The Final Rig!

So this is the final rig we built for the “Steadipolefollowcam” thing! Most the the parts have been sourced form other products, from figure 8 clamps usually used for fastening a flash light to handlebars or the carbon pole from the swivel mount. The GoPro itself has a lens protector on it but besides that its pretty standard. We usually film in 1080p Superview as it makes keeping the subject in frame easiest.

From above.

From above.

The Gimbal attached to the end of the carbon pole using the figure 8 clamps.

The Gimbal attached to the end of the carbon pole using the figure 8 clamps.

 

Another angle.

Another angle.

The funny this is that even though this part of the project is done I like that I have designed it in a modular fashion. We have a 3-axis stabilizer on the way form the same company which can be ordered off of http://www.aliexpress.com/ including all the extra parts needed to make the entire follow cam set up.

The Gimbal itself is made by Feiyu-Tech more specs at:

The new 3-axis Gimbal.

http://www.feiyu-tech.com/product-en.php?id=43

So that is the rig we are currently using. I am always thinking of new ways to improve the rig the next step will be to add the grip form some crutches that my room mate will soon no longer need which will make the rig easier to hold for an entire day. I am also ordering 1m 25mm carbon tubes to build a new rig exactly the same as the current one for the 3 axis Gimbal with a 2m boom instead of the 1.2m boom we use currently. This will make it easier to get close to the subject without having to ski right next to them. The other four 1m poles will be used to make a sort of handheld crane which I hole to use to get aerial like shots without having to fly a drone. The entire rig is very light considering the small size of the GoPro and the Gimbal it should not be a problem holding a 4m boom. I hope to make each 1m pole attach to each other using a quick release system like a pin and hole solution so that I can collapse the pieces to fold down. That way I will be able to strap the to the outside of my back pack keeping us mobile in the mountains!

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Back to the river!

One last shot for good measure!

As always may the “Flow” be with you!

 

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

Supporting Our First KICK STARTER Campaign…

This is an awesome product, great for action sports filmers and for everyday people who want a new perspective on their surroundings. Take a look below and help them reach all of their stretch goals. We have been putting a lot of energy into out Follow cam pole so we are excited to see a product like this come along.

If you decide to back them, please send a short email to contact@hexoplus.com that you found their project through http://auffiundowi.wordpress.com/ and add my name, Bernhard Victor Brandstatter. Full disclosure here I get a free battery not really a big deal as they are generic at 30EUR a pop but one can never have enough batteries.

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I would like to add the entire KICKSTARTER page but we are moving the blog to a dedicated site soon so we will have more options when posting!

As always may the “FLOW” be with you!

 

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

 

Summer Distractions!

So summer is officially here and Rupi and I have been making the most of it. From cruising across Austria trying to surf as many river waves as possible in one day to an unexpected surprise of getting to wakeboard on Mattsee.

First wave of the day.No rope meant it was a no go but the next wave was only a short distance away so we didn't even have to get out of the wetsuits!

First wave of the day. No rope meant it was a no go but the next wave was only a short distance away so we didn’t even have to get out of the wetsuits!

The first wave was a little hard to get into but we tried anyway. Trying to paddle into river waves is tough, the current is fast the water is cold and in all reality you cant really see anything cause of the water foaming all around you. We gave it a go. Failed at it, so we moved on. The next wave turned out to be much more promising and we both got a feel for what river surfing is all about. Which in all honesty has nothing to do with normal surfing. Its not down the line but more straight up the line surfing.

The second wave he headed to was perfect for learning some basics. Instead of having to pop up you could start standing up with the help of a rope. Once up things got way easier.

Getting up on the wave...

Getting up on the wave…

The helping hand...

The helping hand…

The great thing about this wave is that you can get up right off the bat and get used to being up on the board instead of trying to pop up and getting sent through the spin cycle. Plus the vibe at the wave is great! The dudes are soo stoked to give tips and tell you what’s up instead of the classic aggressiveness that one usually experiences. That is what got us going that day. After enjoying 3 sick hours at the wave we moved one, the next spot the next wave!

Trying not to stall out!

Trying not to stall out!

Walk the deck 1...

Walk the deck 1…

2...

2…

3...

3…

The next stop was about an hour and a half away after looking at it we thought it was doable but the problem was again we didnt have a rope with us! so we tried anyway and got washed out every single time! but no worries we will be heading back as the wave is deserted and clean as a babies bottom!

Keeping our eyes open!

Keeping our eyes open!

Walking some more!

Walking some more!

Walking...

Walking…

This wave was a beauty! Rupi and I really want to head back because we could not get into it without a rope… Once again we tried got wet and had a blast! The only thing is about this wave is there is nowhere to relieve yourself so its all about the bush man mentality!

So clean. To think that this wave is formed by a sewage pipe running across the river... Lucky accident?

So clean. To think that this wave is formed by a sewage pipe running across the river… Lucky accident?

So after failing again we headed to our tried and true spot and it was a first for myself but after getting in and thoroughly washed through I finally got up and it was great!

Get ready to get cold...

Get ready to get cold…

Heady to hop!

Heady to hop!

Rupi up and killing!

Julian up and killing!

Thats how its done!

That is how its done!

Snap from a photographer that was on hand!

Just a short little vid most of the time we are getting sent through the spin cycle so that is all we have atm!

And finally the surprise of the week!

