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Unleashing your video creativity using Gopro cameras

teacher avatar Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

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17 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Unleash promo

    • 2. Introduction to the Gopro

    • 3. Go pro benefits

    • 4. Go pro cons

    • 5. Getting started Gopro

    • 6. Go pro app camera setup

    • 7. Go pro mounts

    • 8. Ready to film

    • 9. Power and batteries

    • 10. Filming in the ocean

    • 11. Film with the car

    • 12. Aerial filming 1

    • 13. Aerial live flight

    • 14. Aerial filming 2

    • 15. Aerial filming 3

    • 16. Course summary gopro

    • 17. Vancouver Aerial video 2021

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Are you looking to improve your gopro filming skills, but couldn't find any quality courses on the Internet? Are you traveler looking to easily capture your trip in a video without the bulk? Do you ever wonder how you could film great footage scuba diving or surfing? Are you interested in aerial filming or photography, but not sure how to get started? If you answered yes to any of these questions you will be very interested in this course.

The Gopro camera is an awesome camera creative tool for just about anyone from travelers, surfers, and scuba divers look to create amazing videos. This course covers the fundamentals of the Gopro and then moves on to show you creative ways you can create videos in the ocean, car, and in the air using a drone quadcopter.

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Greg Hung

Travel Videographer


Hi I'm Greg. I'm a South African Canadian Travel Videographer aka Global Citizen. I first got into video filming with a sharp camcorder in high school making my own short films and tennis video and editing on a VHS.  In 2011 in Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada) I rediscovered my love for video while filming an earthquake hiphop safety video for a Media Course. 

After I graduated from Simon Fraser University (BA Communications) in Vancouver Canada I went on to pursue a successful IT career working 13 years as an IT manager. I went onto to complete my MBA in Technology Management SFU and found my Entrepreneurial inspiration to start my own travel video business in 2011 during the DSLR video revolution. I sold my downtown Vancouver Apartment, bought an iMac, a Can... See full profile

