This GoPro Footage of a Spacewalk Might Be the Coolest Thing You See This Week

By V Renée

This is exactly the kind of thing action cams were made to capture.

When we think of GoPro footage we tend to think about snowboarders flying through the air, scuba divers getting friendly with sea life, and drones hovering over volcanoes. While those things are always pretty cool, they just don’t compare to the awesomeness of an astronaut capturing the amazing emptiness of space from their point of view, which is exactly what ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet did on a recent spacewalk on the International Space Station. Check it out below:

Pesquet was accompanied by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough to do some work on the ISS, including installing the second International Docking Adapter, as well as a new computer relay box. And even if the importance and general understanding of their tasks goes way over your head (like they did mine), the beautiful POV shots recorded by Pesquet will surely inspire awe in anyone who witnesses them.

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From:: No Film School

Small Cine-Rovers for creative POV video: Part 1

By Jeff Foster

What first started out as a fascination with ground based POV cam rovers, cars and trucks, I’ve seen a lot of expensive development going into this lately, so I decided to venture into what it takes to build a functional DIY rover that can be used in various locations and production purposes.

Ground based systems that may look like simple RC toys (which at their heart, really are) have a function that neither aerial nor handheld operation can achieve. Getting into locations inaccessible or possibly dangerous by other means, is probably the number one reason to build a system like this. Agriculture, wildlife, conservation, geological studies and many other industries have need for an economical entry into this technology.

RC Rover with DJI OSMO mounted scaling rocks

The purpose of my particular concept was to find a lightweight and very flexible rover platform that could be used in various types of video production that I might encounter with corporate and governmental agencies as my clients. Getting good POV footage is always a challenge and seeing the world from different and compelling angles always keeps your production interesting. It’s also good to explore various ways to get you cameras into locations that might offer closer details or discovery after the fact from a mission.

So this is only Part 1 of what I hope to be a multi-part exploration of this conceptual endeavor. With the help from the folks at Multicopter Warehouse that provided all the camera gear and support, I also hoped to expand on this basic concept with more automation in the near future from the help of my engineer friends who used to work at 3D Robotics to build an ultimate Ardu Rover with autonomous control and more advanced electronics and automation.

Step 1: Selecting the right rover base

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From:: Pro Video Coalition

When Will VR Have its ‘Jurassic Park’ Moment?

By Charles Haine

Filmmaker Stephen Steelman on how creating in VR is a wide open playground, especially when you still need to find your audience one viewer at a time.

When filmmaker Stephen Steelman transitioned from acting to behind the camera several years ago, he found his first footing with music videos and live event graphics for bands including the Deftones, Sad Robot, and Westfield Massacre. As he expanded into digital animation and game creation, he fell hard for telling stories in virtual reality. We spoke with Steelman about the process of creating, and then exhibiting, projects in VR as he prepares to launch his VR short, A Challenge, on Steam. A Challenge tackles some of the complications of VR production by building its story around a second person observer—the victim of a kidnapping—and ultimately takes full advantage of what VR has to offer.

“We built a POV rig and then I was the body in the shoot, so that way I could see what the actors were doing.”

NFS: How did you first decide to kick off with VR?

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From:: No Film School

This video of a bear chasing a biker is why POV cameras were invented

Hello Mr. Bear.

Action cameras have made documenting all of the extreme, dangerous and downright stupid things human beings subject themselves to an incredibly simple endeavor. But the truth is most folks’ videos end up looking more like this than like this, because sadly, our lives are just not as interesting as those of pro athletes.

But every now and then something happens during a seemingly run-of-the-mill action camera video that makes every mundane clip that preceded it suddenly feel worth the boredom. I give you, the bear chasing a mountain biker video:

The footage was shot by Dusan Vinžíkwho who was riding with a buddy at a mountain bike park in Slovakia, when suddenly a bear runs out on the trail – it seemingly follows the one rider for a bit before veering off back into the woods.

Of course, there’s a good chance the bear was not actually chasing the rider, and that its presence was purely coincidentally. But the fact remains: keep those action cameras running, because you might actually get something good.

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From:: DPreview

Watch: Learn How to Create a Peephole POV in After Effects

By V Renée

This simple tutorial shows you how to create a realistic peephole POV effect in post.

Almost every movie has a scene in which there’s a knock at the door—if you’re working on a project right now you most likely have one, too. There’s a pretty straightforward way of dealing with this kind of situation, which is simply having your subject open the door, but another way that filmmakers have done it is through the peephole POV. This technique not only adds a little more style to your scene, but it also serves as an interesting introduction to characters that are about to walk through the door and into the scene. Check out this PremiumBeat tutorial to find out how to pull it off in Adobe After Effects.

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From:: No Film School

Panasonic POVCAM and AG-UMR20 Portable Recorder Unveiled

By Olaf von Voss

Panasonic AG-UCK20GJ

Panasonic unveiled a new action camera at NAB 2017, a POV type of device. It consists of two parts, the actual AG-UCK20GJ Panasonic POVCAM and the portable AG-UMR20 recorder. Let’s check out what we know so far.

Quick snapshot from Panasonic’s live event at NAB 2017.

Panasonic POVCAM AG-UCK20GJ Camera Head

If you need high quality in tight spaces, then a good option might be this new Panasonic AG-UCK20GJ compact camera head in tandem with the Panasonic AG-UMR20 portable recorder.

The new Panasonic AG-UCK20GJ camera head is capable of capturing UHD 4K video at 29.97 fps, along with stereo audio. For full functionality, you need the accompanying AG-UMR20 portable recorder, which uses a proprietary multi-pin cable that carries all video, audio, and control signals.

The lens is a 20x zoom which features a 29.5mm equivalent field of view, and it’s even stabilized in order to prevent shaky or wobbly footage. The camera even sports built-in ND filters and autofocus, which is pretty impressive for such a small camera head.

Panasonic AG-UMR20 Portable Recorder

At the other end of this combo package, the AG-UMR20 portable recorder writes HD and UHD 4K video to SDXC cards. There are actually two SD card slots, providing both relay and backup recording. The unit can also serve as a control for the AG-UCK20GJ camera head, and provides several video input and output options such as SDI, HDMI, USB and even Ethernet. This means you can connect this control unit to various kinds of studio equipment such as monitors, video switchers, FTP servers or computers.

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From:: Cinema 5d