View Full Version : Can we have a GO PRO HD thread / sticky please?

Reflex Films
01-22-2010, 07:33 PM
I have been using these cams alot for the last month- they are pretty simple to use and produce great 720 p footage - and even do slo mo. I had a loan of a demo unit for 2 days - took it back and walked out of the shop with 5 of these cams. The mounting options are just too well thought out and easy

Based on the massive take up of these units (EVERYONE i know is getting one) Maybe it should have its own dedicated section - to share knowledge / problem solving / post tricks and clips.

Even sir Philip Bloom rates them.

Here are some of my fave clips from the camera: (its all action stuff)

windsurf mounts:


check the slo mo here




so in short - can we give it its own section ? (the traffic should be huge)

Justin Kuhn
01-23-2010, 11:25 AM
1. That camera looks AWESOME. The possibilities are incredibly tantalizing. I. Need. That.

2. Beyond the things you've mounted it on, what are you going to talk about in a forum for that camera? Are those things enough for a whole forum? It just seems like it doesn't really have any fine points of operation. Just fine for a sports action cam, the best option really.

I had seen something about this somewhere but forgotten. Thanks for reminding me!

Reflex Films
01-23-2010, 05:32 PM
handling and transcoding footage in post - in various editors

Sharing footage

mounting tips for the camera

exposure settings results

housing and antifogging tricks

720 / 60p to slo mo techniques - 720 v 1080 - (720 looks better) vs field of view / dof in these modes - memory card issues and solutions -- advising firmware updates.

Justin Kuhn
01-23-2010, 08:56 PM
Maybe. Depends on the mods, yeah? I think it looks like a great B-cam for action stuff and POV but I wouldn't want to depend on it for the entirety of what I do.

Reflex Films
01-23-2010, 10:31 PM
of course you would NO WAY use this as your a cam.
with the right grades and cc i can intercut footage from this cam with my hvx200 and it looks great.

for the money - the picture quality and slo mo is outstanding - in fact they could have charged double and this would still be a no brainer purchase.

Justin Kuhn
01-24-2010, 02:52 PM
No kidding. A sticky definitely seems mandatory.

01-24-2010, 11:35 PM
These cams seriously rock. Here's our testing with them.


01-25-2010, 03:09 AM
I did, great footy! I thought these were on back order, but it seems like they are getting out there now.

02-11-2010, 02:39 AM
There certainly is a lot of tricks to getting the most out of these cameras as they have little in the way of manual control. I've actually been using the GoPro cams for the last 4 years and in that time developed mods (radio control, delay timers, motorized pan heads etc) and also techniques for selecting the best mounting places to get the footage that you want. I share a lot of this in a dedicated GoPro User Forum http://goprouser.freeforums.org

We don't get a lot of technical people at the forum, mostly just motor/watersports and snow people wanting to capture footage of what they do. We do however attract some Pros and Broadcast people fascinated by the image quality and what they can do, but baffled by the lack of controls that they are used to on regular cams.

Take a look, you only need to register to post not read, and see if it fills a need that possibly won't be fulfilled here on a Pro Forum.

Cheers Ian (Rambo)



03-04-2010, 11:48 AM
This was my first time using the GoPro HD Hero Camera. It was a great day of powder riding at Bear Mountain. We shot everything 1280x720 at 60fps. We mounted the camera on the end of a ski pole and on a helmet.

I converted everything in Apple's Compressor to 30fps mov files. The editing and color correcting was done in Final Cut Pro 6. The opening and closing titles were done in Apple Motion 3.

David Meador
www.tfpictures.com (http://www.tfpictures.com)

03-09-2010, 02:45 PM
what impresses me most about the footage form this camera is how little shake there is in shots that should have a lot of it.
are these just choice clips?
is it maybe the 60 fps?

03-10-2010, 09:48 AM
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shot entirely on a go pro, and these guys rock this stuff! they also put out a 3d edit using two of them rigged together. Enjoy!

03-10-2010, 01:32 PM
That was awesome! I love the pov cam! Handles the motion nice. And its nice seeing some nasty freestyle skiers get some!!!

03-10-2010, 01:35 PM
I agree there should be a forum for this flavor of hd. Can be extremely useful. Any prevalent problems with these cams?

04-04-2010, 12:53 PM
I'd like to see a GoPro thread too.

I'm hungry for informed user comment and examples of work. There's no limit to the things that can be done with these great little cameras if you let the imagination run.

