How do you film yourself? - A selfie stick?



  • Greetings!

    I've seen many awesome Onewheel videos where the rider films themselves with what looks like a selfie stick and a GoPro or Phone on the end of it. The videos are super smooth, and the camera's always pointed correctly at the Onewheel, no matter whether they're filming from the front, back, sides, etc.

    How do they do this? There has to be something else, like a gymbal, or some sort of stabilizer, for my selfie stick/iPhone combo would be filming the grass 4 feet ahead, 2 feet behind, and so on.

    Can anyone recommend a good setup, or how this is done? Thanks!



  • @wheelcity Yea you need an electronic stabilizer. If I film with a gro pro, I use the Karma Grip. For my iPhone, I use a DJI Osmo. Both are fantastic, but there are cheaper alternatives out there that probably do the job nearly as well. The One Wheel actually makes a really good dolly for shooting other things as well. I’ve used it to follow my kids around the neighborhood on bikes and scooters and the videos look fantastic because of the smooth stabilized motion.



  • I put one of the GoPro mounts on my helmet and the other on the frame rail just behind the wheel hub. Works pretty well, I like the on board position more than the helmet cam.



  • If you're talking about videos like this:
    https://youtu.be/WXgUTi8RcBY

    I use a GoPro on a Feiyu Tech G4 3-Axis Gimbal.



  • @thegreck said in How do you film yourself? - A selfie stick?:

    If you're talking about videos like this:
    https://youtu.be/WXgUTi8RcBY

    I use a GoPro on a Feiyu Tech G4 3-Axis Gimbal.

    What thegreck said ! Perfect combo! Very strong ! Plus I add two carbone extension stick!
    https://youtu.be/1iMb2Ih0F2g



  • I just started messing with video and a gimbal as well. Seen so many good videos on here...

    I use an iPhone 7 shooting in 4k at either 50 or 100 Mbps compression (paid app needed for higher compression) and the DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal. I have the DJI "extension rod" and tripod also. All of which fits easily in a backpack while riding.

    Here is my first ever attempt to film myself on the OW and only my third attempt at editing (iMovie): https://youtu.be/7LHVivVDNa4

    I also tried recording while using the OW and gimbal as the ultimate affordable steady cam this past weekend. I'm happy with the results.. I just need to learn how think through what shots are needed to make a film interesting: https://youtu.be/KQs1a1Zsft4



  • I just hire professional film crews to follow me around and document my life. It's totally worth the money.



  • I just grab my cell phone in my hand and point down.
    That's why my videos suck.



  • It'll be nice to see a video of someone riding and filming himself with a Gimbal.



  • @wheelcity I don't use a gimbal (although I probably will eventually) but I do use my cell phone to connect via the GoPro app so I can see how the shot frames up. I do some slow-speed puttering around to tweak the camera angle, then I put the cell phone away so I can focus on riding. Once or twice during the ride I review footage to see how I'm doing, and adjust as needed.



  • @groovyruvy

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Yep, when I used a stick, I couldn't tell the focus, so it was a crap shoot.
    I might invest in a GoPro and use the phone for reference.



  • @sonny123 said in How do you film yourself? - A selfie stick?:

    It'll be nice to see a video of someone riding and filming himself with a Gimbal.

    Can see the stick and shadow a bunch in @slydogstroh 's most recent video

    https://youtu.be/8Mq_TyXM8qM



  • Tried the stick again.
    Must've been too lazy to take it with me. lol...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAkMVP8rAHY&feature=youtu.be



  • I bought a cheap actioncam and a selfiestick to see if I would like to film riding the OW.
    The filming part is nice, but now it's lying on my desk for weeks already waiting to be put on PC and to be edited...



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  • The issue I'm seeing with how ppl are filming themselves is that they are focusing on the lower-half of the bodies.

    No one outside a diehard OneWheel rider is gonna be interested in watching this footage.

    The limitation is maybe the selfie stick and holding it up high, far enough away to get the whole rider in the frame while keeping the lens pointed in the right direction. That's a lot to juggle while also riding the the OneWheel.

    One solution would be the Karma drone set-up with the GoPro mounted on it. A lot of expense for a short shoot. Maybe rent one?

    Another, which I have done is: you need 3 guys and a pick-up truck. Driver, a guy in the bed with the camera and the rider. Everyone has to know what they are doing, so you probably need to do this a couple of times to work out the kinks. I did this and ended shooting into the sun, so the picture was shadowy. Planning on doing another shoot. Also it's illegal to have a passenger in the bed of a pick-up truck so you could get stopped by the police.



  • @yojimbo for me it's not so much that I only want to show the lower 1/2 of my body, but it's the limitation of the length of the selfie stick and the viewing angle of the camera (I use a GoPro4). I'm kind of reluctant to use a longer stick because I'm usually hauling *ss and if it was any longer I'd either whack it on something or dig it into the ground (have already done both with my current standard length stick). I have found that switching to 'wide' angle helps to get more of the upper body in the frame, but I just can't get the whole body in there.



  • Some more patient folks also set cameras up stationary and ride past them to get a more complete ride video that's not all selfie stick.

    Check out @fabuz videos on YouTube



  • @yojimbo I agree with @groovyruvy ... it's a limitation of using a selfie-stick to film yourself without actually getting the stick in the shot. The OP was asking what we use to shoot ourselves, so that's what we're responding to., but I do agree with you that videos are better when you can see the entire person, and all this takes is to have another person with you so you can hand the gimbal back and forth and shoot each other. The videos I've shot at meetups where I've done this have turned out pretty good.

    But sometimes you're by yourself and left your drone at home.



  • @skyman88 said in How do you film yourself? - A selfie stick?:

    Some more patient folks also set cameras up stationary and ride past them to get a more complete ride video that's not all selfie stick.

    Check out @fabuz videos on YouTube

    Also a great point. Takes a bit more time to do this, but it's worth it. Multiple angles makes videos more fun to watch.


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