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1. Unleash promo: Hi, My name is Greg Hung. I'm Award Explorer and a filmmaker. And welcome to my course, unleash your video creativity with the go pro camera. I discovered the GoPro in 2011 when I was planning my scuba diving trip to Turks and Caicos . I needed a camera I could take underwater, so I ended up getting my first GoPro was amazing. It's very easy to use, and the footage was pretty good. Let's skip forward to 2014 and we could see the GoPro has a ball with many improvements such a smart app control and improved video quality. There's even drone quadcopter za lettuce attached to go pro to these drones. Take him up into the sky to film aerial videography and photography. In this course, I'm going to teach you the fundamentals of the GoPro. Then we're gonna go start filming video with GoPro's. I'm gonna introduce you to Ariel videography Quadcopter drones on how to get started filming aerial footage. Next, I'm gonna show you creative ways out of foam using a GoPro and a car surfboard and even how to take your GoPro into the ocean to film ocean footage. So let's cut to the chase. Let's begin 2. Introduction to the Gopro: So here's the GoPro. Don't let appearances deceive. You may be small bed. There is a lot of sophisticated tech inside this camera. First off, it laws it a foam high definition footage from 7 20 p all the way up to four cake. Now, the key point here is that it allows you to record at these resolutions that are in HD that you can film them in high frame rates. An example is if you form it 10. 80 p. You can film that at 60 frames per second. What that means to you is that you conform buttery, smooth, slow motion because you move up to higher resolutions like 2.7 K That frame rate is gonna draw so you won't be able to get a smooth, slow motion, but still usable. Okay, Usable means about 24 prints for second is still usable. And that's the same frame rate they used for films. The second is that this camera is really small on. Because of that, you can take it Teoh a lot of different places and it can fit in places that a SLR camera can. You'll see later on. We can do aerial footage and attach the camera to a drone. And because the camera is small enough, drone can look the weight of the camera. Also, it's very versatile and durable. There's a lot of different attachments for this camera, and those attachments allied phone, really good footage, underwater or on cars. You really only limited by your imagination and the attachments that you had to go pro. I think that the GoPro democratizes ability to film great footage because it takes a lot of the complexity out of getting the right settings to start filming right Once you got the right settings that Zizi is just pushing the button, keeping the camera stable on, make sure you've got good lighting. 3. Go pro benefits: to summarize the benefits of the GoPro. It's easy to use. It's really popular. There's some other action cameras out there, but I believe the GoPro is the most popular, which means that there's a lot of support for the camera you can get the best by. There is a lot of people putting helpful videos and tips all over the Internet because of that, and third party companies provide the products for the GoPro as well. GoPro is also very small, so it's very light. Teoh travel with you, and you can fit it in a lot of places and take it with a lot of places that you can't with . The Nestle are. The GoPro is a good quality product. It's well built. It's relatively low costs. Um, for about $400 give or take, you can get a camera that can give you a lot. Um, you could take this camera under water or in the air. It's very versatile, and there's ah, high resolution rates that you can film with this camera on the high frame rates that you can film at those resolutions that make this camera. Ah, really good choice. If you want to film action footage, travel footage, um, unlimited possibilities 4. Go pro cons: there are some constant using the GoPro, but the good news is that the pros outweigh the cons. The first Colin is that the GoPro uses a fixed lens. It's a wide fisheye lens, which is really first tall, but you can't get that up. Close details, um, that you could if you were using a lens with more like and you can't swap lenses with the GoPro, but you can zoom with their legs. Second, is that the sound on the GoPro isn't that great and the go pro well. The newer models can foam in lower lights. The video footage and lower light becomes really grainy and noisy, so it's best use in daytime or if you have lots of light. Now the GoPro doesn't have very good battery life, and I recommend getting more than one battery Teoh deal with that or portable charger. So there you have it there, some of the cons of the GoPro. But there are work arounds to complement the GoPro's weaknesses 5. Getting started Gopro: to get started, I recommend downloading the GoPro app for your smartphone thistles. The easiest way to change the settings on the camera. Once you have the GoPro app downloaded, you can turn on the WiFi on your GoPro by pressing a button on the side of the camera. Once the WiFi is on, you'll see a blue light on. Then once you see that light, you can then connect to WiFi hot spot on your phone and then connect to the GoPro. App is really useful. You can use it to do things like preview What the video shot is gonna look like if you don't have the best screen for the go pro. You can use the after take photos remotely so your smartphone suddenly becomes a remote control. You can also change all the settings from the camera from the APP, and I also find this easier than doing it from the actual camera. You also should learn how toe go through the menu on the actual camera, because when you're in certain situations, you're not gonna be ableto access your smartphone, so you should at least get yourself familiar with the basic functions on the camera. some of these functions are learning how to turn on the WiFi, which is the button on the side. You should know how toe turn on the camera, which is the big button at the front. You should also know how toe switch modes in the camera, right switch from camera moan to video mode and you should know how to use the shutter, which is the button at the top of the camera. 