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October 25, 2010 3:09 PM   Subscribe


 
You in HD? Me in HD is sitting at a desk all day.
posted by doublesix at 3:13 PM on October 25, 2010 [4 favorites]




I can't wait to see how cool it'll make me look surfing the internet!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:20 PM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


I was more impressed by the creative and useful ways in which the camera was mounted for the shots--on surf boards, attached to chests, on top of helmets, on the side of helmets, and so on--than by the quality of the video itself.

And then I realized that was the point of the camera. So I guess that got its point it across.

Had to put it on mute, though.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 3:22 PM on October 25, 2010


I guess I didn't know videos could be unlisted on youtube. Neat!
posted by boo_radley at 3:24 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Amazingly, I can do all of those things, and have even devised ways to ride my BMX while I pilot a jet. The camera I used to video my exploits, however, was defective, and my exploits are unfortunately undocumented.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:26 PM on October 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


It almost looks like there's a steadicam setup. How is the image able to remain so stable?
posted by geoff. at 3:39 PM on October 25, 2010


Is this something I'd have to be a hero to understand?
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:41 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I bought the original GoPro waterproof film camera some years back for fun in the surf. The truly innovative thing about it was the wrist strap. You could wear it on your wrist, sort of like a giant watch, then flip it up to catch a shot, then flip it back down. It made it possible to take pictures of friends while also getting to surf yourself. They've come a long way...
posted by dontoine at 3:42 PM on October 25, 2010


geoff., not a steadicam, it's the built-in image-stabilization. It does an impressive job!
posted by dolface at 3:51 PM on October 25, 2010


Is 2010 the year where every single thing must be in slow motion for extra poignancy?
posted by Keith Talent at 3:53 PM on October 25, 2010


Remember when you could play sports and wipe out without thinking "IS MY $300 CAMERA OKAY??"
posted by hermitosis at 4:04 PM on October 25, 2010


Remember when you could play sports and wipe out without thinking "IS MY $300 CAMERA OKAY??"

Back in about 1996, I was snowboarding in the backcountry with a couple of friends. At one point, when I was about to drop into a bowl from a cornice, I stupidly handed my $300 film camera to my friend to take a couple pictures as I dropped in.

When I got partway down the bowl, I stopped and turned around to ask him if he got the shot. He yelled "yeah, I got the shot! Now you take one of me!" and threw my camera overhand, baseball-style, to me. I was in about 4 feet of powder and far enough from him that it took all he had to throw the camera anywhere near me. He had surprising accuracy. The hole in the snow where the camera hit was only a few feet away from me. But I never did find the camera.
posted by The World Famous at 4:20 PM on October 25, 2010 [11 favorites]


I'm looking forward to the inevitable HD face plant videos.
posted by orme at 4:35 PM on October 25, 2010


Under $300? I'm soooooo getting one of these.
posted by furtive at 4:36 PM on October 25, 2010


I have one already. They're a brilliant piece of kit. I think the main contributor to the steady nature of the shots is the 170 degree field of view. At that wide an angle, wobbling the camera has almost no effect on the shot at all!

I bought the camera to get onboard kart racing footage, but frankly I've had way more fun with it in everyday life (going swimming, riding my pushie through the city, attaching it to the dog, etc...)
posted by autocol at 4:43 PM on October 25, 2010


Every time this dog stops, I just crack up.
posted by orme at 5:00 PM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


I can state with certainty that the slogan "You in HD" is inaccurate. Whoever this guy doing all the wilderness powder skiing and the surfing and the backflips and so forth is quite clearly some guy who is not me.

Let me know when they release a commercial consisting of slow-mo wide-angle steadicam views of the path from my desk chair to the refrigerator and back.
posted by ook at 5:20 PM on October 25, 2010


$300 for camera and mounts? That's pretty good. Though I made this* with my cheap and trusty Canon powershot A590 mounted on a $3 Gorillapod clip that was perfectly wedged into the top vent of a Giro Stylus.

warning: can be nauseating to watch. The original speed vid looked great, it was just too long and too boring for a youtube upload. The day after this, I went on a long hike in the woods with the cam-helmet. I looked like a total dork, but got some great video. Again, too long and boring for a youtube upload.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 5:24 PM on October 25, 2010


I'm doing a backflip in slow motion as I type this comment. It makes it more poignant.
posted by mannequito at 6:19 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can we take back the voyager II golden record and put this in there instead?

message from outpost 478/2. bipeds in sector 120146/9 have acquired the 720° misty; experience dictates we schedule no more rectal probings
posted by kickback at 6:26 PM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


CPH, maybe you need to go get a coffee or something.
posted by sneebler at 7:12 PM on October 25, 2010


there were some really great shots sprinkled in there. i'njoyed.
posted by auralcoral at 7:21 PM on October 25, 2010


The helmet-mounted, aimed at the guy's face segments were sort of disturbing because the tops of their heads are just out of frame while their bodies flop around in all directions. It's the view I imagine a large airborne predator, perhaps a pteranodon, has while glancing down at the prey he's just snatched up in his claws.
posted by jamaro at 7:48 PM on October 25, 2010


Do these people have like a pole mounted on their helmets or shoulder or something? How does that pole work in a crash? I had a friend who crashed on skis and somehow injured his ass with his ski pole.
posted by Mid at 8:48 PM on October 25, 2010


My wife said "If you get that camera can you do that stuff?"


....................................... no
posted by cccorlew at 9:33 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


These cameras are awesome. My friend has a couple, and he's suction-cupped or ziptied them to the outside of a light plane, a racecar, a pole on a whitewater raft, etc. The footage is remarkable for the price.
posted by jhc at 8:48 AM on October 26, 2010


My wife said "If you get that camera can you do that stuff?"
yes, you can and you should absolutely film it. my regards to your widow.
posted by krautland at 11:39 AM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


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