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GoPro3 Black Edition - What settings should I use?

post #1 of 7
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Hi all

We've just arrived in the States for my first international ski trip, we're heading up to Utah from LA to Park City on Monday. I had my first POV camera (The GoPro 3 Black) shipped to our LA accommodation before we arrived so I'm quite excited to give it a crack on the snow!

As I'm new to this, I'm just wondering what the "best" settings are for a balance of battery life & video quality.

Best regards

Tristan

post #2 of 7

I just got mine and used it as well, it is a great camera with tons of capabilities. The slowmotion is best suited for 720 or 920 @120fps (frames per second). However, you can shoot in 1080p 60fps full HD and recieve excellent slow motion results as well. Set the camera to 12mp and enjoy great still shots if you want to take some of the scenery or what have you...

 

If you got the black edition, the remote is a great feature but the battery life is not the best especially in the cold so I would aim to use the record function by simply pushing record like any other camera and editing out that second or two of shaky footage. Keep it in the waterproof housing with the vented back door on and it is pretty much unstoppable. Have fun!

post #3 of 7

I got the white version.  I was also wondering about settings.  If it were up to me I would record everything in 1080.  But in the manual it said to use 1080 for a tripod and 960 for moving shots.  Is this true?

post #4 of 7

I mean a tripod would be ideal for any type of shooting either still or video, but Ive been using 1080p without a trip pod and have not had any bad results. You can analyze videos in either imovie or final cut to enhance stabilization, which usually works well. 

 

960 or 720 w/120fps works amazing for slow motion results though 

post #5 of 7

I've been skiing 30 years and snowboarding for 4 year.  I took my Hero3 for a snowboard ride at Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA. My first video I compiled using this camera. Works great!   The video was taken with the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition using 180p @ 60fps, wide angle, protune off and wifi off (to save battery). I was also using the battery bacpac, tripod mount and skeleton casing.  The tripod was Targus TG-42TT Tripod. It collapses easily and can be also used as a stand. http://youtu.be/v_B17ej-dwU

 

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I just got mine and used it as well, it is a great camera with tons of capabilities. The slowmotion is best suited for 720 or 920 @120fps (frames per second). However, you can shoot in 1080p 60fps full HD and recieve excellent slow motion results as well. Set the camera to 12mp and enjoy great still shots if you want to take some of the scenery or what have you...

 

If you got the black edition, the remote is a great feature but the battery life is not the best especially in the cold so I would aim to use the record function by simply pushing record like any other camera and editing out that second or two of shaky footage. Keep it in the waterproof housing with the vented back door on and it is pretty much unstoppable. Have fun!

you really want to use a water proof case on the mountain it helps prevent getting snow in there when you flip over and lose the camera

post #7 of 7

I have a GoPro Hero

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/samgivey

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