6. Go pro app camera setup: Okay, so we're ready to start filming, So I recommend connecting to your camera using WiFi through using the app. Once you're in the, uh, you can then give your GoPro a name, uh, or, more importantly, named the WiFi networks. And then you can get into the video resolution. So 10 80 p is one of my favorites. It's the s setting, I believe, to give you the highest resolution with a school of pretty good frame rate. So 10 80 you can film up to 60 frames per second, which is good enough for some buttery, smooth, slow motion. If he wants even better. Slow motion, even smoother. You could go down to 7 20 p, and that allows you to do a frame rate off 120 frames per second, which is even smoother. 10. 80 p should be fine for most situations. You can even go up to 2.7 k on Uh, what happens then is that the frame rate that you can film that drops down to 30 frames per second, which is still good enough. But in my experience, 2.7 k footage, uh, really isn't that easy to work with on my Mac pro and I've got I've got a lot of memory on my laptop, and I still have problems with that. But that option is available to you, at least on the GoPro Hero three. Black or, uh, it's probably available on the hero three black three plus as well. There's also four K available on this camera, but I don't use it simply because the frame made available is not high enough. And I already have issues working with 2.7 case, so I don't use that. Some other useful settings in the APP is to change the field of view. I almost always keep it too wide. View. If you go to medium or narrow, it'll just cut out some of the edges. So you have focused more on subjects in the center. You can also change the photo resolution. I just keep it a 12 megabytes. I'm not sure why you wanna have it lower than that, because the files aren't that big anyways, and I leave the other settings at the full time lapse you can change. This is where you change the second interval. If your homing, a time lapse and there's a lot of action happening. I would set it to a lower interval, like two seconds. And if there is ah say of sunset and it's happening a bit slower, I might be the time lot, citing five seconds. So this is where you can change that really easily. Pro Tune is a setting that's gonna give the camera a better picture. More cinematic. I'm not sure why you would want to turn it off, according to the GoPro field experts. They always leave it on. I leave it on all the time. You can also change whether you want your coming to go upside down or not on the upper down setting the white balance. I just leave Teoh Auto. Other areas that I will change or use are set date in time or if I want to delete files on the car and I don't have enough space, you can also do that here. You can also check the SD card capacity by pressing SD card capacity, and you can see the amount of videos of you have in your card on the video time remaining, which is important because sometimes you want toe video. Let's say in the ocean and you want to check if you've got enough capacity to film that 10 minutes or so, right. If you don't have that, then you better to lead some files before you go in the ocean. Otherwise, it's too late If you're interested in learning more about the pro tune setting. The Gold Crow video production team recently did an in depth video, which I'll provide a link to if you want to check it out. 7. Go pro mounts: the goal Pro comes with a clear case. I find this case to be really useful to protect the go Pro. You can still film video with the GoPro in this case, as long as the lenses clean and the actual exterior off, the case is clean as well. When I filming cars obviously take it underwater. I use this case. You can take it down up to 60 meters, and the case is really durable. So once we have it in the case, there's an attachment, uh, area on the case that you can connect the case. Two different mounts. So once you have the GoPro in the case, you can then connected to different mounts. One of my favorite mounts is the suction cup mounts. It's made by go pro, and from what I read, it does have industrial strength. Eso You can attach it to the car without warring about it falling off, and I've used it many, many times, stuff to the hood of a car, and this mount just works really well, keeping your camera stuck to the mounts, getting you really good footage. You can also use this mountain Teoh connected Teoh blast surface anything that's, uh, metallic works as well and glass sports as well. So one of my favorite mounts, you can also get another mount where you can connect GoPro to tripod might be useful if you want to do time up, so you just wanna get some stable footage. I've seen some people that you like to travel with. Go pro. They use a stick or pole. This is really good for getting selfies because it gives you some reach, but you can also face the camera. So it's looking at you, uh, taking a good selfie shot with that, one of the most exciting ways you can use to go pro as a Mounties by mounting it Teoh a drone or a quadcopter. We'll talk about this a bit more later, but the's quad copters or there are some quad copters that have mounts specifically made for the GoPro, which opens up a whole new set of ah possibilities to get footage from the air 8. Ready to film: So once you have your camera set up and you've got your settings, its simple as pressing the button on the top to begin recording, the red light will start flashing. So you know that the GoPro is taking footage. Okay, Once you're done, you just press the button at the top again. So stop it on. There you go. Some tips to get good footage for the go pro is to keep the lens off the camera clean. Make sure there's no tests, no smudges. Make sure that you keep the camera very stable, so the mounts help out with that. If you're going to use just the hand shot, you're going to use your hand to film. Try to keep it very still, or you can just set the camera on something that is where you are, like even the table. Or can that makes a huge difference. Uh, third thing is Teoh have good available lights. The best light is natural daylight, and you want to film your footage in the same direction that the sun is facing for best results 9. Power and batteries: as I mentioned earlier, The battery on the GoPro doesn't last that law. So definitely recommend getting to batteries, and a tip is to turn off the WiFi. Once you have the settings on your camera that you want, WiFi eats through the battery really fast. Another tip is to carry a portable charger with you and bring your USB wire so you can connect, uh, your GoPro to it to charge it up while you're on the go. You can also use a USB court, and you can use this to charge it in a car that has a USB attachment. And you can also bring