7 Tips to get great shots with your GoPro

7 Tips to get great shots with your GoPro

After you get your action camera, you need to learn how to use it properly to make amazing videos. Wearable action cameras will let you capture excitement-packed footage in a way that’s simply impossible with a conventional standalone cam. Whether you’re looking for incredible slow-mo shots or an awe-inspiring time-lapse, a decent action cam makes it all easy.

1. Know your mount

Whether your GoPro is going on your SUP, snowboard, helmet, or your dog, it pays to be familiar with your mount’s movement. A choppy film can be fun (for a few seconds) but only if you’ve planned it that way. Before you film your shots, test the angles and the outcome. Mounting your GoPro on the handlebars of your bike is significantly bumpier than a helmet- or chest-mount, since the body’s motion absorbs jolts more readily than the bars.

If you have the budget invest in a gopro gimbal. A gimbal is a motorised stabilizer that actively cancels out any vibrations and movements from your body to make the video footage silky smooth. They are well worth the investment if you are looking for professional footage. The GoPro Karma Grip is a a gimbal made by GoPro, but there are many more options. Before you decide which model, You read the latest GoPro gimbal reviews, to make sure you make the best purchase.

2. Check your angles

Action cameras tend to have very wide angle lenses to pack in as much activity and scenery as possible. When shooting at 1080p, the latest GoPro offers wide, medium or narrow fields of view – we reckon the narrow or medium options are best as the lens is so wide anyway, and the extra-wide setting tends to result in a ‘barrel effect’ with lots of distortion around the edges.

3. Don’t Just Take One Shot

One of the best GoPro photography tips I can give is to never just take a single shot. If you check out the settings on your camera you will see that you have the option for both time lapse or burst shots.

By taking more than one shot you increase your chances of getting the ideal photo that you’re looking for and you don’t have to worry about any blurry or out of frame images.

4. Utilize Slow-Mo Video

GoPros come with several settings that allow videographers to manipulate the speed and size of the frames. By setting your camera to 1080p at 60 frames per second, you’ll capture video that you can later slow down to dramatic effect. Mixing in these segments gives depth to the story and can help match any corresponding background music.

5. Less Is More

There might be 90 minutes of footage to choose from in the editing process, but the best videos find a way to distill that into 90 seconds. One person even reduced his average work day into one entertaining minute. A lot of user-generated content, they have this great adventure, but it’s six minutes long, You can tell a good story in two minutes. So be ruthless. Only select the very best moments from you video and cut the rest. People only want to see the best bits.

6. Tell a Story

Capture everything before, during, and after the climactic moment so that when it’s time to edit, there’s context behind that high-altitude triumph or epic descent.You can’t tell a story if you only have 30 seconds of footage.

The GoPro Capture and Quik software, now has an automatic feature, that can sync your footage to music. It’s not perfect, but if you are in a rush, then

Make sure you have enough space on your memory card to film your whole adventure, and don’t forget to…

7. Keep an Eye on the Battery Life

Nothing is worse than going to take a video as you drop in to an untracked powder field to find that your GoPro has run out of batteries. There are two ways that you can easily manage the battery life on your camera.

Be religious about charging your gopro every day. And switch it off between shots. I know from experience that this is hard to do.

Alternatively, I would recommend that you can purchase a few spare batteries and bring them with you. This way you don’t ever have to leave your GoPro behind the charge and running out of battery life will become one less thing you to worry about.

Get shooting!

The most important thing is to always have your camera with you. The more you film the more your will learn what makes a good edit. Switch it on when ever you can, and make some great videos!

 

X170 Review

X170 Review

Action Cameras Review of the X170 from Drift Innovation

The Good: DVD Quality Footage + 170º lens + Wireless RF Remote + 1.5 Screen = WOW!

The Bad: Its a little bulky but this is understandable as it is housing the screen as well as all the regular helmet camera technologies.

The Action Cameras Bottom Line: The X170 is the first camera to tick every single box that we want to tick when deciding on a helmet cam to buy. Read below to see how much is packed into this small cam. Weve tested it to the limits, showed our friends the amazing quality video, and have loved every second of it. We highly recommend this Action Camera!

FULL REVIEW BELOW

The Drift Innovation X170 Action Camera one of the best all-round helmet cameras for filming any extreme sport that we have come across. Designed to take high quality point-of-view photos and videos of all action sports such as skiing, mountain biking, motorbiking and any other extreme sport that you can think of. The Drift Innovation catch phrase sums it all up; Capture and Relive all of your Action Sports!. Available from Avtion Cameras for just £199.99 this is fantastic value for money!

The X170 has ticked every single box that we want in an extreme sports camera! Lets have a quick look at some of the headline features:

* The X170 delivers DVD quality video and 5Mp photographs,

* These functions can be controlled by a wireless RF remote control,

* A 1.5 screen helps you to line up the perfect shot and to show off your video right away,

* Memory expansion up to 8Gb on SD card,

* With a wide angle lens of 170º, you will get all the action in your shot,

* All the mounts that you need are provided, plus it has a metal 8mm mount,

* The price tag for all of this is incredible!

driftOne of the first features that youll notice when taking your new X170 out of the box is the 1.5 screen. We found that having a screen on the camera itself is a seriously useful function to have for two main reasons; firstly you can line up the best angle when mounting the camera so that you dont get home after a long day out expecting to see brilliant videos only to find that you have been filming blue sky. Secondly, and more importantly is watching your videos on the screen straight after youve come off the slope, track, or water with your mates!

With previous narrower angle cameras it was difficult to percieve the speed because the lens only saw the track in front. Now when you can mount a full 170º lens, you can see from the wide angle, not only what is in front of you because this lens gives a wider specter and it is easier to catch the scenes all around you. And the best thing is that 8mm thread.

