Dec 5, 2012, 12:19 AM
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Tandem with gopro handcam
Looking for do's and don't's jumping tandems with a handcam gopro. Any tip is welcome. Are there known safety issues in the field? Any incidents caused by the gopro handcam? Thank you all for your feedback in advance.
Do a few hand am jumps with you own gear to get your procedures down prior to taking it with a tandem. Remember to point the lens at the subject not yourself. Get used to a lot more grabbing of your arm than you have previously been comfortable with.
On any tandem you do without video, stick your left hand out(like wearing the handicam) and learn to fly from exit through opening that way without the handicam. This is a great way to pratice. I probably did about 50 jumps like that just working out exits while my handicam stuff was on order. You will need to adjust angle when you get it but that is very minor thing to fix.
Don't forget that you are going to need to adjust the camera angle and your heading depending on the sun's location. In terms of issues I never had any with regards to a handcam other than accidentally turning it off in the door one time! Over time I worked out different ways to adjust the angle to get the best shots at different points of the jump(ie. dive exits I tried to get the plane in the background, on opening I held it below the students chest facing up to catch their face and the opening canopy, etc.). I had a lot of fun doing handcam jumps, plus it lets you interact with the student a lot instead of trying to steal their attention from the video flyer.