No, this video wasn’t shot with a traditional helicopter and huge video cameras. In fact, neither was this one. Both sequences were filmed using a new accessory for the popular GoPro camera. It’s called the DJI Phantom, and it’s described as an “aerial drone helicopter” for your GoPro. The videos captured using this expensive toy are breathtaking — I found myself having to move my head from one side of my monitor to the other to ensure I didn’t miss anything.
Think of your aspirations and goals in life. Do they involve jumping off very high things and generally “running amok”? If so, Chris “Douggs” McDougall is living your dream, the lucky bastard.
But if that’s not your thing, you still have to hand it to the jovial veteran wingsuit pilot, who is living something of a GoPro fantasy in the Swiss mountains, jumping off very high things indeed in a webbed superhero costume and dubstepping happily from one adrenaline kick to the next.
This particular kick sees him fly through a waterfall, which to this desk-bound critic’s eyes isn’t as impressive as flying through a cave, really, but looks fun and dangerous as hell nonetheless. Anyway, he still has plenty of time to impress us further because he’s going to Mexico next on his world tour to fly through god-knows-what. We will be patiently waiting for the bass to drop on the next video of his exploits.
Some of the best things we run across just don’t need a whole lot of words.
This stunning video compilation is one of those.
Awesome X: Sense Of Life is a compilation of over 30 adventure videos from Germany’s EdisProduction. The stunning effort is a whirlwind of visuals and locales. The production company offers this caption to accompany the video: “Sense of Life – my fresh 5-minutes compilation capturing awesome and stunning videos introduced with a wonderful Song: Band of Horses – The Funeral.”
[Compilation Credit - EdisProduction]
Adi Geisegger: http://vimeo.com/user13080786
Martin Baebler: http://vimeo.com/53111676
Field Productions: http://vimeo.com/fieldproductions
Life Cycles: http://vimeo.com/14600175
Anthill Films: http://vimeo.com/anthill
Keith White Audio: http://vimeo.com/36102077
Heart&Soul Daniel Sandoval: http://vimeo.com/m4da
Mark Peters recently went fishing for tuna off the coast of Santa Cruz in California. He took with him his trusty GoPro video camera and a newly built “torpedo” housing that would allow him to film underwater. Peters hoped to capture some great footage of their catch of the day but instead wound up with some of the most amazing video of dolphins that you could ever hope to see. The images are so good in fact, you’ll swear they were created by Pixar.
The video, which you’ll find below, just serves to underscore how excellent and versatile the GoPro cameras really are. They were designed for use in action sports, such as mountain biking or kayaking, but have evolved into a fantastic device for capturing video in a variety of situations. The footage captured here simply has to be seen to be believed.
We have to give the folks at GoPro some serious credit for a phenomenal job in creating a solid, outdoor camera – with a solid marketing campaign to boot. Every time we check back into the Youtubes there’s another beautifully shot video of a fella jumping off of Table Mountain in Cape Town or another swimming with sharks in Borneo. There’s no doubt about it: the GoPro is the current must-have camera for adventure travelers.
And that’s why we don’t feel bad teasing the GoPro team a bit via this video. For the rest of us, for those who can’t jump off cliffs in the Alps or fight bears in the Northern Territory, this video is for you.