Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video When to use high frame rates, part of Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports.
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If you want to go ahead and slow down the action, it's time to use high frame-rate footage. Now, depending upon the actual frame size you're using, you'll find different frame rates available.
The Go Pro can go up to 120 frames per second when shooting at 720p, but as you bump the frame size up, you could see it dropping down to 12 or even 15 frames per second. When shooting in something like 4k mode so you're going to have to find the right settings that work for you. With this type of shooting it's really cool, but don't shoot at high frame-rates all the time. I'll find myself shooting at 48 or 60 frames per second. I could run that like a normal speed file basically in a 24p or 30 timeline. But then when you want to, you can cut the speed in half, and the footage is going to be half speed and be nice and clear without any of that stair stepping or jittery or blurriness.
Let's get these cameras set up so we can shoot some high frame rate. What we're going to do now, is set up some go pros for some different frame rates. Just so you can see the difference between the shots. Now some of these models are going to support higher frame rates. So the silver for example is on 30 frames a second. Now, the black here, we've pushed up to 60, which most of them can do. I'm going to take a three plus here, black, and a regular black could do this, as well. We're going to take it up to 120 frames per second. But to pull that off, we have to drop the frame size down to 720.
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- 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
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