Last week shooting a heroin Special for President’s Day. Some Behind The Scenes photos.
I was having some fun with some motivational posters in the office. These were all in good fun and spirit to remind our staff to upload video on time and make sure they check their lenses for fingerprints before shooting. These were crafted from WWII and Propaganda posters that already existed. I added some imagery I created and modified text. All images are copyright of their respective owners and posters were made in satire.
So, I had a chance the other day to try and track a car with my drone. This was on The Phantom 2 while flying backwards and forward. Took a few tries to get speed right but this is what we got. Not bad for a first attempt.
So, I have been getting out in the mornings and shooting with the drone. While I did shoot a sunrise in Asbury Park, with some Great Foreground Jetty’s , I took a detour to shoot some of The Convention Center. Was an awesome shoot. Also tried shooting this time in 2.7k @30FPS on the GoPro, I think the footage came out AWESOME!. Enjoy.
It was Progress, that’s what you call putting a GoPro with the HeroCast in the Grammy Award base. Execution of the plan was flawless, but when you are dealing with people who are winning an award and not used to working a camera and generally excited, you are limited on how good of a shot you are going to get. The director probably made the choice to not take the camera due to its limited shots. I’m sure many of them were backwards, or shooting too high, or blurry because someone smeared the lens while handling the Stand-In Grammy. Again, this was progress.
Putting cameras in daily items, like awards is the next step of evolution for the production industry. Some things work better than others. For example the NFL is broadcasting via the Pylon Cam. I don’t know if this is a similar set-up like the Grammy, but it makes sense, you get a good shot, see the end zone lines and it is all in a small form factor.
The Pylon and Grammy cam rely on consumer cameras with a broadcast quality backpack. The unit that goes onto the camera can run nearly 15 Grand for a working set-up, (at least that’s what I was quoted when researching getting one for the Company I work for).
The Entertainment industry has tried for years to get cameras into LIVE set-ups that look different than the handheld, lockdown or steadicam shots. Unless it is a scripted event (like the LIVE Gwen Stefani Music video that aired during the Grammy’s) you are limited on what you will get from a small LIVE mounted camera. They could have placed a GoPro in the stage microphone to give a POV shot from the Artist, or a floor cam and had similar problems.
Making the Grammy cam was a start to things that will get better. I wait to see where things go next.
See Some Video of the Grammy Cam on Thier YouTube Channel
So The other day I headed down to Seaside Heights NJ to get a sunrise. I shot on the GoPro, my DSLR and the Drone. Here are three shots taken from the drone at different times during sunrise. The fourth Video is a time lapse from the GoPro of the sunrise, you may even see the drone fly by through all the birds. Don’t Forget to watch in HD!
Ok, so I know I haven’t posted in awhile, been busy. Here are some videos of The GoPro attached to my truck. Did a few video time lapses at night on the way home from work. All were shot in Video Time Lapse mode 4K, 0.5 second Interval.
Have you ever questioned the durability of your GoPro camera? I’m not talking about how well it withstands a fall from a car, or how well the case protected it in rain or snow, or even how long the battery lasts. I’m talking about the hours of usage you put on the camera.
If you’re a typical GoPro user, your interaction with the camera is for 2 or 3 days a week for a few hours of usage. That’s great, no problems with your GoPro charging, recording etc. But how about putting that camera through its paces with heavy recording and constant charging?
That’s the case in the place I work. For the Last two and a half years we have been producing a daily TV News program that airs in the #1 and #4 TV markets in the country. What’s different is we shoot all the content in the field on GoPro cameras. Each day I have 8 people in the field shooting 1-3 hours of footage. Now remember, that’s 5 days a week that we are using the GoPro and putting on average about 2 hours of recording time each day. Surprisingly we have had a long, very long life on the cameras. Some cameras are going on nearly a year and half and having over 600 hours of usage on them.
One of our Original cameras is a Hero2 and has been going strong since 2012. All the other cameras are hero 3 and 3+; we have just started rotating in some Hero4 units. These cameras were not just built tough for temperature changes and shock drops, etc. but built to last through heavy production use. Many shows use the GoPro cameras for an alternate angle, or cool master shot during production. Some even use them to get every shot they need in a construction vehicle, like on Gold Rush on the Discovery Channel.
We use the cameras to tell a news story. It works great for the reporter to shoot themselves. It also helps tell the story better by putting the camera in places that normally are harder to shoot when it is a full-size shoulder or handheld camera. Want to show how tires are doing on a snow covered road…no problem.
This was just a quick post to talk about how well the cameras stand up to LONG usage. We have had a few die due to mishaps like getting run over by a car or getting drenched when a case was not put on properly, however in the long haul the GoPro has been exceeding our expectations.
I welcome your thoughts on your usage of the @GoPro. Tweet me @paulporowski or comment below.
Recently took a flight around the Trenton makes Bridge in Trenton, NJ. Hope you enjoy. WATCH IN HD!
I was at a party this weekend with some Co-workers. I brought the drone, here is some footage from its flights of fun! I have a first gen DJI Phantom. I do not have a gimbal and I did not stabilize this footage for this edit.