The GoPro Hero+ LCD is here!

Say hello to the GoPro Hero+ LCD! All-in-one awesome + touch display convenience.

The basics of the camera are solid. The Hero+ LCD records video in 1080p60, and takes 8 MP resolution stills, both recorded on a microSD card (up to 64 GB). Because it was designed for use during action sports like surfing and skiing, the camera is both rugged and waterproof. Video recording can be started with a single button press (a great feature for those pressed for time to catch a shot), and a HiLight Tagging button allows you to flag certain moments in a video as you record them so you can easily find those moments later during playback.

That’s all well and good, of course, but the show stopping feature here is the LCD screen – a first for GoPro’s entry-level Hero camera. It allows you to access camera settings, frame your shots and watch video playback, all from the camera itself. There’s an new in-camera video trimming feature for tidying up your clips on the spot, too – handy for when you want to share short videos via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections.

The GoPro Hero+ LCD is recently launched and will be available in India around the first week of July 2015 at all authorised GoPro dealers nationwide. For more information log on to www.stereovision.biz and www.gopro.com.

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Gopro and Atomos workflow at Combat Cage Fight event, Goa

Stereovision once again was involved in the coverage of a sport event with GoPro cameras. Together with our resellers in Goa, FB Motorsports Goa, we shot the emerging fighting modality of Combat Cage Fighting (CCF), a hybrid of the popular mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Competition (UFC).

Welterweights and heavyweights, masculine and feminine fighters, all of them coming from different parts of India were the protagonists at Tito’s Courtyard in Baga, Goa, the perfect venue due to its great location, right in the most touristic area of Goa, and its massive capacity. It was a full house!

We reached location the same day of the fight, took measurements, studied the venue, and started unpacking all our equipment and rigging GoPros as soon as possible. We used three Hero2 attached on truss around the cage to transmit a live feed to the TV’s and projectors at the venue, and two Hero4 Black to operate handheld and shoot some action shots of the crowd, the fights, the fighters in their dressing rooms, etc for promotional purposes and edit a video of the event.

GOPRO SET-UP

The Hero4 cameras we used were rigged on the truss around the cage, the same place where all the lighting and speakers were installed. We needed a good rig to keep them firm and not shaky, the GoPro Rollbar Mount was just perfect. No shakes and super easy to set up. We needed something simple and reliable as these truss are 15 feet tall! We used a GoPro Skeleton Housing as we needed to plug in power and output live through the mini-hdmi output. We used GoPro cables, mini-hdmi to hdmi and usb power cables (which we then plugged to a USB power adapter of 5 Volts and 2 Amps – we found that higher voltage can damage the cameras, like 12Volts, and lower ones will stop the cameras running randomly).

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Getting equipment ready for Goa.

We needed to output a live signal of these wide shots as per CCF Producer Sinead McManus requests. The aim here was to transmit a live signal to all the projectors located at Tito’s Courtyard (all HD and equipped with hdmi inputs), the restaurant, cafeteria and lounge. The projectors were far, more than 100 feet away. We refused to use Hdmi cables, no way! Expensive and unreliable. We tested SDI cables from a rental company in Goa which worked great and cheap. They did the job perfectly. I’ve always trusted SDI cables especially for long distances; its a standard for professional video transmission.

To convert the signal from the mini-hdmi output of the GoPro’s to SDI we used the Atomos HtoS Converter (Hdmi to Sdi). Superb! We have already done some jobs in the past and they are super accurate. They can last for 24hours with not a single frame drop, they do not power off ever, are small and easy to rig (we used gaffer tape and sticked them onto the truss poles next to the GoPro cameras), and can power to AC and run on Sony batteries. We connected the SDI cables to the Atomos converter and the +100feet cables were sent to the projectors where we converted the signal from sdi to hdmi again with an Atomos StoH Converter (Sdi to Hdmi). Small, compact and reliable device.

The Hero2 setup on a trousse with power and hdmi output

The video signal output of the GoPro in 1080/25p looked great. Find a small clip of the event below:

All equipment used is available at http://www.stereovision.biz.

Newsletter #03 FX School Workshop by Stereovision

Last Friday, Stereovision had the pleasure to present a workshop at FX School Mumbai (www.fxschool.in). We were invited with warmth and excitement by Mr.Arun Kumar, Director and professor at the ideally located institution right in Andheri West, surrounded by all the industry’s top studios and production companies.

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FX School has various kinds of courses and degrees from Film-making, Cinematography, Editing, to VFX and Digital Art. I must say their facilities are equipped with the most advanced material, from last generation iMacs, to Canon 5D mark III, Red Scarlet, and a great set of Zeiss lenses. Their cafeteria is wonderful too. I had the pleasure to witness a lunch break of a production team who was working at one of the FX School studios… Overall a great ambience and working environment.

The workshop started with Atomos and their popular Samurai Blade, almost a standard in Indian TVC sets, together with its Ninja Blade and Ninja 2 (ideal for DSLR film-makers).

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Atomos ended with a quick run of their 4K capable recorder Atomos Shogun, a 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI Monitor & Recorder combines a color-calibrated 1920 x 1200 resolution display with 4K video recording and edit-ready codecs. The Shogun utilizes 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs to record clean output signals at resolutions up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30p, as well as Full HD (1920 x 1080) video up to 120 fps when used with capable cameras.

The Shogun records 10-bit, 4:2:2 UHD 4K and HD video to Apple ProRes HQ, 422, or LT formats. It can also record HD video using Avid’s DNxHD format, and UHD 4K raw video using the uncompressed Cinema DNG Raw format. Video is recorded to single or raided 2.5″ HDD and SDDs for fast and reliable write speeds.

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As a monitor, the Shogun features a 7″ IPS capacitive touch-screen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. It is Rec. 709 color calibrated and supports multi-frequency operation (48/50/60 Hz) for monitoring and playback of a variety of input frame rates. An SDI loop output is available for passing the signal to an additional monitor.

The Shogun adds several new features over previous Atomos models, including custom 3D LUT support, Genlock In for multi-camera syncing, and improved audio handling with an included LEMO breakout cable for XLR audio. There are also a variety of onscreen tools to help you set up your shots, including a full waveform monitor, RGB parade display, vector scope, focus peaking, and other framing, focus, and exposure assisting tools.

The Shogun comes included with a battery, battery charger, RAID adapter, two drive caddies, and XLR audio LEMO breakout cable. The students absolutely loved these toys!

We then continued the event with a set up of the Phantom Miro, a very popular High-Speed camera capable of shooting 1500fps at 1920×1080… The students at the school really enjoyed watching themselves throwing punches at each other and checking out the monitor to see it in slo-mo. They were thrilled to finally see a Phantom in action!

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Last but definitely not the least, we brought out the GoPro Hero4 as the grand finale! The new action camera recently introduced in India raised a lot of questions among the students who most owned early GoPro editions. Even Arun, while discussing Gopro with the students, recently bought a few and are available for students at FX school. 4K resolution and 120fps at full HD, remember? Welcome to the world of GoPro! The world’s most versatile camera!