04-04-2010, 01:54 PM
I'm going to get 2-3 of these and mount them on the mcgee cycle:


04-12-2010, 11:08 AM
Just joined and currently use the Go Pro HD. Used mostly for recording ride video's. Yes a sticky or dedicate section for Go Pro cams would be good. I also plan to use this cam. while on vacation in Maine. Want to get some slow motion of waves hitting the rocks and views actually down in the tidal pools. Limited controls are and issue as well as making sure the cam is turned on but other wise it's a versatile little thing knowing it's limitations. Like mcgeedigital I plan to get another one to mount in two locations on the bike. Hopefully as time goes on I'll have worthy contributions to this forum.
Some sample video I've done already.





I much prefer the r5 and r4 settings for size of video (viewing) and clarity.

05-06-2010, 04:14 AM
A sticky is definitely needed for dumb-asses like me, I can't for the life of me get the 60p out of this thing. Tried mpeg streamclip, compressor, Jes deintelacer and still can't get it out....this thing is the perfect size for throwing at a brick wall.....Jk.

I'm shooting r3, both PAL and NTSC to test - usually on my 7d when shooting 50p I run it through cinema tools and conform to 25 fps, then mpeg streamclip transcode to XDCAM 1080p or ProRes, with the Go Pro's Mp4 it won't open in Cinema Tools, and all the settings I try in Mpeg Streamclip won't change the frame rate.
Once transcoded I can open in Cinema Tools, but the conform selection is greyed out.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance guys, it seems this little thing has beaten me tonight.


05-06-2010, 04:38 AM
Found it....last ditch google and found the answer on Facebook....
I got this reply directly from GoPro support...here it is for you FCP users......


Final cut is not compatible with the native 60fps files from our HD HERO camera. To be able to import the 60fps videos, here are instructions straight from our video editor.

You need to do a high quality transfer to a .mov file. Here is the free software for you to use. go to: http://www.squared5.com/
download whatever version meets your computer.
Open MPEG Streamclip application and import your 60fps files.
Go to export.
Now open up your new .mov clip in Cinema tools, then go to conform to select the desired frame rate for playback (so 29.8 would give you about half normal speed playback)
Now you can import the Streamclip exported .mov file into Final Cut at 60fps.
The best video setting quality we've used is Prorez. 100% and then 60fps and .mov.
This should also work for Smoothcam application.


Answered my own question, but here's the solution for future reference. I'll probably forget myself so I'll check back here. Ha.


05-06-2010, 06:17 AM
Tipple, there's a ton of info on my Gopro forum as well http://goprouser.freeforums.org

Fellow Aussie


05-06-2010, 11:49 PM
Tipple, there's a ton of info on my Gopro forum as well http://goprouser.freeforums.org

Fellow Aussie


Yeah mate, checked that out last night. Actually emailed you with a request for your underwater focus correction, not sure if I had the right email though. Let me know if you're interested in some quick cash, I'm next to useless with my hands and modifications.
First day underwater today (mixed with topside surfing) and it's out of focus and virtually unusable for my purposes, any help would be greatly appreciated.


06-03-2010, 07:43 AM
Sorry for the stupid question but is the footage acceptable projected? Would it be in focus (or acceptable) in a small arthouse screening environment?

06-15-2010, 07:53 AM
I've been using squared 5 converter for a while with great results!

07-22-2010, 05:45 AM
I think this thread needed a bump... We need a Gropro section...

Our team just purchased a gopro hero for some special swimming footy of our main actress. So, I started my shooter passion at age 12 SCUBAdiving with an underwater still camera. I should know about the trials and tribulations of the mighty ocean. I was in a big rush to shoot the swim and didn't think to put a little wrist band on the thing. Too excited to play, way overconfident and just plain stupid, especially with my background. Mind you we received this cam the day before with no time for real testing.

Anyways, the actress knocks the thing out of my hand and let it be known they do not float. Alright, Slight panic mode... I tell the actress swim to shore and scan the beach. We got major waves, surfer's paradise... I'm skin diving, no mask, opening my eyes and frantically scanning the bottom. 25minutes goes by while I'm searching, it's still recording. Needle in a haystack... and I find that lil $#%^&**()(&%##. Probably the highest high when I felt that mini box, I screamed excitement and ran back to shore. All the PA's are cheering. I watched the footage last night and it goes on a massive journey smashing itself into all kinds of incredible shots of fish, seaweed, rocks, killer spinning rollercoaster ride shots. This cam smashed into everything, not one scratch on the lens, body, nothing. It should have busted opened or ended up in the hands of a seahag. Anyways, I thought I'd share my story... love the lil cam, from now on double strap!!!

07-27-2010, 09:13 AM
I would like to see a GoPro section as well.
I have one I purchased at NAB,, but haven't used it ot it's fullest potential.
I'm hoping it's able to mount to a WWII era training plane on the wing.