Is this a new GoPro must-have accessory, or a future dud? AER lets you shoot aerial photos and videos, simply by throwing your GoPro®! Compatible with GoPro® HERO 3+, 4 and 5.
What are your thoughts? Write ’em up in the comments below!
The team is crowdfunding now on Kickstarter and expects to deliver its first units by January. Check it out to see for yourself.
March 11, 2015
Chinese company Xiaomi has just introduced the ¥399 (roughly $64) Yi Action Camera, which looks like an interesting budget version of the $130 GoPro HERO, but with better specs. The HERO can do 30fps at 1080p and 60fps at 720p, but the Sony 16MP sensor of the Yi can do 1080p 60fps and 720p 120fps. Unfortunately, you’re only going to be able to get one in China right now. Even if Xiaomi does try to release it in other parts of the world, I’m not sure GoPro would be happy about that design.
As we all know though, specs don’t mean everything, and unless this video is compressed poorly, the HERO may actually have the edge in image quality:
And for reference, here’s the introduction of the entry-level HERO:
Here are the specs:
It looks like the Yi can be controlled through mobile devices with its built-in WiFi/Bluetooth (this is a Chinese translation):
And here’s a blow-up of the device and the measurements:
And it’s also going to be available in this interesting color scheme:
For more info and specs, and how to order, check out the link here.
February 25, 2015
by The Beat
GoPro has come along way since the first version was released back in 2004. Until the last few years, the pint sized cameras were use sparingly if not at all in Hollywood and professional productions, but that all changed with the GoPro HERO 3 & 4 series. In fact, GoPros were the go-to camera for documentary films like 2012′s Leviathan, which uses GoPros almost exclusively to capture a commercial fishing boat at sea.
Now these nearly indestructible cameras are being fitted to just about everything, giving the audience a point of view we’ve never had before. But the thing to remember: the cinematographer didn’t just strap the GoPro to just anything and let it go. No, they planned and tested certain shots to ensure the cams were being used most effectively.
Here are 4 tips that will allow you to integrate your GoPro footage with cinematic footage…
Have you had success integrating your GoPro footage with your cinema style footage?
Tell us all about it in the comments below.
June 16, 2014
The GoPro Hero line of cameras offer a high-quality way to capture footage that ordinary cameras can’t. They go underwater, they’re light enough to attach to helmets, they shoot at high frame rates for great-looking slow motion. Still, the fixed lens means you’re stuck with what you’ve got—a small sensor with a fish-eye wide field of view. If that fish-eye look bothers you, how can you get rid of it?
A frame from the original clip, in which I went surfing, and managed to stand up.
Easy, if impractical: getting used to the look is the easiest path of all. If your client doesn’t mind it but you do, set aside your personal preferences and roll with it. You’ll get the best resolution and sharpest results, plus you won’t crop away any of your image. But if your client has noticed…
If you’ve never imported your footage into FCP X, you may have luck with the free GoPro Studio app.
It works if you take the files straight from the card, but not if they’ve been re-wrapped.
However, when you import your footage into FCP X, the .mp4 that GoPro makes is re-wrapped into a .mov, and that apparently causes the fish-eye removal hidden in Advanced Settings to be unavailable in GoPro Studio. That’s a shame, though if you’ve dragged your footage into FCP X from the Finder (rather than using File > Import) you may not have problems.
It seems like a less than obvious choice, but Photoshop can actually handle video as well as stills, and you can even apply its advanced lens corrections to video too. You’ll need the Exchange panel if you don’t have it already—here are some instructions. Install Exchange, restart Photoshop, then open the new panel from Window > Exchange.
Next, you’ll need a custom module to do the hard work. The latest one is called WideAngleVideo3, and you’ll need to search for that in the Exchange panel. Click the Free button to download it, then restart Photoshop to use it. (Note: if it doesn’t work after this step, restart your Mac too.)
Once you search, you’ll see this.
Drag your video clip onto the Photoshop icon, or use File > Open and locate it. Choose Windows > Extensions > WideAngleVideo3, then look in the panel that appears and find the settings you used to record this footage. I’ve used a GoPro 3 Black at 1080p in Wide mode, which is good for video quality but bad for fisheye. Luckily, just pushing the button works a treat. Scrub through the video, and even take a look at the Adaptive Wide Angle filter that’s been applied (to a Smart Object) if you want to see how it works.
And here’s the button I need to press.
