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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.
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Without power, there's not much you can shoot. And with GoPros, you've got to keep in mind that these cameras are going to last anywhere from about an hour to two hours, depending upon the file format that you shoot with. I recommend you have a couple of strategies for production. First off, don't be afraid to bring wall power with you. A lot of times, you can find a nearby electrical outlet. Maybe it's on the side of the building or indoors. And that's a great way to plug in and keep your batteries on charge. You absolutely want extra batteries when you're on location.
I typically try to bring two to three spare batteries per camera to get me through a shoot day. Additionally, as you're shooting, make sure you power the cameras down if they're not actually rolling. There's no reason to leave the camera powered up, particularly if you've got the LCD BacPac on, or the WiFi feature turned on. These absolutely suck the battery down. So you want to be mindful that you power the cameras down when they're not actively shooting. This could be done with the remote, the app, or, of course, walking over and pushing the button.
Now, besides all of that, I'm walking around with some spare power in my pocket. There's all sorts of easy adapters that you can get that just plug into the wall and are essentially batteries running off of USB. So I can easily just plug this into the camera and give it a tap. If the camera's going to be stationary and it's not in the waterproof frame, I could leave it tethered. Just be mindful that you always have some actual batteries charged, so you have the freedom. When you're shooting sports, it's going to be pretty rare that you have the opportunity to run off of tethered power or wall power.
So always make sure that those items are plugged in and charging ahead of time, so you show up on site with batteries fully charged. And whenever possible, get your drained batteries onto chargers so you can get them back into the action.
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