Once in awhile we’ll post something on our blog just because it’s cool. This video is a little bit long, but it’s definitely worth watching. As a video production company and a huge fan of surfing videos, the perspectives provided in this video are incredible.
We are huge fans of the GoPro Camera. Over the years, we’ve attached them to cars, mountain bikes, helmets and even our kids. Professionally, it has allowed us to get shots we never would of been able to get otherwise.
I’m not an avid watcher of 60 Minutes, but I did happen to catch this feature on GoPro Sunday night. Interesting to learn about the history of the company, and see how they have progressed from selling the first versions of the camera out of the back of their van to where it is today. It’s an incredible success story. If you have 12 minutes, it’s definitely worth your time.
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Cameras are making it easier to produce compelling time lapse photography. We use the GoPro Hero 3 to generate our time lapse shots, and we have been blown away at the quality and ease of use the GoPro provides.
First, you need to get the settings right. For the time lapse example above, we set the camera to shoot a still frame every 30 seconds. The Hero 3 makes it easy to set your interval and gives you a number of options in the menu settings. You also want to make sure to set the size of your images. We set ours at 7 megapixels. You can go bigger, but it takes more space on your card and most of the time is not necessary. Set the camera to record and let it go (extended battery pack recommended otherwise the battery life will be limited).
Once you are satisfied that you have enough footage, take the GoPro and import your shots. Since we use Final Cut X, we created an event and imported all of the photos off the card. At this point, you can take out any of the shots you don’t want included in the time lapse. We ended up using over 220 images for this particular time lapse. Then, “select all” of the images in the event and drag them to the timeline. Final Cut automatically places them in the order they are shot. Next, you need to create a compound clip. This creates one giant clip with which to work. Re-time the clip, and you are done (we sped up this footage over 12,000%).
You end up with a great looking shot that can provide unique, visual interest for the story you are telling.