ah, plug adapter that you can plug directly into the go pro. I think that charging the GoPro through the plug adapter is faster than connecting it to your laptops. Eso definitely recommend. Bring your portable charger and your wall adapter, and you're used to be wired to charge up your GoPro while you're on the go 10. Filming in the ocean: way Filming in the ocean, especially if you want to do something like scuba diving is a little bit different. I remember my first trip to Turks and Caicos. I just took the GoPro in the plastic case and I was able to film. The thing is that the footage had this turquoise blue tip that didn't look very natural or nice. After that, I discovered that a red filter, uh, you can attach onto the plastic case does improve the footage a lot, especially when you're deep under in the ocean. So it looks something like this. Another thing that's important to get good underwater footage is to have it stabilize. So I've used a custom made pipe that you can get from Home Depot, and, uh, what I did is I was able to get a PVC pipe and that had a screw cap on the top so I could unscrew its to fill it with water. His you need water in the object that you're taking in the ocean. Otherwise, it's just gonna want to float back up to the surface. So if you fill it up with some water, you can take it down with you Another important thing is that whatever object you decided to take down with you, it should allow you Teoh comfortably swim. But you also wanna be able to have a solid base. So the pipe work really well, we because I was able to fit it between my arms and it didn't interfere with me while I was swimming with my scuba gear. It also had a flat surface for the camera, so the suction cup mount worked really well. You have to make sure that the material that you're using is suction cup mount friendly eso . I use plastic that works really well. The suction cup mount. I recommend testing the suction cup mount on the surface before you take that object down there. Um, other than that you want good natural lighting and that's not really under your control. But you can bring a strong underwater light with you. This can help a little bit, but really, the natural lighting is what's gonna make a break. The footage for you so remember, it's always best film in the direction that the sunlight is shining. So be aware of that when you're in the ocean. Filming another tip is to do good research when choosing a diving shop. I've used Trip Advisor on Dive. Look for shops that have a good reputation than that take down smaller groups. It's also a good idea to let them know in advance that you planned to film. Some video dive masters are usually very friendly and with a bit of coaching, they can help you film really good footage. They're more experienced swimmers, and they know how to find the special creatures and fish in the ocean so they'll usually be able to get better shots because of that, Another benefit is they can also film some shots of yourself you may have seen had straps on scuba divers in some commercials. I don't think that the footage with these drops are really good because you're moving your head around a lot. I prefer to use a suction cup mount using a solid pipe to attach the GoPro too 11. Film with the car: filming on the front of the car is really cool, and Velocity gets a lot of really good footage for a driving tour really efficiently. It's basically like the car is your tripod, and when you turn the steering wheel, so does the camera. So some tips to film driving tours with the GoPro mounted on the car is to use a suction cup now, So the surface that you're going amounted to on the car you must clean. Make sure it's very clean, and you wanted to be a little bit wet. Help suction cup once you've mounted the camera. Uh, what I do is I turn on the wind by next. Yeah, just to make sure I framed the shot and have on my video setting set up. Then I turn off the WiFi on just hit record and then a drive. I focus on my driving and forget about the camera. Okay, um, it's very important that the camera doesn't distract you from driving. Expect to get some stairs from people because it's not something that's very common. There's a lot of different angles that you can get. I typically just put it on the hood so I can see the camera, but I mean, you can also stick it to the side of the car. You want a different angle. It's really up to you on a different possibilities. Another tip when it comes to using the footage in your video editor is to speed up the footage to make it a little bit more exciting. Because a driving tour captures every single second on it could become a little bit repetitive. So by speeding up about 4 to 8 times, you could make that driving footage but more exciting than the finished product. 12. Aerial filming 1: Now I'm excited to introduce you to the world off Aerial filming. Serious? Still very new. In fact, I got my first drone. It was a deejay, I Phantom one and I still have it. I got it in May 2013. It's made possible because the drones have advanced technology and they use GPS on their strong enough to carry action cameras like GoPro. So they're a great combination off technology at work while together. When you're doing aerial filming, the most important thing to keep at the top of your mind is safety. You don't want to hurt anyone, and you don't want to damage any property. Thes drones that you're flying up in the air can be very dangerous. So always keep that in mind. With that being said, let's get started. So the leading company in the space is DJ I. Later I'm gonna introduce you to more resources. My first experience with aerial filming Waas that it was a really exciting and really fun experience. I've felt like a kid again. When I first opened the box, I just wanted to go out and fly it first thing you're gonna have to do. Of course, is assemblage, which doesn't take that long, and it's pretty straight board. It was great videos from D. J I that show you how to do that, and then you're gonna need to charge your battery is really important that you charge the batteries properly, where you can damage the battery and damage charger, which you don't want because the batteries don't last that long. And without the batter, you can't fly a recommend getting in these two batteries flying time for the drones vary from five minutes from the first model to about 20 minutes. When you first start, I recommend going to an open park area. Whether it's not a lot of people, perhaps go early in the morning, where it's really quiet and you