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Self-Filming ideas

Postby nickia » Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:22 pm

I don't go with my friends often and it is cumbersome to get someone else to film your skiing for you. With instant video feedback, I can correct wrong movements and thus get better faster.

One idea is to setup a mini-tripod with a Gopro on a fixed position on the side of a run. The only issue is that it might get stolen.

I wonder if anyone have some good ideas on how to do self-filming?
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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby milesb » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:40 am

Ok, this is just something I dreamed up. Covertly attach a small camera to the back of someone's jacket and ski behind them. At the base, retrieve it.
David Blaine could probably do it.
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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby l2ski » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:54 am

I pre-ordered the soloshot3. It automatically adjusts zoom so that the frame width
around the image of you remains constant; I hope it works as advertised.
Unfortunately they are still refining it and will not begin shipping until March.

I plan on using it on a weekday on a short slope that has a ski lift that has a view of the slope
the entire way up.
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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby cheesehead » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:26 am

If the slope has instructors, hire one to film you (and tell them the recommended technique). The best value you will get for a PSIA session.
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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby CO_Steve » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:45 am

How about a game trail camera? Motion activated. Designed to be locked to a tree. Sure you'll get shots of other skiers but with enough memory in a quiet spot it should still be good when you return.
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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby nickia » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:58 am

The soloshot seems interesting and high tech. I look forward to read the reviews once it is out.

I have an old GoPro Hero 3 Silver. I will try to glue a GoPro mount to the top of my ski pole and then stick the pole on the side of the hill visible from the chairlift.

I wonder if adding a sign like this will deter teenager thiefs:

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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby nickia » Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:14 pm

Since Soloshot3 is not out yet, Soloshot2 seems to be very promising:






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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby nickia » Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:27 pm

Another similar product is called Pixo:

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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby l2ski » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:57 am

cheesehead wrote:If the slope has instructors, hire one to film you (and tell them the recommended technique). The best value you will get for a PSIA session.


I have tried this but was unsuccessful because the instructor, although a decent skier,
did not have enough skills with the camera and specifically maintaining the zoom
while keeping me in the frame. I did not get any good clips from the 1 hour session.
So, you need a little bit of luck with this approach.

I have also attempted to hire an instructor at my local mountain but was declined;
the excuse was that they needed to reserve instructors for people who actually
want ski instruction. I could not understand this since I was requesting
for during a low demand time during the weekday.
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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby milesb » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:54 am

nickia wrote:I wonder if adding a sign like this will deter teenager thiefs:

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No, that will ensure that it will be messed with. A coating of fecal matter should deter most normal people.
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Re: Self-Filming ideas

Postby nickia » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:43 pm

I tried to film myself with Gopro on ski pole yesterday.

It is not the best quality, angle, and zoom but it is still some video feedback that is invaluable.

I thought I was doing nice carves but turned out to be static park and ride, feet separation, sitting back, short stance leg.




The only downside with this setup is that I can't do instant preview on the spot. I will try again with an old smartphone and a selfie stick so I can do instant preview and adjust accordingly based on video feedback.
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