If you have any doubt about the power of a popular YouTube video, watch the one below. This has been viewed over 6 and a half million times in the last 48 hours. Like all successful viral videos, it wasn’t planned. It wasn’t staged. It wasn’t scripted. It just happened and it’s pretty inspiring for the start of your weekend.
I need a vacation, an overseas foreign land vacation to be specific. Since the trip to Italy fell through earlier this year it might be a while before I travel abroad again. In order to get my travel fix I guess I’ll watch videos like the one below from Christian Grewe.
This five-minute short is a highlight reel of three separate trips to Asia, Thailand, and South America. All of the footage was shot his Canon 5 D Mark II and III, plus a GoPro Black edition. These feature really nice travel footage, that reinforce the fact that you really need to look around, be adventurous, and pay attention when traveling. Why? Because if you don’t you might miss the little things, and the little things make it all worthwhile.
A few years ago I tried to mount a GoPro camera on my dog Cosmo. The results were less than stellar. Lets just say the footage made the “Blair Witch Project” look like it was shot with a steadycam rig. This morning a friend sent me a link to the “Action Cam Dog Mount” and I kind of want to give it another try. Maybe I could put together a whole series of videos with “CosmoVision”.
Action Cam Dog Mount is compatible with all major brand action cameras including GoPro, Contour, Sports-Vue, Drift, Intova, XTC, and Sony. The rig is fully waterproof, constructed of heavy duty nylon, features a durable and comfortable neoprene harness, with an adjustable mounting profile (high, low, back, forward). Action Cam Dog Mount is built with industrial strength clasps and webbing for durability even in the most rugged conditions (chasing squirrels through the park in Cosmos case).
After spending all summer trying to capture some half way decent images of the hummingbirds in my yard, I think I might have found a better solution than the OMD on a tripod with a wireless shutter release. Really what I would like is the Bird Photo Booth to house my OMD with a wireless shutter release controlled by my iPhone. None the less for $150.00 Bird Photo Booth has produced some pretty amazing sample images.
I love the retro design styling, and the fact that this can hold the GoPro Hero 3 as well as any iPhone, or iPod Touch. I also like the fact that is not software dependent allowing you to use your app of choice to talk to the camera you are using.
I just hope I can get some shots like the ones below in the future if I buy this.
For anyone that might have been living on a deserted island or under a rock for the last few years, GoPro is the tiny camera that introduced the world to point of view action video. If you don’t know the name, I guarantee you’ve seen footage shot on this camera.
To introduce the new GoPro HERO3, they have put together a pretty spectacular 5 minute short featuring footage shot on the new unit. I don’t own a GoPro, but I want this one for sure. Now I just need to take up skydiving, surfing, skiing, mountain biking, skatebording, roller blading, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, alligator wrestling and a variety of other death defying sports.
Quite possibly one of the best car chase sequences ever filmed is the seven minute chase in Steve McQueen’s movie “Bullitt”. The sequence below comes close though. Technically this isn’t a car chase. It is simply a very skilled race car driver devouring the streets of San Francisco at high speed in a rally car. This is however a really great piece of shooting, editing, and sound design for DC Shoes.
I’ve watched this about 15 times, and I have lost count of the number of edits in this. There is combined footage from at least 6 GoPro cameras, plus footage from the air, the street, and buildings. Portions of it are over clocked for some spectacular slow-mo shots, and there are a couple of really great dolly moves as well. While this probably has 14 year old boys everywhere peeing themselves and dreaming of driving like this, the editing is of this short is what gives it an edge.
I can’t even imagine what it cost DC to pull this off. They shut down the bay bridge and a huge chunk of San Francisco’s roads to get all of this footage.