Sep 4, 2013

The first GoPro sailing video

The season 2013 has been the first one for us of photographing and filming with the GoPro action camera. Earlier in August, I posted some sailing photos in the blog, which were captured with the GoPro. During the summer, I also shot quite a lot of video material with the camera. Now our first GoPro sailing video is edited and uploaded to our YouTube-channel. The video can also be viewed through this YouTube-link. Check it out!
/Antti

9 comments:

  1. What a great video!
    My version of the issue is going to be published during the autumn. We are going to have a sailing vacation in Croatia soon and the GoPro will be with us. Any tips for the shooting?

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    1. Thanks Olli! When filming with the GoPro, keeping the camera steady is one of the most challenging part. Most of the clips on this video were taken with the camera fixed on tip of the boathook. If filming the video now, I would try to shoot more with the camera fixed somewhere in the boat. For example, tied on the bow rail or on the boom during the tack. For this kind of use, a roll-bar/bicycle mount accessory could be handy. Also a wrist housing could be useful for various uses on the boat. Those accessories are on our wish list for the next season.

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    2. Got to add, that Autumn sailing holiday in Croatia sounds great! It is one of our dream sailing destinations. We are looking forward to seeing your photographs and videos from there...

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  2. Nice! Makes me wonder whether I should get one, too. Is music yours as well?

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    1. Thanks Timo! I think that GoPro or similar action camera is a valuable addition to one's camera set-up. Especially, as it can be used in conditions and locations where you wouldn't dare to use the normal system camera.

      The music on this video as in most of our videos is made by my brother.

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  3. It's so lovely feeling on that video! Music gives a nice rythm to those clips. I was just wondering, how GoPro records the sounds of sailing? So far I have been trying to make some videoclips with my mobile phone, and the wind makes terrible noise on those clips...

    Thanks for the tips for using GoPro, I will use them too next season!

    Hoping to watch more of your videomaterial in the future :)

    - K

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    1. Thnx :)
      There is a built-in mic in the GoPro. However, usually when sailing, the GoPro is kept in its waterproof case, which makes the sound very damped. One can imagine, how the sound changes, when the mic is put in a totally isolated box...it is like putting hands over your ears. Partly this can be a good thing, since there is no problem with that terrible distorted sound, when the wind is blowing straight into the mic. However, the sound is not of very good quality either. Also the signal volume is quite low.

      I think, that in few of the clips on the video, one can hear the real sound. Mostly I did not want to use it because of the bad quality. In general, I think that recording the sounds of sailing is challenging due to the power of the wind. Therefore, using music is often a better choice than the sound captured by the mic...

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  4. Nice work. Very inspiring video with nice camera angles. One day I gotta get my own GoPro. Now with kids there is no extra energy to play around.

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    1. Thanks Marko, I can certainly agree with you that messing around with cameras on the boat - even without kids onboard - requires energy and also a time period when one can concentrate on something else than just primarily sailing the boat. I can imagine, that with kids on board, all this is just a bit more challenging. On the other hand, during the longer offshore legs or when weather conditions are calm, filming and photographing offer a nice change for sitting in the cockpit for an hour after hour...

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It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna