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mpennock


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Hello everyone,

Been having difficulty searching for information on how to rig a camera for high angle shoots where as the camera is kept safe from falling, ideas, tactics, cases, etc... anyone know where I could find info on this sort of thing? I have a Canon 5D I would like to keep nice and safe. I'm referring more to video shooting than photos.

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By high angle, I assume you mean the camera being positioned above the climber, looking down.
there are a number of ways for doing this. Please specify the nature of the intended shoot: top rope, lead, multipitch, gym, etc.
Also, what degree of climbing experience do you have? Rappeling? Climbing anchors?


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Best to ask this in the "Photography" sub-forum.

That being said, I've see people girth hitch a sling or cord on the camera and clip it to the harness.


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   Matt,

This is the future http://neice.com/2012/12/up/
Like this http://vimeo.com/50029357


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sween345 wrote:
Matt,

This is the future http://neice.com/2012/12/up/
Like this http://vimeo.com/50029357
And like this:
http://vimeo.com/1189799


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Not bad. How much does an rc heli like that cost? I doubt I'd being strapping a canon 5d to that anytime soon anyway.


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Basically I'm curious how you would simulate dollys/tracks etc, with ropes for lead climb shots high up. I'm an accomplished climber and teach it as well, so i'm not worried about anchor building or using ascenders. I figure there must be methods beyond just holding the camera and swinging around on a pulley.


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mpennock wrote:
Not bad. How much does an rc heli like that cost? I doubt I'd being strapping a canon 5d to that anytime soon anyway.
The one used by Noah Howell in the Wolverine Cirque is about $1500, since it's large enough to handle the payload of a dSLR with a pan/tilt mount. Professional models can run several thousand dollars. Cost in part is determined by teh combination of payload capacity, range, flight time, number of camera controls, remote video feed, etc.
http://www.skycamusa.com/


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mpennock wrote:
Basically I'm curious how you would simulate dollys/tracks etc, with ropes for lead climb shots high up. I'm an accomplished climber and teach it as well, so i'm not worried about anchor building or using ascenders. I figure there must be methods beyond just holding the camera and swinging around on a pulley.
Cables, cranes, extensions, tripods, elaborate rigging, vertical wire tracks - almost anything, with inventiveness and ingenuity being the key elements.

For example, for one of the Olympic ski events, the producers rigged a 3 wire cable track; on that was a small trolley to which the remote control camera was attached. The trolley was pulled back and forth by haul cables.

Sometimes you need to create your own shooting platform:


Here's some advice from Simon Carter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNgdN48RnRY

If you can spend big bucks for a crane:
http://vimeo.com/41958708


guangzhou


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You beat me to recommending simon carter's video.

Amazing really, with modern digital cameras, you can place the camera on a pole, place the camera where you want it, look at the image on your laptop screen, and fire the shutter remotely.

Eman


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I saw a really cool slackline video recently on vimeo that used a cable cam. They had it rigged to RC equipment.

You could try this depending on the tree/rock features around your climb.




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Found this thought it was cool




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There is also a http://www.cablecam.org/forum/index.php


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Here are a few more:










http://www.condorcam.com/.../CC_one_sheet_01.pdf


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