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Your Weekly POV – Taping a GoPro to a Moving Car.. Tire?

[Warning: This video may cause nausea and vomiting…enjoy the ride!]

If you’re a curious sort you may have found yourself wondering what it would look like from the wheel of your car whilst travelling at speeds upwards of 40MPH. This cool kind of hypnotic, possibly nausea inducing, video is the result of a mad-cap experiment by video creator Ryan Fox who decided to strap a go pro on his car tire and go for a drive. What did he use to mount it? Duct tape. While this is the type of thing that would make Red Green proud we don’t recommend trying this at home.

We decided to reach out to Ryan to learn more about him and his process.

How did you come up with this idea?

I got the idea when I finally convinced myself to splurge and get a GoPro camera.  I figured OK, you now have this tiny camera that has the capability of taking beautiful images but still be thrown around a bit so let’s think outside of the box with it beyond taking extreme sport footage or using it in water which we already commonly see shared online.  I wanted to do something truly experimental with the camera and test it’s limits visually and physically.

How did you capture the footage?

Simply put I just firmly duct taped it centered on my rim and tested it on a back road at 25mph. Then eventually 45mph and even 65 and realized it wasn’t budging and I was safe to take it into the city. I had an idea while driving around that the footage would look pretty mesmerizing , but was blown away once I got home and watched it on my computer.  I love the unpredictable quality of the beautiful bright lights, definitely very kaleidoscopic.

The footage only took as long as it took to drive around. Now I’ve filmed a lot of times doing this, both at night and in daytime, and I typically just strap it to the car whilst running errands and sometimes I’ll go for an hour long drive up and down brighter looking main drags in downtown Milwaukee, my home

Tell us a bit about yourself and what else you’re working on.

I’m a 29 year old film student entering my senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  As for what I’m working on now you can find it all on my vimeo page.  I’ll be shooting a couple shorts this fall as well as continuing to experiment with my GoPro, trying to capture imagery no one has typically seen before.


Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 5


Once again, we’re so grateful to Douglas Spotted Eagle for this incredibly insightful series. Douglas has imparted just a small part of his seemingly unending wisdom on important parts of shooting like lenses, green screens, digital messaging, budget, dialogue, stock media and so much more. So, as the series winds down, we want to know: What would you like to hear Douglas cover? Leave your comments here on the blog and tell us what you’re dying to know about video production. We’re sure Douglas will be thrilled to answer.

For the penultimate episode in the series, Douglas discusses

  • Editing
  • Creating a grid
  • Transitions
  • Sony Vegas Pro

Once again, thanks to Douglas for all of this!

VistekCCVM-5 from Vistek on Vimeo.

Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 4


In this latest installment of Douglas Spotted Eagle’s series on compelling video messaging, he discusses Cold Production, Screen Captures, and what should be in YOUR production kit.

Create Compelling Video Messages Pt. 4 from Vistek on Vimeo.

Toronto Urban Photography Festival and The Disposable Camera Project

DCP debuted as a installation in the Toronto Urban Photography Festival in 2013. Since then, DCP—which formally launched last July—has expanded into an international street-photography phenomenon in cities including Vancouver, Montréal, Amsterdam, Auckland, Los Angeles, Jakarta, Tokyo, and Brooklyn. DCP aims to democratize street photography by actually involving the people on the street.

Disposable Camera Project @the CNE

Disposable Camera Project at the CNE

Cameras are placed across cities and everyday people are encouraged to take pictures, capturing moments that might have otherwise gone forever uncaptured. From silly selfies, to breathtaking sunsets, to stolen kisses, our albums have captured the gamut of urban life on film. DCP wants to tell the stories of people in cities all over the world through the people themselves. It’s street photography showcasing people on the street BY the people on the street: a collaborative, crowdsourced worldwide urban census. Spontaneous, unplanned & unfiltered. That’s DCP.

Opening Gala/TUPF Closing Party: July 11 6:30-11pm
Section 37 Gallery – 180 Sudbury St – Concourse Level


How the Livestream HD510 can Change the Way you do Business


Last week, we got into the various products that offer live streaming capability. This week, we’re going a bit more in depth about one specific product – the Livestream HD510 –  a revolutionary solution that can turn even the smallest space into a full-fledged TV studio.

Rarely does such small, portable technology offer such sweeping changes for a business. Check out a video presentation from NAB to get a better idea:

as a case study (we’ll have more about it coming soon), Vistek’s downtown Toronto store is now officially using the Livestream HD510 to push every one of its upcoming seminars live on the web. So whether they’re teaching DSLR Basics or educating pros about a brand new video camera, you can learn all about it from anywhere – and yes, that includes your phone/tablet.

Imagine what technology like this can do for you. From a massive (and growing) collection of professionally-designed, importable graphics, split screen capability, versatile integration of hundreds of different cameras and so much more, this is the solution to take any production to the furthest reaches of your imagination.

To put it simply, the Livestream HD510 is pretty much the kind of tech you saw in movies about the not-to-distant-future – come to life.