Our favourite web video of the week is Red Bull Stratos – The Full Story by GoPro. As many of you may remember back in October 2012, Felix Baumgartner set 3 world records ascending 128,100 feet above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon (breaking the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth).
During the jump Baumgartner had a total of seven GoPro HERO2 cameras strapped to his body, and the below video was created using only the footage from those cameras. While there is plenty of amazing POV footage out there, this new footage released by GoPro is simply breath taking. It’s remarkable the kind of videos we’re getting now thanks to these little cameras and there’s nothing like seeing the curvature of the earth in 1080p (Shot 100% on GoPro HERO2 cameras). During his descent Felix reaches speeds above 800 mph and spins violently at one point (due to the air having a lower density), nevertheless despite this the footage remained crisp and clear.
The video has had well over 11 million views at the moment, so not only was filming the Red Bull Stratos jump with GoPro cameras an ingenious marketing ploy, it has also become an incredible piece of historical footage!