GoPro Media Team Tips and Tricks: How to Shoot a GoPro Course Preview (Ep 22)

GoPro Media Team Tips and Tricks: How to Shoot a GoPro Course Preview (Ep 22)

Okay, are we on? We’re on! Lens is clean.
Alright everyone, I’m Christopher Farro and I’m on the Product Education Team here at
GoPro and today I’m going to be teaching you guys how to make a broadcast-ready GoPro course
preview. The first thing you need to know about making a GoPro course preview is choosing
an epic location. Today, we chose a river called Steep Creek in the crispy cool mountainous
airs of Vail, Colorado. Once you’ve chosen an epic location, the next thing you need
to do is ensure that you have the proper permits and license agreements to be able to shoot
there. Lucky enough for us, we’re at the GoPro Mountain Games, so we’ve ensured ahead of
time that we were allowed to shoot here. The next thing you’ll need is a production artist
– someone to help you shoot the piece. You will also need an athlete – someone who can
be the focus of your epic GoPro Course Preview. For this GoPro Course Preview, we’ve chosen
production artist Nate Lee and GoPro Athlete Rush Sturges. Before we can hand the reins
to Nate though to shoot this, we need to make sure we have the proper license agreements
in place with our athlete. Let’s go find Rush. Rush! How’s it going? Alright we need a little
help from you. Can you sign GoPro License and Participation Agreement giving GoPro non-exclusive
perpetual worldwide rights and license to use your image and likeness in any and all
forms of media? Just sign right there buddy. Alright, now that that’s done, let’s go find
our production artist, Nate. Oh excuse me, just a little testing, you know. So Nate’s
our production artist for this GoPro Course Preview. He’s going to give you guys the walkthrough
of where he’s putting cameras, what modes he’s using, and just general strategy for
capturing a good GoPro Course Preview. Sweet, thanks brother. Basically what we do is we
try to get as much coverage as we possibly can out of one scenario. Say if we only have
one shot of Rush going down the river, we only have one take, we want to get as much
coverage as possible. We want reliable angles, reliable modes, and a reliable athlete which
we obviously have. So you can see here I’ve already mounted one camera here on the back.
This is a HERO3+ with a surfboard sticky, small surfboard sticky mount. We’ve actually
tethered it down so we don’t really need the floaty mount right now. But a tether is always
a great idea, especially if you’re in the water, you want to tether it to something
so if it falls off by chance, you’ve got something right there, your camera is not going anywhere,
you don’t lose your footage. It’s good to just make sure you’re rocking 1440/48 on anything
POV. That includes the boat cameras and also the helmet cam. That gives you basically a
more top-to-bottom frame so that you’re getting more action from your athlete and we also
do the same thing on the front here. My last camera on the nose of the kayak, Floaty BacPac,
I’m just going to pop that right on in here. And also 1440/48. That gives you ability to
slow it down slightly when you want to go to a 30 or 24 frame timeline. If you’ve got
shots that you know cameras are going to be going underwater, always good to give them
a lick before they go in. I know that sounds really weird – watch, I’m going to do it right
now. This is really intimate. Give it a good lick, let it dry for a few minutes. What that
does, as weird as it seems, it actually helps the water bead off of the lens of the camera.
People ask us all the time – how do you guys get those clean shots in the water? I always
have water droplets on the lens. This is how it happens. Lick your lenses folks, make love
to your GoPro. Alright, so we’re going to get Rush all suited up, he’s going to get
ready, he’s going to drop in and we’re going to get some shots. Alright Rush, it looks like you got a few
good runs. We’re ready to make this course preview, what’s next Nate? So the next step
you take is you collect your cameras, log your footage, adjust everything, you go back,
you starting cutting your course preview, you get the thing cut, make sure all your
music is cleared. What else? I mean I think that’s it, then you’ve got your sweet run
down Steep Creek. And lucky for you guys, it’s already done. How’s it going folks? We’re here in Vail,
Colorado at the GoPro Mountain Games. This is the Steep Creek Challenge. Here’s a little
course preview for you, let’s hit the river. The first part of the course here is pretty
mellow, it’s easy to go super hard through the flats, but you need to conserve your energy
for what’s downstream. The section through here is a little tricky, lots of little holes
I’m trying to kind of avoid. Now we’re about to get into the steep stuff. This is a super
technical, hard section of whitewater. The last part of the course is the Crux. This
is what we call the leap of faith. Come in so fast right here and you’re just trying
to keep your bow on the top of the water. Take one stroke to get over that last horizon,
and ideally come out upright. Good times here on home state creek, looking
forward to the race.


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