See what we saw in this Point of View Video around the world!
About the Project (2013)
In July 2013 we won with another video of ours a Youtube-Competition organized by Hugo Boss. The prize was a trip around the world. We visited London, New York and Tokyo and used this as a opportunity to shoot another video. After we told Camo&Krooked about our idea, they used it as the official music video for their song "Vice".
Video by Peter Jablonowski, Thomas Pöcksteiner
Thanks to Fabian Orner, Franz Pöcksteiner
Music by Camo&Krooked (www.camoandkrooked.com)
How we did it
Nowadays shooting a POV-Video is not a very difficult task to accomplish, since the existence of such cameras like the "GoPro". Sure, the "GoPro" is a great camera, but the low light performance is not the best. So we decided to use a DSLR instead of a "GoPro".
The Canon 6D was the perfect camera for us: It's not too heavy and it is a full frame camera, so the low light performance is very good. Furthermore, we used a Walimex 14mm F2.8 lens, which gives you a very wide angle of view.
The low light performance was very important, because we had to shoot with a high numbered aperture most times, to get the foreground as well as the background as sharp as possible.
But the biggest problem was how to mount the camera to our head?
There were already a few POV-Videos which were shot with a DSLR. Most of them were shot using a motor cycle helmet, which was definitly not the ideal solution for our trip around the world. It would be too big, heavy and very unhandy. We decided to use a bmx helmet instead:
We attached an Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head to the "forehead" of the helmet, so the camera would hang upside down. This is no problem, because you can rotate the image to its right position in post production. The bigger problem was the weight of the camera and the lens: The ball head, the camera and the lens had a weight of 1,8 kg! As a result the helmet was pulled down on the camera side.
To compensate this imballance we mounted two weights to the other side of the helmet. Now we had to wear a almost 5kg-helmet on our head, which was definitely the most fun part of the world trip ;)
This setup appeared to be a little shaky, but the results were surprisingly good! Almost every shot in the final clip is the original, we didn't have to stabilize anything in postproduction!
Experiences of this project
- I guess most people stared at us, when we were wearing the helmet. But I didn't mind, I couldn't see them anyway because of the big, fat camera in front of my eyes ;)
- It was funny to see the different reactions in each country: British people tried not to stare, but stared a lot; Americans made fun of it (Cops: "Look at this guy! He's even too lazy to hold up his camera to shoot photos!"); Japanese people liked it a lot and took (how could it be different) a lot of photos.
- Adjust the angle of the camera always before you shoot! If you want your hands to be in the picture you have to tilt the camera downwards!
Some numbers for our statistic-lovers
- 15 days, 3 countries, once around the world
- 35 hours of flying
- 200GB captured material (codec was H264, so that's a lot)
- 738 clips shot
- 284 minutes of material compressed into a 4 minute video
- that means, just 1,4% of the material made it into the final video (oh boy, we had so much good material, which we couldn't use because it was too much ;( )
To get a short impression of the making of, just watch this short trailer: