage.
Me too.

I doubt I could ever get into filming it though, for the same reason I don't really get into taking photos - I just don't want to stop and mess with it on a good day. I just remember all the times I've poached guys lines while they were still trying to set up a shot. I'd hate that if some jackass did that to me.
post #17 of 18
So maybe it's a preference thing, some people like pov, some don't.
A great still image can do a lot more for me personally.
I think right now technically there's a serious problem in the digital camera realm and that's the shutter release and viewfinder. Even the cheapest film cameras take the shot when you press the shutter but that's not true in digital. A lot of them have a significant delay, so you don't know when the decisive moment is. It also makes it close to impossible to shoot action sports like skiing.

Then there's the viewfinder issue. An lcd screen is fairly useless in bright light for one thing. Second, you just can't get the same connection with what you're photographing as a good viewfinder you put your eye up to. For subjects that are moving a good viewfinder with a known frame is much better than an lcd.

It seems like most people bypass the digital slr and go for video. Totally understandable and don't a lot of those video cams take great still shots? Even with a digital slr, unless you get the real expensive ones, isn't there some weird stuff going on with what you see is what you get and delay?

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I would like one so I can share my wilder runs with my wife, who does not ski...yet.
I think she'd get a better idea of what you're doing if someone else shot you.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by thefrush View Post
I freakin' love watching good POV footage.
Me too.

My helmet cam just arrived yesterday....and I suspect that there will be a LOT of video I will not be sharing with anyone. And there will definitely be days that I don't use it at all of course. I do believe that the vast majority of helmet cam vids out there are meaningless to anyone except for the filmer himself as a means of capturing and remembering the day and perhaps sharing with some friends and family.

That being said, there are some helmet cam vids that are really freaking good. This one in particular is one of my faves, shot a few years ago, at the Verbier Extreme:
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