Sunday, October 22, 2017

Go Pro Camera Review – One Cool Little Camera You’ll Want

Go Pro Camera Review – My thoughts from NAB Show 2011

I’ve wanted to incorporate POV (point of view) cameras into my projects over the years but the lipstick cameras were expensive and cumbersome since they had to be tethered to a recording device, so it never happened. I just found my solution!

At the recent NAB Show 2011 (National Association of Broadcasters Expo) in Las Vegas, the colorful and crowded GoPro.com exhibit caught my attention so much that I came back for several visits and guess what – I’m getting one!

Watch this video from the NAB Show floor to see why.

There are so many cool things about this matchbox sized camera: its super lightweight and tough, it  mounts to helmets, surfboards, cars, motorcycles, bikes, handlebars, your head, your chest….you name it, and it’s plastic housing is waterproof to 180 feet.

This camera is becoming legendary among sports fans, but you can use it for so much more. I can’t wait to get my hands on this little jewel of a camera so I can get some really creative shots that I simply cannot do with a traditional video camera. I’m going to be writing lots of tips and techniques based on what I learn.

The GoPro® RC Cameras are available in standard definition & 1080p HD versions. The HD version shoots in 1080p, 960p, and 720p in 30 and 60 fps (720p). It records up to 2.5 hours on a single charge of the included Lithium-ion battery and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card (not included).

You can recharge it with a USB connection and alternately use AAA batteries. Exposure control is automatic  with user selectable center weighted average and spot metering settings. White Balance is automatic. The built-in microphone has automatic gain control and records in 48 kHz, AAC audio compression.

This diminutive camera is also a highly adaptable still camera; it shoots 5 megapixel poster-print quality photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals. Just press the shutter and for the next 2.5 hours it will fire away, creating incredible time-lapse photos. I can see how a wedding photographer or videographer could place several of these tiny cameras in locations to get shots that would not be possible with larger cameras.

Of course you can also shoot single shots, triple shots, or even use the self timer for more traditional photo taking. There is even an optional housing to allow live streaming. The list of features is way too long to cover here.

So how much does this amazing little camera cost? Get your credit card ready, because the SD camera is only $99 (that is not a typo!) and the HD version starts at $179. There are tons of mounting devices for any imaginable use, from bicycles to race cars and get this – there is a two-camera, 3D setup available which includes GoPro Cineform Studio, the 3D editing software. The 3D kit includes the two-camera waterproof housing and the software, for just $99.00.

As you can tell, I’m very excited about getting and using this camera. I have so many ideas about using it to get images that will blow my viewers away. I’ll bet your mind is already spinning with creative ideas, too, so get on over to GoPro.com and let’s start sharing video links and photos on this blog. Let’s inspire each other to reach new creative heights – and have fun doing it.


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NAB Show 2011: A Brief Overview

 

NAB Show 2011 in Las Vegas – Day 1

NAB Show 2011 (National Association of Broadcasters) is behind us and we’ve been back for a week now. I’m catching up on things in the business while going over my notes about the cool stuff I saw and learned at NAB, including:

  • Video Lights  – I never knew there were that many lighting companies in the world and, frankly there were a lot of similar products and a wide range of price.
  • GoPro – The tiny camera that goes literally anywhere. Even in 3D now. I saw footage you simply could not get any other way.
  • Presto – This software is a superior way to record PowerPoint presentations. I know a lot of people who need this! It’s not been released yet so stay tuned. 
  • PluralEyes – I finally got to see a demo and now I get what all the buzz in about.
  • Get Phonetic – Conducts dialog searches through your Final Cut Pro clips for spoken words and phrases! Unbelievable.
  • Audio Technica – Always a standard. I’ve been looking for short shotgun mics for DSLR and smaller camcorders and they have ’em. One of their reps gave me a great overview on-camera.
  • Stabilizers – So many people are shooting videos with iPhones, Kodak Zi8s, Flip cameras… here’s how you get smooth moving camera shots.

 

NAB Show floor action

 

  • Sony NEX FS 100 – If you like the shallow depth of field you can achieve with a DSLR but prefer the form factor (the shape and way you handle it) of a video camera, Sony has your camera in the new NEX FS 100.
  • Zacuto, Jag 35 have the coolest things for the DSLR shooter. Got some of that on video as well.
Plus we met some cool movers and shakers in the video and independent film business. More to come on that too.

Don’t worry, in my next few posts I’ll be covering these NAB Show 2011 topics in greater detail. Right now, I have to finish up some videos for a client.

Special Interest Videos – Where Do You Find Them?

Example of one of our Special Interest Videos

As I shared my conundrum last week about what to call our Special Interest Video business, when people find out we produce and sell our own videos, they sometimes look a little perplexed. Their next questions is often, “so you shoot weddings and commercials, right?” No, we don’t.

Then I patiently go on to explain that we produce educational videos such as those you watch in a classroom or “how-to” programs such as cooking, dancing or exercise DVDs, or videos like those you find on the History Channel or Discovery or the Travel channels. I add that special interest videos are based on a specific topic of interest and include such topics as music, documentaries, health and well being, war/military, crafts, as well as comedy and children’s video – also know as “kid vid.” By this time I usually see a light go on and they start to get it.

Then they follow up by asking me, “Where do you sell them?” Many times they also ask how they can finds videos on a particular subject.

Take a search through the Internet or on Amazon.com or eBay, I tell them, and whatever interest or hobby you have there is most likely a DVD out there covering it.

People are surprised to learn that DVDs such as these are a growing business to the tune of over $50 billion dollars in 2011.

Sometimes finding these types of DVDs is difficult even when you search online. The first place I suggest you can find a wide variety is at your local library. You can also check to see what is available at the video store (if your town still has one!) or go online at Netflix.com. If you wish to purchase a DVD, Amazon.com has a large selection.

Recently special interest DVD websites are cropping us where you can buy or rent DVDs at reasonable prices. Some of those sites are sivideo.com, apsvideo.com, or video-line.com.

Sometimes at these sites you can possibly find rare and collectable DVDs. You could probably even find a VHS copy!

A Google search will also unearth many companies such as ours who are selling DVDs. Check on YouTube as well. Many producers showcase samples of their work there with links back to their sites. (Good marketing idea!)

Search under Special Interest Videos

If you’re looking at sites such as Amazon.com or Netflix.com, the category you wish to search for is Special Interest Videos or just Special Interest. Most sites use these terms. (Hmmm, maybe it isn’t such a bad term after all?)

?Although it may take some searching and research, most likely if you’re interested in a subject, you can find a vidoe on. If not, maybe that is a great niche to be filled by your next video!

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