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GoPro arrived this afternoon, and I took some vid to play with the stock settings (960p) before it got too dark. It was borderline.


I didn't do many edits...title, credits, and background music mostly. I did speed up a couple sections to make the vid match the song length, though.

I'll get a bigger workout with edits tomorrow and this weekend when I try to piece together footage from multiple angles.

I'm not a fan of the 960p. I think it's a little tall for me. I will play with other settings until I find what I like best. Who knows, maybe I'll wind up preferring the FOV on the 1080p setting the best. :rolleyes:
 

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Why did you post that? You are just riding around your neighborhood. The music is cute but the video is horrible.
 

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tscheezy said:
Why did you post that? You are just riding around your neighborhood. The music is cute but the video is horrible.
I posted it precisely because the video didn't turn out well and it'd be nice if there were some actual constructive comments about improving it, rather than the mean-spirited crap you posted.

I already mentioned that I don't care for the FOV. The sky is exposed fine, but everything else is dark. I'm not aware of any post-processing options to brighten video, but those kinds of tips might be helpful. The instructions didn't seem to suggest that the camera's exposure settings would necessarily help here...but maybe they would? I don't know.

IMO, there's better potential to learn from mistakes than from perfection...but only if there's constructive feedback. And yours, sir, is not constructive. It winds up being discouragement from posting anything here in the future.
 

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Ok, here goes. Direct sunlight is the only thing that brings out colors for these vid cameras. Cloud cover always makes the colors look subdued or muddy. I don't even film on cloudy days, even in the forest where you don't get much direct light. The GoPros do an excellent job exposing in sunlight as long as you aren't going from light to shadow quickly, or in deep shadow (under a tree) with bright sunlight in the background.

These cameras don't capture the pixel depth and resolution that still digital cams do, so there is not much information in the file for software to enhance. If you shoot in poor light, you get disappointing video from it.
 

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tscheezy said:
Ok, here goes. Direct sunlight is the only thing that brings out colors for these vid cameras. Cloud cover always makes the colors look subdued or muddy. I don't even film on cloudy days, even in the forest where you don't get much direct light. The GoPros do an excellent job exposing in sunlight as long as you aren't going from light to shadow quickly, or in deep shadow (under a tree) with bright sunlight in the background.

These cameras don't capture the pixel depth and resolution that still digital cams do, so there is not much information in the file for software to enhance. If you shoot in poor light, you get disappointing video from it.
Thank you.
 

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You can see that in the opening shot of your video that your camera is pointed above the horizon so that it is "metering" the light level of the sky rather than the ground that you want to see. My guess is that even in that light you could get "reasonable" results with the camera pointed down just enough that the FOV is >50% in the direction of the ground and this will also make the view of your arms seem more natural too. I also put my chest mount as high on my chest as is comfortable for these same reasons (no bellybutton cam field of view) Just my 2c. I just ordered my HD Go Pro, can't wait to start making videos with some clarity. Have fun.
 

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You can see that in the opening shot of your video that your camera is pointed above the horizon so that it is "metering" the light level of the sky rather than the ground that you want to see. My guess is that even in that light you could get "reasonable" results with the camera pointed down just enough that the FOV is >50% in the direction of the ground and this will also make the view of your arms seem more natural too. I also put my chest mount as high on my chest as is comfortable for these same reasons (no bellybutton cam field of view) Just my 2c. I just ordered my HD Go Pro, can't wait to start making videos with some clarity. Have fun.
Yeah, I had the camera flipped upside down, but I had not flipped the J-bracket for this video. Upon seeing these results, I flipped the j-bracket, and now the camera can aim lower.
 

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I'm using Sony Vegas HD Platinum 10 trial. Lots of features I haven't figured out yet.
 
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