GoPro HERO2 – Pretty amazing video quality


We use the Contour + HD cam and I swear these professionally edited videos makes me always think this one has to be better…but I think if we all could edit like this video perhaps the cam we all use could look so good…am I wrong?

Shot 100% on the new HD HERO2® camera from ‪http://GoPro.com.

The HD HERO2 is the most advanced GoPro camera, yet. To celebrate its release, we traveled the world with some of our favorite athletes, adventurers, and filmmakers to see what we could capture and create with the HD HERO2. We hope this film inspires you to get out and do the same.

FEATURED ATHLETES (in order of appearance)

AEROBATICS PILOT:
Kirby Chambliss

SURF:
Alana Blanchard
Monyca Byrne-Wickey
Marlon Gerber
Lee Wilson
Mikala Jones
Malia Manuel
Made Garut Widiarta
Raditya

SKI / SNOW:
Tim Humphreys
Tucker Perkins
Tom Wallisch

BASE JUMP:
Jeb Corliss
Matthias Giraud
Jeff Nebelkopf
Marshall Miller
Neil Amonson
Jesse Hall
JT Holmes
Jokke Sommer

DIVE:
Andy Casagrande

MOTO:
Ronnie Renner
Myles Richmond
Tom Parson

MUSIC:
The Glitch Mob
“We Can Make the World Stop”

http://www.TheGlitchMob.com
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14 thoughts on “GoPro HERO2 – Pretty amazing video quality

  1. I have this camera. It’s fantastic. The only thing I can’t quite figure out is how they made the super slow-mo video like the one in this title picture. Otherwise, it’s has great normal video in broad daylight–actually extraordinary. It does fairly well in low-light.

    I’ve mostly used it to take single images spaced by 5 to 10 secs and put together in a flip-book style movie. Like this: http://thomas-hill.smugmug.com/Blog/2011/Arrive-In-Ketchikan/20054536_2vWp4C#1581623750_HKRh4Sr-A-LB

    I would really like to know how they captured then process that super slow-mo stuff. I suspect it’s something between the high rate capture mod and software processing using Final Cut, which I don’t have.

    Cheers

    Tom

  2. Caution………Alan’s going to be critical here (yes I know, nothing unusual in that LOL), so anyone whose going to take offense don’t bother reading any further. :-)

    These POV cameras have one in-built limitation to which there’s no getting around and that is, the physical size of the sensor. Whilst for most users (me included) this is as taken and does not detract from the enjoyment that they bring us in terms of memories captured along with the fun factor et cetera et cetera I think it’s a shame when manufacturers present them as semi-professional video cameras. And yes to a certain extent they do along with using professional level editing techniques/software.
    If I was marketing this camera, or indeed any POV camera, I would try and avoid making the weak points glaringly obvious and instead work well within the boundaries of there limitations whilst highlighting their strong points. OK, so what do I mean? Fast forward the video the minute 1:12 to where there is a close-up of a girl in a black bikini. Now pause the video and look at it critically. Her skin looks flat and devoid of any texture – almost plastic looking. Look around the rest of the scene and you’ll notice that everything appears plastic looking. This to my mind is an example of the in-built weakness of these POV cameras and scenes of this nature (close-ups) should be well avoided in any marketing promotion.
    But yes, the POV camera is certainly getting better with each model release although for my taste the GoPro is still far too boxy looking.

  3. They had a lot of great footage, thumping soundtrack, and professional video production services to work their raw video….It’s AWESOME!
    I am studying up on video work after upgrading my camera this Christmas.(thanks Santa!) There are lots of little things you can do…time-lapse, steady cam…that improve the LOOK of your work, on a budget. I have a Contour HD until it dies… Then I will see what is new and available…GoPro has a really nice product!:)
    Have a Merry Christmas Cheryl and Leslie! Shiny side up! :)

  4. Cheryl & Leslie:

    I have the original GoProHD for about 2 years now. Because it is boxy and toy looking I can get away with using it as a normal camcorder for stealth video. Actually I use it more OFF the bike than ON. I recently discovered that I was recording in the wrong mode so I have changed to 720p60. The video is smoother due to double the frame rate. As for improvements, the GoProHD2 is slightly better but still not good for low light. The main advantage is different FOV selectable for different resolutions. Because of rolling shutter I cannot use 1080p30 as the original model reduces FOV to 127° . The main problem is vibrations mounting on my crash bars. The new model is also more menu friendly.

    All cameras have limitatations, as long as you know what they are you can work around them.

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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