Making GoPro Hero Camera Into A SUPER Hero
The GoPro camera offers users a stunning array of shooting options and features at a competitive price. However anyone using a GoPro camera will know that there is one major factor holding it back from being a powerful little production camera.
The GoPro has an extreme wide-angle lens giving the picture a very noticeable distortion; it also has a fixed focus and aperture. These features make the GoPro camera unwieldy in the professional environment; nevertheless it still remains incredibly popular, and one broadcaster recently made a complete programme using the GoPro style of cameras – though the studio shots were of course NOT GoPro!
Here at Take One we have used the GoPro as an additional camera for a wide shot on several projects where the wide-angle is acceptable, and it has provided useful footage for the editor to jump too in conjunction with other After Effects input! Also for â€˜making ofâ€¦â€™ style materials the GoPro can be a useful adjunct in our kitbag since once set it can be left to run with someone monitoring stock usage.
The issue of the wide-angle does have some resolution though using the Ribcage from Back-Bone and available from SeeSense, the miniature camera specialists. Using Ribcage you can fit C-mount, CS-mount and micro M12 lenses directly on to a Hero3 or Hero3+ Black camera. You can also connect larger format optics using widely available C-mount adapters such as Canon EF mount lenses with Stop control and retaining the lensâ€™ image stabilisation features. The GoPro can now be easily fitted to other devices including telescopes and endoscopes which can be a valuable asset on medical video productions and perhaps one of the areas of real value.
Using interchangeable lenses will benefit your shots as they will appear more cinematic, a popular style at the moment though no doubt that will change in time when the DSLR phase moves on. A range of megapixel prime, optical zoom, macro and other specialist optics are also available. Not to forget the high quality verifocal lenses – technology which can help you achieve stunning shots, but don’t expect it to be a quick fix, there is no such thing as just point and shoot, everything that looks “instant” is planned and processed! The GoPro camera is a great asset to any kitbag, but it’s an adjunct and not the main source provider – unless you’re scaling Mount Everest perhaps and it would be kinder to let the crew stay in the comfort and warmth of the village below!