/ GoPro 3 Headcam, White, silver or Black?
Taken with a GoPro 3 Black Edition on Christmas Eve
I've had the HD Hero, Hero2 and now got the Hero3-Black.
I would say for the Hero3 Black hands down. Mainly for 1080p at 60fps and the low light performance.
The smartphone app is also very useful for setting it up rather than fighting with the on-camera menu system.
(Or you could buy my Hero2.....)
Here is out first flight with ours
If anyone want more details on Video out adaptors ect give me a shout
> I've had the HD Hero, Hero2 and now got the Hero3-Black.
> I would say for the Hero3 Black hands down. Mainly for 1080p at 60fps and the low light performance.
Chris, how are you finding the editing of this footage? I've been putting off getting a GoPro as my 5yo Macbook is slowly dying and even regular video editing is too slow. I heard the GoPro footage was pretty heavy to process.
I got a contour Roam 2 for crimbo, footage seems pretty good, records in 1080p at 30fps or 720 at 60 fps has a better shape and is waterproof without a case, also very very easy to operate. All I had to do was plug in a usb cable and the footage is drag and drop like a normal camera. As a added bonus it's the same memory card as my phone so I can view the footage on there whilst out 'in the field' haha
> Chris, how are you finding the editing of this footage? I've been putting off getting a GoPro as my 5yo Macbook is slowly dying and even regular video editing is too slow. I heard the GoPro footage was pretty heavy to process.
Yep, the files are big and editing & rendering 1080p:50fps (PAL) or 2.k footage (which looks pretty cool on a big screen) will kill slower/older machines.
For example, 10.5 mins of rendered finished MP4 1080P:50 at c. 32MBps gives a file >2GB
And Windows Media Player can't yet deal with 2.7K footage, VLC can.
I got a good 64 bit Win7 PC with 32GB of RAM built up in the summer aimed at fast rendering/precessing RAW files in LR and for video editing/rendering, so thankfully I'm not noticing much difference between Hero2 and Hero3 processing - even at 2.7k Protune ;-) .... the water cooler fans just kick in as the hex core processor chunks away.
If anyone is interested in optimising a new PC machine for video, I used suggestions from these guys to get the right balance of price/speed (and then got SCAN.co.uk to build it):
> ... with 32GB of RAM
I need a new computer...
just be patient with what you have
anyone editing video on a 5 year old machine of any kind is making things difficult for themselves
it's the "hidden cost" of video cameras. the cameras themselves are the cheap part :-)
GP3 if you cannot process what it produces?
I'm talking about at the editing stage - rendering the edits clips into the final video. You'll need computer power: essentially fast processing chip speed (quad/hex cores), RAM) else it will take forever, or your machine may just fall over and give up.
Most PC should be able to playback the final videos or original clips: some may not and will stall or playback will be choppy. That will also depend on the bitrate & compression of the final video or clips.
Only get the GP3 if you can actually (easily) edit the bigger files.
I have the silver, it's awesome for everything except super slow motion, but I think that the computer you use to edit it and the software both count towards the final footage.
Does the micro card make a difference? In your estimation what would be the min storage and class rating be for a Hero 3 silver edition? Thanks
For the Black, they say Class 10. Not sure about the Silver.
Was thinking that having the Micro was going to be a pain, but just plug the camera in (instead of using USB-3 card reader like I do with SD) and file transfer speed seems OK.
Got a Sandisk 32GB Class 10, 30MB/s for £23 on Amazon.
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