You have a GoPro HD Hero2 and an Atomos Ninja, a Cinedeck EX, or any other video field recorder that accepts a clean HDMI signal. Your GoPro HD Hero2 has a mini HDMI interface, but the user guide only refers to playing videos and photos to a TV set. It depends, but with a few tweaks here and there, it's possible.
You can create high quality videos with low-cost camcorders, if only your 'peripheral' equipment is the best. When asked about the difference between a €300.00 Sony HDR-CX130 consumer HD video camera and a €1400.00 HVR-HD1000 HDV Shoulder Camcorder, a broadcast product manager of one of the two major broadcast equipment manufacturers once told me there are only two differences: guarantee and sound. With a camera labeled as "professional" the conditions on the guarantee are stricter, like repair within 24 hours. And sound should be better too, with support for XLR phantom-powered microphones, but that's it — nothing you can't get with equipment that's cheaper and more durable.
X-Rite's i1Profiler can create profiles in matrix and table format. Table format colour profiles are generally accepted to be more accurate, but at least two applications on Mac OS X "Lion" are incompatible with the table based profiles: Final Cut Pro X and Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 4.
Using a photo scanner and painting canvas or another "real-world" material, you can create stunning backgrounds for digital photos.
[expires off="2012-02-08 18:00:00"]NEW [/expires]With SilverFast 8 scanning software, it is easy to change one specific range of colours in an image. You use the Selective Colour Correction tool. I used this tool to change a book cover's main colour in less than 10 seconds. Scanning doesn't always need to be centered around photos or negatives. It can also be used for more creative purposes.
Your digital camera needs to be white balanced — actually, grey balanced would be more accurate. The reason is that the camera's whites, greys and blacks, should all be calibrated to a known neutral value. From there, the camera's electronics can figure out how other colors should be rendered. Scanners don't have that problem.
This video tip shows you how to create a sub clip from a larger videoclip in the Final Cut Pro X Event browser. It's simple and quick, but it's a completely different way of working than with traditional NLEs.