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Nov 7, 2012
Longs Peak looming
What do you do with your videos? Do you ever watch them? Show them to other people? I feel like I would love having some things recorded, but I feel like I would never do anything with them...

Are they worth getting, or was it simply cool at first and now sits in a drawer somewhere? I know it depends on the person, but I was hoping to get some general opinions.
Nate C
From Madison, WI
Joined Apr 1, 2012
10 points
Nov 7, 2012
Young Good Free Face, 11b
A couple of my adventure buddies care to make actual highlight videos from their GoPros. I personally cannot see myself going over the media, editing, applying a sound track as I'm back out adventuring.

However, their videos are awesome and very flattering.
J. Broussard
From CordryCorner
Joined Feb 21, 2011
112 points
Nov 7, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on
it's supposed to be a panty-dropping aid...everyone knows this! Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
700 points
Nov 7, 2012
Towliee
I think they're great! I just download the video onto my computer and then up-load the video to a movie maker..Really easy to make cool short videos, either to compliment a slide show, or just to make a movie on its own..
I personally think they're cool because you get a different perspective with the HD 360degree lense then with a normal point and shoot camera..
The only negative thing I've found with them is that the battery charge doen't last that long.. Getting an extra battery pack would be useful if you're shooting long videos or if using it on a multi- day backcountry trip.
Feel free to check out my blog. lucidmountainadventures.blogsp...
there are a few movies I've made with my GoPro that might give you an idea of what you can do with them..
J1.
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Jun 25, 2009
823 points
Nov 7, 2012
Hanging out on Royal Arches
I've taken a few videos and usually just delete them cuz I move my head around way to much while climbing and they are annoying to watch.

But using it for pictures is awesome.
Tristan B
From La Crescenta, CA
Joined Oct 1, 2009
1,501 points
Nov 7, 2012
yup...
I don't have a go pro(have used one), but I consider making movies a hobby. I really enjoy it and I think other people enjoy seeing new spots/routes. It's pretty expensive though. I think the best way to go, if you don't mind not being able to strap it to your head, is getting a newer DSLR that takes video. It may be a bit more money, but you'll be able to switch lenses etc. Oh, and no dub step. guy bon
Joined Mar 8, 2010
2,481 points
Nov 7, 2012
I've used mine on a dirt bike, mountain bike, and snowboarding. I don't usually end up doing anything with them, but sometimes I think the footage is above-average (compared to my usual shots...still well-below average compared to others' uploads) so I'll throw on a track (because the sound from the camera is always shitty) and share it with some friends/family that might be interested. Sometimes it might just be to brag about some wicked powder. Sometimes it's nice to document a first...like the first time I made a double jump on the dirt bike. And of course it's always nice to have a camera rolling when you or somebody else wipes out, too. =)

One other thing I found the camera extremely useful for is that when my wife was learning to snowboard, I could film her and point out to her later what she needed to do differently. That definitely sped up the learning process for her.
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
166 points
Nov 7, 2012
Oh, I've also used mine on the road bike a few times, but just to cut out a few clips here and there...usually to show off the scenery.

One example is this 57mph descent of the west side of Rist Canyon Rd. in Bellvue (I've since hit 60.1mph):
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
166 points
Nov 7, 2012
Russ Just off the block
+1 Ian Stewart

That was RAD, I've gone that fast on snow, but asphalt scares me man.
Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Joined Nov 30, 2011
217 points
Administrator
Nov 7, 2012
FA of The Great Potato (a.k.a. Mt. Ore Ida), Withi...
If you're excited about the creative process of editing and sharing your videos, it's definitely worth considering a GoPro. Otherwise, I suspect the videos will sit mostly unwatched. None of my friends or family, including myself, want to sit through a 5 minute video with just natural sound of me leading a climb or whatever.

I enjoy the creative fun of editing a video and coming up with a finished product to share online . And I go back and watch a few every now and then. Most of my videos have been cheesy home improvement time lapses and snowboarding videos. I've only ever climbed with mine once, on Psycho Tower,
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Jason Halladay
From Los Alamos, NM
Joined Oct 19, 2005
9,533 points
Administrator
Nov 7, 2012
El Chorro
They are awesome. I have like a TB of video and pics from the last few years. Problem is, I never sit down and do anything with it. I love the editing process but I can't sit still for that long.

