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Setting the camera's resolution

From: Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

Video: Setting the camera's resolution

Okay, we've got a lot of cameras, and we need to get em set up. And set the frame rate out to 60, that's going to

Setting the camera's resolution

Okay, we've got a lot of cameras, and we need to get em set up. Now, with different camera models, there are different settings. I've got a silver here, some blacks, threes and three pluses. So, I need to make sure I actually take the time to go through some of the settings and get em all to line up. You don't have to have the same size on every single camera. There are times that you might choose to shoot a slightly larger frame, so you have some flexibility to essentially crop the video afterwards, but it's a good idea, if you're using multiple cameras, to try to get them close.

So, why don't I start out with one of these and walk you through some of the setting. Now, to make things easier, I've attached the LCD backpack. This makes it super simple to see all the menu settings right on back of the camera instead of having to look at the tiny screen on front, I get touch screen controls and it's just a lot easier. So, let's go through a couple of these options here. I'll go into the video settings and I can see the format. Now, I need to choose a resolution, so I'll tap the Resolution button here. And I'm going to shoot at 1080 for now.

And set the frame rate out to 60, that's going to give me at least twice as many frames as I need for most video projects and I can then use that for some slow motion effects, which are often cool to use with sports style productions. Beyond that, I need to go in and set the field of view. So, depending upon the resolution that you get, you're going to have anywhere from a narrow to a medium, to a wide field of view. On the three pluses, you actually have a specialty mode that's essentially called super wide, that lets you go even wider, and get more action in.

And, I'll use all four of these modes today while shooting, so you can see how they all look together. I'm going to set this one on wide, because we're going to put this up at the top of a ramp. That's going to work well. It's at 60 frames per second. I've turned off the low light mode because there's plenty of light. Alright, the resolution and the base camera settings are put together, but there are a couple other things to check under the Setup menu.

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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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