This page is designed to give you some useful help and advice for using cameras in an extreme sports environment. It's aim is to share tips and tricks to help you on your way to completing a successful project.
Tips & TricksChoosing the right camera.
There are so many camera choices on the market now, knowing where to begin can sometimes be a daunting prospect. We only stock well tried and tested products on our hire fleet, cameras that are widely used around the world, manufactured by the biggest most popular names in the business. GoPro, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba to name but a few.
Points to Consider
Start by looking at the sporting activity you want to cover, and ask yourself a few simple questions:
- • How do you want to use the recorded footage? - Fun day with friends - YouTube – Video Edit etc
- • Does the camera need to be waterproof? - Splash proof – Submerged – Boat – Car – Aviation etc
- • How long do I need to Record for? - Minutes -- Hours - Days
- • Will I need any special Mounts? - Helmet mount, Surf, Kite, Suction mount etc
Simply tell us what sport you want to cover- and we'll put the equipment together to match.
Tips& TricksMounting the Camera.
There are numerous mounting options available in any recording situation, so where do you start? Again we have endeavoured to minimise the hassle for the customer with our shooting kit options. Our shooting kits come complete with camera equipment and mounting options tailored towards your type of sporting activity giving you a fixed price affordable package.
One of the most asked questions is - Where do I mount the camera? - well of course we are on the phone and will be happy to help advise in any way we can, but there are a few areas that will always have the same problems to watch out for.
- • Safety: Make sure always that wherever you mount the camera you have correctly evaluated any risks
- • Security: If the camera is to be mounted in a high speed environment, make sure you have taken all necessary steps to effectively secure the camera in place. If possible try to add a second safety line to the camera in addition to the actual mount, such as cable tie or wire line strop.
- • Vibration: The camera needs to be mounted where possible in a place that minimises vibration to the camera, and using additional foam or similar in addition to the mount will often aid in minimising any vibration.
Tips& TricksChoosing and using memory cards.
Probably one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to using sports type action cameras is to ensure you have a good quality memory card.
Our Shooting Kits Take Away the Worry
With our shooting kits we have again tried to take away the problem for the customer by including two cards per kit included in the hire rate, the cards we supply are recommended in turn by our equipment supplier and also supplied based on our own working experiences.
Our shooting kits contain Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards that are 32GB Class 10 speed rated cards that are well proven to cope with the demands of Full HD video. Class 10 speed also enables faster data transfer from SDHC to PC/Mac (using card reader) giving quicker access to your footage.
From time to time it is advisable to format your SD card, if your camera or recording device has a format facility built in, - then it is suggested that this is the best way of formatting your SD card. BUT REMEMBER - formatting your SD card will WIPE all the data from it.. and it is a strongly advised that you check that you have backed up your video files before formatting the SD card.
Different camera types record in various different formats to their installed media card, - and also note that depending on which record setting you use in the camera these times may increase or decrease, - its usually follows that the higher the recording quality, - the more space will be required on the card. -Know Your Recording Capacity.
Tips& TricksWeather / Environment.
A few key points to consider when in extreme sports environments, The first point to make is that it is important to choose the right camera for the environment in which you are working, for example water sports such as canoeing, sailing, surfing etc will require a camera that is waterproof, durable and easy to mount- the GoPro series of cameras work extremely well under these conditions
Consider how important it is to have good sound, depending on the sport it may well be a good choice to take along an external microphone, for example when shooting in cockpit situations car, aircraft etc it is really nice be able to capture the actual cockpit dialogue to further enhance your video experience.
Using an external monitor is not always possible on the smaller action type cameras but if possible is is a good idea to be able to see your image whilst setting up your shot, this will enable you to check shot composition and level etc. Therefore try to choose a camera with a built in image preview screen such - the Mini DVR, or the Sony HXR-MC1P are excellent examples. The GoPo HD-2 series of cameras also have a neat little LCD backpack option available, which you'll be happy to hear comes as standard in many of our shooting kit options.
Clean & Safe Place to download.
When it comes to downloading your footage at the end of a days shooting, find a dry dust and sand free place to work, so you can be sure of a successful image transfer, and also it's a good idea to back up your files where ever possible.