I am an experienced stills photographer, just getting into video (with my canon 7D), and need to produce a video in about 6 months for my business, demonstrating a new ice skate performance enhancing product-- esp. capturing the reactions of the athletes at the trials. I've videod earlier trials, and it's notable trying to get coverage, with just me scampering around is reaaaaaalllly difficult.
I've read quite a few books on video: so understand the concept (and indeed need!) for B-roll footage: and am imagining what I'll do is video the reactions of skaters (by way of interview ...) so I have a lot of sound of them speaking, refelcting, I can use to intercut with video of them skating. Even so... it feels.. difficult.
I've been eyeing up Hero 2s which seem to give a fantastically involving POV type of shot. Again though: most hero videos suck: as they are really boring for more than 5 seconds, unless there are reaction shots to cut to etc, at which point they stop being like home video, and start being able to tell a story. There seems to be quite a wave of stuff just now: where gopro use say... 10 cameras, so clearly get a huge amount of footage at the time, that keeps options open in editing.
the thievry coportation live on youtube: where they used about 10 static go pro cams to avoid having cameramen scampering about...
and the gopro alaska expedition
GoPro HD: GoPro Alaska Expedition - YouTube
where most of the footage seems to be from gopros strung roung the neck of every person present at the launch of a balloon-- which avoided them having an explicit videographer present (though I think the editing is duff-- very choppy...)
I'm thinking that given they are quite cheap (I'm in the UK: £200 if you shop carefully), it is within my budget to get 3 or 4, and leave them running for 2 hours during the trials: perhaps 2 strapped to the chest of skaters, and 2 that I sit on the ice, maybe... strap to a leg etc.. so I can get lots of footage and angles that can be cut between, and as they are all running for the whole trial; inevitably there will be synchronicity in the shots. With my 7D I can be doing the longer / wider shots from the edge of the ice, and indeed some more b roll/ reaction on the faces of people standing at the edge etc...
I have a zoom H4n, and a couple of lapel radio mics, so imagined i'd stick one on the chieif skater, one on whoever at the edge rink, and so again, gets lots of audio that should be useful to overlay, and help tell the tale of the unfolding test...
Anyway: has anyone tried "mulitple" hero2s and have a sense of how many gets you to the point of "lots" of (useful) coverage ?
I'm going to warm up by making some short videos of skiing (again probably 2 skiiers: perhaps 3 cams on one skiier, one on another following...)
I've found no posts anywhere on the web of anyone talkign about using multiple pov cams like this.. Any expereinces ?
Also, i f I do, if you have experiences, any "abstract principles" to guide where to put the mutltilple cams to get useful good coverage ? (clealry i need them separated so i wouldn't get "jump cuts"...)