This film was shot in London whilst I was there visiting a friend from Australia. It was the first time I had used the GoPro Hero 2 so was keen to see how it compared to the original camera. Some of thsee time-lapses were shot on 'video mode' whilst others were shot using a series of photos. I named this film 'A Day in London' however it was all shot in around 6 hours. I had planned on featuring the London eye and a few other places but ran out of time. See below for technical details.
Shot 100% with the GoPro Hero 2.
Edited in Final Cut and graded with Magic Bullet.
Camalapse was used for the panning time lapses.
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All of these shots were taken without the GoPro LCD Bac Pac so the framing was all guess work. The general rule with this camera is that whatever is in front of the camera will be in shot because of its very wide angled lens. I am happy with most of my shots but there were a few unusable ones as the framing was too far off for my liking. A good example of an awkwardly framed shot is the one of Big Ben featured in this film. I wanted a shot looking up making Big Ben look even taller than it is but unfortunately this was not the result. I placed the camera on the floor pointing up and with no screen to frame the shot correctly I was left with very disappointing results.
The first thing I did when I returned from London was order a GoPro LCD Bac Pac. If anyone out there owns a GoPro then I would really recommend investing in this relatively inexpensive add on. For me being able to frame a shot correctly is absolutely crucial. Without the LCD screen I found myself taking the same shot 3 times from slightly different angles just to make sure I had a good one. I will be doing a video review on the GoPro Bac Pac soon so stay tuned to my channel for updates.
I used 2 settings to make this video, 1080 video mode and 11mp photo mode. I shot some of these time lapses in video mode and others in photo mode as I wanted to compare the difference. From my tests I found that there are pros and cons to shooting time lapse in video and or photo mode. The good thing about shooting a time lapse in video mode is that the video shoots in an nice 16:9 widescreen ratio (creates much bigger files tough) where as the photos only seems to be in 4:3? This means that when it came to the edit I had to scale up the photo sequence in order to make it match the rest of the film. Luckily however this isn't too much of a problem as the photos have such a great resolution that a small scale up does not effect the image quality. The down side though is that you may end up cropping off the top and bottom part of your shot and this can sometimes be frustrating. I've had a few questions asking how I created these time lapses so will be doing a Final Cut tutorial on this soon.
Mounts and additional equipment:
I used the GoPro Hero sports mount (suction cup) for some of the underground shots and the Camalapse for the panning time lapses.
Tutorials and More info coming soon