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Old 11-10-2009, 05:21 AM   #1
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GoPro HD - Lee Lau Gives it a look...

Nobody has done any press on this yet that we've seen - but Lee went out and gave the new unit a proper going over.

Here's what he thinks so far...
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:34 AM   #2
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with HD off, it's a pretty good picture, but on my POS wireless laptop HD on is impossible to watch. It's like watching a flipbook cartoon that's missing half it's pages.

have a heart for the technology challenged.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:41 AM   #3
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Give CoreAVC a try. It's the best software H264 decoder out there right now.

Granted, audio/video codecs can be a pain in the ass to set up right, but once done this could be the ticket you're looking for.

They have a CPU requirements page here.

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Old 11-10-2009, 05:52 AM   #4
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Really? Even on a WinXP laptop the HD video streams quite well.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:59 AM   #5
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Really? Even on a WinXP laptop the HD video streams quite well.
"a winxp laptop" doesn't say anything about the power of the laptop to decode hd video, what type of graphiccard built in is more essential...
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"a winxp laptop" doesn't say anything about the power of the laptop to decode hd video, what type of graphiccard built in is more essential...
This WIN XP laptop had no dedicated graphics card. what helped is that I did a clean OS install on it and deleted all the crapware so all it has is whatever came bundled minus crapware. It actually is pretty fast that way
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:50 PM   #8
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watching and editing 1080p is difficult on the best of cimputers. I read several reviews of HD cameras prior to NOT buying one, as many people were unable to view and edit them on their computers (at the time).

Perhaps codecs are better, but I agree with Lee that 720 is adequate for internet sharing.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:13 PM   #9
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Lee; do these POV's use any of the Internal Stabilisation (IS) technology that appears to be standard in even low end point and shoot digital cameras?

With your contacts in the industry any idea "If not any idea why not".
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Knnn - no.

I haven't asked. I would imagine its because the form factor is already packed full of a lot of stuff. IS is software and sometimes, h/w driven (tiny little hydraulics). I would imagine its a design constraint. I would imagine also its a cost-constraint.

btw - I've used my little p&s digital point and shoot on a GoPro chesty. The IS might work for photos but it cannot keep up with motion when used for POV video.

But I'll ask
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Internal stabilization on cameras are for allowing one to shoot with a slower shutter speed relative to the reach of the lens. Typically, if you are shooting with a 50mm lens, you don't want to handhold the lens below a shutter speed of 1/x per second where x is the lens reach. It performs micrometer adjustments to perform this task.

In order to get what we need on the trail, that same function would need to move the camera 10cm+ at times. Something like this.

Here's a good example.

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The IS definitely helps using my new camera as a helmet cam compared to my old one which didn't have it. its not perfect but it does help.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:47 PM   #13
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"Possible solutions are to either (i) ride or film only in smooth terrain"

So, the dbl edged sword-good pic quality but accentuated movement due to HD.

Therefore, if I won't be filming 'smooth terrain' then its pretty much pointless getting an HD camera by the sounds of it.
I'm gathering the old Hero is therefore better in rough terrain.
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"Possible solutions are to either (i) ride or film only in smooth terrain"

So, the dbl edged sword-good pic quality but accentuated movement due to HD.

Therefore, if I won't be filming 'smooth terrain' then its pretty much pointless getting an HD camera by the sounds of it.
I'm gathering the old Hero is therefore better in rough terrain.
Yes. Ironically the old Hero is better because the video quality is such crap you can't see as much of the shaking.

I wouldn't say its pointless though. The video shot on Crank It Up wasn't bad with the GoPro HD but then CIU is pretty smooth. I'd say that you could get decent video but getting useable footage out of top to bottom runs might be tough. But then that's tough on most cameras.

I'll try to do some rides with the GoPro HD on more beat trails to see how footage does
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definitely a problem with my home computer or connection. at work, the HD video is flawless.
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