A Special Issue That Caters to Advanced Production Technique

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    • #37934

      How about an occasional issue that focuses on more advanced equipment and techniques? I’ve been doing the Video thing since ’83 and finding that fewer and fewer articles appeal to my thirst for knowledge.

    • #167799

      Thanks for taking the time to tell us what you are thinking KBVP.

      We are definitely looking toward more advanced issues. We will also be covering a lot of HDV issues which is a bit more advanced.

      Is there anything in particular you are looking for?

      Thanks again, Morgan

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    • #167801

      For those of us that do some extreme video, how about getting some of the helmet cams and test those. Since we’re on the subject, I’m installing some hi-tech web cams on a fire look-out tower in a few days. Since I do the “extreme work”, I got volunteered to do this. It would be interesting to have some articles on the latest and greatest web video cameras. I know this isn’t a regular category, but video production work is always changing. In reality, Videomaker could be 10 times thicker and still not cover all the bases. Today, I’m taping a new kind of water canon that shreds vegitation that needs to be removed for fire control. A couple weeks ago, I was strapped into an ejection seat doing air-to-air work. I guess what I really need is a publication on “out of the box” video production.
      Some articles on how videographers shoot some of these extreme videos would be a pleasant change. Just watch some of the wild mountain bike videos and you’ll see what I mean. My 16 year old is into extreme mountain biking, so I have see a few of these- awesome stuff!

    • #167802

      after thinking on the subject of why “Videomaker does not include more advanced stuff?”I came up with 2 reasons which I feel are strong.

      #1>Active video professionalls are busy making money in that profession and don’t necessarilly have the time to write articles or explain in detail why they do what they do.

      #2>The magazine must appeal to the random person passing by the newstand who is interested in video, but has no experience whatsoever. Some magazines especially some computer magazines have become “advanced” over the years, and have in turn made the casual magazine buyer un-interested in the above average knowledge and language of the advanced content.

      I’m now off the soapbox——————>

    • #167803

      Nice, March 2006 issue has an article on extreme video with “helmet Cams”. One of the equipment specialists in this field is Viosport: http://www.viosport.com The “Adventure Cam III” is a 500 line res camera with interchangeable lens and filters. I’ve used these cameras on jets, ATVs, aerobatic planes, hang gliders, and extreme downhill mountain bikes. So far, I am very pleased with the quality of the finished product.
      For those wanting to get into this type of production, read the article. Once you have done some of this “helmet cam/point of view”, you’ll want more- it’s really cool!

    • #167804

      Thanks for the feedback, KBVP!

      We’re looking to do more on the subject in the future.

      I’ve personally used a helmet cam for downhill riding, and can attest to it’s unique look. Man it’s tough to keep a subject framed! The Adventure Cam III sounds awesome.


    • #167805

      If you want to get a “feel” for the type work that I do, try this video from my web site:

      For a sample of the type action I am capable of doing from a tripod, try the Reno Air Race footage:


    • #167806


      That is “FREAKIN” cool!

      What are you using for cams and how are you mounting them on the planes?


    • #167807

      I used to use Panasonic micro-cams that had a separate camera control unit, recorder and two battery packs. Now I use the Viosport Adventure Cam III. http://www.viosport.com The weight has been trimmed from 13 pounds to less than 2 pounds. Viosport offers many types of mounts but there are times and mounting conditions that require custom designed mounts or just plain ‘ol duct tape. A lot of the time I will carve a piece of foam to match the surface contour, notch out a spot for the camera, then tape the whole thing neatly. I have done this on the outside of jets and aerobatic planes hundreds of times. The secret is multi-directional layers of tape for strength, then applying the final layer such that all bare ends of the tape face to to rear so no air can get under the ends. You can buy duct tape in a wide variety of colors to match the client’s paint scheme. Gaffers tape does not have the adhesive quality for sticking down camera cables to the outside of an airplane. Test the painted surface for poor paint adhesion prior to committing to taping the system on. If in doubt, don’t do it unless the client knows there could be paint separation problems. Cables can be run internally if there is an access panel to feed the cables through, but you better know what you are doing due to the fact that there are control cables, rods, pulleys, and electrical systems. I have the experience of 20 years of Naval Aviation, so that really helps.

    • #167808

      You got to be kidding me! 😯 TAPE????

      I suppose… in NASCAR they call it “100 mile an hour tape”. You could call it “400 mile an hour tape”.

      The picture is very clear and VERY impressive. That must suck if the tape gave way and you lost a camera.

    • #167809

      In 22 years I haven’t lost a camera or even one strip of tape. This is above NASCAR specs! The G forces on the aerobatic planes run from +11 to -6. I had one survive a 27G crash when the engine failed- tape was still running!!!!

      Here’s a link to the video:
      (the cockpit footage will not be aired at the client’s request- it was brutal)


    • #167810


      I can’t believe the pilot survived a hit like that.

      Very nice job on all of your work. I’m sorta kinda jealous because I love aviation and would love to be able to do something like that.

    • #167811

      If you enjoy aviation, you are 90% there. I found that the best piece of equipment is a good fluid head tripod. You can get practice following planes at a local airport. Shooting an airshow is challenging because of crowds and lighting angles. Give the plane plenty of space in the framing so that you can react to rapid changes in the flight path. If your camera has auto-focus, set it to manual focus. For editing, let the plane fly out of frame, re-frame wider or tighter for the next shot. This gives you a nice and easy “shooting for edit” style. Shoot the crowd looking up and following action for “B” roll. If you get an Airshow Program, you can get a still shot of each performer’s page. Use this as a lead-in between the different acts. If you really enjoy aviation, this would be a fun project.

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