4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2012 2:42 PM by bbob604

    Go Pro Action HD cameras

    _Paz_ Level 1

      Anyone have experience with the GoPro high definition cameras?


      They appear to be very inexpensive, have clear image quality and be mountable to head straps, surf boards and helmets for action shots.  They offer many accessories, including waterproof covers, mounting attachments, ect.


      The Hero2 version has two fields of view.  Superwide for sports action and a not so wide, which is what I'd probably use if this will work for me.


      Does anyone know, will it - should it work with Premiere Elements for editing?





      It's one of those things that seems to good to be true.






      (I'm not advertising and have NO connection with this company.  I'd like to be able to create 'how to paint' videos from the viewpoint of my own eyes.  What I see on the paper in front of me... when I turn my head to  look at my palette and mix colors, then look back at my painting.  Seamlessly.  I currently have a camera set up on a monopod set in a granite outdoor umbella holder that is focused on my paper only.  It sort of 'looks over my shoulder.'   If I move too much, I block the view.  When I want to film mixing colors on my palette, I have to get up, stop everything, readjust, refocus.  When I get up I often crunch my toes on the granite block.  You get the idea.)

        • 1. Re: Go Pro Action HD cameras
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          Bill Hunt has some interesting suggestions for working with Go-Pro footage.


          • 2. Re: Go Pro Action HD cameras
            _Paz_ Level 1

            Thank you for your super fast answer and the link, Steve.  I ran a search on GoPro and didn't come up with anything.


            I've taken a quick look.  It appears the GoPro Hero2 saves files in MP4 format.  It appears it will take some re-processing to get it to work in Premiere, but is do-able.


            Some of what's there is over my head.  I'll have to read it and re-read it a few times and no doubt, it will begin to make more sense.


            I'm also a little concerned about field of view and lens distortion.  It turns out there are three viewing widths, 170 degrees, 127 degrees and 90 degrees.  I'm currently using a 28-75 lens and the distortion is acceptable, even though I'd rather my image appear to be exactly what I see instead of over my shoulder. 


            I will continue my research and may give this little camera a try.  I'd love to hear opinions from anyone who has used them.


            thanks again,



            • 3. Re: Go Pro Action HD cameras
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              Also, it appears that with each generation of Go-Pro, and also each version of PrE and PrPro, editing the footage gets easier to manage.


              The Go-Pro's are gaining in popularity, and there was mention of a bank of them being used in a Hollywood production. Do not recall the movie now, but it was in about last Sept's. American Cinematographer. As their popularity increases, and their footage becomes more geared to editing, things will likely continue to improve, and especially on the Adobe front.


              The OP might want to Search this, plus the PrPro CS 5.5 Forum for "Go-Pro," and do some reading. I would not bother going back too far, as the cameras have changed, and no use reading about obsolete cameras. Might filter with "Hero" too, to keep it current.


              Good luck,



              • 4. Re: Go Pro Action HD cameras



                I have had the GoProHD Hero1 for nearly 2 years.   I use PREL10 and I mix video from 2 other cameras, usually Canon T2i and Nex 5n (both AVCHD).   The footage can be used natively without conversion.


                I can record with the Hero1 in R3 mode (720p60) and mix with 1080p30 from the other two cameras without any problems.   I cannot change the field of view with the older Hero1 but distortion is really not much of a problem as it is what it is.   I use the HERO where it would be difficult to use another larger camera.