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Old 12-04-2012, 11:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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What do you use to edit?
How much slow-mo do you actually use in your videos?

For all the talk about fps, most video editing programs (like iMovie) don't even take advantage of the extra frames unless you know how to conform the files in advance. I personally stopped doing slow-mos in my edits, as I feel if it's not 1000fps Cineflex it looks cheesy. My 10 cents...
Not sure about iMovie but windows movie maker lets you slow down or speed up a clip really easily. If you slow it down to half (30fps) it dosnt look cheesy. It should look just as fluid as 60fps on most tvs or screens
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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What do you use to edit?
How much slow-mo do you actually use in your videos?

For all the talk about fps, most video editing programs (like iMovie) don't even take advantage of the extra frames unless you know how to conform the files in advance. I personally stopped doing slow-mos in my edits, as I feel if it's not 1000fps Cineflex it looks cheesy. My 10 cents...
I've never had good video software so I've only used Windows Movie Maker. There's an option to change the speed of a clip. Cutting the speed in 1/2 gets you a nice and smooth 30fps. I think if you are going to use slomo, you need to vary the speeds at different points. if you slowed down 1000fps ~30fps all the time, your video would be boring and predictable. Also, if jump/trick/slash/etc is slomo, that's not going to be super interesting either.

I'm probably going to buy these for my Hero3:
Amazon.com: gopro hero3 battery

1300mAh vs 1050mAh for each battery and I get a wall charger.

If I'm happy with the GoPro, I'll probably buy some software, either Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas if they have a consumer level. I heard its pretty good. The only feature I really want from it is the Image Stabilization. the YouTube stabilization is awful. Oh, I think the GoPro Cineform is pretty neat also. I think you can change the video speed somehow. I haven't quite figured it out yet though.

edit: also, i'm not sure how I feel about twixtor. seems pretty neat, but if you have a lot of moving parts it looks bad. Also water looks terrible and I imagine pow would also look terrible.

-joel

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If I'm happy with the GoPro, I'll probably buy some software, either Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas if they have a consumer level.
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You have to actually capture some footage before you worry about editing
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You have to actually capture some footage before you worry about editing
footage of what? I only heard you did a big drop last weekend, its not on video anywhere. Must not have happened.
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Man that would be a deal breaker for me. I just sold my Contour Roam but I was getting upwards of 2-3 hours of footage (that's a full day on the hill recording most runs) and never once had the battery die on me. Unfortunately with no battery meter I have no idea how close I ever was, but that's irrelevant.

Have you thought about checking out the Contour Roam 2?

I'm going to go helmet-cam-less for a bit but if I get the bug again that'll be the one I likely go to...
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Yeah, I had the contour HD before the GoPro and it seems to have died a bit. It seems to be overexposing everything. I've even reset the settings, but nothing changed.

I like the form factor of the contours, but really like the 1080p/60fps of the GoPro. Also like the picture taking ability (10fps or even 30fps for 1 second). Still, if it doesn't work, what's the point of the features?

I'm going to pick up an extra battery and give this a couple more days on the hill. I bought it at REI so I can return it whenever if it doesn't work out.

edit: i'm pretty sure I know the answer to this, but does anyone know how GoPro (or any helmet cam company) measures batter life? according to http://gopro.com/support/article/?21298591 I should get 2.5 hrs in mild to warm temps. I'm assuming that's in the 50-70 degree range with wifi turned off and shooting in 480p. I sent mail to GoPro just now to ask

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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So to follow up here, I got more footage out of it the other day. The key was for me to not use the remote and turn off the wifi. I was able to record in spurts for about 2ish hours. Not straight recording, but here and there. I also left it on the whole time. I didn't want to turn it off/on each time and potentially select the wrong mode.

I bought another batter the other day (hint: Fred Meyer sells them cheaper than REI at 19.99). I'll charge that up and see if I can get more recording time.

Question though. Has anyone used an aftermarket non-GoPro batter for their hero? There's a set on amazon with two batteries and a charger for not too expensive. The batteries are also 1300mAh vs. the GoPro 1050mAh.

-joel
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So to follow up here, I got more footage out of it the other day. The key was for me to not use the remote and turn off the wifi. I was able to record in spurts for about 2ish hours. Not straight recording, but here and there. I also left it on the whole time. I didn't want to turn it off/on each time and potentially select the wrong mode.

I bought another batter the other day (hint: Fred Meyer sells them cheaper than REI at 19.99). I'll charge that up and see if I can get more recording time.

Question though. Has anyone used an aftermarket non-GoPro batter for their hero? There's a set on amazon with two batteries and a charger for not too expensive. The batteries are also 1300mAh vs. the GoPro 1050mAh.

-joel
FWIW, I use a set of the Wasabi Power aftermarket batteries with the Hero 1/2. Work perfectly fine, but the extra capacity makes little/no effective difference to recording time - if there is any difference at all it is less than 10% in run time. I like the charger even though it feels cheap - the good thing about it is that it charges 2 batteries simultaneously (1 in the charger and 1 in the camera).
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those are the batteries I found on amazon. $24 for 2 and a charger.

Amazon.com: Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for GoPro HD HERO3 and GoPro AHDBT-201, AHDBT-301: Camera & Photo
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My experience is with using GoPro cameras while fishing. I have 6 Hero2 cameras and 2 Hero3 black edition cameras. I mount the cameras around the boat to capture action including two underwater to catch billfish bites and releases. I use the battery bacpac for both the hero2 and hero3 and have to say that when the hero3 double battery runs out, i still have an entire battery left on the hero2. In other words, the hero2 double battery is lasting twice as long as the hero3 double battery. I'm filming both cameras at 1080. Not sure why such a huge discrepancy.
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