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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:13 PM
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Gopro Hero 3 Black Tests, Suggestion, and Results

Hi, I'm starting this thread for people to post their Hero Black results and recommendations for workflow settings etc. So far I have only played with some 2.7k footage given to me by a fellow rcgroups member. here is what I have come up with so far:

this is a test I did in post. I did not shoot it. I love the neutral settings he had on. It reminds me of a mini black magic cinema camera. I do not like the way the iris or shutter is working here. I can see it changing. Hopefully they have some decent manual settings this time around. other than that it is looking wonderful. My color grade isn't the greatest. I am just getting used to speed grade but it was much better than the magic bullet tests I did. That software really deteriorates the footage. I'm looking forward to Monday when I can get my hands on one. So far much more detail than a Sony NEX5N.

There is lots of moire but what can you do...

Gopro Hero 3 Black Post Comparisons (1 min 20 sec)



I utilized 2.7k 30p gopro footage in Adobe Speed grade then applied post stabilization software, mercali v2, for corrections within Premiere Pro CS6. I stabilized footage in 2.7k then reduced size to fit 1080 just outside the mercali edges, about 75% of original size.


Did another pass through Speegrade then stabilized and added a lens distortion correction filter, straightened it right out, and aspect matte for cinematic effect. I
Hero 3 Black CC, Post IS, and Post Lens Distortion Correction (0 min 49 sec)



more tests coming up.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 05:52 PM
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Some More testing. I used some different CC in speed grade, a different method of IS in mercali, and lens correction.

test (0 min 25 sec)


Here is comparison with and without IS and Lens correction at same size.

test2 (0 min 25 sec)
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I don't own one yet, but I've been reading that either or both a ND filter or a polarizer will be quite helpful for the GoPros. Since its a fixed aperture camera, you can slam the shutter speeds down with either. Plus a polarizer will help bring out the sky a bit more.

Gotta find out if there's a way to get a circular polarizer on it........ Without a bit of gaff tape that is.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Good thread. Look forward to seeing results.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:20 PM
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Here we go. FInally figured out a good export for vimeo with this 2.k res.

Gopro Hero 3 Black Test Drive V.2 High Res (0 min 53 sec)


You can download the full 2.7k file on the vimeo page.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 03:01 AM
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Thanks for the video.
304MB for 53 seconds duration. but i downloaded it anyway.
Looks really good.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 07:02 AM
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Thanks for the video.
304MB for 53 seconds duration. but i downloaded it anyway.
Looks really good.
Yeah, still working out a decent encode for web while maintaining a smallish file. The bit rate is too high on this one. will tone it down.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 07:26 AM
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Any chance you can check the lag on the live out?
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 07:31 AM
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Any chance you can check the lag on the live out?
via hdmi or through the phone? iPhone app is not available yet for this version until the 14th? Otherise I'll have to hunt down my mini hdmi cable.
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Via the component out. The wifi out on the Hero 2 is 2-3 seconds so basically useless and I expect the same on the Hero3. More interested to see if the component out can be used for FPV so that one cam can record and give flight video.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 07:45 AM
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Via the component out. The wifi out on the Hero 2 is 2-3 seconds so basically useless and I expect the same on the Hero3. More interested to see if the component out can be used for FPV so that one cam can record and give flight video.
It doesn't come with the cable. I don't have one. It is composite, not component so it is SD feed.
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Yes sorry I meant to say composite. I know it is SD but that is what we need for FPV anyway.
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Yes sorry I meant to say composite. I know it is SD but that is what we need for FPV anyway.
ahh, no clue. If I had the wire I'd test it for you. I'm probably gonna build an fpv rig using my go pro v1. Never did fpv before.
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