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September 4, 2014 4:44 AM   Subscribe


 
YES. I saw this last night and it made things SO MANY BETTER.
posted by larthegreat at 4:51 AM on September 4 [4 favorites]


That was great. I've seen a bunch of GoPro videos, but that one actually might be the best.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:55 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


I'd play a game like this all day long. Like a downhill racing game with flappy ears. Magic.
posted by gnuhavenpier at 4:58 AM on September 4 [9 favorites]


The ears. Just .... the ears.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 5:02 AM on September 4 [4 favorites]


Also dogs > cats
posted by GallonOfAlan at 5:10 AM on September 4 [18 favorites]


I'm not a fan of dog or horse racing but I might like to be a judge of "oh fuck yes" animals so happy.

Walter get's a 9.7 from me with a .2 deduction only because I want to be there and he didn't invite me.
posted by vapidave at 5:17 AM on September 4


Go Walter! What a pooch!
posted by grobstein at 5:19 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Walter's life looks pretty great.
posted by gladly at 5:25 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]




Also dogs > cats

My cat meowed at me this morning because he couldn't figure out how to sit down on the window ledge.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:40 AM on September 4 [14 favorites]


The close calls with the cacti worried me, but sailing over the fence was awesome. Every dog should have a life like Walter's.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:40 AM on September 4


OHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOY *splash*
posted by Harald74 at 5:43 AM on September 4 [13 favorites]


Is that really an alternate angle? I don't see the go pro on him. And I've watched both angles like 200 times... JUST BECAUSE

My dog busted his ACL a few months ago. He's a gimpy old man now. I would so love to watch him run again.
posted by DigDoug at 5:43 AM on September 4 [3 favorites]


I'd play a game like this all day long

Oh man, me too. Why isn't there a First Person Dog genre of video games?
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:48 AM on September 4 [5 favorites]


Why isn't there a First Person Dog genre of video games?

I don't know, because I had that idea in January and nobody's gotten on it yet! Runs like this could be the bonus levels.
posted by Mizu at 5:59 AM on September 4


Also dogs < cats
posted by Pendragon at 6:08 AM on September 4 [3 favorites]


Runs like this could be the bonus levels
posted by device55 at 6:08 AM on September 4 [4 favorites]


DigDoug yea I think the alternate angle is shot another time. I can't see any goPro attached on ole Walter.
Watched 'em both loads just to be sure! Because of that same just because
posted by we are the music makers at 6:12 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Fave part is when Walter cruises through the crowd at the beach with nary a pause. Walter stays on mission, and that's both impressive and commendable.

My dog Huckleberry would pull up short, light a cigarette and be all "Hey, what are you guys doin?"
posted by valkane at 6:20 AM on September 4 [5 favorites]


I know what that feels like ...
posted by carter at 6:23 AM on September 4


God I miss my dog so much.
posted by jbickers at 6:26 AM on September 4 [7 favorites]


Long before GoPro released their dog harness, I built one of my own.

Here's is Monty fetching a ball at Governor Nelson SP in WI.

Monty Playin Frisbee.

Monty at Overland Expo, in AZ.

I'm no video editor though, so the YT results are somewhat less amazing than the actual 1080 footage.

Anyone got some good tutorials ? I've got tons of really good videos, but I have been less than impressed at my results getting them onto the internets.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 6:35 AM on September 4 [6 favorites]


GOOD DOG!!!!
posted by stinkfoot at 6:38 AM on September 4


It's like one of those cam vids from guided missiles. Only cute and furry and full of joy. That last leap into the sea is glorious.
posted by longdaysjourney at 6:43 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Adorable.

Also cats = dogs (you can love both!!)
posted by Librarypt at 6:44 AM on September 4 [6 favorites]


Slightly off topic because I used up all my squees when this was posted to my Facebook yesterday (Oh, who am I kidding? SO MUCH JOY SQUEEEEE!)...

But there are other types of camera like this on the market, right? The first time I watched Walter the description had the name of another camera, ie not a GoPro, listed as the equipment. But if I'm reading the description of a video to decide whether or not to click, "GoPro" doesn't just indicate camera brand, it's shorthand for the whole first person, unedited, whooshy sort of video that is usually produced by this kind of camera. So has the brand officially become the generic (a Kleenex/Jello phenomenon)? Or are GoPro brand cameras just ubiquitous?
posted by theweasel at 6:55 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


"My cat meowed at me this morning because he couldn't figure out how to sit down on the window ledge."

