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What Would You Film Using A GoPro Camera? [We Ask You]

Dave Parrack 06-11-2014

GoPro cameras are primarily used by people doing extreme sports who want to capture all the action for posterity. But that’s far from their only use.


It’s time to get the gray matter working by deciding what you would film using a GoPro. The more creative you get, the more (entirely fictional) points there are up for grabs.

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We want to know, What Would You Film Using A GoPro Camera? It’s a simple enough question, but one which will require you to sit and ponder for a few minutes, perhaps while adopting a pose similar to that of Rodin’s The Thinker. Or perhaps not.

First, for the uninitiated among you, a short introduction to the world of GoPro.

GoPro cameras are extremely versatile tools capable of going where other cameras would fear to tread. They’re used primarily by people participating in extreme sports, capturing footage from new and unusual perspectives. Like so…

As a result of this inherent versatility, there have been some amazing videos of people doing extreme sports Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos GoPro cameras are designed to be worn or held while doing adventurous activities. They're tough and waterproof, meaning they can survive along with you (hopefully) whether you're jumping out of a plane, diving in the... Read More . These are extremely impressive, but, sadly, none have been quite good enough to make me want to try these activities for myself. I would rather leave it to the professionals and/or idiotic amateurs.


I am personally much more likely to use a GoPro to do something a little more unusual. Such as strap it to a dog and send him off to the park for a day. Cue intriguing footage showing what a day in the life of a dog looks like. All from the dog’s own perspective. Like so…

Damn. I just remembered I haven’t even got a dog. So that plan is out. It seems the only sensible course of action is to do something utterly bizarre with my GoPro. Like, I don’t know, attach it to a ceiling fan in order to capture footage of me standing under it looking thoroghly unimpressed. Like so…

Wait, no, that won’t work either. I haven’t even got a ceiling fan. So none of these possible uses for a GoPro camera 7 Videos That Will Make You Want a GoPro Camera [Stuff to Watch] Clever marketing goes beyond memorable advertising when it demonstrates exactly what you are missing out on by not owning a product. I'm not usually a sucker for advertising, preferring instead to make my own mind... Read More quite hits the spot. Hence the need for help from the MakeUseOf readership.

What would you film using a GoPro camera? Tell us in the comments section below, and we’ll discover what weird and wacky (or entirely banal and boring) ideas our collective brainpower can come up with.


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  1. Hannahs
    July 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

    After this article, I'll purchase the latest model, for sure!

  2. lospjer lopsher
    December 7, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Very brilliant to get more ideas

  3. Von Adam Martinez
    November 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    maybe for snorkel time, viewing the beauty of sea will be a lot to me.

  4. Mike
    November 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Hi, Can you adapt the 12volt DC camera being discussed , to an ordinary home movement-activated ,AC-wired security light? Briefly, how would this be done? Camera preferably with a 180` , or better still, 270` sweep? 35 small units on one single property, with intermittent intruder/theft challenges. We would like a visual outline of person(s) responsible! thanks. Mike

  5. Abdu Mad
    November 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    the war in my country , i'm a fighter and i'd stick a goPro in my fest every time i go against the ISIS

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I never foresaw getting such a serious response, but yes, that would be a great use for a GoPro. It's important to film what goes on during wars so the truth cannot be obfuscated. Stay safe.

  6. GoGarrTV
    November 6, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I agree that GoPro's aren't only for extreme sports. I do use my GoPro for a lot of activities, but they are nowhere near extreme. My last GoPro video was of my friends and I running around the city of Seoul in LED suits.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Great video! I now want one of those suits. I may embed this in the follow-up post, so look forward to some extra views :)

    • GoGarrTV
      November 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Sweet, thanks. The suits sure do get a lot of attention, they are a lot of fun. Going to try them out skiing this year :)

  7. Ed Nelson
    November 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I concur with the time lapse. I've been time lapsing a major outdoor promenade rebuild since May'14. The camera has been running a shot per minute nearly 24/7. All I do is swap out SD Cards and import the latest footage. The project is expected to be completed in about two weeks.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      That sounds amazing. What are you going to do with the timelapse when it's finished?

    • Ed Nelson
      November 14, 2014 at 12:38 am

      Hello Dave,

      Sorry for the delay, I plan to share this with the Management company as part of the "Grand Opening" of the new space. I think Time Lapse is probably my favorite feature in the GoPro cameras.

  8. Macdillon
    November 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    1080/120 fps of Texas guitarist shredding it. The slow motion playback is awesome - & I still can't imitate this!

    Just waiting for Super HD @4k and 60 fps...
    GoPro's are incredibly cool for recording anything, driving, playing, & just living & loving life.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Wow, that's awesome. It really shows how skilled that guy is as a musician.

