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GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

Thought I would try the forum with this although not sure how responsive it will be.

So I am wanting to get myself a Go Pro HD Hero 2 cam

This will predominantly be used for skiing.

I understand most purchases come with the general basic accessories like casing, mounts, swivel arm etc

I have found a pretty good deal on digitec which also comes with a 32gb memory card which is seemingly not standard.

This will be my first camera really, I am not all too techy with this kind of thing. I have lots of skiing planned this winter and want to start getting lots of good footage and some practice pre use to maximise filming potential come ski time.

Can anyone offer any tips on:

- best place to buy?
- useful accessories for skiing?
- editing footage? Do I need software? What kind? Is it easy to do?
- Any other tips? I.e. battery life? Usage? Etc

I have also seen these pro pole things, useful for the POV angle. These don't seem so easy to purchase and there's various types and brands, unclear whether the Go Pro cam fits them all.

I want some great memories captured and to be able to collate an awesome video for the group Three Valley and Chamonix trips this season, and welcome any advice from people in the know.

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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

battery: apparently less than 30min, rubbish...

But it seems it was identified and enhanced:

http://goproforums.com/content/probl...o2#comment-826

So I don't know if now the battery is no longer emptied in 30min, or not, as maybe the comments where based on people "without" the firmware fix.


There's a cheaper, less quality alternative that you can put in water also:
http://www.rcp-technik.com/typo3/ind...fe40402265&L=1


There are many alternatives to that HD Hero2, it's very famous because of their marketing, but it's possible to get something "similar", for less chf...

Well if money's not an issue then just get it...
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Old 18.09.2012, 12:43
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battery: apparently less than 30min, rubbish...

But it seems it was identified and enhanced:

http://goproforums.com/content/probl...o2#comment-826

So I don't know if now the battery is no longer emptied in 30min, or not, as maybe the comments where based on people "without" the firmware fix.


There's a cheaper, less quality alternative that you can put in water also:
http://www.rcp-technik.com/typo3/ind...fe40402265&L=1


There are many alternatives to that HD Hero2, it's very famous because of their marketing, but it's possible to get something "similar", for less chf...

Well if money's not an issue then just get it...
Thanks!

I think it would be sensible perhaps in anycase to have a back up battery. No matter how good it is, if its on most of the day on the slopes I imagine it will burn pretty quickly.

I dont think its too badly priced, its certainly not something where I want to scarifice quality for chf. I can get all I need with additional battery and POV pole for 450 chf tops I think, prob closer to 400. I am comfortable with that. I have seen the videos online, and a few friends have them and the quality just seems amazing.

It will be used a lot though, i tend to go skiing every other week in winter so,,,,,,,if there are better alternatives, I will consider them.
They just seem to be the easiest to use, and most compatible. I dont envisage needing underwater unless by being on snow thats an issue.

I guess I am more keen to know the editing side of things. When the footage is shot, and you get home, how do you transfer the footage to film, with the fast fwd and slow mo edits, backing music, etc etc. I am sure thats something that just need playing around and exploring with, but any ideas where to start with a badic editing software thats easy to use?
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Old 18.09.2012, 12:47
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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

In case you've not seen it yet, you might find some of the comments (and vids) from this thread helpful - http://www.englishforum.ch/sports-fi...eo-thread.html
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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

Video Format: H.264 codec, .mp4 File Format
(source:
http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero2-ou...edition/#specs )

1) it's good,you will encode in 2 good formats (ie you're not stuck in AVI or something)

2) Footage is on SD card, simply copy it or use USB cable.

3) http://www.videolan.org/vlmc/#screenshots
Good program, simple, with tutorials.
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Old 18.09.2012, 12:53
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Video Format: H.264 codec, .mp4 File Format
(source:
http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero2-ou...edition/#specs )

1) it's good,you will encode in 2 good formats (ie you're not stuck in AVI or something)

2) Footage is on SD card, simply copy it or use USB cable.

3) http://www.videolan.org/vlmc/#screenshots
Good program, simple, with tutorials.

