GoPro HERO3 Best Practices
By GoPro Ambassador Professional Surfer Reno Makani
Filming Action Sports like Surfing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Moto, Drifting, MTB or any high speed action I use 960p @ 100 fps or or 720p @ 120 fps. For ultra wide clean crisp shots use 1440p @ 48 fps or 30 fps.
(Note) HERO3 Silver users I recommend 720p @ 60 fps for high speed action. To sum it up it depends on what your doing in post production. Seamless slow motion is what you want?
I recommend higher fps resulting in smoother slow motion.
On location in Mexico > Photo GoPro
(Note) Learn to use GoPro Studio 2.0 to convert/transcode clips (720p, 960p & 1440p) to 1080p. If your just wanting to film B-roll use 1080p @ 60fps or 1080p @ 30 fps. HERO3+ Black users try 1080p 48 fps SuperView On)
I recommend using New GoPro Studio 2.0 software to convert/transcode 960p & 1440p to 1080p HD video. You can also use this for amazing photography time-lapse's.
Better yet GoPro Studio is FREE. Download your copy here> > http://bit.ly/GoPro_Studio_2
(Note) Functions include • Frame-rate adjust for slow motion • Exposure • Contrast • Saturation • Color Temperature • Image flip rotation • Slow Motion • Video Templates • Frame Re-size (Up-res/Down-res)
(Note) Your gonna have to play with the Framing Controls like Zoom, Horizontal Position, Vert Pos, Rotation, H.Zoom, H.Dynamic, Cropping and zoom etc in order to get the ratio perfect.
Time-Lapse of a sunrise or sunset I will usually capture one photo every 2 seconds (30 photos per 1 minute)
(Note) When shooting faster moving abjects you will want to speed up the Time-Lapse to 1 photo every sec (60 photos in 1 minute)
Time-Lapse 1 photo every 2 seconds > Photo GoPro
Action Shots with Time-Lapse. If I don't have access to my hands or remote I use Time-Lapse 1photo every 0.05 seconds. (120 photos in 1 minute)
(Note) From time to time I use Burst Mode at 30 fps 12 MP photos at 1-3 second intervals for ultimate detail. Photo example
Burst Mode 30 photos in 2 seconds > Photo GoPro
Post Production - (Video)
I use Final Cut Pro X ($299) but you can use iMovie (FREE with MAC)
and new GoPro Studio 2.0. Apps like iMovie, Splice, iMotionHD and SquaredyV.
(Note) Watch my last FCP production (GoPro Surfing China) with Teammate Jamie Starling (Video Below)
Post Production - (Photography)
I use iPhoto (FREE), Photo Shop CC and Adobe Light Room (FREE Trials Available for PS & LR)
Apps I like to use are Snapseed, Camera+, Squaready, GoProApp, JusGram, Repost, PS Express, PicPlayPost, Lensflair, iMovie, iMotionHD, ColorSplash, LetterFX, PhotoCube, VersaGram, PhotoWizard, TextMask, Phonto and iWaterMark…
Time-Lapse 1 photo every 0.05 seconds > Photo GoPro
Professional Techniques -
Learn to use the Wifi Remote. This will result in saving time and capturing shots remotely.
Learn to use the GoPro App. I use this religiously to change settings and calibrate my view of whats in frame. I also transfer media back to my iPad or iPhone.
(Note) Last thing you want to do is go out and capture amazing content then later find out that you or your object was not within frame.
(Note) Be sure you turn off WiFi function when your done unless your using remote or App as it will drain your battery quite fast.
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