Forums Tips & Questions Nailing the Angle With a ContourHD
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  • #576717
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    I’ve been somewhat frustrated with perspective of this camera. I really like the perspective that GoPros seem to achieve, i.e. able to get a decent amount of the board while still capturing the horizon. I reverted to shooting in the “tall” orientation on the Contour, which is the only way I’ve been able to capture the perspective I like. Problem is I feel like a big part of the frame is being wasted by doing this.
    Does anyone have any tips for shooting in the wide mode and getting this ideal perspective? I’ve tried a bunch and just can’t seem to nail it. Thanks!

    #654264
    christoph benells
    717 Posts

    the real question is:

    when should a girl start playing with a barbie doll?

    haha sorry ive got nothing.

    #654265
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    For sure. I’m surprised nobody has weighed in on that one.

    #654263
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Tall is the best way too achieve this. I finally gave up on POV for the most part. so I don’t really have any great tips. Also try sliding the camera further back on the goggle strap to get more board in the shot.

    that barbie question is pretty deep. I thought about tackling it but I’m not ready emotionally.

    #654266
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    I would say the best thing to do with a POV is leave it at home. Thats what I did. If you really like videos than use a digital camera capable of taking good video, then film your partners. Helmet cam is pretty lame unless you are dropping some insano steep AK spine in deep pow. No offense meant, just my :twocents:

    #654267
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Haha thanks for your opinions dude! Definitely a worthy option, but still… some people enjoy it (including my own narcissistic side). So I’d like to try and perfect it if possible…

    #654268
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Shove it up your ass. Closer to your center of gravity and all…

    #654269
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Shove it up your ass. Closer to your center of gravity and all…

    You mean the camera or the barbie doll?

    #654261
    animalchin
    38 Posts

    I had that camera and gave up on it. The newer Contour models have a wider angle so they might work better.

    #654262
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    Damn. I get angle and angel confused.

    How about a pov of nailing the barbie doll?

    #654270
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Depends what you want to show. For the classic straight ahead POV shot, with the tip of the board in the frame. I use the helmet mount on top of the helmet, but you will have to experiment with positioning to get the downward angle just right. With this position you can get good framing with either tall HD or 16:9 formats.
    I agree with the folks who have some criticism for POV footage, but do find that it can be interesting for steep lines with a lot of features (like alpine couloirs). Always make sure to film your partners as much as possible and edit that riding footage in to avert the boredom which comes from staring at the tip of your board for 5 minutes!
    Additionally, finding some eye candy (cute girls) to ride with and edit in never hurts!

    #654271
    hoji
    16 Posts

    I found the same problem with my contour. Lots of testing and you will get it. Once i got mine to the exact spot, I marked the mount so i wouldn’t loose the position.

    #654272
    SkinnyGuy
    4 Posts

    @hikeforturns wrote:

    I would say the best thing to do with a POV is leave it at home. Thats what I did. If you really like videos than use a digital camera capable of taking good video, then film your partners. Helmet cam is pretty lame unless you are dropping some insano steep AK spine in deep pow. No offense meant, just my :twocents:

    This^^^

    #654273
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    That’s some real useful info there guys. Thanks for posting it up!
    Maybe you hatebags missed it, but here’s the thread for shittalking POV footage: viewtopic.php?f=47&t=12832&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=i+hate+POV
    Everyone else: Thanks for the input. Seems like the Contour is just inept at capturing the right perspective compared to the gopro.

    #654274
    ShredOR
    130 Posts

    Yo dude, I have a contour and rep the helmet mount. The angle I use is on the side of my helmet closer to eye level. I just throw that bitch in wide angle and try to point it wear wear my eyes will look.

    And for the haters… eat it up bitches. If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it fool.

    #654275
    g_torphins
    109 Posts

    If you have the GPS model there’s free app to use on your phone that lets you connect via bluetooth and turn your phone into a viewfinder.
    You need to upgrade to the lastest firmware and get bluetooth code from Contour and that’s you.
    Should make life a lot easier.

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