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How to make a good parkour video?
« on: January 01, 2011, 11:43:09 AM »
Hey guys, im thinking to make a video of my progression, but i dont want to make a shity video soanyone can explain me how to mae a good video?
For example in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5PDbuxinB4
you can see that he doesnt stop, so do you need more than one camera? or you just stop recording, you change the angle of the camera and you just repite the scene?
Thanks you guys

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2011, 12:06:49 PM »
hahah thats my video and thanks for linkin it and liking it yes I stop and start the camera from different angle of my choice and do the movement like 3-4 times to get all the right angles its alot of work and tiring but it pays off in the end!
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2011, 12:48:41 PM »
Show flow. Don't do one thing then stop recording then start again at a different area. Movement, go to one thing to another then something else.

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2011, 12:59:09 PM »
Lots of fish eye, inside jokes, and strides.
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2011, 02:47:07 PM »
hahah thats my video and thanks for linkin it and liking it yes I stop and start the camera from different angle of my choice and do the movement like 3-4 times to get all the right angles its alot of work and tiring but it pays off in the end!

Ok, thanks. I liked a lot the video so i wanted to make another similar

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2011, 03:26:01 PM »
I can't show you a example but I'll tell you what I saw. here is the original video http://vimeo.com/16330411

At a game night my Parkour gym showed a production reel including bloopers, the multiple times they took shots to get it right and the many cameras to get the angles. They worked hard on it, getting take after take to get it perfect.
So don't be afraid to film a movement over and over again till you like it.
One camera should be sufficient, but if you have friends willing to film from different angles it will probably take less time

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 05:42:44 PM »
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2011, 10:56:14 PM »
Do about fifty three second clips of you doing a backflip and insert techno music.

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2011, 12:03:13 AM »
Use good music and multiple camera angles of the same move. Keep pace with your editing. Also make the moves flow like a story. The world is too ADD to watch ADD clips of movement. If you keep it gonig like a story, you're more likely to captivate your audience and keep their attention throughout.
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2011, 01:44:29 AM »
I have never made a PK video, but i've made many many many skiing video's. All I can say is many different angles, and Keep going.

Now for the actuall filming, Just film and film and film and film, film till you think you have enough to make a feature length film. Because your going to go back home, and upload everything to your computer, and realize how crappy some things look at certain angles and everything. The more footage you have, the better your video will come out. But just make sure you strive to make every bit of this footage is quality footage.

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2011, 05:17:30 AM »
go really, REALLY fast. i mean, sprint in and out of everything.

or you could supplement it and put a backflip off a rooftop in every other clip.


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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2011, 02:40:39 PM »
Does he know most of this is sarcasm? Lol. Hey, picc. Can I see those skiing vids :P
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2011, 02:42:11 PM »
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2011, 02:45:26 PM »
Does he know most of this is sarcasm? Lol. Hey, picc. Can I see those skiing vids :P
sarcasm? why?

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2011, 09:57:48 PM »
Sure, I'll post one up when I get this season's opener finished.

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2011, 11:42:31 PM »
Do about fifty three second clips of you doing a backflip and insert techno music.
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For all of you respecting the OP and responding seriously, you have to recognize the different between good video ideas and good video techniques.

There are certain things I always recommend, and some of these have already been mentioned by a few people. Take multiple shots of the same movement from multiple angles and distances. Piece them together according to the pace of your movie. It is important to notice the pace your movie has, but don't keep it constant. My second recommendation is to record random seemingly unimportant "ambient" shots of funny things, beautiful artistic things, etc.. When analyzing the pace of your movie, insert these ambient shots to put some space between the action and hopefully leave the viewer wanting and waiting for more. It is always a plus and almost critical that you place these lulls in an appropriate place with the music you've selected. You can even get away with stopping the music for the ambient shot's own audio. Also in regards to audio, with videos reaching toward 2-3 minutes, I'd recommend seeing where you can change up the song (which can be a good place to insert ambient shots).

Ultimately, it's all by feel. These are just suggestions on what to keep in mind. The goal I would try for is to keep the viewer "on their toes," changing the dynamic of the video often (but with a smooth transition) so that they don't want to look away at the risk of missing something.

Amazing skill and creative new movement are fantastic, but not the only decider in what makes a great video.

EDIT: And for any of this to work, make sure you get good quality video. Make it stable, not shaky. Keep lighting in mind. Etc.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2011, 11:48:11 PM by Alec Furtado »
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2011, 07:49:00 AM »
It depends what you mean by a good video.

If you want to entertain people then listen to Alec.

If you want a good Parkour video then you can ignore all the comments posted here so far. A good Parkour video is not one that entertains, it's not one that inspires people to make their own videos, it's one that inspires people to practice Parkour. For this, it needs to show you being challenged and also show you getting past the challenges. It needs to show you facing an obstacle that will challenge you, it needs to show how you prepare to try and get past it, it needs to show your attempts, and it needs to show you successfully getting past it in the end.

There are many videos that just show people moving efficiently. If people aren't already inspired by those then I doubt another one will make a difference. What we don't have a lot of are videos showing the practice of Parkour, what we do in our training. That would be a good video to make.
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2011, 11:23:21 AM »
I think the biggest problem people have is trying to imagine the shot that the camera is getting. You would need to do the same thing over and over from different angles to make a video like the one you linked to.

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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2011, 06:33:36 PM »
By the way Tumadre, some people are being sarcastic on here because a TON of youtube traceurs just post videos of themselves doing backflips, jumping off of roofs, putting techno music in their videos, having horrible form, and not doing much actual parkour.  This obviously aggravates the community here because it is showing people who have never heard of parkour that doing backflips and jumping off of roofs is parkour.  Now, in my opinion, there are two main types of videos: training videos and parkour videos.  I'm not saying that training videos don't have parkour in them, but training videos usually contain footage of a person conditioning and drilling basic movements and techniques.  Then there are parkour videos.  These videos show a person moving through their environment as efficiently as possible, aka, doing parkour.  A great example of a parkour video is the parkour literally series.  Look it up on Youtube.  Hope this helped
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Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2011, 05:50:38 AM »
How to make a good video?

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