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Hiker
Posts: 14

GoPro for journalism

Googling "GoPro journalism" gets lots and lots of results oriented around the GoPro's portability, attachability, and toughness.

 

I'm the Web manager and content guy for a small private school in Palo Alto, CA. I've shot stills for 52 years and am tasked with doing video as a complete beginner. I tried the Freefly Movi for a while, and though it was incredibly stable, it was too fiddly for my kind of work - being extremely mobile while shooting in classrooms, on playgrounds, and for theater rehearsals, etc.

 

I thought of the GoPro, but my "wiser" self said, "Nah - no way it will give the quality we need."

 

Well, ha-ha. Here's a short clip, one of several dozen shot during a morning spent following the kindergartners, shooting b-roll for a presentation by Helen, our principal.

 

I took the lens cover off for best sharpness. Note that SmugMug has an idiotic policy of letting the first five seconds of uploaded videos play "rough" until the buffering can catch up. So be ready for five seconds of nausea-inducing blurriness at the start. NOTE: audio doesn't matter here, as the clips will be used for background visuals while Helen talks.

 

The video is straight out of camera with no editing whatever.

 

https://www.lwsphotos.com/Misc-Pix/LWS-Partner-Reading-Shot-with-GoPro-Hero-7-Black-/

 

I think it's pretty decent. The original clip is a bit sharper than what you're seeing here.

 

NOTE 2: The Movi was much more stable when shooting close-up to subjects. The GoPro is much more wiggly at close distances even with Hypersmooth turned on. I had to be very, very careful how I moved while hand-holding.

 

To sum up, you'll have to pry the GoPro Hero 7 Black from my cold, dead hands. It really is amazing.

Adventurer
Posts: 10,388

Re: GoPro for journalism

Looks great! I agree, it's an amazing camera.
Hiker
Posts: 14

Re: GoPro for journalism

I had to remove the above-linked video due to SmugMug's impossible streaming - on further review it wasn't just the first 5 seconds that were blurry. I'll re-post to YouTube or Vimeo and replace the link.