Muchas Gracias, good place to start.

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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

I have the Go-Pro Hero 2, and I love it! The battery lasts over an hour and a half. If you would like, I have a friend coming from the US. He can get one there for cheaper. PM me if you would like.
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I have the Go-Pro Hero 2, and I love it! The battery lasts over an hour and a half. If you would like, I have a friend coming from the US. He can get one there for cheaper. PM me if you would like.
Thanks for the offer, really nice of you, but your on French side, so with all the logistics not sure will be much better off.

Thanks for input on battery life too, so I defo want a back up battery or two!

Do you have one of those poles for POV filming as well as a helmet mount?
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Old 18.09.2012, 13:29
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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

I have the Hero (first one) and absolutely love it. Have had no issues with battery life, although have used it mostly in the summer, and the battery will die quicker in the cold.

apart from the editing. I am not a software-buying type and have yet to find freeware/opensource software for editing the videos. No luck on conversion either.

From what I gathered, the macs come with the decoders so you're safe there, otherwise I've been using the trial version Adobe Premiere.
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I have the Hero (first one) and absolutely love it. Have had no issues with battery life, although have used it mostly in the summer, and the battery will die quicker in the cold.

apart from the editing. I am not a software-buying type and have yet to find freeware/opensource software for editing the videos. No luck on conversion either.

From what I gathered, the macs come with the decoders so you're safe there, otherwise I've been using the trial version Adobe Premiere.

Thanks Chemmie.

Yeah I dont want to buy some fancy stuff if I dont need it. I can't see myself shooting scenes that need super high spec with high def special effects. But just a basic, easy to use software that allows me to cut, paste, fast fwd, slow down, add music. Just to make a cool short film of my ski breaks.

I will check out this Adobe premiere, never heard of it.

I will shortly need a new laptop / Mac so wonder whether I should factor my desire to play around with video edits into my purchase. Off topic I know, but if anyone has any suggestions for laptop / macs then do let me know.

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Thanks Chemmie.

Yeah I dont want to buy some fancy stuff if I dont need it. I can't see myself shooting scenes that need super high spec with high def special effects. But just a basic, easy to use software that allows me to cut, paste, fast fwd, slow down, add music. Just to make a cool short film of my ski breaks.

I will check out this Adobe premiere, never heard of it.

I will shortly need a new laptop / Mac so wonder whether I should factor my desire to play around with video edits into my purchase. Off topic I know, but if anyone has any suggestions for laptop / macs then do let me know.

Thanks for all replies thus far
and btw, the add-ons get addictive. I started off with the mounting kit that came with it, got the 'grab-bag' soon after followed by the chest mount and the bike kit (which I will use for a skipole mount along side the bike use). The chest mount was by far the best purchase so far. Also manipulated the display package case it came with into a wrist mount. Was out surfing last week and almost wish I had the suction mount as well.

And not having a review laptop with me on longer trips, I'm also considering the playback lcd screen as well.
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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

GoPro gives you for free software for editing, and it's a nice piece of SW (forgot the name). Can do cutting, joining, even stuff like zoom within a video (I use it for time-lapse videos, it adds movement/zoom where I would need expensive equipment). Just google some tutorial, I found some on vimeo.com and I did my first after few minutes.
You get helmet mount in basic package, I use it for via ferratas and although I banged camera in case few times against the rock, so far so good
It's also quite decent underwater camera, they recently released case that doesn't blur image under water (regular case is unusable under water, unless you prefer 320x240 image quality).
I generally don't shoot in full 1080p, because fast movement isn't fluid. Rather use 60fps in 720p, which has almost same level of detail.
If you are buying combo with memory card, check it's speed. If it would be too slow (I think below Class 6 but google it out) it would negatively affect how device works, even being unable to record high data rate modes at all.
It's far from perfect product, but there is none better for given price. And amount of accessories is amazing.
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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

Have the Go Pro HD Hero,
Usefull gimicks:
BacPac, either two batteries on one cam, or one battery on cam and the other will be charged.
Suction Cup Mount, so many places where you can use it. Car wind shield for ex. It does certainly not "suck".
Now here is a real caveat and PITA: The Go Pro comes with two kind of housing a water tight one and a open one, unfortunately you can not power the Go Pro with the open housing, not even the one which comes with the BacPac which would have been very, very easy (fourtunately is can be done DIY). Thats why there is the Skeleton Housing .
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Thanks for the offer, really nice of you, but your on French side, so with all the logistics not sure will be much better off.

