Backer Capper Project Update

June 1st, 2012

We’ve received a ton of great response to our KickStarter project, The Backer Capper.  As of now, we have over 200 backers and $6500 worth of funding.  We need more to make our goal of $20K, so please help us get the word out about this cool accessory.

News this week is we have an update on the project, which is Ted explaining how he likes to use the Backer Capper system, probably one of the most efficient uses of it.  Take a gander at the video and check out this new way of being able to work in the field with minimal gear and multiple lenses!  Ted also explains how to keep that “back cap” free of dust, without even having to think about it.

Please help the Backer Capper become a success!

The Backer Capper for DSLR Lens Cap Swapping

May 17th, 2012

Click on photo to watch the video on the KickStarter page!

We are excited to announce our newest product as a KickStarter project. The Backer Capper is a rear lens cap swapping system for DSLR cameras. The Backer Capper is made to assist photographers, videographers, and cinematographers that have multiple lenses and a single camera base.

While this may seem like a departure from our “helmet cam” focus, we have DSLR cameras in our roots and see more and more shooters taking DSLR cameras with multiple lenses into dynamic, complex shooting situations (whether it be for photos or video) and exposing the camera base internals or lens glass to harsh conditions that can make or break that next shot.

With the Backer Capper attached to your belt, backpack strap or slingbag strap, you can swap rear camera lens caps with one hand while leaving your other hand firmly grasping your camera base at all times.  In addition, the Backer Capper makes lens swapping faster, allowing you more opportunities to capture the perfect shot!

Check out our video on our KickStarter page here for more information.  Please help us to fund and create the Backer Capper!

 

 

The New camalapse Is Here!

July 14th, 2011

The new camalapse 2 egg timer

 

From the months of January through June, we were getting message after message about stock and availability of our famous camalapse, the panning time-lapse egg-timer. We had to keep a bit mum on the project, but after it’s success last year, we ventured out and made a custom version, so that we could scale the product better.

So without further ado, the new camalapse 2 has arrived and is available now!

New features include:

  • A wider base and shorter height for more stability
  • Rubberized coating for better grip
  • Reference lines for perfect degrees/times
  • A design that allows for multiple stacked camalapses
  • Lighter weight
  • Holds up to 16 oz cameras
Check out the updated video below:

 

Drool-Worthy Video: Dub-Ball

June 8th, 2011

Yeah yeah yeah, we have not posted much to the blog lately, instead spending all of our time sending out rental gear!  This video poses a great opportunity for your own project to rent multiple cameras yourself for a smokin’ video of you and your friends on your next sporting adventure.

Here, a group of guys have a pretty sweet paintball war, all magically edited.  Filmed using GoPro cameras, you can do this with just about any of the cameras we sell and rent including the Drift and Contour as well.  In fact, for those big mapped out paintball competitions, the Contour GPS is cool to see exactly where you went!

Check out the magic here:

GoPro Acquires Cineform, Inc

March 30th, 2011

Huge news in the world of headcam gear today as GoPro acquired Cineform. This is huge news! For those that don’t know, Cineform makes a great codec for editing, comparable to ProRes on the Apple side, but even better since it works cross-platform and is really fast in every NLE.

Can’t wait to see the GoPro recording straight to a Cineform 444 codec, that would be terrific!

Here is the press release:

 

GoPro®, Leading Activity Image Capture Company, Acquires Award Winning Video Compression Software Company, CineForm®, Inc.

Companies Join to Democratize Professional Content Creation

March 30, 2011 – Half Moon Bay, Calif. – GoPro, the world’s leading wearable and gear mountable camera company, today announced that it has acquired CineForm, Inc., a leading developer of video compression and workflow technology for the professional film and television industry.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome the CineForm team to GoPro,” exclaims Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “CineForm is an industry leader in video codec technology and is famous in professional circles for their HD and 3D content creation tools. As GoPro is focused on making it easy for consumers to capture professional quality content, we’re eager to incorporate CineForm’s technology and passion into future GoPro products.”

CineForm is renowned for its CineForm 444 Codec, a professional editing codec that makes HD and 3D editing faster and more convenient without sacrificing image quality. CineForm has produced several award winning editing applications that exploit the functionality of the CineForm 444 Codec, all of which are compatible with industry leading editing programs including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Sony Vegas, as well as Apple iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Moving forward, the codec will be named ‘GoPro CineForm’ to emphasize GoPro’s commitment to developing professional content capture and editing solutions.

“Numerous Hollywood feature films including the runaway Oscar winner, Slumdog Millionaire, were captured with CineForm’s codec and edited with their software tools,” says Woodman. “GoPro is in constant pursuit of image quality and CineForm represents a terrific step for us.”

The first new GoPro product to incorporate CineForm’s technology is the soon to be released 3D HERO® System, an expansion accessory for GoPro’s 1080p HD HERO line of cameras. The 3D HERO System allows consumers to combine two 1080p HD HEROs into a single housing to capture synchronized 3D photos and video. A synchronization cable joins the cameras via an expansion port on the back of each camera.

