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jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 15, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
Yep, I'm one of those goobers you see at the crags with that silly camera on his head.

With that out of the way, I'm curious to see if any of you other climbers are using a GoPro or related camera to take footage of climbing?

Besides being in the way while climbing, and getting made fun of all the time, the footage is actually pretty sweet sometimes...

Here's a music video I just finished:



Here's a timelapse I made (all GoPro):



Also, here's a link to one of the cooler falling videos I've found on youtube (not me):



Let's see what y'all got!

limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
GoPro's are fun, and worth the dork look just to get to watch them later. Here's the only climbing one I made, but I already put this on a TR



Here are two others I made just for fun






Edit: great videos by the way. Steve B (yosemitesteve), who makes videos for the parks, said that a chest mount can get great climbing footage, but I haven't tried that yet.
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:25pm PT


jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 15, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Limpingcrag - those are awesome!!

I think that creative editing (like yours in the Snake Dike vid), can make climbing footage significantly more exciting...

What program are you using? The super slow-mo of the cliff jumps looked fantastic.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
I say this today and posted it on the Shred Thread:

Credit: Jim Brennan
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
I used Final Cut Pro, and the Twixtor plug-in for the super slow motion. They're both expensive and more complicated than I like, but a friend gave them to me for free.

Next up, white water tubing video this spring!
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
"Are GoPro Cameras correlated with accidents?"


In BASE jumping and skydiving, I have friends that are absolutely dead because they wanted the raddest video. Not even a question.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:53pm PT


Turn off the 3D if you dont have 3D!!
And crank up the resolution.

Amateur stuff, but the 3D got us a licensing deal with NBC Universal
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
killer editing there snowhazed.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
Is there a correlation between jumping out of airplanes, climbing mountains, racing motorcycles, surfing, skiing, not looking both ways when you cross the street, whistling while standing on your back porch and getting hurt ?

Hmmmm, those cameras sure do behave suspiciously...
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
Turn off the 3D if you dont have 3D!!
And crank up the resolution.

Wow... When did YouTube offer 3D as an option in the menu?

Mebbe I'll be tracking down some 3D glasses...
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
Sweet videos everyone! jfailing that el cap indian creek edit is cool
Aki J

Trad climber
Placerville, CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:12pm PT


Not a climbing video, but GoPro none the less!
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
the snake dike vid was fun to watch
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
jfailing,

whats the name of the band in your first vid?
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
YouTube was one of the very first distribution options for 3D. It has been around for 2 years! They also are 4K res capable.

Leave it to a google owned company to be ahead of the curve
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
I'm without.
I did tell the guy on the lift that I hoped his helmet recovered from that tumor....hey, He laughed.


JLP

Social climber
The internet
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
I have yet to spend more than 20 seconds clicking my way through one of these droning POS films.
Pcutler

climber
Iowa
Jan 15, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
I totally agree, I feel like a complete dork with my go pro out when climbing, but have a lot of fun watching and editing videos after the fact. Here's one from a weekend last fall in utah
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 16, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Prickle, that song is "White Lies - Death, Chase and Status Remix" - it's a banger isn't it!?

Cool videos folks - keep em coming! There's been some great creativity in some of these vids. Awesome editing too. Does anyone use Deshaker for their clips? That seems to be the only thing I could find to stabilize the image a little bit...




I have yet to spend more than 20 seconds clicking my way through one of these droning POS films.

Ignorance is bliss, eh buddy?
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 16, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
It's probably fun to play with, but the footage from those things is basically unwatchable to the people who didn't film it.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 16, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
That gopro fish eye and spastism is very hard to take, head mounted cameras are no good

DMT
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 16, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
These things are for f*#king noobs… I should get one. LOL

Seriously though, seems like something that could be nice to have on a few memorable climbs with exposure/views. Ancient tower for example is a great spot for it.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 16, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
I'm waiting for the GoPro footage from the gyms to start showing up. Bound to be better than the outdoor footage because instead of a schitzo view of trees and rocks, you'd get steady cam shots of every hot ass in the place, bookended with sportsbraction.
DanaB

climber
CT
Jan 16, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
sportsbraction.

I like it. Hands down the best climbing jargon out there.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 16, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
I have one. I find that being so close to the rock while climbing doesn't make for a good video. They are better for mountain biking or skiing, imo
weezy

climber
Jan 16, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Jan 16, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
I'm waiting for the GoPro footage from the gyms to start showing up. Bound to be better than the outdoor footage because instead of a schitzo view of trees and rocks, you'd get steady cam shots of every hot ass in the place, bookended with sportsbraction.