I have to keep the window less than one cat open because my cat jumped sixteen feet [big building] to, well I don't know what. There was a puppy below and I don't know if she leapt to make friends or kill. The downstairs neighbor said, " I was laying there and a cat went flying by the window"

I of course have a tv and a computer and my feral cat never responds to anything, though sometimes she'll give it a look. Barking or meowing on the tv doesnt warrant consideration. One time I was watching a show about Polar Bears and how to keep Polar Bears away.

Keeping Polar Bears away involves sounding like a giant Polar Bear. Hearing this on the tv my cat freaked the fuck out. She first ran toward the Polar Bear sound and then got skulky and hid for hours.

I'm in Louisiana, there are no Polar Bears here.
posted by vapidave at 6:58 AM on September 4 [5 favorites]


GoPro is becoming Kleenex-like in terms of generic reference, although many lesser cameras are compatible with GoPro's mounts.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 7:00 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


This is such a happy dog.
posted by phunniemee at 7:01 AM on September 4


Is that really an alternate angle? I don't see the go pro on him.

I don't think it's a GoPro but rather a smaller, cheaper brand of camera - you can see a small black tube towards the rear of Walter's back for a couple seconds.
posted by mightygodking at 7:13 AM on September 4


They closed all our pools and swimming areas on Labor Day and now it's headed into the high 80s. Guess I'll be watching this video A LOT today.

Whoever said a "dog's life" is hard obviously did not know Walter.
posted by kinnakeet at 7:15 AM on September 4


Actually, never mind, because I checked and realized that the continuity of the two shots is different wrt the people Walter is running past.

CLEARLY this is a conspiracy.
posted by mightygodking at 7:16 AM on September 4


I want to go there.
posted by blue_beetle at 7:40 AM on September 4


Also dogs > cats

There are exceptions to that rule.
posted by hat_eater at 8:19 AM on September 4


There is always room in my heart for a dog splashing in water.
posted by arcticseal at 8:27 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]


Anyone got some good tutorials ? I've got tons of really good videos, but I have been less than impressed at my results getting them onto the internets.

Pogo- have you tried playing with the GoPro video editor app? I've been using it, and it's pretty intuitive, once you figure out the basics. I think it might have image stabilization, too. It will also convert to the recommended format for whichever service you're uploading to. I've been using Vimeo and getting some good results.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:39 AM on September 4


Rally car edit
posted by dephlogisticated at 8:39 AM on September 4 [12 favorites]


Rally car edit

I didn't think the video could get any better than the original version. I have never been more wrong.
posted by VTX at 9:00 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]


I'm in Louisiana, there are no Polar Bears here.
posted by vapidave



That you know of.
posted by pjern at 9:29 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]


I want to imagine I am Walter all day long.
posted by Joey Michaels at 9:36 AM on September 4


You can clearly see explosives detonating when the dog hits the water and furthermore...
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 9:59 AM on September 4


First Person? This is neither First nor Person. It is Third Dog Perspective
posted by oulipian at 10:03 AM on September 4 [5 favorites]


Oh man, me too. Why isn't there a First Person Dog genre of video games?

It has been tried at least once before. Sorta. It's just a mode, other parts of the game are played in third person.

It's one of those games that received lukewarm reviews but is fondly remembered by the people that actually played it as kids.
posted by infinitelives at 10:36 AM on September 4


Also Call of Duty: Ghosts and GTA V feature first person dog scenes.

My guess is that a whole game has probably been discussed at some point but it would ultimately feel restrictive in terms of what you are able to do.
posted by infinitelives at 10:46 AM on September 4


Crap, wrong link! This is the video of PS2 game A dog's life. Apologies!
posted by infinitelives at 10:56 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Ahhh, labs. Nature's perfect vehicle for expressing joy.
posted by Fezboy! at 12:06 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


This reminds of this awesome hip hop video about being a dog, filmed by dogs.
posted by jammy at 12:15 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


dogs <> cats
posted by MartinWisse at 12:25 PM on September 4 [2 favorites]


Okay Walter, hold on just one more second while I snap the waterproof back on the NOOOOOOOOO
posted by hal9k at 1:43 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


So... is this what it's like to ride a luck dragon?
posted by obfuscation at 2:07 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


dogs+cats > literally any human on earth
posted by elizardbits at 5:48 PM on September 4 [2 favorites]


dogs <3 cats

(but more than 2 cats)
posted by moonmilk at 7:10 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


That can be read as kinky.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 7:12 PM on September 4


Something tells me Walter has done this before.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 8:49 PM on September 4


Why isn't there a First Person Dog genre of video games?

Dogulus Rift.
posted by St. Sorryass at 8:53 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


I want to be a dog in Sicily.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:48 PM on September 7


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