To export, use File > Export > Video, choose a destination and format settings (H.264 on high quality should be OK) and wait for the export. It can take a while, though.
And here’s the button I need to press.
Another strategy is to correct the footage a little closer to the editing process. First, download the trial of Lock & Load from CoreMelt. (Disclosure: I create tutorial videos for CoreMelt, but you can use the plug-in used here for free, even after the Lock & Load trial expires.)
Lens Undistort lets you pick the degree of correction you want to apply.
In FCP X, add your clip to a matching timeline, then open the Effects tab. Look for C2 Lock & Load, then drag the Lens Undistort effect onto your clip. After a few seconds, it should deskew nicely, and you can adjust the Field of View parameter to match GoPro settings, or with Custom settings to match another camera instead.
This is much, much faster than the Photoshop method, but you have less control. Keep Photoshop ready for extra-tricky clips.
And here’s the corrected clip, which plays in real-time on my iMac.
You have a couple of options to minimise the issue a little. You can either shoot on a “medium” or “narrow” field of view instead of the default “wide”, or shoot at a higher resolution to make cropping less deleterious to image quality. You can’t combine these settings, though: for the 2.7K resolution, you only have the “wide” option.
In 1080p mode you have a few options, and wide will be most distorted.
While going through the settings menus on the camera itself can be an exercise in frustration, it’s quite easy to find the settings in the companion iPhone app, so do it there if possible.
While the plug-in used here isn’t the only way to de-skew GoPro footage, it’s the easiest way I know, and it’s free. There’s another free FCP X plug-in from Alex4D that seems to do a good job too. So get out there and do something silly with your camera!*
*No, not that silly.
Find out more about the GoPro Hero range of cameras here:
June 11, 2013
by Victoria Woollaston Dailymail
(Thanks to Mladen Kriznik for posting…)
A design team from New York has created a 3D-printed camera mount that can help photographers take fully interactive, 360-degree videos and photos.
The 360Heros Plug & Play mount weighs 1.5lbs (700g) and is made from ultra high-resolution craft-grade flexible nylon making it weatherproof and strong.
It can hold up to six GoPro cameras, which can be switched on and off by wireless remote control, and is one of the first projects capable of capturing full, spherical 360-degree images in high resolution.
Because the Plug & Play models are printed using 3D printers and craft-grade nylon they come pre-assembled.
The cameras can be slotted in and out of the mount without any screws.
There are six models available and prices start at £259.
Although the GoPro cameras must be bought separately.
The H6 model can be used for all weather conditions and the cameras are protected making it possible to shoot 360-degree video in bad or harsh weather conditions.
The HC Pro6 uses a wireless remote to turn cameras on and off.
The HC Pro6N can be mounted on a helmet or flat surface like the top of a car.
The HC Pro7 and 7HD are just like the Pro 6N but additionally have a camera holder on the underneath, which allows users to create the full spherical view from a wider range of positions.
Most single cameras can only capture 170-degree views horizontally, and the majority of 360-degree cameras can only capture images up to 120-degrees on the vertical.
Because of the angles at which the cameras are mounted into the 360Heros holder, it can capture 180-degree on the vertical making the video and photos fully spherical and panoramic.
The 360Heros project has also developed a range of online tutorial videos.
Michael Kitner from Orlean, New York designed and built the 360Heros mount and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the project.
The campaign is hoping to raise funds to finish the professional video tutorial series on creating video with all the different holders, and help Kitner and his team finish the manufacturing process of the 360 underwater solutions using the Plug & Play domes.
A single GoPro camera can only see 170 degrees on the horizontal whereas the six cameras mounted onto the 360Heros mount can capture a full 360 degrees
The 360 Hero is 3D-printed using ultra high-resolution craft-grade flexible nylon.
It has six slots that can each hold a GoPro camera.
When all the cameras are in place, the mount can capture a 360-degree horizontal and vertical view.
Cameras can be slid in and out of the flexible case and the mount has been designed to have no screws.
The cameras can then be switched on and off using a remote control.
Holes in the nylon mean the mount can be put on top of a tripod or suspended in the air.
These domes can be attached to the holders making it possible to use the 360-degree cameras safely underwater.
Kitner hopes to raise £492,000 ($75,000) before the campaign ends on 28 June.
Kitner said: ‘Using our new 360 Plug & Play holder it allows you to use GoPro cameras and produce amazing 360 interactive videos.
‘Our Plug & Play holders are 3D-printed in an ultra high-resolution craft-grade flexible nylon making it extremely strong.
‘Our unique designs give the ability to easily plug and play your GoPro cameras on the fly.’
Kitner said: ‘We don’t worry about each camera being absolutely synced at the point of recording.
Click the picture below to create your own interactive 360-degree photos online
‘This is because each camera has its own audio and when the video stream is stitched together in the post-processing stage, we can analyse the audio and sync the video at the time of stitching.
‘The real advantage of the 3D-printed holder is that you can easily change these cameras, or change the batteries, in a matter of seconds with no screws involved.
‘You just plug the cameras in and start shooting.
‘This is great for concerts or if you want to get closer to the camera because there’s less parallax between the lens.
Click the picture below to stitch together your own 360-degree videos
‘With all these holders, the real advantage is all the different mounting points that let the holders attach to a tripod or similar.
‘Every one of them has a series of little tiny fishhook holes so you can actually suspend the mount in air.
‘And this really makes people wonder how you shot the 360 video or 360 photo because there’s no way to see how the camera was actually suspended.
VIDEO: See the 360Heros mount in action
‘Because you can see a full 360 and 180 all around you, and the camera only weighs a pound and a half (700g) and it doesn’t require a computer or external storage device, we’ve created a whole new paradigm around 360 media recording.
‘This is all possible because we’re using the most versatile camera on the planet today – the GoPro.
‘Its many features such as the wireless remote, resolutions as high as 4K, shooting in Pro-Tune or RAW allows us to create 360-degree video, and 1-click 360 panoramic photos with resolutions as high as 6,000×3,000 pixels and in full spherical view.’
H3Pro 6 and H3Pro6N costs £423 ($645)
H3 Pro7 and H3Pro7HD costs £489 ($745)
360H6 (with screws) £259 ($395)
Once someone buys a 360Heros mount there are online video tutorials to teach owners how to use the system.
The series shows how to set up the 360 content, how to create tours, manage camera files, use the different holders, stitch and sync a video and how to host the content online.
360Heros has also partnered with various companies to create mobile apps, to create interactive mobile viewing on an iPad or other tablet.
Kitner said: ‘This tool gives such an immersive experience and its amazing just to watch the joy and awe in people’s faces when they see 360 video for the first time on the web or mobile devices.’
Over the past three months, 360 Heros has been used in various projects including the filming of a Chris Milk gig, hand gliding over Santa Barbara with GPS tracking and Google Earth images.
The team have going skiing on volcanic slopes in Oregon, flew over landmarks and skate parks, rode the zip line down Fremont Street in Las Vegas and went scuba diving in Belize using underwater 360 video solution.
One of the most recent projects that 360Heros took part in was using the mounts to film a gig.
Musician Beck worked with director Chris Milk to create a groundbreaking new interactive site to let viewers see and hear a gig from his point of view.
The Hello, Again site lets you move your point of view so it feels as if you are standing anywhere in the room – whether it’s among the crowd, next to the band or even up on stage with Beck.
And thanks to a bank of specially designed microphones that were dotted around the venue, you hear the music in 3D surround sound, so it comes at you from the direction of the performers.
Click here to watch the song (may take some time to load) and scroll down to see how it was made
The special gig was funded by car maker Lincoln as part of an advertising campaign.
‘Musicians have been covering, remaking, and remixing classic songs for as long as we’ve been listening,’ it said.
‘Yet what Beck is doing with David Bowie’s 1977 classic, Sound And Vision, is something well beyond a cover,’ the organizers claim.
Over 160 musicians took part in the recording, including an orchestra, a drum line, a row of electric guitarists, a musical saw, modular synthesizers, a Theremin player, a yodeler, 2 different choirs, a harpist, a range of percussionists from around the world, and the Dap-Kings.
Led by conductor David Campbell (Beck’s father), they backed the singer, who was at the center of the room on a small circular stage.
Three panoramic cameras were mounted around the venue on 360Heros mounts, along with specially built ‘heads’ to capture sound in 3D.
‘From the way we arranged the song down to the live performance, we were focused on the idea of immersing the live and online audiences’ audio senses by having the music come at them from every direction,’ said Beck.
‘It’s difficult to re-create a live concert, but by using this 360-degree approach, it opens up an entirely new kind of experience that will surprise people.’
Working alongside concert production designer Willo Perron, Director Chris Milk transformed Stage 14 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles into a circular, rotating music hall in which the stage surrounds the audience.
As more than 160 different musicians fill the circular stage, they’ll literally rotate around the crowd, creating an immersive sound experience unlike any other.
There are three locations for 360 video and audio, and on the website you can select them and hear exactly what you’d hear if you were there
This bizarre recording device – sculpted into the shape of a human head and surrounded by lifelike ears – captures sound in a 360-degree immersive style, the way a person would actually hear it if they were sitting in the performance space with the musicians.
Three of the heads were placed around the venue, including one on stage, so viewers could hear exactly what the musicians would.
Organizers claim ‘The result is a track that actually captures a moment in time.
‘It’s not your typical compressed studio-recording, but an emotion-evoking, wave-your-hands-in-the-air, lighter-raising type of experience.’
October 18, 2012
by GoPro and Scott Simmons, Studio Daily
It was a fun Tuesday night here in San Francisco as GoPro Founder and CEO Nick Woodman took the wraps off the company’s latest little camera, the Hero3. This new product in the GoPro family ups the ante for helmet-cam to vehicle-strapped action cameras in a few major ways: It’s 30% smaller, 25% lighter and has a 2x faster image processor. Sounds great, but the main question we really wanted answered is, what are the specs and, also, what can this little baby do?
Try 4K at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p60, 1440p48, 960p100, 720p120 and WVGA at 240 frames per second. Those are all the maximum frame rates the camera will deliver per resolution. When you see the size of the new Hero3 Black Edition in person you’ll be amazed that you can get 4K images out of this little thing, and all for just $399.99. There are two other editions, the $299.99 Silver Edition and the $199.99 White Edition that scale back some of the formats, frame rates and features, but when you consider the $79.99 Wi-Fi remote comes in the top-level Black Edition, there’s not a lot of reason to buy anything else. Check out the video at top for a look at the amazing images out of the camera.
In addition to all the video specs, the Black Edition will shoot 12 megapixel photos and has significantly improved low-light performance, double that, in fact, of the previous GoPro camera, the Hero2. These kinds of action cameras can’t really be about the glass, but Hero3 does have a much sharper lens, reduced distortion and (thankfully) improved sound. Wi-Fi is now built in. Sadly, we don’t get to shoot direct to the CineForm codec in this new version, though I got the feeling that’s something coming in the near future. However, if you run the recent Protune firmware update, that will raise the bit rate to 45/Mbs.
There are a ton of new gadgets and accessories that go with the Hero3, including a new “LCD Touch BacPac,” a touchscreen that makes accessing the different settings much easier than the two buttons on previous versions of the camera. A new waterproof housing also lets you take this camera much deeper underwater, up to 197 feet. Check out GoPro.com for all the details.
Smaller, Lighter… Better
Weighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces, the HERO3: Black Edition is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than previous models. Learn More »
2X Faster Video Performance
The HERO3: Black Edition captures professional, cinema-quality video at 2X the resolution and 2X the frame-rate of previous models while delivering 2X better low light performance. Slow-motion aficionados and industry professionals will love the HERO3: Black Edition’s 1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48 high frame-rate video modes while those desiring a cinematic look will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 2.7kp-30 and 4kp-15 video modes. Learn More »
3X Faster Photo Performance
The HERO3: Black Edition’s photo performance is 3X faster, now boasting 12MP burst capture at a staggering 30 frames per second with 2X better low light performance compared to previous models. Still Photo and Time-lapse Photo modes remain the same but are joined by a new Continuous Photo mode that captures continuous 12MP stills at a steady 3, 5, or 10 photo-per-second rate, up to 30 photos at a time. And for those that like pulling still images from video, 4kp15 video mode captures 8+MP video at 15 frames per second making it perfect for pulling still images from video. Learn More »
Sharper Lens, Less Distortion
The HERO3’s reduced-distortion, 6-element aspherical lens combines with user-selectable Ultra-wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views to deliver more perspective-capture options than ever before. Add the totally updated flat-lens waterproof housing that delivers stunning image sharpness both above and below water and you’ve got one of the most powerful and durable image capture solutions on the planet. Learn More »
Updated Audio System
Understanding that sound quality sound is as important as image quality, GoPro engineers completely redesigned the HERO3’s audio system to be as adept at capturing the subtle, natural sounds of voice and music as it is at capturing the immersive sounds of sport. Also improved is GoPro’s already famous wind-noise reduction, ensuring that you’ll hear more of your passion, be it your engine or expletives, and less of the wind during high speed activities. Learn More »
The HERO3 Black Edition features built-in Wi-Fi and includes GoPro’s Wi-Fi Remote accessory. The Wi-Fi Remote is normally available as a $79.99 accessory but is included with the HERO3: Black Edition. The Wi-Fi Remote is waterproof, wearable and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi-enabled GoPros at a time from a range of 600′. The HERO3’s built in Wi-Fi means it can also be controlled by iOS or Android smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App. The GoPro App enables full camera control and live scene preview on any compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
The HERO3: Black Edition is compatible with all GoPro mounting accessories and older generation BacPacs™ along with the newer generation LCD Touch BacPac and 2nd generation Battery BacPac. However, as all HERO3 cameras have a new size and shape they require HERO3-specific Wrist, Skeleton and 3D housings so be sure to check for HERO3 compatibility when purchasing any new housing accessories. Learn More »
October 11, 2012
Protune, a Free Firmware Update to GoPro’s CineForm Studio Software, Brings Support for 24p and 35 Mbps Data Rates.