  9. callum
    November 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Probably my younger siblings.
    They do so much that I could bring out at birthday parties, and weddings.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      As GoPro is more geared to action and/or offering unusual perspectives on stuff, what would you film them doing?

  10. Dominic C
    November 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Something you can try would be to do a short feature film using only GoPro cameras. I know its not a cinema camera and it would be a pain to check the shot but wouldn't that make for a good challenge.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      That would be amazing. I'm sure there are people already trying their hand at it, and a quick search of Vimeo would probably prove as much. I would love to see GoPro footage used in a big release though.

  11. Katie F
    November 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I have to say the first thing that popped in to my head when I read the title of this article was "strap it to my dogs head" and then I read it and saw you'd also come up with that idea! I have to say I would 100% attach this to my dog, he gets up to all sorts of mischief that we don't know about, and comes in the house with all sorts of things that he's somehow dug out of our garden, so i'd love to have an insight in to his daily life and what he gets up to!

    Other than that, it would make a good dash cam. I'd also love to know what my fiancee gets up to when I am not in the car, so that would be a funny insight too! Might be easier to get her to admit to the dents she adds to the car too...... :)

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Animals are the first thing that crossed my mind too, but cats more than dogs as they wander off on their own getting up to all sorts of shenanigans.

      What on Earth do you think your fiancee is getting up to that you need to film her? Apart from denting the car in mysterious ways.

  12. G P Witteveen
    November 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I'd do an update of the trilogy scored by Philip Glass and directed by FFCoppola: Konyaanisqatsi, Naqoyqatsi, and Powaqqatsi (1982-2002): time lapse to display the patterned flows of people at work and play to shift the normal reference points of one's day into more of a Big Picture perspective on things.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      That was Godfrey Reggio, not Coppola. And if you're doing HDR timelapses, you're probably better off with a DSLR than a GoPro. :)

      Anyway, my entirely flippant answer to this question: Butts.

      My best friend and roommate teaches yoga and dances for a living. Judging by how well GoPro videos that include fit women in relatively skimpy clothes do on Youtube, I think just sticking a GoPro to her forehead would make us both rich.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      @G P I have no idea what that is, but I'll do some research. It sounds fascinating, regardless of who directed it.

      @likefunbutnot Now there's an idea... I'm in.

  13. someone
    November 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    traffic dash cam

    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Good idea. But unless you drive like a loon (or encounter someone else driving like a loon) you'd get some boring footage, no?

    • Macdillon
      November 6, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      That's what the looping feature is for. It re-uses the memory card until you stop it at that point it saves the last X number of minutes you have set for the Looping. You can run in looping mode and save only the last 10 minutes. Continue using looping and you get several segments of video that contains only the cool stuff you saved. This saves post editing and having to cut the 'boring footage' into much smaller more exciting footage to wade through. Once you understand looping you'll use it 80% of the time, unless you simply want everything videoed.

    • Macdillon
      November 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      GoPro has a fantastic responsive website with categories of videos that will tantalize you into wanting to become a professional vedeographer. My beef is not every professional video from GoPro is recorded with a GoPro. Take for example the tight-walking between two hot air balloons hundreds of feet high. You get a glimpse of the videographer and that's no GoPro in his hand. Still some incredible GoPro videos there everyone can experience.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Ah, thanks for explaining about Looping. That makes perfect sense. You sound passionate about your craft.

    • Ed Nelson
      November 14, 2014 at 12:48 am

      In addition to the Time Lapse use I mentioned below, I 'daily' use my (other) GoPro mounted directly under my rear view mirror facing forward. I have the camera set to:
      - Down Orientation
      - Quick Capture (on)

      It is mounted upside down in the Frame so that I can access the battery pretty easily. When I start my car, I also hit the [Shutter button]. Camera comes on and begins recording. When I park, I hit the button again, camera stops recording and shuts down. For the most part, I let the SD Card fill and then delete. However, I have those share of moments. One in particular, a load of furniture fell off a truck on the San Mateo Bridge. We did not see it until we were right up on it. We were able to swerve and avoid it, but not only captured the event, but our in car reaction. I have it on my ToDo list to check with my insurance carrier to see if having this as a permanent mount can affect my rates.

  14. A41202813GMAIL
    November 6, 2014 at 3:47 am

    No Skiing Trips, That Is For Sure.

    If He Ever Gets His Old Life Back, I Doubt MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Will Do It Again, Too.


    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Purely because of the danger? I must admit as much as I love the idea of a skiing holiday, I have heard so many horror stories it has put me off just a little.