GoPro HD Hero Camera

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Wesley J, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Sounds like your computer is too slow. Playing back mpeg4 needs a lot of horsepower in HD. You won't be able to watch it on a crappy netbook (like the one I'm typing on now). What are your computers specs? It is unlikely that the footage is recorded that way. If the memory card is defective or not fast enough the camera usually just stops recording. Try setting the GoPro to the lowest resolution WVGA 848x480 and copy that to your 'puter. that would be the easiest to playback.


  2. swimmer

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    Thanks. I did that and the chops are at a a faster rate and shorter in duration. So smoother is that regard.
  3. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    If it plays better at the lower resolution that would indicate it is your computer.

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    Yes, hooked to my tv it's smooth. Thanks
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  6. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    I haven't seen that exact issue, but I had a very similar issue with a GoPro HD, I sent a clip to GoPro, they watched it and sent me a new camera. I also had a second GoPro HD2 and it had mic issue, sent GoPro the clip and.. once again sent me out a new one. This last HD2 has been flawless for a long time now..

    Definitely talk with GoPro, even if its out of warranty they've been known to hook you up..

    also, does it do that all the time now or have you got good footage from it? Mine was hit or miss.. which even made it worse!

    Good luck
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    I've had good results at other times - this is the first time I've seen this happen, though it did it for at least 30 minutes. I've only had it a little more than a month so it's still under warranty. I contacted the company this morning but have not had anything but an auto-reply up to now.
  8. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Ok.. good.. what I did was went to GoPro.com and contacted them there. I put a small clip on my Dropbox and included the link for them and they quickly responded and got it taken care of. I didn't mess with the place I bought it from. I'd recommend doing that.. they will replace it for sure. Don't mess around though.. if it did it once who knows if it will do it again. That's what i was scared of!
  9. jagged slider

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    Hero 2 for $200 or the Hero 3 Black for $350 (black Friday sale at a military exchange). This will be my first camera of this type. I am leaning towards the Black as it comes with a bunch of accessories which would seem to save me the hassle of buying later.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
  10. Jon_PDX

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    Considering I paid $300.00 for my Hero HD when they came out I'd say $350.00 for the black sounds like a good deal to me. Plus the H3 Black has better specs than the H3 non-black versions.

    Jon...
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    Cool thread. Just ordered a Hero2 motorsports edition from Amazon.
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    I'd hold off a little while on the H3s, esp the Black. There's some issues that GP is currently working on, battery life has been wildly inconsistant amoung the same models (seems to be tracable to software & the ma rating on the charge device), there's some issues with it locking up and needing a battery pull to restore. Lastly they are just now sorting out the WIFI ~ smartphone connectivity on the white & silver. Black dowsn't work with the app and isn't due for a software update till Dec 14 :deal

    Don't ask me why I know all this :cry
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    So it looks like getting a good deal on a 2 may be the best way to go. As it appears that your statement is made upon wild speculation, Wikipedia and the National Enquirer :lol3 , do your 'sources' indicate that all the problems will be fixed with the software update, or will this mirror Micro Soft and be a patch to fix a patch scenario?¿?.
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    Not speculating :D Do some searching on the different GoPro forums and judge for yourself. I didn't base my statement on what the forums are stating, I'm using the H3 Black (with 3 extra batterys), unfortunately I've expierenced first hand what I've been reading. It appears GP went the Microsoft route, we're all Beta testers :cry Not trying to dog GoPro here, I'm a big fan of their equipment. I've had every generation GP camera, their Customer Service has been first rate and they make a great product. I still believe in the H3s but IMO they aren't quite ready for prime time just yet.

    Here's some 1080P/60FPS video from the Hero 3 Black edition.
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pnqzEn3oIgk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    It's tough to show the cams quality in Youtube without creating a very large file. I can get super crisp and vivid video straight off the cam but unfortunately most people can't/won't D/L a 4Gig video. If you're going this route, you'll want a good video editor. Right now many of the programs don't have the capability to work with the H3s higher resolutions. I rendered this with Vegas Pro 12 and backed the quality down 50% from what I'd prefer, this video is still over a gig. I'm running a 6 core 17 Extreme edition (990X) CPU, 2 video cards, 7200RPM drives and processing raw video off the H3 still manages to tax it pretty well. IMO at least an I5 is needed and preferably an I7 if one plans to render the higher resolutions, other processors may do it but I doubt it will be pretty.
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    Well at least you got my poor attempt at humor. :evil
    I never even gave a thought to the computer processing requirement to edit/work the video. That means that I will have to upgrade the computer too. Now the H3 does not seem like a good deal. Of course with the 3, I am somewhat future proofing myself and I would not necessarily have to use it's full resolution.

    Now my decision is do I get the tried and true or take a bit of a gamble and go with the 3?

    Thanks for the input.
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    Personally, I'd rather deal with the Black's issues for a little while, while waiting for a fix from GP, and have built in WiFi and better low light capabilities.
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    My wife says I take eveything literally, that went right over my head :lol3

    This is all just my opinion so take it for what it's worth, the black is an awesome cam and you would be future proofing, look at the evolution in thses cams, started out @ 640x480 and we're up to ultra-high resolution 2.7KP-30 fps and 4KP-15 fps, stills are much better also. Sound, while not bad in the old cams sound is much improved, like StuartV mentioned, low light is improved, infact the entire light spectrum is handled much better. Many of the shots in the video above are facing into a bright sun yet the picture is easily seen, the prev gen wasn't nearly as adept at handling bright light. The new Lens is also a game changer, much less fishbowl effect.

    My recommendation to hold off till they get a handle on the battery issue is based on the fact that it might require more than a software update in which case you're stuck waiting on parts or worse yet, stuck with a situation that cannot be fixed with the current release of the cam. The wifi is nice but it compounds the battery problem. I though I could use WiFi and have the cam standing by to save memory and battery, all it does is save memory, the power cosumption is enough that the cam still shits off in 30 or so min.

    With the prev gen I was used to replacing the battery every 2 hours and filming most of a day's ride with 3 batterys. That's def not the case with this cam. 4 batterys captured about 1.5 hours and managed to corrupt a couple files when it shut off that included another 20min of vid. The cam is supposed to sense a low batt condition and save the current file before shutting off, that function is still flakey, add the extra wifi power consumption and you'll be constantly checking to see if it's still running.


    Knowing what I know now, would I still buy this cam, yes. Would I buy it right when it was released, no.
  18. jagged slider

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    Little bit confused about your last post. You indicate that you would still buy the cam, but not when is was first released. Isn't the Black basically brand new? Have there been any fixes in the last couple of months? :ear

    I was just poking a little fun at your 'don't ask me how I know all this' line with a comment. At least I did not completely insult you! :thumb

    Thanks.
  19. RideFreak

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    Yes, all the H3 cams are brand new. My statement was a "if I had it to do over again knowing what I do now" observation :hmmmmm

    Here's a comparison of the the H2 & H3 vids in another thread.
  20. jagged slider

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    My 10 yr old son concurs with your observations on your link.:D The H3 pictures are better than the H2's.

    Looks like I will be picking up an H3 tomorrow. Thanks for all your help.