One Wheel on the Trail: Mountain Unicycling (view this story)

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Eric Seals May 31, 2010, 6:27 p.m. permalink

Hi Pat,

I bet this video got lots of hits on your newspapers website. Just the words "Mountain Unicycling" made me want to check it out.

Loved how you started off with just the great natural sound and the rider going diagonal through your frame as he's talking. The natural sound through the whole piece was fantastic. The crunching of the rocks as they ride by made me feel like I was right there.

Loved the camera angles you did as well from the nice overall of the trail with cactus as they ride by to using a POV camera and the ending.

I learned a lot from your video in the 1:30 that you told it and I totally understand making it 1:30 or less for TV.

The only voice and video missing for me (and perhaps it didn't happen that day) would have been audio/video of hikers that encounter these guys doing this sport or mountain bikers on two wheels and what these people think of this. Might have been fun stuff but also insightful.

I'm assuming you were using a GoPro Hero HD or the standard version? It looked like you were using the setting that allows for a more vertical look (which gives you the black bars) versus a full wide screen look. For aesthetic purposes I thought the wide screen look with your GoPro would have been better to match the stuff from your 5D and Sony cameras. Yeah, maybe I'm being nit picky I just didn't care for the black bars. I believe R2, R3 and R5 give you the wide screen look at 720 or 1080p.

The cut from :24 to 26 of Mark with the GoPro was too short for me, felt you should have stayed on him longer with the POV for a few more seconds before going to him in the interview setting.

Was Mark holding the GoPro mounted on a pole or on his wrist? Just curious.

Well done!!


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Pat Shannahan May 31, 2010, 7:17 p.m. permalink

Thanks Eric,

This was my first shot using the GoPro. It belongs to my coworker and I literally picked it up at 9 at night to use it the next morning. I debated over going the 16x9 route but read in the manual that the setting I used allowed for more vertical viewing. I thought that might be better to get the unicycle in the frame. The 16x9 setting cut out a lot more. I'm not sure what the right choice was on that one. I kinda wish I had used the 16x9 setting. Next time. I'm not sure on the model. The idea was to mount it to one of their helmets or bikes but it was too bumpy to make work so they just held it while riding. It worked out because they have to have their arms stretched out for balance anyway. I was surprised at how easy the GoPro was to use and how nice the images looked for such a small camera.

I would have loved to use some sound from hikers. We came across a lady who said a funny comment but I was in the wrong place to get it.

Thanks for taking the time to check it out.

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Eric Seals June 1, 2010, 6:35 a.m. permalink

Yeah I'm blown away by the GoPro's as well.

I have two GoPro HD Motorsports and all the accessories that come with it are amazing. I'm going to build a pole to mount one on for various video features I do when it calls for a good POV look.

Tons of great videos with GoPro on just search GoPro and you'll be blown away with some of the stuff this camera can do

Again, nice video and it gave me a look at something totally different and extreme.


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Peter Huoppi June 1, 2010, 12:46 p.m. permalink

Very cool. You may lament having to keep it under 1:40, but I don't think the piece suffered. It felt the right length to me. My favorite shot of the whole thing was the steady telephoto shot of the riders moving through the landscape around 0:53. Replace a few of the medium-to-wide shots taken from the trail near the guys with these well composed shots on the tripod, and I think the visuals would really sing.

Great idea to use the GoPro too. Having that POV perspective really put me there with the subjects.

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