Skiing Backwards: How Motion State Captures Unique Visuals At The Burton US Open

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VAIL, COLORADO – Right here on the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, whereas excessive-flying Olympic skills like Chloe Kim and Mark McMorris exhibit their expertise, a lesser recognized crew brings their tips to life. A group of digital camera operators skis backwards, utilizing stabilizers to shoot reside video whereas following riders down the course.

The digital camera crew works for a corporation referred to as Motion State, whose visible work spans each the sports and leisure worlds, from Pink Bull to Ryan Lewis. Corey Koniniec, considered one of Motion State’s proprietor-operators, sits beneath a digital camera tower earlier than the primary scorching follow of the day: “I made snowboard movies for 15 years, in the direction of the top of my profession I labored for Burton, then I began doing comply with cam work for the US Open. Ultimately it was time to develop up, get an actual job, and begin doing business work like this.”

Koniniec and his workforce use a 3-axis stabilized gimbal with a Movi Professional to get the shot whereas a Sony FS 5 integrates it into the stay broadcast for Purple Bull TV.

“[The cameraman] skis and transmits video to me on the management with the Teradek Bolt System,” Koniniec explains. “From me it’s despatched to the truck. It’s a hopscotching HD video system. [He] has to focus on maintaining with the rider whereas I steer it like a enjoyable online game.”

The ski chase comply with cam permits for distinctive visuals that wouldn’t be attainable to get with conventional digital camera placement.


“One of many coolest issues we will do with the ski comply with cam is …go down backwards within the half pipe whereas wanting again up. It’s a very technical maneuver,” says Koniniec. “If the athletes will permit him, [the cameraman] can do the jumps with them. He could be airtime, so it seems like they’re frozen. We name it the bro cam as a result of it’s like in the event you have been with your mates on the mountain it’s what you’d see and expertise, no different digital camera can deliver you in like that.”

To see the Motion State staff in motion, tune into Pink Bull TV for the Slopestyle Finals on Friday at 1 PM PST and the Halfpipe Finals on Saturday at 10 AM PST for the ladies’s competitors and 1 PM PST for the lads’s.

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