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The GoPro HD Hero represents somewhat of a revolution in amateur high definition video. The small, light and hardy design makes it perfect for capturing amazing feats in some of the most extreme conditions. Understandably, the marketing campaign mostly consists of handing out cameras to interesting people and letting them run wild.

Just so we’re clear, this column has absolutely no affiliation with GoPro, and not all videos are marketing material either. This is a device that seems to be able to sell itself.

Avalanche Cliff Jump With Matthias Giraud

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The best bit of this video for me isn’t the jump, the parachute or the avalanche but the reaction at the end. “OH MY GOOOOOOOOD!” just about cuts it, I’d say.

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Beautiful Day At The Dog Park

We’re not all extreme sports aficionados and some of us prefer walking the dog instead. This particular film appears on the official GoPro channel but was shot and edited entirely by a GoPro owner on a trip to the dog park.

If you’ve ever wanted a dog’s-eye view of the world then what better better way than by strapping a hardy camera to it and seeing what happens. The GoPro comes with a waterproof protective housing so even if your pooch goes for a dip, your film and camera will keep on going.

Pogo GoPro

It turns out just about every recreational device can be turned into some sort of vehicle for the extreme, and this time it’s pogo sticks. I’ve never actually managed to maintain any semblance of balance on a pogo stick, and so watching this video left me in awe.

A number of GoPro cameras have been used here to great effect, particularly in the time-slice sections. Time-slicing is achieved by using a number of different cameras set up at different angles to achieve a 3D “bullet time” effect.

Wingsuit Flyers

What happens when base-jumping goes wrong? How crazy do you have to be to jump off a cliff with a wingsuit? Hopefully this mini-documentary produced on a GoPro will go some way towards answering those questions.

As you’d expect there is some incredible footage captured via helmet cam, stomach cam and one particularly insane shot of a guy holding balloons as the flyer passes overhead.

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This particular air run from Brian Lopes is very fast indeed, though it’s not until around 3:40 in that things start to get really interesting.

Toy Robot In Space

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The robot is then safely carried back down to earth via parachute and located 11 miles away from the initial launch site thanks to a GPS receiver. The whole thing was filmed on a GoPro, spliced into a music video and has since been shown around the world.

Extreme Seagull

Has your camera ever been stolen by a seagull? One YouTube user claims that this particular video is that of a seagull in Cannes, France stealing his GoPro camera. After careful study, and despite a few doubtful YouTube commenters, the video does indeed appear to be a GoPro.

It’s HD quality, has a very wide lens and it’s no secret that the camera is small and light enough to be picked up by the rather large European gulls. The best bit? The loud and triumphant “caw” as the bird lands atop the castle. The user apparently had to climb to the top of the castle in order to retrieve his camera, but the footage was undoubtedly worth it.

Conclusion

The GoPro HD Hero 2 is now in its second version and retails for a rather affordable $299. For that you get the very bare minimum – a camera with no LCD screen, a few shooting modes, roughly 2 hours worth of footage on a standard charge and some protective housings. You can then build up your collection by adding a Wi-Fi receiver/trigger, LCD screen, 3D shooting adapter and other accessories as you see fit.

If you’ve already taken the plunge and bought a GoPro then why not share some of your films and footage in the comments below. We’d love to hear how you use yours, what you think of it and of whether any of these films tickle your fancy!

  1. jb editor
    September 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    can you use one lcd on different GoPro cameras to set up fixed shots, to cover an event from multiple angles ??

    • Tim Brookes
      September 25, 2012 at 1:38 am

      I don't see why not. If you own several GoPro cameras and wanted to arrange them with exactitude an LCD back is pretty much required, and considering you can only really use one camera at a time it wouldn't make sense to buy more than one LCD back - simply set up the shot (with LCD attached so you can see what you're doing), disconnect the back and move to your next position. Repeat until finished, take the back off the last camera to save battery and shoot. If they're static shots this makes a lot of sense.

      The long and drawn out method of doing it would be to shoot a still frame, eject the memory card, test in a PC, repeat until you get the angle you want. The LCD method is a lot better!

  2. jb editor
    September 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    can you use one lcd on different GoPro cameras to set up fixed shots, to cover an event from multiple angles ??

  3. jessemanalansan
    July 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I hope it would have a small LCD screen next time maybe! :)

    • Tim Brookes
      July 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

      The choice to omit this seems to be to keep the size and price down for those who don't need it, after all if it's strapped to your head or chest you're never going to see the LCD screen.

      You can in fact buy a small screen from GoPro called the LCD BacPac and this allows you to view footage as you shoot it. Be warned though, it will negatively impact battery life!

      More here: http://gopro.com/hd-hero-accessories/lcd-bacpac

  4. karthik chandrappa
    July 3, 2012 at 5:31 am

    The Bollywood film 'Department' used GoPro as one of the 8 diffenent types of cameras, but GoPro was a different viewing experience,though the film did not ddo well in box office it was a new effort in Indian Film industry.

    On one scene the director fixed GoPro cameras on all characters and try to show conversation from his point of view.

    In director's words
    "Yes, I shot it with very different methodology. It is an unconventional way on how films are usually shot. I used multiple cameras, actually eight different types of cameras, which are very small in size but they create angles and movements of the scenes. So that will be a completely new viewer experience when they are watching the film. The film’s holding point is the story and the technique is just a question of how you enhance the given emotion of the scene and of the characters intent. So to that extent I think the methodology which I adapted will make sense there."

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