GoPro fights bad karma with Hero5 video telemetry overlay features

Nov 18, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

GoPro fights bad karma with Hero5 video telemetry overlay features

Nov 18, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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GoPro haven’t been having a great time of things lately. Share prices are down, sales are down, the Hero4 Black was practically usurped by a competitor at half the cost. The Karma’s been recalled, and the Hero5 Black wasn’t as impressive or as revolutionary as customers might’ve hoped for. But now, GoPro have surprised us with something that’s pretty cool.

Users were initially underwhelmed by the GoPro’s long awaited built in GPS features in the Hero5. Pretty much all it did was tag where our photos and videos were shot. Well, every cellphone can do that. All that changes, today, though. GoPro are taking every single bit of data logged by the camera to let your produce a real-time on-screen video overlay to represent different aspects of your journey.

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The demo above shows the multitude of stats you can track. You’ve got your speed and direction, along with a map showing your path on the left. On the right, there’s the distance covered, altitude, elevation gain as well as the current time & date and a graph showing your speed across time. There’s also a little number near the lower left which shows you the current g-forces acting upon the camera.

For drone users who’d like to have a little more information about where they’ve been it’s a very handy tool. Other users who can benefit from such features, though, are pretty much anybody who moves from one spot to another as a course of filming. Motorcyclists, regular cyclists, runners, skateboarders, speed and sailing boats, and way more. That’s a fair chunk of GoPro’s market.

It’s a pretty cool feature for not only analysing the shots themselves, but those activities in which users participate, too.

 

The overlay isn’t recorded straight to the video file in-camera. So, all your original shots are safe and intact. You’ll need to download the latest version of GoPro’s Quik for Desktop to see the information. Videos you’ve already shot with GPS activated in the past can now also make use of this overlay.

You can either just watch them back for your own personal reference, or you can render out the graphics on top of the original footage in your final edit.

What do you think? Is this a feature that could see you switching back to GoPro from other action camera brands? Would even find such a feature useful for the kind of stuff you shoot? Is GoPro truly starting to show some real innovation again? If so, let’s just hope the trend can continue. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “GoPro fights bad karma with Hero5 video telemetry overlay features”

  1. Jeffrey B George Avatar
    Jeffrey B George

    Don’t the competitors like Garmin already do this? Looks really neat though. I just don’t trust GoPro anymore.

    1. Mike McIntire Avatar
      Mike McIntire

      I was going to say the same about Garmin. I also remember an app on my phone that did the same, and for a lot of things, a phone with similar camera capabilities in an otterbox or lifeproof type case is essentially as good, and already in your pocket. So sad they keep missing S curves of innovation.

  2. rjh Avatar
    rjh

    Innovation? From gopro? Keep searching.

    I don’t understand how people feel qualified to suggest that gopro might be innovative, yet appear to be totally unaware of the existence of Dashware, and the fact that gopro bought them some time ago.

    Dashware is really neat, works with non gopro cameras (like the Git2) and with many, many data sources – including Torque – and I’ll bet gopro have dumbed it down to the point of uselessness to include it in quik; my only wish is that they don’t destroy Dashware so we have fewer and dumber choices.