Shooting video seems to be very popular in today’s modern society. With the rise of social media; it gives everyday people opportunities to post videos there own productions for others to enjoy. Camcorders and smart phones does a great job of making this possible, but the new wave of shooting video is with action cameras. Right now these cameras dominate the market and one particular brand stands out.
GoPro Cameras are cameras that not only is great for live-action, but for everyday situations and events. They have the ability of providing HD and 4k video quality in striking detail and clarity. Being an action type of camera, you can even mount them on bicycles, surfboards, airplanes, animals, skateboards, and people with mounts, clamps, and suction cups. With it’s wide 170 degree angle lens, you get a much broader view to work and play with. Even underwater scenes can be captured with these cameras and they’re built tough for handling any of life’s challenges. This article is a breakdown on how to use the cameras to get the best video possible.
Like all products you buy, removing it from it’s packaging is important so you won’t ruin the camera or it’s mounting accessories. As with all electronics, go ahead and set the date and time features which helps you keep everything documented. Next you need to download the GoPro App because this feature gives you camera controlling features.
For people who mount the cam on objects that are moving, you can’t really see what’s happening at present time and the app displays what the camera is doing and what the video looks like. After setting up things you should play around with it just to get a better feel for how the camera works. Play around with the angles since it has a very wide-angle lens. Sun glare and image distortion is very common but a good way to overcome this issue is to keep the cam perpendicular to whatever scene your shooting. If not, the angles will have your arms or legs looking like tentacles. Regular objects will look weird so please play with the angles a bit.
For fast live-action footage it is very important to purchase a (Class 10) Media Storage Card. If you’re shooting things with a fast motion you have to have a card that can keep up with the speeds of the footage. GoPro has two resolutions being 4k and 2.7 resolutions that are really high and won’t record to a card that isn’t (Class 10). As you can see, it doesn’t take rocket science to use these things just basic knowledge and some trial & error.
*Mounts and Accessories*
Of course camera can be used by just holding it in your hand, but if you want the ability of shooting high quality content from different elevations or tight spaces; you’ll need some accessories to do this with.
- Head Strap + QuickClip is one of the most popular accessories for GoPro. Having a variety of head options, it fits all sizes and can be worn directly on the head or a helmet. This gives perfect (First-Person POV) shooting as the viewers see exactly what you see. Great for none-impact situations.
- Jaws Flex Clamp securely grips narrow objects and irregular shapes giving you more freedom to move about. The clamp has a flexible neck that lets you film in a variety of angles without holding it.
- Fetch Dog Harness lets you capture the world from the dog’s (POV). The harness has two mounting areas being the chest for upfront action and the back for jumping and over the head footage. Definitely a fan favorite.
After you’ve shot enough footage you may want to put things together. GoPro Studio Edit is designed for GoPro movie making and it’s free to download. Clips are recorded in a timeline manner represented by thumbnails. Each one plays in order of which they were recorded and then plays in sequence just like a movie. Make sure each clip ” is and stands on it’s own “for a smooth and efficient process. The finale includes the use of templates which gives you the ability to add music and effects for the perfect GoPro Style Movie.
Remember to save your footage for references on Media Storage Cards or Portable Hard Drives in case your computer crashes. Like the old saying goes, ” anything that can go wrong will go wrong. So get out there and capture some images then share your experiences with others made possible by the worlds most versatile action camera.