Sunday, September 25, 2011

Timelapse with GoPro HD HERO

This time-lapse video was made with the GoPro HD camera and edited on Final Cut Pro 7.

This experiment was done with a GoPro HD HERO camera.  It was mounted on a Gorillapod and placed at a strategic location.  The camera was configured for time lapse with a setting of 5 second increment.   The time-lapse evolved over five minutes at each location shown in the video.  Collectively, there were over 40 images captured at a location.
In post production, the images were imported into Final Cut Pro with a setting in the Still/Freeze image of 00:00:00:02.  Once the images were imported into the timeline and rendered, the final outcome is a fast moving video.

Here is the new edition of time-lapse photography.

Quick Test with Final Cut Pro Trial

Attempted to use FCP X trial version for the first time without reading any instruction on how to use the software.

The video was captured using two cameras:  Canon 7D and GoPro HD HERO.  Both were set for 60 fps.

The movement in the video was done with the homemade slider as shown in previous blog.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Use a Sawhorse with igus Drylin W1040 Slider

Now that you have a nice custom made igus Drylin slider.  Let's see how you can use it with an adjustable sawhorse from Home Depot.

There are many options to mount the slider.  I chose the adjustable saw horse for its stability.  During a slide operation, you want the rail to be flat and stable.  The saw horse platform allows you to have that smoothness without any vibration.

Here is a video of that test.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY igus DryLin® W1040-A Linear Motion System for Camera Slider with Photos

The DIY igus DryLin W1040-A slider project did save money in comparison to the W1040-B.  There were some doubts when I approach this project but the outcome was a great success.

Here is what it looks like after 20 minutes of measuring, drilling and tapping the slider and rail. (See fig. 1)

Figure 1:  Modified igus DryLin W1040-A with mounted Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Fluid Video Mimi Head

Here are the facts about the W1040-A out of the box.

  • no holes on the sliders
  • rail has holes but not tapped
  • all holes on rail are 1/4" size
  • metric hex wrench

To make this a functional camera slider, you will need the following items:
  • 5/16" drill bit
  • 3/8" 16NC steel plug tap
  • adjustable wrench
  • 3/8" bolt (for tripod mount)
  • 3/8" hole washer
  • 2 ea clamps
3/8" plug tap inserted into the 5/16" drilled hole in preparation for tapping

On the next edition, I will put this slider in operation with simple add ons.


How to Add Continuous Lighting to GoPro HD Camera

GoPro is a great camera as long as you have adequate lighting.  In most cases, the camera is used to record outdoor activities.  There are some instances where the ambience light is insufficient.  To solve this problem, I rely on an LED light. (See figure 1)

Figure 1:  GoPro mounted on a bar with a Mini LED light

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How to take action underwater video with GoPro without getting wet

Filming Action Underwater with GoPro HD Hero


I wanted to capture the underwater actions with the GoPro while filming the same action on the surface with the Canon 7D.

Plan of Action:

Mount the Canon 7D on a tripod on dry land
Mount the GoPro on a pole long enough to reach three feet underwater


How to mount the GoPro on a pole?

Here is how in five simple steps with photos

Step 1:  Find one light stand mount with 1/4" screw at the tip (Fig 1)  most camera store will carry these accessories

Figure 1:  Camera Stud (1/4") 

Step 2:  Find a column clamp.  (Fig 2)

Figure 2:  Mini Clamp

Step 3:  Join both items together and tighten the screw to secure the (Fig 3)
Figure 3:  Joint between stud and clamp

Step 4: Connect the GoPro Camera mount to the 1/4" stud (Fig 4)

Figure 4:  GoPro camera with stud and clamp

Step 5:  Connect to a pole (Fig 5)

Now, take this to the pool and have a great time without getting wet.

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How to use the GoPro Box as a Dolly

What to do with the box mount?

Like most of you, I was eager to rip the box apart to play with my new camera.  During that process I almost destroyed the box and its mount.

Fortunately, I slowed myself down and saved the box.

Today, I was able to modify the base of that GoPro box to a functional dolly.

Base mount with wheels - a functional dolly


Items required:

1.  four (4) sliding screen door wheels
2.  four (4) screws
3.  drill and drill bit
4.  measuring tool
5.  grease pen


Step 1:  Measure and drill four holes at the corner of the plate.  Make sure they are exactly equal from both sides.  This is very important and you will find out why in the next few steps.

Step 2:  Screw on each wheel at each corner (Fig 2)

Figure 2:  Wheel connected to the GoPro base plate.

Step 3:  Mount the camera after all four wheels mounted

Figure 3:  All wheels mounted


Panning effect:

Slide the dolly parallel to the subject (Fig 4)

Figure 4:  Wheels are parallel to the camera

Zoom in and out effects:

Push or pull the camera toward or away from the subject (Fig 5)

Figure 5:  The wheels are turned perpendicular to the camera.

There, you have it.  Enjoy

How to use a GoPro tripod mount on a Harley Davidson

Figure 1:  GoPro mounted on the front fender of the Heritage Springer Motorcycle

To further expand the capability of the GoPro camera mount, I use components of Ram Mounts system. (see fig 2 below)

Figure 2: RAM Suction Cup with GoPro mounted

Through testing, I found that RAM Suction Cup Mount is much better for vibration and high moving vehicles.  Recently, I mounted the RAM Suction Cup to the front fender of my motorcycle with the camera attached to capture the video above while moving at 30MPH.

GoPro HD Hero in Action

GoPro HD Hero mounted on an Heritage Springer

I just recently purchased a GoPro HD Hero wearable digital video camera.  Instead of writing about how awesome this camera is, let me show you what this thing can do.

GoPro Underwater

GoPro goes underwater with ease


This is just a starter...