GoPro – I’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

My GoPro and I have hit a bit of a rocky stretch in our relationship.  I’m not sure yet if we’re heading for divorce, but we’re defiantly not newlyweds anymore.

The last straw was when my GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition decided to fry its 64 GB SanDisk Ultra micro SDXC memory card in the middle of a shoot.

But it’s not just the technical problems I’ve been having with my GoPro that have been bothering me – we’ve kind of drifted apart artistically as well.

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Gopro Captured Footage Of Man And Lions Bro-Wrestling (In A Good Way)

If you were lucky enough to grow up with a smaller brother (or unlucky to grow up with an older brother), you know what Bro-Wrestling is. And it is usually pretty harmless.

But what about if you are good friends with a lion? Imagine Bro-Wrestling with one of these majestic animals.

Gopro Captured Footage Of Man And Lions Bro-Wrestling (In A Good Way)

This GoPro commercial accompanies Kevin Richardson, A.K.A The Lion Whisperer in a few days travel across South Africa. Kevin strapped a GoPro Hero 3+ to his chest and captured amazingly close footage with them. [Read more...]

GoPro Firmware Hack MegaLapse Allows GoPro Time Lapse Tweaking

If you are using GoPro for time lapse shooting this is something you are going to appreciate. I am not really sure if it deserves the ‘firmware hack’ tag, since it looks like a built in feature, yet, this is a clever use that goes all the way to the good old DOS days.

GoPro Firmware Hack MegaLapse Allows GoPro Time Lapse Tweaking

Think hard, what was the first DOS program you ever wrote, I bet it was a two liner: the first line writes your name, the second is goto line 1. Right?

Konrad Iturbe used that ancient DOS kong-fu to create a clever way to extend the intervals offered by GoPro cameras. The GoPro originally supports 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds intervals for time lapse, but Konra’d clever program extends this interval to whatever time you want, allowing multi-days timelapses. [Read more...]

Building A Creative GoPro Glider For Capturing Orbital Footage

Point Of View (POV) can be a major factor in storytelling. Finding new interesting points of view is not trivial, and every bit of innovation helps keeping viewres on their toes. This is why we got to hand it to Steven Prael for coming up with this cool GoPro rig idea that captures an orbital view of a scene.

Building A Creative GoPro Glider For Capturing Orbital Footage

The idea in general is pretty simple – get a go pro on a rope and turn, turn, turn it around. But execution may be tricky. By building a simple rig Steven overcame two problems that has to do with spinning – The first is how to keep the camera facing the center and the second is how to reduce vibrations.

Both issues were dealt with by adding a small wing to the rig, creating a makeshift glider. Pretty clever. If you were wondering how durable a GoPro is just check out the failed footage at 1:10 and 1:20 . [Read more...]

Powering a GoPro With LP-E6 Canon Batteries

GoPro’s latest Hero 3+ made a cool move when (among other things) added 30% battery time bringing the camera about 40 minutes of recording time at real-life conditions.

Powering a GoPro With LP-E6 Canon Batteries

If you need more time than this you have several DIY options and several USB based options. I not a big fan of either. The folks at P&C came up with the Tehkron CagePro + GoPro cage.

Basically it is a cage like the one you’d use for DSLRs with two clever additions:

  • You can power a GoPro of a regular LP-E6 Canon battery and
  • You get a 62mm mounting thread for filters.

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GoPro Hero3 And GoPro Hero3+ Compared Head To Head

GoPro which is kinda the standard for action cameras today recetly released the GoPro Hero3+ (with + being the new part) after releasing the Hero3 late last year.

The new Hero 3+ boast a new camera and housing with longer battery life, better image quality, a smaller form factor and better WiFi connectivity.

GoPro Hero3 And GoPro Hero3+ Compared Head To Head

But is it worth the extra $70. Here is an indipendant test from Kyle Heart, who did not believe the GoPro specs and made a test of his own. Guess what? GoPro were on the dot with each of their claims. [Read more...]