For the most part, filming yourself for your grading is pretty simple, but when the techniques require more movement and you’re demonstrating forms it’s pretty easy to get out of shot. If you have someone to shoot for you then you’re fine, but a lot of you are solo training so may not always have a partner to train with, let alone hold a camera for you.
We decided to try PIVO for you. If you’ve seen the ads, it’s tracking capabilities look pretty impressive, and could be a great solution for you.
Now, we are not techies, so don’t expect this review to be too sophisticated!
Overall, it is actually pretty good, there’s potential there. The functioning of the PIVO mount itself is great, the technology in regards to the performance of the app though needs some improvement, but it’s certainly a great starting point and a good alternative if you don’t have a camera man.
The video below is footage from one of our live feeds, it’s raw footage with minimal editing. You can see that PIVO is sometimes indecisive as to who to track. There are two main tracking options: 1, action tracking; and 2, face tracking. We used face tracking for this vid. But as you can see, when it’s just tracking one person, it moves quite well – which will be a most likely scenario for you.
You can see by the end of the video (which was actually past the 45min mark real-time) the recording starts to get a bit choppy (my phone/app storage was running low), but most of your grading videos should be under the 15min mark so wouldn’t be an issue.
So, while they’ve got some work to do with improving the app functionality, it could really free you up from feeling limited in how you move around in your space when you’re filming solo for your grading assessments.
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PIVO shooting behind the scenes of our live stream on 4th April 2020: