Using the GoPro 2.7K mode as a virtual zoom

GoPro Hero3 cameras are great but they lack a lens that you can focus and zoom as you want. But with the 2.7K capability, there’s a trick so you can virtually zoom in on areas of your scene, provided that you work with Final Cut Pro X and your sequence or timeline is no bigger than 1080p.… Read More Using the GoPro 2.7K mode as a virtual zoom

How to make a basic stabiliser for your GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ or HERO4

Keeping your GoPro HERO3/3+/4 steady is no small feat without some sort of a stabilisation platform. You can buy a gyro-driven gimbal, but that’s expensive. A Steadicam Curve is another, less expensive alternative, but what are your options if you’re somewhere you can’t get either of these? If you’re happy enough to have with you a Dinkum Systems 1/4in ActionPod and a nylon cable tie, you can make your own rudimentary stabiliser.… Read More How to make a basic stabiliser for your GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ or HERO4

What can you do with a GoPro HERO3+ with firmware 2 installed and a Ninja Blade?

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.… Read More What can you do with a GoPro HERO3+ with firmware 2 installed and a Ninja Blade?

How to best format GoPro files for editing with Final Cut Pro X

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.… Read More How to best format GoPro files for editing with Final Cut Pro X

GoPro HERO3+ and new mounts

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.… Read More GoPro HERO3+ and new mounts

GoPro Hero3 Black tested for noise and light adaptation performance

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,… Read More GoPro Hero3 Black tested for noise and light adaptation performance