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Go Pro camera - which recording file type?

Postby Matthew Max » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:47 pm

My son in law is going to hike a famous, rugged trail. I'm going to buy him a Go Pro. I work in a CSS 5.5 video editor. What file type should I ask him to shoot in? He hasn't gotten the camera yet. I love working with AVCHD.

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Re: Go Pro camera - which recording file type?

Postby Matthew Max » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:42 pm

Are you saying that AVCHD is a standard option on Go Pro cams?

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Re: Go Pro camera - which recording file type?

Postby sidd finch » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:10 pm

What GoPro Model? Starting with the 5 model they have the ability to record in 4k 60fps HEVC codec but you will need to use hand brake to convert the files to mpeg4 for CS 5.5.

If there is alot of movement then the HEVC at 60fps makes sense as you can slow the footage down. If you are using the new 8 GoPro you can shoot in 4k MPEG 4 with the stabilization on and you should get some really smooth footage.

I like shooting in 4k but just be aware it is a little taking on the editing system.

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Re: Go Pro camera - which recording file type?

Postby Matthew Max » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:32 pm

Sidd, that's the kind of feedback I need. Many thanks. I don't want to have to use an additional converter. I want to pop the footage on a timeline and have at it.

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Re: Go Pro camera - which recording file type?

Postby sidd finch » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:04 am

Well if it is within your budget the 8 series is the best.

Record in 4k at 30fps MPEG4 with stabilization on and you will get some great footage. Just be aware that stabilization is reduced in low light settings. This is due to the difficulty the camera has in recognizing the background to stabilize the footage.

Also right now GoPro has $50 off on the 8 series.

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Postby Matthew Max » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:45 am

So, Sidd, are you saying Go Pro is special because (1) "If you are using the new 8 GoPro you can shoot in 4k MPEG 4 with the stabilization on" and (2) I can plop that footage right into CSS 5.5?

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Postby sidd finch » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:40 pm

Yes, your criteria is a rugged camera = GoPro

1. Edit in MPEG4
2. Stabilization

I think that the GoPro 8 best meets your needs. The best quality is that the stabilization is outstanding which is key to good footage.

The DJI Osmo action is also good but to get that stabilization the camera has to zoom in quite a bit more than the GoPro. So in my estimation the GoPro has a wider field of view.

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Postby Matthew Max » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:42 pm

That is a very intelligent answer and I appreciate it, Sidd.
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Re: Go Pro camera - which recording file type?

Postby Matthew Max » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:49 pm

Okay, Sidd, after reviewing lots of pros and cons, I'm going with your recommendation to get a GoPro 8.

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Postby sidd finch » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:26 pm

I think you will really enjoy the camera. I also saw on amazon that the camera that is $50.00 off also comes with a free high speed 258 gb SD card.

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