Using a GoPro Gimbal for better skydiving footage?

Hey guys, long time no see. I’ve had to take some time off due to some personal issues, but hopefully now I’ll be back and unabridged for a longer period of time. Now I want to talk about a problem that’s been bugging me for a while. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

What is wrong with this skydiving youtube video?

Looking at this video we can clearly see that it captures A LOT of the awesomeness that is skydiving. It is filmed with a GoPro on different kinds of mounts and it’s providing many different and awesome angles for us to enjoy the dive. Honestly, it is a great video; one of the best ones out there. But it’s also pretty shaky. Like very shaky. Just watching it might make you motion sick if you’re not used to watching shaky films. And even if you are used to watching shaky films it’s still really annoying and gives away sort of an unprofessional vibe. And it really kills me to see such a great video, who does a great job to promote skydiving, be ruined by a shaky camera. Even more, it kills me to see almost EVERY potentially cool GoPro video ruined by vibrations. Cause really, that’s most of them. So how can we fix this?

Just use a Camera Stabiliser

Using a GoPro Gimbal is one of the best ways to ensure smooth filming, and would vastly improve the previously mentioned video. Now there are already a lot of these gimbals on the market so how do we chose which one? Well firstly, if we’re gonna use it for skydiving then we can’t have it be fragile and failing us right when catching that million dollar footage. It needs to be robust, water resistant, trustworthy and have a overall touch of high quality. I’ve done some research and below is one of the companies that caught my attention.

Now please let me know in the comments, you guys. Are you currently using any stabilisers? Which one do you recommend? Have you used it for skydiving before, or maybe other extreme sports? I’m so happy to be back with you an I’m looking forward to read your comments. Talk to you soon.

Guys, how sick is this?

There is no cooler use for a GoPro camera than skydiving. A quick youtube-search for skydiving sent me to the video above. It is so awesome. And crazy. Skydiving crazy 😉

Seriously though, if you plan on making your own GoPro-skydiving video, I highly recommend it, BUT the competition is REALLY stiff if you want to show up for it on youtube. There are literally thousands of videos.

And perhaps my personal favorite. The Jay Alvarrez production features him and his friends, skydiving WITH INFLATABLE DOLPHINS. Considering my username for this website is FlyingDolphin, I guess you can say I’m a little jealous. Also, his girlfriend is pretty fine. It just shows how far skydiving can take you.

Using running to get in shape for a skydive?

This skydiver has probably used running to get in shapeSkydiving or parachuting can be physically challenging on the body, so being in shape is not a bad idea. Here are my tips on how to get in shape before a skydive.

1. Start running regularly

Running is a great exercise to build some of the stamina and endurance required to skydive. At www.bookofrunning.com you will find tips on how to get started.

2. Consider doing 800m training

Training to run an 800m is awesome because it helps you develop your aerobic capacity as well as your anaerobic capacity and speed and strength. Capacities like those do come in handy when doing a skydive.

3. Don’t eat like a pig

If you are fat you will probably hit the ground harder if you fail to open the parachute. Also, being heavily overweight might make it hard to navigate the air and if you are really heavy the plane might not be able to take off.

4. Run with the proper technique

You can’t jump out of a plane if your legs are hurt from running with the wrong technique. Just fix it. Take a technique course for example.

5. Do core strength exercises

Maintaining a stable X-position in the air can be challenging on the core musculature. Make sure you do exercises like the plank, crunches and Hitler’s Hound.

6. Consider doing high altitude training

Just because you have to get used to being at altitude, high altitude training might help. It also develops your stamina faster.