The Most Amazing POV Videos on the Internet
We don’t know anybody who doesn’t like a good POV video. Maybe it’s the way they put you straight into the action—as if you’re seeing it unfold with your own eyes. Maybe it’s the way they give filmmakers the opportunity to come up with all kinds of neat tricks and effects. Or maybe it’s just the way they remind us of awesome first person shooters. At any rate, we’ve always got time for them. With that in mind, we thought we’d put together a list of our favorites!
Felix Baumgartner Jumps From the Stratosphere
Those that want to know what it feels like to plummet towards the earth from the edge of space at 800 mph, step this way. Oh, what’s that? Everyone? Yeah, thought so. When Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a balloon from the stratosphere back in 2012, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his way down, it was one of those moments that half made you feel amazing about the things that mankind is capable of and half made you ashamed for how comparatively dull your own life is. But now we can all share in a little bit of the excitement! One year after the jump Red Bull released the footage from Felix’s helmet cam, and its safe to say that "incredible" falls pretty far of describing it adequately. Watch out for the moment that he starts to spin out of control–apparently that was a real concern for the mission at the time.
It’s an idea so obvious that you wonder why no-one’s done it before: what would it be like to see the world through the eyes of Superman? Kudos, then, for the guys behind this video for getting there first! In it, we accompany the Man of Steel on a flight round Los Angeles (but let’s just call it Metropolis, shall we?), watching him (or rather watching ourselves) beat up a few crims, save a lady from a burning building and just generally being awesome. And although the modest production budget does mean this isn’t quite up to Hollywood standards, it’s still fun, inventive and original. Check it out!
Polar Bear Attack
Okay, time for something a little less heart-warming. Although this video isn’t strictly POV (the filmmaker does turn the camera back on himself a few times), it’s just so awe-inspiringly terrifying that we had to put it in. This is the moment that a wildlife cameraman came face to face with a hungry 1,000 KG polar… and lived to tell the tale. Filming from inside a Perspex box, Gordon Buchanan was only planning on documenting the bear as it hunted, but after it noticed him, it soon became apparent he’d been bumped to the top of the menu. It’s a truly scary piece of footage–Buchanan becomes noticeably frightened as the bear repeatedly bangs on the box, trying to find a weak spot. But at the same time, you can’t help but be totally transfixed by the creature’s size and power.
Pelican Learns to Fly
Okay, let’s move onto something much nicer. This is the moment that a Pelican figured out how to fly for the very first time. The bird, named… Bigbird, had been abandoned by the rest of its flock after a storm. But that doesn't stop him from getting back up and getting on with his life! The moment he does finally take off is both touching and fascinating—having previously been able to make it more than a few feet, suddenly, instinct is kicking in and he’s gliding along like a pro. You go buddy!
Shanghai Tower Climb
We’re not ashamed to admit that we genuinely had to turn this video off because we were finding it so stressful to watch. Yes, sure, we’re afraid of heights, but honestly—is there anyone who can view this without their hands and feet going a bit numb? This is what happened when two slightly cracked Russians decided they wanted to reach the top of the world’s second tallest building… by hand. By the time they get to the summit, they’re already well above the clouds–and then they decide to scale a diagonally inclined crane at the top too. Not a video for people who already suffer from vertigo!
What experience would you want to see captured on POV camera?