Here’s one of my early efforts at using the GoPro to video myself playing guitar. (The purpose is for me to be able to evaluate my technique, rather than to entertain others) Like many people I really don’t like seeing myself on camera much. I can’t help but think I look like a former pastor, Donald Winters, who recently passed. Or maybe I look more like a Bassett Hound.
While this wasn’t a perfect performance I do think the sound of the guitar is pretty. The simple study is called Boat Song. I’m actually playing Part 1 of a duet. Part 2 is being played by a recording which came with the Aaron Shearer method book I’ve been using.
The camera angle is wider than I’d like, unfortunately this is what the GoPro action camera is designed for. I’ve since re-read the manual and changed the settings from 720p to 1080p which will make the field of view slightly narrower in future recordings.
Thought this blog was only re-born in May of 2010, I’ve been going back and adding links to some of my old videos. Most/all of the videos are on YouTube, so the flash encoding doesn’t always do them justice. Soundtracks to some of the older videos have been updated to fall in line with YouTube copyright policy.
Older videos were made with aJVC mini-DV. Around March of 2010 I switched to a Sanyo Xacti. Both cameras take excellent video. In some ways I prefer the JVC, but I don’t like dealing with transferring video from tape to computer. The Sanyo records in HD and stores video on SD cards which I can insert into my computers card reader and copy. Also, the Sanyo has much better battery life and fits more easily into a camera pocket.
The biking videos were made with a Tony Hawk helmet cam, and many of the shorter clips were made with a pocket digital camera or camera phone. It’s all about the memories.