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Not sure how many of you use go pros but I see a lot of great footage so I figured a few of you use them and know a lot more than me about them. I just bought myeself a GoPro 10 black and mounted it on my camera. I did it for three purposes. Self reflection for growth, making videos to be used as advertising for the company, and when people ask about my work I can show them. Like a growing resume. Here is my first video. Just some high lights of my first control speed line job with some bad music in the back ground. Not my final product but it was shot using the extended battery mode, 4K, 30fps, and narrow field of view. Also what editing software do you use? The GoPro one let me down quickly with there audio file issues so I used iMovie on my MacBook Pro.

 

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Haven’t fooled with my GoPros in a long time. I’m usually ready to get the job knocked out and go home. How recent was that? If the time know I had to climb in long sleeves and gloves in the heat we’ve been having!
 

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I wear long sleeves and gloves your round. That was Thursday. It was a high of like 85 so not too bad compared to what we have been having either
 

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While climbing or you wear long sleeves all the time? I wear gloves if it’s cold or if I encounter briers/thorns. Other than that, I can’t stand them.
 

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I have 3 long sleeve and one short sleeve work shirt. The short sleeve gets worn 2-3 times out of a month. When handling bark and doing a lot of snap cuts in the bucket as well as the hellacious farmers ran and sun burn. I just condition myself to stay fully covered. Clogger zero gen 2’s, long sleeve shirt, atlas 300 gloves, and my protos helmet, Every day all day regardless of the job.
 

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Some people are like that. Nothing wrong with it, plenty right with it.

But yeah it would be too hot for me also. I stick with the farmer's tan and sometimes I'll cover my neck to keep it from getting even craggier.
 

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I think I could handle sleeves before gloves. Started out climbing in gloves, then met a guy who seldom wore them. Tried it bare-handed and never looked back. I had to wear them a while while the collarbone mended as my right hand had lost a lot of strength and the extra grippy helped make up for it.
 

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I edit with Final Cut Pro X.

I have Hero 8. I normally shoot in ultra wide, 30fps, hyper smooth.

Overheating is an issue with the GoPros and most cameras. I have one Sony body (FX3) with active cooling that does well in the heat.
 

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I cut the stubs off those were all at the top of the tree. The control speed line was because of limb size and a narrow landing zone. The pictures don’t show it but there was an overhang for a boat below me so everything had to speed line over it until I could start flopping 10-12 footers backwards against the lean. I was scared to control speed line the whole top due to my guys not having experience with it yet so I climbed up to the final crown of three limbs. Took everything off of it besides the top three stems and pulled that over by hand. Was small enough I was comfortable doing a free speed line so my guys didn’t over rig a top on a controlled line and rock the hell out of me in that tree. Was like a 90ft pine
 

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I have pretty small hands so the gloves help there a lot. Growing up turning wrenches at my dads shop. The guys would always get my help where there hands wouldn’t reach. By the time the piece gets to a 5in dbh I can no longer grab it with one hand.

I experienced the overheating with the GoPro. I bought that extreme case for it that makes it waterproof to protect it in the tree and it over heated once during that day and it was only 85 degrees.

I like the settings lumberjack. I ran huper smooth on that one. I was concerned with the fish eye effect distorting the video so I tried narrow view first and found too many times where it cut out part of my footage making it not good for video. Had the tree down in about 5 hours, got an hour of footage and only found 2 minutes of footage that I actually liked. Everything else was either slow and boring cause my guys were inexperienced or the camera field of view messed up my shot
 

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I see what y’all are saying about the stubs. I normally clean every cut to the collar. I’ll go further if I’m really scared of a hang up causing an issue. At the top I planned on taking every little stem at a time so I wasn’t too worried about a little stub.
 

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The reference to stubs also harkens back to the founder of this Forum. It was a favourite comment of his whenever anyone posted a removal picture with ANY stubs in it LOL
I actually like the odd stub for a foot rest, but keeping in mind the potential for causing problems later in the job
Long sleeves and gloves here too!

With the video, it would be good to see more of your attachment and lowering setup, along with the bits being cut and sent and I personally like it when the music (if any) is lower in the background, natural sounds to the fore, chainsaw, wood cracking, the comments of the climber rather than music.
 
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I like the points Bermy! Eventually I’m going to play with some speed effects to increase the tempo on the slower parts of the video. The audio being louder came that way on imovie and I need to get familiar with editing software.
 

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Matt, is this not a public video on YouTube yet? Tried to search it on the big screen and no dice

Good idea to record your jobs.
I usually set up my cell phone and record my work. It’s very informative to see what actually happened from the 3 rd person perspective. It’s cool to share with friends and family as well. I don’t do any editing though. At least not at this point.
 

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No I didn’t make it public. Video isn’t completely done yet so I didn’t want to publish it.

Great points Bermy! I need to change the music and work on some speed adjustments on the video so I can add more footage and speed up some of the slower areas of the work. Control speed line with two inexperienced guys on the ground was a very slow process at times so that video didn’t get used much
 

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I’ve been happy with the anti shock and clarity of my GoPro 10. I bought the heavy duty waterproof case for it and it overheated on an 85 degree day. I have a silicon case and screen protectors coming for it. Hopefully that will help
 
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