These new GoPro HERO 3‘s have been out for a long time, and I’ve really wanted one. Matt from LimitedCTRL let me get my hands on his back in January when we did the video for XDL Street Jam’s Performances at the International Motorcycle Shows in MPLS, and we really had fun with it and got some really good footage, especially some cool slo-mo stuff shot at 720P at 120fps.
If what I just said made your head spin, I’ll break it down for you. Usually when I record video, I record at 30fps, with fps meaning frames per second. When recording at 120fps, you can slow the footage down to 25% speed, which is 4 times slower, and still have smooth video. If you tried doing this with video filmed at 30 fps it would only show 7.5 frames per second, which would make for some super choppy video. Not anything even remotely close to smooth.
So with this new setting on the GoPro HERO 3, you can easily get super smooth slo-mo without using Twixtor or something like that. It also shoots 1080P at 60fps, meaning you can get 50% slo-mo at full HD, a feature previously unavailable on the GoPro HERO’s, and most DSLR’s even. My Canon EOS 60D‘s can only record 720P at 60fps and 1080P at 30fps, so this is a pretty cool feature for those of us in the action sports industry.
I finally had the GoPro HERO 3 Black in my hands, thanks to Matt Johnson over at Simply Street Bikes and Chris Tice of the Street Cowboys hand delivering it. We headed down to Wilson Park in the drizzle and hit up a couple other obstacles, including a gap which I’ve never even tried before, due to it being a lot bigger than anything I’ve ever done. It helps to have big brother along to help motivate you, especially since we’re both in a forever ongoing competition to prove who’s the more talented Theis. (It’s me obviously…)
We got some good stuff handheld and just using the base the GoPro HERO 3 Black comes mounted on, as well as a couple shots with the GoPro HERO Chest Mount. I got home threw together a quick edit and here we are!