Getting to wakeboard on Mattsee thanks to http://www.steiner-nautic.at/ who took us for a spin on what is currently the fastet electro motorboat in the world I believe. The thing is fast it hits over 70kph maxed out. The weather was sick and again we would like to extend out thanks for ramping up an already kick ass sunday!

After years of not standing on a wakeboard it was a relief to be able to stand up! Like riding a bike!

Rupi getting after it!

All of us having a great time!

So all in all summer has been great from fun SUP sessions to working on new camera gear and even supporting my first Kickstarter campaign lots of new stuff happening. Some interesting news includes new Gimbals and hopefully new Gopros… I keep saying I will post up about my follow cam set up but its not quite perfect yet so I am going to take the time to perfect it! On another front Rupi and I are exceited to shape some Alaia’s for River surfing cause I would rather be sliding around then using fins marginally wall. All we are waiting for is our Paulownia blanks and then its off to shaping, testing and having a good time!

Again thanks to Herman at Steiner Nautic for taking us out last Sunday!

As always may the “Flow” be with you!

 

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

 

Crack of Dawn!

Seeing as today is cloudless and pretty hot for this time of year we went skating. Austria is awesome skied POW on Saturday and now it feels like summer! Today Rupi and I woke up at the crack of dawn to go skate as the sun was coming up. We of course had our “Seadipolecam” in tow so we stood out in the cold until the rays of the sun made themselves apparent and warmed our cold asses up. The Sunrise was absolutely sick this morning.

This is some of the footage we shot this morning:

I was soo nervous that I could barely sleep. I had huge expectations so as I lay there in bed, the calls of the birds outside forewarning of the coming day… All I could think to myself was please be a great sunrise. During the winter we are pretty used to waking up early but it is usually followed by sitting in a car for an hour or more. Today he had to beat of the weight of sleep out of our bodies and move to stay warm. So we skated towards Tivoli standing on the bridge that crosses over the train tracks and waited. For those colours of pink, gold and orange. Standing there with the cold wind whipping we saw surely but slowly the sun crest above the peaks to the east. And well we went skating it was great! I am not an experienced Filmer but light and landscape are at least 90% of the game. Having a good subject always makes things more compelling, but alas it was just Rupi and myself trying to make the most of it. So if you know any talented Longboarders in IBK heads up I will film you either too early for sane people in the morning or as the sun sets along the Inn. Ironically we did see a bad ass Longboarder this morning who hung out a ridiculously long manual down the bridge. :)

Rupi and I looked at each other and kind of grinned, thinking the same thing we should have asked him if he was busy and if he would film with us but as he pumped past us trading off between right and left legs as if it were the same to him, he was already bombing down the bridge. So we filmed each other and had a blast. Trying to find alleys of light between the buildings, smooth asphalt and interesting surroundings.

One new thing is that I got a new deck and I love it. If you are looking for an exceptionally well made but at the same time beautiful hand made deck check out these Germany Guys @ http://olsonhekmati.de/

I like super soft decks and the one they sent me was exactly what I was looking for after my old deck gave up  me!

Below are some screen grabs of the video if that’s not your flavour…

LB sunrise 1

Cruising down the bridge…

LB sunrise 2

Tunnels are always fun!

LB sunrise 5

The asphalt in front of the Olympia Halle is some of the smoothest in town!

LB sunrise 6

Trying to drag ass…

LB sunrise 7

Finding an alley of light!

LB sunrise 8

Pump Pump Pump!

So I guess that’s it for now. Till next time as always…

May Sunshine and Good times be with you!

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

 

One last time… (Sort of)

Well Frau Winter decided to show up one last time. Getting a call late last night Matt (http://clarkleberryfinn.wordpress.com/) and I decided to give one of my favourite couloirs a go. It was foggy but comfortable on the way up. That is sort of a lie, my touring fitness is in the bin. I was dying all the way up totally smoked after only a couple of minutes. Finally getting up through the pitch we saw that the couloir was looking pretty decent. That is when stuff started to go wrong. After clicking back in my toe lock would not engage properly so it was really easy to pop out of. Seeing as I didn’t want to risk it being the end of the season and all we (mostly I) decided to play it safe and head down.

Here is a short 30 second edit of what it looked like today and some Steady-Cam-Pole follow mixed in.

Matt even put a little extended edit together which features some mixed footage of his POV and the follow cam which give a nice mix of perspectives and some additional follow cam footage if you have a minute check it out!

Extended Follow Cam Edit!

Here are some shots of scenery and impressions of the bowl.

Last section before entering the bowl.

Last section before entering the bowl.

More walking

More walking

The sun peaked through.

The sun peaked through.

One spot of sun, dark down in the valley.

One spot of sun, dark down in the valley.

10 seconds of sun got all the faces to snowball. Snow was sticky so some pretty big chunks were forming.

10 seconds of sun got all the faces to snowball. Snow was sticky so some pretty big chunks were forming.

This did however give me the opportunity to try the new Seady-Cam-Pole set op thingy we have on snow for the first time. I have been using it to shoot the longboarding stuff recently and I feel as if it translates very well to skiing. Still a couple of bumps to sort out though. Such as the lens cover. I really want to work with polarizing filters and ND filters to try and get rid of some of the jello cam in really bright settings but as of right now the superview is soo huge that the filter and or adapter are always in frame. Besides that things are slowly getting there.

Till next time may sunshine and good times be with you!

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie