Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports
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Onsite review strategies


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Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

with Richard Harrington

Video: Onsite review strategies

If you look at a GoPro out of the box, it doesn't have a screen. So, by its very nature, it's kind of hard to know what you're getting. Most people take the approach of shoot wide and hope for the best. But, I come from a professional video background and I just feel a lot better when I know that my shots are turning out. I got a couple of strategies that I would like to encourage you to consider, and it tends to work out pretty reasonably to go ahead and implement this into any workflow. First up, is the use of the LCD backpack. Now, I only use one of these but the great news is is I could run from camera to camera, slap it on the back of the camera, and I could review the shots we just got.
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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. What you'll need for this course
      1m 9s
  2. 8m 38s
    1. Visiting the location for a site survey
      1m 1s
    2. Packing for the shoot
      1m 4s
    3. Initial thoughts about the shoot
      1m 20s
    4. Onsite review strategies
      2m 10s
    5. Power-management strategies
      1m 48s
    6. Personal safety and equipment safety
      1m 15s
  3. 8m 8s
    1. Setting the camera's resolution
      2m 0s
    2. Working with capture settings
      2m 21s
    3. Using neutral density filters
      1m 11s
    4. Protecting the cameras
      1m 48s
    5. Protecting the cameras with a cage
      48s
  4. 7m 21s
    1. Mounting a camera to the top of the board
      1m 59s
    2. Mounting a camera to the bottom of the board
      2m 21s
    3. Using a protective case
      2m 19s
    4. Safety precautions and risks
      42s
  5. 6m 42s
    1. Using chase camera strategies
      1m 1s
    2. Using a Steadicam Smoothee
      2m 1s
    3. Using a Steadicam Curve
      1m 57s
    4. Using a GoPole Grenade Grip
      1m 43s
  6. 6m 1s
    1. Using a chest-mount harness
      1m 54s
    2. Using a head mount
      1m 14s
    3. Using a wrist mount
      1m 14s
    4. Mounting a helmet camera
      1m 39s
  7. 5m 45s
    1. Using Gorillapods
      1m 1s
    2. Using clamps
      1m 20s
    3. Using poles
      2m 22s
    4. Strategies for following the action
      1m 2s
  8. 11m 15s
    1. Setting the field of view
      1m 54s
    2. Lighting
      2m 31s
    3. Attaching a mic
      3m 19s
    4. Conducting the interview
      3m 31s
  9. 4m 16s
    1. When to use high frame rates
      1m 50s
    2. Limitations on recording with high frame rates
      51s
    3. Setting the camera for overcranked footage
      1m 35s
  10. 8m 18s
    1. Top gear from the shoot
      2m 22s
    2. Techniques to build on
      3m 3s
    3. Lessons learned the hard way
      2m 53s
  11. 56s
    1. What’s next?
      56s

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Watch the Online Video Course Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports
1h 9m Intermediate Apr 04, 2014

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The GoPro HERO was practically built for sports, and not just the extreme kind. It's compact, durable, and produces high-quality footage at a high-frame rate—just the kind of camera you want for shooting fast-moving athletes outdoors. Rich Harrington drops in at the local skate park and shows how to shoot grinds, kickflips, and ollies from multiple angles, including a head mount and an under-the-board point of view. He also shows how to plan for other equipment you'll need, like Steadicam rigs for extra stabilization or clamps and poles to capture interesting angles. Plus, learn how to film interviews on location without having to switch cameras, and set your GoPro to capture overcranked footage. Best of all? The techniques shown only require one camera, so if you have a GoPro, you're good to go.

This course was created and produced by RHED Pixel. We're honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Packing for the shoot
  • Managing power on location
  • Protecting your GoPro
  • Mounting a GoPro
  • Using a Steadicam Smoothee or Curve
  • Using head, chest, or wrist mount
  • Positioning your GoPro with clamps, poles, and GorillaPods
  • Mic'ing and lighting a shoot
Subjects:
Photography Video
Software:
GoPro
Author:
Richard Harrington

Onsite review strategies

If you look at a GoPro out of the box, it doesn't have a screen. So, by its very nature, it's kind of hard to know what you're getting. Most people take the approach of shoot wide and hope for the best. But, I come from a professional video background and I just feel a lot better when I know that my shots are turning out. I got a couple of strategies that I would like to encourage you to consider, and it tends to work out pretty reasonably to go ahead and implement this into any workflow. First up, is the use of the LCD backpack. Now, I only use one of these but the great news is is I could run from camera to camera, slap it on the back of the camera, and I could review the shots we just got.

This really makes it easy to see if we're getting the results that we want, and it even has a headphone jack so you could plug in and check your audio if that's going to be important. Depending upon the case style you choose, audio could be really muffled so if sound is important you're going to have to balance the safety of the camera with the rigging. Realize that looking at a little, tiny screen isn't necessarily the best way to know that you're getting professional quality results. One way around this is to bring something like a laptop on set. You can plug the camera in with a USB cable or you can just pop the memory card and drop that in.

And this makes it really easy to open up the clips in a video editing tool such as Adobe Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro Ten. You can quickly import the clips, take a look at them on those software tools scopes or look at them on a larger screen to check things like focus and exposure. And this is really going to come in handy. Now, in limited times here I'm going to take advantage of Go Pro app. Remember, turning on the Wi-Fi feature on the camera really sucks the battery down. But, we will have the need to do some starting and stopping remotely for cameras that are placed up in places that aren't super convenient to reach.

And, you do have the ability, with the newer versions of the cameras and the app to actually check the shots before you roll to make sure the settings are right, and even take a look at some of the clips on the card afterwards. By combining these multiple strategies for monitoring, you could feel more confident that you're getting the results you want. because the last thing you want to do is spend eight hours shooting, an intense day out there, and then come back with nothing to show for it.

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