^^^ Its easier to aim a bazooka than a smart phone. 40lbs of camera doesn't shake and jump around like a 1/4lb camera. You also didn't forget that your recording when you had the equivilant of a 2 year old on your shoulder.
I always find it interesting to see shots of cars when they're fresh & then wrecked: walk round the pits & get some shots of any cars that catch the eye, whether its the way they look/sound etc. & then afterwards when they're junk, inside & outside the car is always cool
Don't be afraid to leave the camera rolling before & after the heat, sometimes you can catch the little cool stuff that happens most people will miss.
Perfect example- I had someone filming for me at an event and it came down to me and two other cars going at it for 1,000 bucks. The two other cars got stuck and I just kept backing up and hitting them, they both couldn't get them started. I went in to hit them a third time and when I did, my engine died. They let us sit there a couple seconds all three of us working on stuff in the cars trying to get them started and then they sounded the end of the event. The person video taping stopped right there. About 5-10 seconds after the video stopped I got it fired up and the crowd went nuts. One of my more memorable moments so far almost on video. haha
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2015 11:10:52 GMT -5 by runit28
Don't know how its taking me 2 years to come across this thread but some good points have been made, my videos are not the best but here are some ideas(some already stated) a tripod...best investment i made although youtube still says my videos are shaky they are 100 times better then before i had a tripod, don't let children videotape (made this mistake he kept playing with zoom and would start watching the derby and not the camera screen), try to avoid taping through fences(sometimes its unavoidable), i havn't used my gopro for a derby yet but please don't hook your gopro up facing forward then only use the back of your car...as much as i enjoy hear v-8s scream i don't need to watch it for 12 minutes while occasional seeing someone else deliver a shot to your front end...biggest pet peeve which has already been stated is people taping intros here comes #21 joe schmo from idaho.......derby starts 15 min into video and only last 7 min past that .......oh and if you have good footage please upload it to youtube don't be selfish and keep it for yourselves :-)
i know i have posted on this thread before but i have done a lot of thinking about this and the brutal honest reality is that 99% of the people holding up their iphone or even worse ipad need to sit back down put that crap away and stop ruining the event for everyone else. no one is going to remember your shaky, blurry, out of focus, obsessive screaming, and poor quality facebook live post. nobody is going to remember your crappy snapchat posts. so sit the f*** back down and put that crap away. Far too often do i see people doing this and ruining the derby for people sitting around them. Last year on my limited derby schedule that I taped in one heat I literally counted over 20 cell phones and ipads/tablets being held up to tape...and that was in one section. I also got told that it was "unfair" that I was taping with a camera and a tripod when I asked the person standing in front of my camera to sit back down...oh and I had been sitting there over an hour prior to the start of the derby while they walked up 5 minutes before the heat and told me that they were there first. I see this type of crap in dirt track racing, monster trucks, ice racing, and other motorsports. people you paid to go watch the derby not to facebook live it for all your friends who were too cheap to not go and yes i know that some people did this at shows because their friends were too cheap to go even when the derby is thirty minutes from them.