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Hey pontiuspylate - any comment on how the GoPro handles for non-1st person/POV? I'm concerned about lack of zoom etc.


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Honestly it's best used for 1st person shots. It has a fisheye lens so if you want to shoot your friends shredding down the hill as you ride next to them you have to be fairly close. Same thing if you want to shoot somebody hitting a jump. You basically have to stand on the jump (or be very close to it) in order to get good footage.

If you're looking for a good camera to take pics and shoot video of your friends with I would look at the Olympus Tough seriesof cameras. I have one and it rocks! It's small enough to fit in your pocket comfortably. It's water proof, freeze proof, drop proof, and takes really good pics/video.

With the Olympus and the GoPro combined you can make some pretty decent videos.
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Thanks I don't think i've seen that Olympus yet so I'll check it out.


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Someone mentioned the kodak zx1/zi8/zi6 cameras and I would definitely recommend them if u can get a good deal. I got the zx1 last year for $79. it's weatherproofed and u don't have to worry about it getting in the snow or getting wet. I really abused that thing but it held up until the last day of the season... I had it dangling around my wrist during a tree run and it hit a big branch hard and the screen now has a small crack. It still works fine and the video plays back on the screen fine but I wonder how water resistant it is now... if i use some type of sealant it should be ok i guess.

quality is really decent, can get a little shaky. only real problem I had is the video format was difficult to work with. If you just want to upload your videos straight to youtube or facebook or view it off your tv through hdmi or so then it's fine, but it was a pain in the ass for me trying to edit and deshake my vids.
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the Zi8 can be had on Amazon these days for about $115 I think which is an awesome price for a budget HD cam.

I think the kodaks do .MOV format which yeah that can be a pain in the a$$ for anyone working with windows, in particular for people working with MovieMaker which doesn't support .MOV or .MP4 format videos. Do yourself a favor and get a better video editing package from the store or from bit torrent.


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the Zi8 can be had on Amazon these days for about $115 I think which is an awesome price for a budget HD cam.

I think the kodaks do .MOV format which yeah that can be a pain in the a$$ for anyone working with windows, in particular for people working with MovieMaker which doesn't support .MOV or .MP4 format videos. Do yourself a favor and get a better video editing package from the store or from bit torrent.
I just got a refurbished Zi8 off of amazong for $83

What kind of video editing software would you recommend that's still user friendly?


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Most of the reviews I read recommend the playsport. I'm thinking of getting this also
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If you run Windows you probably have Microsoft Movie Maker. Or it's available for free download from Microsoft if your PC didn't come with it installed. Like most MS applications, it's very user friendly to the point of being idiot-proof, but like most MS products it's prone to weird and unexplained errors
  • like if you apply slow-motion to one clip, the next clip inherits that with no way to turn it off.
  • sometimes the project your working on will "freeze" and of course the only way out is Ctrl+Alt+Del to kill the program. Make sure your auto-save is set to save your file like every 10 minutes.
  • sometimes a clip will freeze like you had inserted a still image. sound still works, but the clip is wrecked usually can't be fixed.
  • sometimes when overlaying audio it loops a segment of the track rather than the whole track. I think this might be related to some DRM protection though and not necessarily Microsoft Movie Maker

In fairness most of these things happen very infrequently, but of course they always seem to happen at the most inopportune time or when you have put a lot of work in to a project.

The pros: it's free, and easy to use.
The cons: prone to funky errors that you can't fix, doesn't have a ton of features

Overall it's a good enough product to get started and get a feel for putting songs & splicing video clips together with some basic transitions, effects, etc.

I recently got Corel Visual Studio Pro but have really only used it a few times. A guy I know uses Final Cut Express which can make some nice clips. Both of these are better applications, there's a bit of a learning curve (they don't work exactly like MS MovieMaker but this can be a good thing) and they have more effects and features available.

I think Final Cut might be a Mac application. Also for macs there's iMovie, but I don't have a mac so I can't really speak to either of these.


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thanks for the tips! maybe i'll make doubles of everything just to make sure i don't lose anything!


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