Thanks for input on battery life too, so I defo want a back up battery or two!

Do you have one of those poles for POV filming as well as a helmet mount?
I am actually moving up to Zurich in the end of October. My friend is also flying into Zurich. My offer still stands.

I personally don't have a ski poll mount but in reality you can make it yourself pretty easily. I actually got the motorsport edition because I take it to the track to mount on my car.

Maybe I could join you when you go hit up the slopes. I cant wait for this season to start already.
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@JBZ86: Yo, ma GoPro bro (), how's it all going with the decision making process?
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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

I've not tried the go pro the thing that put me off was the helmet mount as it adds another 3 inches our still of height, but I do have to admit that the chest mount looks really good.I think must cameras these days have a standard tripod mount so pretty much any mount will work fine.

I use a drift HD 170 which I have found very good, can post some videos from it later when I get back to my computer.
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I've not tried the go pro the thing that put me off was the helmet mount as it adds another 3 inches our still of height, but I do have to admit that the chest mount looks really good.I think must cameras these days have a standard tripod mount so pretty much any mount will work fine.

I use a drift HD 170 which I have found very good, can post some videos from it later when I get back to my computer.
The top helmet mount does add quite a bit of height. Beyond that, if you're new to the gopro (and it's lens angle). It takes a bit of trial and error to get a good vertical recording angle up there.

This winter I will try the side mount to see how that goes. I've heard it's much easier and makes better vids as the viewing height of the camera is the same as your eyes....we'll see how it goes.
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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

Hey helpful people

I have not moved forward with any decision making yet, this October 15 deadline is killing me, bloody Americans

I will be doing a lot of research this weekend with a view to making a purchase next week.

Taking on board the mounting comments. I have seen people have them on the top of the helmet, side of the helmet, up from shoulder (i think), on the chest (possibly). and also on telescopic poles (for temporary POV filming or getting various angles).

So, I defo need/want:

The HD 2 Hero cam
Memory Card
Spare battery
POV pole

What I need to work out is best mounting place.

I think I will stick with purchasing from Digitec, but it would be nice to go into a shop to actually have a real look at the cam, accessories etc. Anyone know of any shops in Zurich or surrounding area that sell this stuff?

My first ski trip is 21 Dec, then I have Three Valleys in Feb and Chamonix in March, I am already noting down all these various ideas of what I want to do to make my films of the holiday, and how I would put footage together, what tracks I would want over what scenes,...........yeah I know, quite sad.

But, it's all hard to envisage somewhat until I have actually got a taste of what I can do, both ability to shoot good footage wise (think thats the easier part) and editing, chopping, changing, ffwd/rewind, etc etc to get the desired effect for an awesome video.

I look forward to sharing it on here when the time comes.
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recorded on my drift, I know you're going for the Go Pro, the nice feature that the drift has is a rotating lens (not sure if go pro has that or not) so in theory no matter which way the camera is mounted you always get a correctly oriented picture.

nice thing about skiing with a camera is that if you are filming somebody it can have the effect of improving your skiing as you tend to quiet the upper body when trying to keep some one in shot

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Re: GoPro HD Hero 2 - Tips? Editing? Accessories ?

Haha! Roll on October 15th.

If you are on FaceBook, take a look at these pages as well: https://www.facebook.com/hdhero2 and https://www.facebook.com/gopro.

Also, here's their official Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/GoPro

Did a quick Goog search and found these guys: http://www.hdcam.ch/contact_us.php. It seems like they are an online retailer only but I guess there's no harm in calling to see if they know of any Zurich or surrounding based shops where you can actually see and get a feel for the gear first?
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