ATC3k Action Camera Review

ATC3k Action Camera Review

The Good: The ATC3k action camera has a wider camera lens, means more action on camera, the ATC3k can be used as a webcam for skype, plus the 4Gb capacity is great as it means that you can get up to 2hrs recording

The Bad: It looks just like the ATC2K – just black…

The Action Cameras Bottom Line: For just a little more in price, you get a lot more with the ATC3k so it’s a must for anyone wanting to film their extreme sports at a reasonable price.

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At first glance the ATC3k could easily be confused with its predecessor the ATC2K, this is because it does look the same it’s just been disguised in black but this black beauty shouldn’t be underrated! It’s only £10 more than the ATC2K but the extra value that you get from the innovatively updated features adds up to much more!

Cold weather sleve

helmetIf you know ATC2K than you already know the basics of the ATC3K; 3 meter waterproofing, shockproof, and all the rest of the standard specs that we’ve come to expect from extreme sports cameras. But obviously the ATC3K has some great new features that set it above the ATC2K:

The ATC3K has a wider field of view of 48 degrees (the ATC2K has 42 degrees)

The ATC3K can be used as a webcam when attached to a PC and as a viewfinder when connected to your TV. It even comes with a web-cam stand.

And probably best of all, it can take up to a 4Gb SD memory card which means that you can now get recordings of up to 2 hrs!

 ATC3k action camera handle

There are also some accessories being released for the ATC3K. A Handle mount will allow your to firmer grip when you are using handheld camera. We all know how cold eats up the battery so with that in mind, there is the cold weather sleeve that will help you with that too.

ATC3k action camera

In just a couple of weeks, ATC3k action camera will be launched. So far, this little piece of tech equipment has passed all out demos and tests and this sports camera is a really great piece of kit that you can use in any situation. It really has an amazing performance and it works perfectly.

GoPro File Formats

GoPro File Formats

There can be no doubt that the footage you can capture on the GoPro HD cameras is nothing short of amazing, but editing the footage is often a source of considerable frustration. If you have got the latest and greatest computer to work with (e.g. very powerful quad core PC), then you will probably be OK to edit the raw footage as long as your editor can work with the mp4 format, but more moderately powered machines often struggle with the processing power required.

You could spend £1000s on upgrading your computer, but there are ways to get around the issues and we wanted to share some advice about how to convert your raw footage into the finished article. When you use the GoPro HD, the video is recorded as mp4 using h.264 encoding. As there is a lot of data captured in HD footage, the file sizes are typically large. Formats and containers are very confusing but think of ‘mp4’ as an envelope/wrapper that contains data.

HD footage

The h.264 video compression standard is highly compressed for efficient playback but is less than ideal for editing as it is a ‘lossy’ format and image data is lost during compression. One of the first things to try if your editing software refuses the raw footage is to use Quicktime Pro to save the file as a .mov. The data itself is still h.264 and you shouldn’t see any loss in quality. Just convert or transcode the footage into a format that will work.

Unfortunately, this will almost always have an impact on the quality but it doesn’t have to be too bad and you will lose far more detail/quality when uploading to the web (if you share a video that way). The best software available to do this is currently Cineform Neoscene. This will transcode the file into a less optimized format that will then be able to be edited in almost all editing software suites. The quality from Neoscene is excellent but be prepared for very large file sizes – the file size often increases by more than 5 times the original size.

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If budgets don’t permit considering Neoscene, then we would recommend MPEG Streamclip which is an excellent free tool that works with an incredible range of file formats and will also allow you to edit 60FPS footage if you have been using the GoPro HD in that mode.

The editing

The editing options are more limited than a full editing suite because there are some restraints when it comes to options only. You can always use MPEG Streamclip if you need to trim out some particular parts from raw unfiltered footage that you do not need in the original clip. It is good also for the initial cutting and you can save a .mov file, just make sure that your editor supports that format. This way, you can work with smaller files and that can only make your performance better. MPEG Streamclip will allow your footage to get into editing software.

GoPro or go home

GoPro or go home

Do you want to excel in your area, to show yourself in best possible light, to show all the moves that you know? In that case, you need to try to GoPro cameras immediately. You will be surprised how many videos were taken by this camera. William Arnold is the first among them, and he is certainly one of the best in this area. All his moves are presented in the best possible and the most realistic light. You can see the most sophisticated moves, even the hidden ones, that you cannot see as a regular spectator.

All the amenities and possibilities of GoPro cameras

First of all, we need to highlight the speed of cameras zoom. You can capture a second and still avoid your picture to be blurry. Besides this, it also goes with voice control in order not to spoil the moment. Even if you are under the water or you are surfing and chasing the waves, you will be able to take pictures in the exact moment when you decided to do it. How many times have you wanted to catch the moment and not to spoil it then this is the best option for you? You will stop wasting your time and have the time of your life.

Disadvantages of GoPro cameras

 

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Like with any other devices here you can also find some flaws. The biggest one is the sluggish image in most cases. It will only happen if you are buying low-quality cameras. With all models of Hero, this is not the case, and you can rest assured that the picture will be more than impeccable. The ability of the zoom and resolution will affect the quality of your picture, and we can assure that with Hero models you won’t have any problems with this.

Where to buy GoPro cameras

The good news is that you can get your GoPro camera literary everywhere. You can buy it in the nearest store, or you can purchase it online. It is up to you to decide which way is the most appropriate to you. If you are somebody that likes to try the device before you buy it then avoid online shopping. Online shopping is for someone who is familiar with performances of devices and someone who can see according to those performances if the device is something that will suit you and your needs.