“GoPro has come out of nowhere to become a leading HD capture solution for professionals wanting to capture new, never before seen perspectives,” says David Newman, CineForm’s co-founder and CTO. “We were very impressed with the 3D HERO System’s ability to rival cameras costing 10 times as much. We’re looking forward to putting CineForm’s content creation tools into more hands than ever before thanks to GoPro’s global brand and distribution.”

David Taylor, co-founder and CEO of CineForm adds, “It’s exciting to look out and see how many people, consumers and professionals alike, are using GoPro cameras to create compelling content. As we worked with GoPro over the last year, the more we learned about GoPro’s vision, the more we realized how complementary GoPro and CineForm are to each other. We’re thrilled to join GoPro and to help usher in a new era of accessible professional content capture and creation.”

Based in Solana Beach, California, CineForm will become a division of GoPro and will continue to develop and support its award winning line of professional software products while contributing to the development of new GoPro products. The company will join offices with GoPro’s existing staff in San Diego.

In addition to being a top selling consumer camera, GoPro’s HD HERO camera is used by more professional production crews in the broadcast and film industry than any other camera in its class. GoPro and CineForm will be exhibiting in two booths at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas from April 11 – 15th. GoPro will be located in booth number C9525 and CineForm will be in booth SL6929.

About GoPro Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro is the world’s leading activity image capture company. GoPro’s HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras and accessories are sold in over 60 countries and in the USA at specialty sports retailers including, Sports Authority, Sport Chalet, Cycle Gear, and Best Buy, as well as online at gopro.com.

About CineForm CineForm develops compression-based workflow solutions for film and video acquisition, post production, and archive applications. Offering the industry’s highest-fidelity compression, CineForm software products are used by discerning film studios, television producers, and digital media artists to enhance their file-based workflows. CineForm products are available for both end users and OEM integrators, offer cross-platform compatibility, support most camera and file-based sources, and enable 2D and 3D editorial workflows with spatial resolutions up to 8K. www.cineform.com.

Be a HERO…. GoPro.

 

Drool-Worthy Video: Not a Family Trip!

March 30th, 2011

Just happened to be stumbling around YouTube as I sometimes do and found this cool mashup video of a group’s 10 day trip to Mallorca.

The best part about this is probably that these guys brought their own winch! Very cool and it made some great footage. I need a pond….

This was made with a GoPro HD camera, which we both sell and rent!

Primer on How To Make a Great Video

March 29th, 2011

Drift Innovation posted this great video yesterday on the essentials for making a great video, and how to get some creative multiple angle shots. We preach this all the time to our readers, not only get multiple angles, but get some action of other people, instead of just a POV (point of view) shot.

A great tip I took away from this video is to add in 1 or 2 crash shots in all of my videos. And they are right, the more I think about it, the more I find myself rewinding to see people (especially my friends) topple over and get hurt. Yes, it’s a sickening pleasure, but if we all didn’t have it, then America’s Funniest home videos would not have lasted 20+ years on TV!

We sell and rent the Drift HD 170 and we sell the Drift HD170 Stealth. Free shipping on all orders, so get yours today so we can see you on AFV soon!

 

Drool-Worthy Video: Jamie Pierre Cliff Jump

March 23rd, 2011

GoPro makes some great videos. This one has a ton of great ideas, angles, and graphics involved. The first 20 seconds is a little slow, but watching the actual cliff jump in this is pretty wild. Great editing, music, and effects make this video over the top!

Notice as well how Jamie has multiple GoPro cameras on his setup. How can you do this on the cheap? Rent a bunch from us! Next time you are going to take an adventure vacation, record your videos the right way and get multiple angles for the best possible final video you can make!

We rent and sell GoPro cameras, as well as the Drift and Contour. Everything includes free shipping too!

 

Drool-Worthy Video: Burn

March 17th, 2011

We are always on the lookout for different applications of POV and helmet cameras, not only as a matter of sheer interest of how people are using them, but to see what types of shots they are getting as well.

Well this video is different!

How many times to you get to see the POV from a firefighter’s eyes? Detroit Fire Film allows you to get into that hot seat (yes, bad pun) and check out what it’s like to put out a burning building. Multiple angles and views are shared in this video, all to a cool soundtrack. Looks hot!

This video was shot on a Contour, which we sell and rent.

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Drool-Worthy Video: Slippery When Wet

March 3rd, 2011

Never before have I seen such insaneness.  Is that a word?  Now it is.  You will be saying the same thing after watching these videos.

Slippery When Wet (from what I can tell) is a movie coming out which will feature 7 white-water daredevils that take kayaking to the extreme by jumping off the most dangerous things you can think of, and then down hundred foot waterfalls.  Yeah, pretty gnarly.

Now this video does not have 100% helmet cam footage, but when you do take a sneak peak through the lens of the onboard GoPro, you get to crap your pants right in front of your computer.  Just sayin’.

Now, as you know we rent and sell all sorts of helmet cams, including the GoPro.  If you do choose to rent so you can perform such feats as this, we suggest you add on the insurance!

Take a gander here at the insaneness (and check out the other videos by the creator, ShastaBoyz):