November 20, 2016

GoPro + Arrow + Post Stabilization = This Awesome Video

See through the POV of a GoPro flying through the air on an arrow.

The internet is a limitlessly weird place, which is kind of the reason why we love it. But when the weird includes a little bit of filmmaking and NERF nostalgia—well—we get this. Filmmaking YouTubers (YouTubing filmmakers?) Sam and Niko not only mounted a GoPro HERO Session to an arrow and shot it at their buddies, but they also added stabilization in post to create this awesome, spinning, "arrowcam" video. Check it out below!

Now, if this was a video that simply showcased footage captured by a "GoPro arrow " it'd be pretty cool—I mean, how else are you going to get that smooth spiral camera motion? (I'm sure there are other ways.) However, Sam and Niko headed into post and manually rotated the video the opposite way in which the arrow was spinning in order to make the world steady while the edges of the frame rotated. (Essentially the exact opposite of what the source video does.)

If you're interested in doing your own "arrowcam" footage, you just need to get your hands on an action cam (a HERO Sessions are good because it's small, light, and a square) and some arrows with a soft tip—LARPing arrows might work well. Measure and cut to the dimensions of whichever camera you're using, tape it up, and then go to town. The post work might take some doing, though, but I imagine you could pull it off by simply setting accurate keyframes that will rotate your image in the opposite direction and at the same speed as the arrow is rotating.     

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8 minutes long?.. I couldn't even get past 72 seconds of these morons giggling like ten year olds to watch the actual arrow gopro footage.

November 20, 2016 at 10:25PM

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Bill Thomas
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Useless. The footage are ugly. Nothing close to something that would deserve to be called "a Pretty Freaking Cool Video"

November 21, 2016 at 6:24AM

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AvdS
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A pretty freaking cool video?

I would say: a waste of my time. And the footage is pretty bs.

November 21, 2016 at 10:55AM

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JeffreyWalther
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This Video was kind of long, but the idea of it is cool.

November 21, 2016 at 1:43PM

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Robert Ramirez
Director
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maybe cool for casuals who have 10 minutes of their lives to waste, but for us the end result is a really crappy 3 second video... to quote Chris Rock "you could drive a car with your feet if you wanted to, that does not make it a good idea"

November 21, 2016 at 4:11PM

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gandulf charpentier
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"Awesome Video" Seriously?? Did you guys randomly posted just because you had nothing to post. Complete waste of time.

November 21, 2016 at 8:01PM, Edited November 21, 8:01PM

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kevinlee
Student
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That would be a great usage for a shot in an action sequence. Would love to see it implemented on a football. Even better, on a baseball using a gyroscopic camera. Oh the possibilities.

November 22, 2016 at 10:04PM, Edited November 22, 10:04PM

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Erick Bryant
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You need use stabilisators on the arrow. Just 2 wings... Then the boom will not twist and will fly straight. It is better to use a crossbow

November 23, 2016 at 1:21AM

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This is humorous, but not very useful for those of us not playing arrow tag. Wait, arrow tag? Anyway, for anyone interested in the "Arrow POV" idea for a more cinematic, narrative application, here's a shocking clip (2:00) from the indie feature, WHITE RABBIT: https://vimeo.com/boxcarpictures/arrowpov

November 23, 2016 at 5:14PM

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Bill Kinder
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I actually did something similar for a TV show about 8 years ago. I mounted the GoPro to a Javalin for a challenge for the TV show The Ultimate Fighter. I didn’t like the fact that it spins when you throw the Javalin though seems they have the same issue with the arrow. I also tried mounting the GoPro to a discus but that spun way to fast and it also kept flying off the disk too.

June 8, 2019 at 12:47PM

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