There are kids in my gym who have goPro's mounted to their chests and sticks who climb and take lead falls to post on Facebook.


F*cking noobs.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 16, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
How about all the fun captured if a GoPro was put on your favorite puppy dog during a ski trip !

That would be the world seen by different eyes...
chill

climber
between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Jan 16, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
I saw a guy at PG Sunnyvale using a GoPro while toproping a 5.6 route. Can't wait till that one shows up on this thread! Yes! With an awesome soundtrack!
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 16, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
In my opinion, GoPro footage doesn't work for climbing. Disembodied hands emerge from frame to grasp things, everything spins and pitches, maybe a foot comes into view but usually not, the view lurches back to the hands, there never seems to be a midsection to this body, and so there is no sense of what the body is doing and very little sense of position on the climb. Moreover, the fisheye perspective looks nothing like the way we see things and, although more inclusive, nonetheless adds visual confusion. I think we can sort this confusion out with a static image, but when the scene is constantly shifting, the viewer can't adjust.

I can see using it in a party of two so that the belayer can simultaneously belay and film the leader, but filming yourself climbing doesn't produce results that are interesting to watch, even for other climbers.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 16, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Yeah, lots of the climbing gopro is shaky, here's my hand, here's my feet, heres the view.
I thought the surfing gopro was the best, most pleasing effect,
then I saw this-

snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
You can call it unwatchable by others, but mine is on a Best of 2012 3D bluray being distributed in 40 countries....
Tan Slacks

climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
I saw the video a while back of the father and daughter doing snake dike (liked it) and I thought I would give it a try.

My daughter and I did a two day trip through JT last week. I put a little vid together of the Quail Mountain part. It was fun and unwatchable or not, Sierra likes it and someday when I'm dead and gone, perhaps she'll smile about how cold we were that night

https://vimeo.com/56863681
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:21pm PT




Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
I've never lasted more than 20 into a GoPro filmed climbing video. The lens is too wide for the close up action of a helmet cam.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
I like using the gopro for time lapse photos on long routes. Set it for every 30sec & ur probably going to get some cool stuff & it's way less n00b than having to stop & take photos every pitch, resulting in a dark descent. Here's a few more crappy gopro climbing shots. For video, from a head or helmet perspective it's more difficult to get quality results unless you are climbing with the camera in mind.


Charlie heads into the notch between Thunderbolt & Starlight
Charlie heads into the notch between Thunderbolt & Starlight
Credit: RyanD

Credit: RyanD
weezy

climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
the "death pole" gives a pretty cool perspective on bikes/motos. sketchy as hell to ride with, but cool perspective..



jfailing

Trad climber
PDX, the road...
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
RyanD - those are some rad shots! That's a good idea to put it on 30 seconds...

I've found that just taking screenshots of footage works pretty well too. Here are a few of mine:

Starting the 2nd pitch of Bony Fingers in the Whitney Portal
Starting the 2nd pitch of Bony Fingers in the Whitney Portal
Credit: jfailing

Pitch 14 Lurking Fear
Pitch 14 Lurking Fear
Credit: jfailing

Unnamed 5.11 at Indian Creek
Unnamed 5.11 at Indian Creek
Credit: jfailing

Yeah sure, most people don't dig the format or whatever, but it's still fun for some.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 18, 2013 - 11:13am PT
Cool video Dan
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 19, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Bad bad bad... scariest gopro footage I've seen. Huge fall. Forward to about :50


Tan Slacks

climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 19, 2013 - 11:39am PT
Thanks 10b

It's a new toy and I am just learning the editing software. I hope to do much better next time.

https://vimeo.com/56863681
Norwegian

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Jan 19, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
cover your hair and your eyes.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 19, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Mountain biking but a lot of exposure:

10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 19, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jan 19, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Here're a couple of videos I've shot using my GoPros:

Sea kayaking & Rolling in Puget Sound:

http://vimeo.com/2437107

http://vimeo.com/2597754

On my climbing helmet on a Seattle-area 5.9:

climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 25, 2013 - 12:20am PT
Pretty cool. 1700 ft transmission tower

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
This was just uploaded today. They're flying really low ...

bit'er ol' guy

climber
the past
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Economy must be improving if everyone can afford a Gopro.

If it's not on video it never happened.

right?
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