Even if it's just me and a few curious friends that watch the unedited videos, it's still worth the money to me. The looks on my parents' faces when they saw my videos from Gogarth this summer were priceless.

Also, I really like using it to record my bike commute to work. Nothing like racing though the streets of London to get your day started.
Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
1,468 points
Nov 7, 2012
Bocan
My buddy is actually creating pretty sweet videos with basic editing tools, but I think it all depends on the quality of the footage. I have a contour and I'm still trying to aquire enough interesting footage to make it worth editing.

And it's always funny to go back and watch what stupid shenanagins you were getting into that day. Also I like watching amateur vids of local climber and skiers.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
942 points
Nov 7, 2012
Costco has GoPros for $200. Almost bought one last night! Wally
From Denver
Joined Apr 12, 2006
31 points
Nov 7, 2012
I have to add this: the biggest problem with GoPros is that they are advancing SO fast that as soon as you buy one, it will be obsolete. It seems like they're on hyperspeed with new models now.

If you haven't already, go to gopro.com and check out the video made using the new GoPro HERO 3 Black. That thing is fucking awesome. Smaller, lighter, Ultra HD (including 2716x1524 at 30fps), 12mp still/time lapse, 1080p@60fps and 720p@120fps, and a wireless fucking remote/viewfinder with your phone. Yes, it's $400, but that's a ton of camera...
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
166 points
Nov 7, 2012
dog skiing
maybe a little off topic and not sure if it has been brought up i haven't checked Go Pro or Contour? pros cons L.D.
From colorado
Joined Aug 15, 2011
11 points
Nov 7, 2012
I've got a buddy who has his mounted to his mt. bike handlebars, so we occasionally get emailed some nice footage of our better rides. He's a composer for films, etc., so there's always some nice soundtrack accompanying the video, which makes it that much sweeter. He certainly gets a kick out of it and I don't mind watching the videos either. A win win?

Edit: Ian, nice video, but what's up with the sound. Sounds like you have playing cards stuck in your spokes.
Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Nov 9, 2007
137 points
Nov 7, 2012
Indy pass
Ian Stewart wrote:
I have to add this: the biggest problem with GoPros is that they are advancing SO fast that as soon as you buy one, it will be obsolete. It seems like they're on hyperspeed with new models now. If you haven't already, go to gopro.com and check out the video made using the new GoPro HERO 3 Black. That thing is fucking awesome. Smaller, lighter, Ultra HD (including 2716x1524 at 30fps), 12mp still/time lapse, 1080p@60fps and 720p@120fps, and a wireless fucking remote/viewfinder with your phone. Yes, it's $400, but that's a ton of camera...


Does it truly become "obsolete" or is it just good marketing creating desire for the latest and greatest?

I doubt it's the capabilities of the camera that is holding people's videos back, once you get to a certain minimum threshold at least.
Jason N.
From Grand Junction
Joined Mar 18, 2011
23 points
Nov 7, 2012
Jason N. wrote:
Does it truly become "obsolete" or is it just good marketing creating desire for the latest and greatest? I doubt it's the capabilities of the camera that is holding people's videos back, once you get to a certain minimum threshold at least.


"Obsolete" may be harsh, but there's always something better around the corner. In terms of "holding your videos back", it depends on what you mean. A HERO 2 will record videos, just like a HERO 3, but the quality and features of the latter can certainly help make the video better even if you're not a pro athlete.

Smaller/lighter: not really needed, but nice.
Higher resolution: more picture definition.
Higher framerate: better fast-action smoothness and/or slower slow-motion.
WiFi remote: convenience
WiFi viewfinder: choosing the right angle can make (or break) your video

Other things are always being improved upon too that aren't really easy to convey in a spec sheet. Brightness, white balance and color reproduction, for example, are always being improved. Most of my snowboarding videos end up being shitty because my older Contour camera doesn't do too great in this scenario. Compared to the demo video for the HERO 3, which includes snowboarding shots where the sun is IN the frame, it's a completely different ballgame.
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
166 points
Nov 7, 2012
First climb after knee surgery
skiclimber wrote:
Go Pros were invented so that pebble wrestlers can stroke their V-gos put your GoGay in a blender!


And why does what other people do, bother you so. If thats your attitude, why do you even bother climb. Imtake it that YOU aren't climbing 5.15b sport or 5.14c trad, and ONLY putting up FA's. If you do a second ascents, wouldn't that be so passe...

