How do you transcode a 120fps GoPro HERO3+ video clip to ProRes, except for letting your NLE doing the heavy lifting? The answer is not simple. GoPro Studio Pro isn’t helpful as it only exports to publishing codecs and the Cineform codec. Telestream’s Episode 6 does, but only if you set it up correctly. Here’s how.
The HERO3+ Black Edition has new firmware since March 2014. Firmware v2 added new controls to GoPro’s flagship camera for setting colour, ISO limit, sharpness and exposure. Meanwhile, Atomos’ Ninja Blade added vectorscope and histogram overlays so you can evaluate the exposure settings of your camera. Atomos’ Blade series also supports colour calibration to ensure accurate colour. Use the two together and you get an ultra-cheap ultra-nice movie recording package.
Crumplepop introduces Fisheye Fixer v2.0. Fisheye Fixer v2.0 is an Final Cut Pro X plugin that repairs the fisheye lens distortion in GoPro HERO3+ footage. The upgrade makes it to work with GoPro’s new Superview mode, as well as with all other modes on GoPro cameras.
David Newman, Senior Director of Software Engineering for GoPro answered some questions that I had after writing my story on transcoding GoPro files to ProRes 422. I kept wondering if the intermediate step of transcoding — as I have been doing over the years — is the best approach for handling and processing GoPro Cineform files. From his answers that I received by email I learned it isn’t necessary.
The GoPro HERO3+ is an improved version of the HERO3. It’s a bit better with low light, has a better lens, and a new even wider view, called SuperView. It also has better audio due to a different placement of the built-in microphones. Together with the new HERO3+, GoPro released new mounting accessories, including a clip (QuickClip), a clamp with flexible mounting pole called Jaws, a new suction cup and a far better tripod mount than the one already available.
I tested the GoPro Hero3 Black for noise and light adaptation performance. I measured the light recorded by the Hero3 with an i1 Display Pro connected via basICColor’s display Pro 5. This software has an ambient light measurement module that is very accurate. The light recorded by the camera started at less than 5 lux, […]
I tested the Hero3 Black Edition with the new LCD Touch BacPac and the new minimal-design housing, The Frame. The Black version is the most powerful of the three versions GoPro has of this action camera. It can do all the nice tricks that you can see in the marketing communications of the company.
GoPro footage shot with Protune looks washed out and dull. That is because you need to apply the Protune colour LUT (LookUp Table) to the footage. Only then does it become a high quality clip. You can do this with the free Cineform Studio, but Crumplepop thought you might want to do it right in Final Cut Pro X.
GoPro finally released the Protune firmware, a couple of days before they announced their new HD Hero3 cams with 4K capabilities. Although the news of the HD Hero3 sort of siphoned all the attention away from the Protune release, the latter is worth at least as much focus.
GoPro movies shot with Wide or Medium field of view have an outspoken fisheye lens effect to them. Only footage shot with Narrow has less of that effect. Sometimes this fisheye effect is what you want. Often it isn’t. Crumplepop’s Fisheye Fixer plug-in can get rid of the effect and straighten lines amazingly well.