can just focus on flying. People tend to get really fascinated with drone, especially little kids. Even dogs want to try and chase the drone and even put your growing in danger because they tryto try to jump and white it. So take the time to practice, read the instructions, watch some videos. The best way to learn is just actually Fly wants to get the hang of it, trying to master landing and seeing if you can take off several times without any problems , then learn how to get comfortable with changing the height. The altitude of the drone does well as the direction. Try not to get too crazy. What happened when I first started was that I got overconfident. I was flying over the beach. And next thing you know, I lost sight of my drone and, um, there you go. I thought I lost my go pro and my drone about $1600. I thought I'd never see again. But there is a feature in the drone that will allow it to come back to where the drone took off using GPS technology. Very useful feature, but you don't want to use it if you don't have to. 13. Aerial live flight: right. Come from Sheik Riad Share, uh, tending in Taiwan. Beautiful view behind me had decided Teoh fly the drone just upgraded it with the, uh, Harold Gimble. So I'm gonna show you some tips on how to do some aerial video. So we have the gimbal by Carol over here of upgraded the propellers. Made sure that the right propellers are on the right arm. I want to make sure that the clockwise on the top flies arm and vice versa for the counter clockwise arm. If you don't, what will happen is the drawing with look over which had happened before. Okay, Next we want to turn on our battery after the batteries on, you're gonna get your orange light. Then you turn on their milk control, and then you're gonna want to make sure they calibrate the competence by flipping the right with 10 5 You want to end up on a t t. I? There's a cheap yet another a t I at the bottom. So once you've done that, you're gonna get a solid yellow light, and then I'm gonna hold it to 3 60 Okay? I'm not gonna get a green light now. I want to face the green up towards the sky and do it notice. I'm trying to keep the drawing level. Okay, so now blasting to dio pop it back up the GPS e I should have a green light weight. 14. Aerial filming 2: I'll set up my goal pro before I take it out into the field. So it's all ready to go, and I can just press start when I'm ready to fly. So the settings that I use our 10 80 p 60 frames per second, I'll turn on pro Tune and I'll keep it at a wine angle when the drone is ready to fly, meaning it's gone. It's green lights on you. Secret NYSE did with GPS satellites. I'll just turn on the go pro, make sure it has enough time remaining on the memory card, and then I'll press record. So here is a checklist that you want to go through before you go on your first flight. You want to make sure that the propellers are screwed on properly and tight the right way. Some of the blades have to go clockwise gathers to go anti soft lines. If you do operate your propeller, some of them don't have that clearly marked. So you want to make sure that you're clear on that before you take off. Otherwise, the drone is gonna flip over when you try to take it off. Based on my experience. Second thing you want to make sure that your battery is fully charged best results. You want to do it the night before. You want to make sure when you're charging your battery that you plug it in properly on when you charge it, You want to make sure that you're getting a full green before you disconnect it. I'm gonna provide you with the resource. Teoh, Charge your battery from D. G. I. You also want to make sure that you have your GoPro camera charged with a memory card that has space. You want to make sure that you got your batteries for the go pro. You also want to check the weather conditions if it's too windy. I don't recommend taking the chance and flying on the next thing. Of course, which I for gotten is you need your remote control on a remote control with enough battery . Once you've got all those things out of the way head outs and we can go off for our first light 15. Aerial filming 3: You can also use the GoPro to take photos in the air. I use video more ultimate photos. But if you wanted to do photos, what you could do is set up the timer on the go pro so that it takes photos at interval, for example, every five seconds. And then while you're up in the air, you can just concentrate on moving it, trying to get different angles on. Um, we'll be amazed at some of the stuff that the GoPro can capture up in the air. This two axis gimbal can be tilted up and down around their mo control to control the angle of your pictures and your video. Because my set up doesn't have remote viewing, I'll set up the angle before I take off 70 degree angles. One of my favorites, I find it. If you leave it at 90 degrees, sometimes the propellers will get in your pointed. You can experiment with different angles. I've seen some cool footage with straight down bird's eye view, so just be aware of how the gimbal can't control the angle of your video and your photos 16. Course summary gopro: so you made it to the end. I hope you've enjoyed this course on nature. Creativity using GoPro cameras. Thanks for participating in the course GoPro's of Fun camera. And it conforms some amazing footage allowing you to capture video in the ocean and driving cars and now even up in the air. So it's an exciting time. I hope you leave this course knowing how to use the GoPro. Capture great footage using some of the tips that I have given you. Remember that you can use the app to set up the camera. Make sure that you have good lighting. Keep the camera stable using mounts on keep the lens clean on. That should be just about enough to give you some great footage. You can experiment using the GoPro in the water. I've given you some ideas of how to use it on a surfboard and even go scuba diving have also demonstrated I can use a car on a GoPro on my favorite suction cup mount to do some driving tours, and you can also use the GoPro to take it up in the air using a drone quadcopter. I plan on doing a more in depth course on aerial video in the future. So please follow my company, Sheikh Ayash, on Facebook. If you would like to find out when it's available, I hope I've inspired you to learn more. And I hope you've learned some valuable stuff and you can go out and start creating some amazing video using your go pro. All right, see a 17. Vancouver Aerial video 2021: Okay, we're going to do and so on.