Do you take photos of anything. As a friend of mine once said, there are very few photo's who's basic concept hasn't already been done ad nausem....

You ski. So what first descents have you done.....

Oh, wait, people do things for FUN... Thats right. And maybe someone finds fulfillment in their recent 5.6 onsite. Is that any different then your recent 5.13d trad red point. The numbers may be different but if someone finds fun and fulfzillment in what theynare doing... Way cool.

. Bury your own ego and let other people have fun in ways they see fit. I respect people who do things for fun, rather then let their egos control their lives.
chuck claude
From Flagstaff, Az
Joined Jul 24, 2006
269 points
Nov 7, 2012
Hang man
I like them. NumberoneD
Joined Nov 7, 2012
10 points
Nov 7, 2012
Getting up the Great Dihedral on Hallet Peak, RMNP...
I've used them over the past four years for everything from mountaineering to backpacking. The latest versions are actually powerful little cameras, which makes them attractive for their size and durability. I tend to leave my DSLR out of my climbing pack for most trips.

Anyway, I never thought I'd get into it, but I really do enjoy spending an afternoon editing footage and syncing music that I like to my adventures.

However, there still isn't a really good mounting technique for rock climbing. The lens tends to get scratched (they make a replacement kit), and the shots and movement tend to be a little jerky. The biggest downside is the battery life, however I always bring a few extras.

Here's an example of a video. I actually did scratch the lens during this climb, rendering the rest of the film kind of dirty looking. youtu.be/73a4VVzcCEs
Tony T.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2009
46 points
Nov 7, 2012
chuck claude wrote:
And why does what other people do, bother you so. If thats your attitude, why do you even bother climb. Imtake it that YOU aren't climbing 5.15b sport or 5.14c trad, and ONLY putting up FA's. If you do a second ascents, wouldn't that be so passe... Do you take photos of anything. As a friend of mine once said, there are very few photo's who's basic concept hasn't already been done ad nausem.... You ski. So what first descents have you done..... Oh, wait, people do things for FUN... Thats right. And maybe someone finds fulfillment in their recent 5.6 onsite. Is that any different then your recent 5.13d trad red point. The numbers may be different but if someone finds fun and fulfzillment in what theynare doing... Way cool. . Bury your own ego and let other people have fun in ways they see fit. I respect people who do things for fun, rather then let their egos control their lives.


I have no idea what you said? But yeah, many first descents on skis, None of them have been sprayed, none of them have been written about, but many of the lines have been shared and are getting repeated. I think that was the only question I understood in your comment, and for the rest of the statements, I don't know what your talking about.
skiclimber
Joined Jul 18, 2006
39 points
Nov 8, 2012
Hang man
I think what he meant to say is you come off as a negative douche. Just relax and if you don't have anything nice to say. Keep it to yourself.We all get it; you are 2 cool for School man. NumberoneD
Joined Nov 7, 2012
10 points
Nov 8, 2012
Mean Green P2
The Go pro is really only useful if you choose to put some time and effort into it. Climbing is really a pretty boring sport from the spectator's point of view, unless you put some effort into editing your videos. I try to condense everything down to six minutes or so, because no matter how awesome that 40 minutes of intense leading was to you, nobody will watch your video if it is that long. This can be a challenge if I have an hour or two of footage. If you expect to simply glue it to your head and get awesome videos, then certainly don't buy it. jack s.
From Kamloops, BC
Joined Jan 11, 2011
12 points
Nov 8, 2012
hardcore unicycle!
I'll sell my HD Hero 2 for $180 if anyone wants it. I've used it twice. Not trying to hijack this thread for personal gain, but it just seems like there are many looking at this that may be interested. If you've ever wanted have loads of footage that you will most likely never use, hit me up and we can make a deal!

Come on, you know you wanna be like these guys
Kyle Blase
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Nov 9, 2011
48 points
Nov 8, 2012
NumberoneD wrote:
I think what he meant to say is you come off as a negative douche. Just relax and if you don't have anything nice to say. Keep it to yourself.We all get it; you are 2 cool for School man.



Hilarious if you don't want to see pebble wrestling why would you even be looking. I've been watching a lot of boating video's lately I find them to be the most enjoyable.

As for climbing they seem to work better when mounted to the rock or when someone hangs next to the climber, usually with the camera on a pole.
Tim McCabe
Joined Oct 15, 2006
156 points


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