All Things GoPro - Tips and Tricks

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With the introduction of the GoPro 3+, the Black GoPro 3's dropped in price and I was able to score a new one off eBay for less than $300. Been wanting one for a while, to use with the kayaks, snorkeling/diving, and time lapses.

I figure there gots to be a few around here with one and figured maybe a thread was in order to share lessons hard learned, ideas, accessories, etc.

One of my first projects is going to be a sprinkler timer for panning time lapse's. This is a pretty good example:

http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthread.asp?fid=1&threadid=106243&currpage=1

I also saw an extendable pole, with a twist: It had a mount for the remote on the handle so you could turn on/off without touching the camera - now I can't find the sucker but it was a pretty cool idea.

Going to get a Pelican to carry everything in and a touchscreen Bacpac is on the wish list too.
 

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I have a Hero2

use it for a variety of things - water sports, cycling, snorkeling...

I have pretty much all the accessories (except LCD backpack), so if you have any particular questions, feel free to ask.
 

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i have the hero 3 black edition. honestly i'm not happy with it. the fucker destroyed a 64GB microSD card on me and i contacted them concerning that they in turn told me to contact the manufacturer of the microSD card which happens to be sandisk. i basically got nowhere fast with them. i have bought a samsung 64GB microSD card but i have yet to actually use my gopro again. i've used it to film my kids' gymnastics meets (actually attempted to, that's when it fried the sandisk card), done some underwater photography and filming in grand cayman, plus i have a gopro mount in my 1/5th scale remote control truck too.
 

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Ive had my Hero2 replaced via warranty because the USB/charging port was erratic

Just last week while on my honeymoon in St. Thomas, my GoPro kept fucking up while I was snorkeling...it kept freezing and/or stopping recording. I eventually got it to work, but I was pissed because it took time out of the water.

But I did call them from there, they emailed me a new firmware file and it seems to be OK now...I will say their customer service is good. When I got mine replaced they sent a brand new one, not refurb.
 

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There is a forum and some guy did some ridiculously detailed testing on various cards - in a nutshell most class 10's still struggle with quality control and have issues writing the data effectively. Last thing I took away from it was the Samsung 32gb was the best so far so I ordered one to see how it goes. The charts say that should be good for 4+ hours at 1080/30fps or 720/60fps. If it works ok then I will get a few of those and call it good. The other consensus I see a lot of is to be sure to format the card in the camera.

The GoPro forums and website do say a lot of issues are fixed with firmware updates so I'll cross my fingers with that too.

Good info though, thanks for sharing - exactly what I was hoping for here. Any cool videos to post yet?
 

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I kind of want one buy ive never been a big video guy
 

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forgot to mention that i have updated the firmware but i'm still hesitant to actually use the gopro to film another one of my daughter's gymnastics meets. fuck it......i'll charge it up and use it today being that my kid has a meet today. we'll see if the firware update has done anything to help me.

@Shootr please post a link to the forum thread regarding the testing of microSD cards when you get a chance.

oh yeah, no cool vids yet. i have recently upgraded the fuck out of my LOSI 5IVE-T 1/5 scale 4WD shortcourse truck......i put a CNC ported and polished 30.5cc engine in to replace the stock 26.3 weedwacker engine in it. those of you that follow me on instagram or twitter have probably seen pics and vids of me assembling it. keep in mind that i just recently had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery done and it may take up to 6 months before both hands get back to normal. fuck, just the fact that i did it on my own is an accomplishment!
 
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blazin

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I dont think the GoPro is a good spectator camera, its really for first person stuff.

Here's a video I made demonstrating that:


Used to bring it on bike rides, novelty kind of wore off


I have a few hours of St. Thomas footage Im going to compile into a new video
 

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GoPro's are good. I have a Contour+ that I bought a few years ago and now I think Contour has gone out of business. At the time I bought it, it made more sense for skiing since it was A LOT more aerodynamic for a side helmet mount or boot mount. The video was superior at the time too and it had an iPhone app that allowed you to see what you were shooting on your phone so you could make sure you had the camera aligned correctly before recording. IIRC, GoPro didn't. I still have it and so far it's been bomb proof. It's gone ass over teakettle with me a few times at 60+ MPH on ice when skiing. I've also accidentally dunked it in the water when I was trying to get it into the waterproof case for kayaking and it still functions. And the other nice thing about is that I don't have to wear a chest harness that makes me look like a fucking faggity-assed faggot Teletubby coming down the slope.
 

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Well, this is a new one for me.

The eBay seller for my GoPro hadn't responded to repeated requests as to when it would be shipping so I opened a dispute tonight. Since I had her name, location, and phone number, I figured a google search was in order. Yep, you guessed it - arrested for murder the day before I bought the camera.

Fucking cunt and two slant eyes shot a guy just to rob him as he left a casino. Dude did nothing but be in the wrong place at the wrong time and three bags of shit rip his family's heart out.

I still hate this world, now I'm wondering why I want to film any of it.
 