Despite the mounting popularity of the go-anywhere GoPro Hero2 cameras for gathering b-roll and action footage on a variety of top-level projects, the lack of 24p and 35 Mbps support was still a serious obstacle for those in television and film production unwilling to convert GoPro-acquired footage, risking further image degradation, prior to post. GoPro first announced it had scaled that hurdle this April at NAB when it unveiled the upcoming “Protune mode” as part of the company’s CineForm software suites that first brought the camera newcomer into the big leagues. The upgrade, which is free to existing customers, is available today via download as part of the latest version of CineForm Studio, the free version of the edit-prepping software.
In addition to adding support for 24fps frame rates and virtually artifact-free 35 Mbps data rates, the Protune upgrade should also expand options for colorists during preliminary grading sessions. The software now includes a neutral color profile, log curve encoding, for better control off your shadows and highlights, and reduced sharpening and noise reduction. A number of looks presets are also included in CineForm Studio as part of the upgrade.
For those needing even more grading options prior to a longer-form edit, GoPro continues to offer GoPro CineForm Studio Premium and GoPro CineForm Studio Professional, both of which come with a range of color controls, 3D LUTs and customizable presets for grading GoPro footage. Premium lists for $299 and Professional for $999 and are available for download at GoPro’s CineForm site.
For more information: GoPro CineForm Studio
July 13, 2012
First Look at a Camera in Development that Could Be Headed for the Market Soon
On Tuesday, Sony lifted the lid on a new micro-POV “action camera”—at this point its unofficial name—that will go head-to-head with GoPro’s line of wearable HD cameras. Sony hasn’t yet unveiled a release date or any specs, other than to say in a “first look” blog post that the camera captures “super high-quality video.”
The camera certainly looks lightweight, tough and streamlined, as does its companion element-proof, mountable housing. How will it stack up against the GoPro HERO, which basically owns the action sports market? Sony appears to be betting on technology it has already track tested, specifically its Exmor R CMOS sensor (good in low light) and SteadyShot stabilization feature. The company has also capped the camera with a wide-angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens.
The Sony post makes it clear this new camera is aimed at the action sports fan for mostly recreational use. But if Sony gets it right, these cameras could easily end up strapped in multiples on skydivers’ helmets or inside a car, boat or small plane for some high-octane b-roll setups. After all, GoPro HERO has long been there, done that.
Like all action cameras, the GC-XA1 ADIXXION uses an ultra wide-angle lens. The 1.5-inch LCD screen allows you to review footage directly on the camera in the field, and using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi you can also beam video to your smartphone or laptop. With these last features, our biggest concern would be battery life. So the GC-XA1 ADIXXION is absolutely loaded, and what’s especially attractive is that it comes with everything already built-into the camera—there’s no need for a special waterproof case, external monitor, or plug-in Wi-Fi adaptor. And the price is right, too: GC-XA1 ADIXXION The will be available in the late summer and will cost just $350. [JVC]
June 7, 2012
The Wi-Fi Combo Kit enables remote control, live preview and playback on smartphones and tablets*, live streaming* to the web, and more. The Wi-Fi Combo Kit is compatible with HD HERO2 and Original HD HERO cameras.
Live stream video or share photos and videos directly to the web from your GoPro, wherever you have a network connection (coming soon).