Take a thrilling run along the rooftops, streets, sidewalks, and beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This vibrant and energetic first-person action footage was shot by the crew at AMPISOUND in collaboration with Picasso Parkour. This is officially the first parkour video we’ve seen with an underwater sequence.
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Jason Shron is so obsessed with railroads that he built a full-size train car inside his house. He’s also got a sweet HO-scale model train that he rigged a camera inside of to give us a passenger’s perspective. We honestly thought the view out of the window was from a real train.
On March 19, 2021, Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano started erupting for the first time in over 6,000 years. Drone pilot Björn Steinbekk captured this incredible aerial footage of the searing hot lava as it flows from top of the geological marvel. We’re impressed that the drone survived the intense heat. More footage here.
With the proper pilot at the controls, photography drones can capture visuals that once seemed impossible, like this sequence shot by Jay Christensen. The scene starts outside of Minneapolis’ Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, zooms down the lanes, through the pinsetters, around the bar, then into the movie theater.
A big part of mountain biking is getting out and enjoying nature. But when the weather turns inclement, an indoor trail doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Especially if it’s as awesome as Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, Ohio, which is home to a 1.6km (~1 mile) long trail, loaded with a variety of tricky terrain to test your skills.
Expert LEGO builder Akiyuki takes us on a ride on a 224-foot-long train track that he designed and built. Along the way, you’ll enjoy twists, turns, loops, cliffs, bridges, and a few obstacles. The self-propelled camera car’s speed is more railroad than roller coaster, but it’s still a fun ride, especially watching it climb the stairs.
After successfully landing its Perseverance Rover on Mars, NASA has released video of the descent and touchdown of the vehicle on the planet’s surface. Cameras were mounted on the rover, the descent stage, and the protective aeroshell, capturing views of the planet below, upward towards the spacecraft and the rover’s parachute.
Chris Benchetler shows us green run amateurs what we’re missing out on with this amazing POV of his line at California’s Mammoth Mountain. Watch as he winds through precariously tight rock formations, then catches air performing flips and spins on his quick trip to the bottom.
Enduro and Freeride MTB rider Kilian Bron is a quite the badass on a bike. He shared this compilation of POV footage from some of his craziest rides in 2020, including terrifying cliffside trails, steep downhill drops, wheelies on skinny paths, and climbing over crazy rock formations.
Street trials and mountain bike rider Danny MacAskill once again shows off his skills in a dramatic way. In this short film by Peny, he heads to Scotland’s Dubh Slabs, and takes his bike on a wild ride down the steep and slippery rock formations. The Arcade Fire track No Cars Go serves as the perfect accompaniment to the visuals.
Submarines are notorious for their incredibly close quarters, so you might not think it would be a good place to fly a drone. But with a talented pilot behind the controls, it is possible to negotiate the claustrophobic passageways, like in this video from the Royal Netherlands’ Navy’s 2020 Onderzeedienst Live event.
The Dakar Rally is known as one of the world’s most challenging and dangerous races. Driver Benediktas Vanagas shared in-car footage of his Toyota Gazoo Racing truck from Stage 9 of the race, as he and his co-driver tore through a stretch of the route that runs along the Red Sea coast then into the desert. (Thanks Algirdas!)
Drone pilot Shaggy FPV takes us on a ride through the mountains of Austria with breathtaking footage of the Dorfertal Valley he captured with his aerial photography rig. The reverse perspective offers a great sense of speed and changes things up a bit from the typical forward view.
Since 2018, GoPro has been inviting its camera users to show off their athleticism and adventurous spirit with their Million Dollar Challenge. This year’s 4K highlight reel is not only packed with some exceptional action footage but serves as a testament to just how amazing action camera technology has become.
Where do you go when you want to be a stunt person? Stunt school, silly. Campus Univers Cascades offers training to future daredevils in France. To bring attention to their school, they produced this epic promo video that shows off some of its students’ skills, along with impressive choreography and drone photography.
There’s nothing quite like the sound of a Ferrari V12 engine as it zooms around a race track. Car fanatic SpeedRacer38 posted this phenomenal bit of eye and ear candy, featuring five minutes of a ferocious Ferrari 333 SP race car and the flames it produces as it downshifts. Original video here.
Ever wanted to know what a torpedo sees when it’s launched from a submarine? Now’s your chance. While this particular projectile doesn’t have explosives on board, it’s still cool to see its perspective as it speeds through the water. If you freeze-frame at 1:11 you can catch a glimpse of the sub in the rear-view shot.
Skydiving expert Angus Sellen takes us on a death-defying flight through some incredibly rocky ravines of Shark’s Tooth Mountain in New Zealand. The fisheye perspective of his GoPro MAX camera captured a truly immersive visual that’ll have you holding on for dear life.
Halloween is over, so now all the ghosts and ghouls are out there looking for something else to do. Buttered Side Down shares one of his ghostly encounters in his latest silly POV video, which starts out looking like a first-person version of the arcade game Paperboy, minus the bicycle.
Reminiscent of the POV action movie Hardcore Henry (and a little bit of Buttered Side Down), athlete Alex Schauer’s parkour short film puts us behind the eyes of a man as he finds himself in a puzzling situation, and facing off against a mysterious woman in black who he can’t seem to escape.
SpaceX shared this sped-up footage of its Falcon 9 rocket as it took its SAOCOM 1B satellite payload into polar orbit, then returned its first stage safely to Earth. It’s worth watching if only for the rhythmic sounds that the thrusters make as they pulse on and off.
Strap in for a thrilling mountain ride in the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, courtesy of driver Kash Singh, who strapped a camera to the front of his turbocharged 2017 Ford Mustang GT. What makes the perspective even more exciting is how low the camera was mounted, offering a tremendous sense of speed.
Skateboarders Thaynan Costa, Josef Skott, Adilson Pedro, and Madars Apse head to the aisles of a grocery store for a wild ride between the well-stocked shelves. Filmed by Dani Galli, Chris Ray, and Will Hodgett using GoPro cameras. We can’t help but think of the music video for Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees.
We’ve never been to Norway, but now that we’ve seen this video by Tomasz Furmanek, we really want to go there and float in a kayak. Take one minute out of your busy day to enjoy this relaxing tour of the fjords and western coastal areas of the country. The 60fps hypersmooth slow-motion GoPro footage really adds to the immersion.