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Power-management strategies

From: Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

Video: Power-management strategies

Without power, there's not much you can shoot. Additionally, as you're shooting, make sure you power

Power-management strategies

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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Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

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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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