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Round 2: Another camera actually won and shipped - due here Monday. Have to wait out the 10 day dispute time period before refund will be issued.

Also won an auction for the LCD Touch BacPac for $41 brand new, they sell for $80 everywhere plus tax and/or shipping - so half price is cool. I got it so on vacation I can take stills with it - otherwise I'll use the wifi and my phone instead as a viewfinder when doing other projects.

Today I made the sprinkler timer panning device for my time lapse efforts, here is a link to it I put on Instructables:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Sprinkler-Timer-Time-Lapse-Panning-Device/
 

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I have been wanting one for all of my various outdoor adventures. It's on my wish list and I will own one eventually.

Worst case scenario, I will have one by the end of 2014.
 

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Finally! MailPERSON got her reprimand, came to the door and tried to "explain" to my wife while I was at work, and was logically put in her place at each protest she raised. My wife was amazed at the entitled bullshit this bitch spewed, and the final straw was that she is retiring next year and can't afford any more complaints - How 'bout you just do your job ya' lazy fuck!

Anywho - this thing is the SHIT! The editing software is being a bit challenging - but the learning curve seems to be under control and I'm compiling a video now from another hike at Natural Bridge in Arizona today.

Made an extension pole from an old golf club to get steadier shots and it worked like a charm. Other accessories on the way as well.

Still waiting for a response from Paypal to get the money back on the first go-around - and now the auction I won for the touch bacpac has been cancelled for fraud and I have to file a dispute to get that money back - fucking eBay is a cesspool anymore.
 

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After 12+ hours fucking with GoPro Studio it came down to my laptop just does not want to run it correctly. Used the wife's this morning and whipped this out in 30 minutes or so.


Lessons so far:

My hand shakes like crazy, the extension arm helped and hurt, depending on if it was in motion or trying to hold steady. Surfing the internet for different designs of steady mounts that are compact enough to travel easily. I might try a golf ball retriever from Dicks Sporting Goods - it goes out to 12 feet and would have some gentle springiness at full extension, but also collapses to 12" and has a concentrated mass to make a nice handle/grip.

This was at 1080/30fps due to half the hike being in shadows and not wanting to mess with changing settings mid-hike. Loses a little saturation, later experiments with the ProTune settings seem to be able to punch the colors back up, but I'm too tired to mess with it right now. If not in direct sunlight the shutter speed slows a little and the razor sharpness goes away with motion.

Looking forward to a full sun activity to try the higher frame rates and then slow them down for drama.

Once I get all the accessories I think I'll want/need, I want to start cutting foam for one or the other plastic cases I got that fit into a Maxpedition Shoulder Bag. That will be easy to carry on vacation and keep everything together and protected.
 

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I have been wanting one for all of my various outdoor adventures. It's on my wish list and I will own one eventually.

Worst case scenario, I will have one by the end of 2014.
What I liked best on the hike is it is so tiny and light, but tough. I didn't worry too much about scraping a rock or two - a whole new case is like $30. Experience will eventually teach me what accessories to use and what to do with it to enjoy it more with minimal fussing about.
 

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This is the rig I used to film my first time-lapse with the GoPro. I suspended it upside down so it would pan in the right direction, but the wind buffeted it a little - that is the jumpiness visible in the clip.



...and the clip. (Click the gear at bottom right to choose 1080HD playback)

 

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@Shootr nice video, that ending was cool with the truck running around the parking lot, then the sunset
 

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Whole nuther Hero avenue for those of us in the lounge chair set is mounted under a quadracopter. The preferred model is the DJI Phantom. Little pricy at ~$600 plus 300 for a Hero and god knows how much more for all the bells and whistles. My first Phantom flew away bye-bye (with my pocket camera and 32G SD card) and the second cracked its shell when a rotor fell off at about 300'. I got a new shell for $50 and when I'm ambitious enough to install it I'm going to get a gopro because I'm stupid and love to repeat money-losing poor decisions.

Here is video (not mine)


The warping artifact you see is called jello and is an interaction of the Phantom's vibration and the frame integration technique of the camera. It can be minimized (this guy didn't) but is difficult to eliminate. That's where the big bucks are required by professional videographers with more exotic vibration dampening techniques.
 

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^^Not a bad video with the 'jello' effect. That gimbal that Anthony uses is like $2500 alone. I estimate his drone to be almost $10k
 

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$40 for a wrist mount? Fuck that. Took the base from the box it shipped in, cut the sides off, and it fits under the velcro straps of my rollerblade wrist guard perfectly. Left the slag/rough edges from the cut on it for extra grip and it is solid and stable.



 

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3 minutes of boring, so don't hassle me - you've been warned.
 

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This thing is fun, today was day 2 of three for mine safety training at the state capitol building, so did some filming around the plaza. We have a gun from the USS Arizona and one from the Missouri for a new monument that is to be dedicated next month.

Some GoPro forums have info on hand held stabilizing gimbals, like go on the helicopters, but with a handle. Less than $100 for a 2 axis model and they seem to work well, but they are chinese and I'm still researching to make sure it will do what I want.