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Tourist
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Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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I just got a Hero7 black after several years using a Hero4 black. When I connect the Hero7 to the TV with a HDMI cable, navigate and select a video to play, when playing a video (eg. 1080p 120fps) I can't see how to change the playback speed that the video is being run at. In the Hero4 there was a playback option to change the speed from 1x 1/2x 1/4x and 1/8x once the video had started playing.

In the Hero7 once the video starts playing there is the rewind and forward options that display, but pressing on the forward option doesn't seem to change the video to varying speeds, nor does the rewind option.

The Hero7 black manual https://gopro.com/content/dam/help/hero7-black/manuals/HERO7Black_UM_ENG_REVC.pdf (page 57) contains very little information about playback navigation or options when connected through a HDMI connection.

 

My Hero7 black is on the latest version (1.70) at the time of writing.


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GoPro
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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Hi @rowd65234,

 

On newer cameras, you will not be able to change the video speed when playing back your media files through HDMI. The rewind and forward icons on the display screen will only allow you to move onto the next / previous frame.

 

Anyhow, with the HERO7 Black, you will be able to utilize the slo-mo feature (the icon looks like a meter) during video playback in the camera. **NOTE: This feature is only applicable to video clips recorded with 60FPS or higher.

 

Hopefully this helps!

 

Ann

 

 

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GoPro
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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Hi @rowd65234,

 

On newer cameras, you will not be able to change the video speed when playing back your media files through HDMI. The rewind and forward icons on the display screen will only allow you to move onto the next / previous frame.

 

Anyhow, with the HERO7 Black, you will be able to utilize the slo-mo feature (the icon looks like a meter) during video playback in the camera. **NOTE: This feature is only applicable to video clips recorded with 60FPS or higher.

 

Hopefully this helps!

 

Ann

 

 

Tourist
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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Thanks for the info Ann.

It's a **bleep** shame that this feature was removed since it was so helpful to watch back footage on a tv at different speeds, reviewing the best day's tricks on the ski slopes in slow-mo with a bunch of people around a tv. Now the gopro needs to be connected to a computer that can handle large video sizes, then have the footage downloaded to a computer, then opened/imported into a video player/editor with speed control features (eg. VLC player, Adobe Premere etc...), then have a computer connected up to a TV for play. Basically it makes hard work of what was a previously a simple and elegant solution.

 

Really hope the feature is brought back. Canon nailed this with their EOS SLR cameras, allowing for HDMI playback of footage at varying speeds, as well as going further in allowing cutting of individual video in camera, reducing video file/download sizes, and only downloading the "gold" footage for storage and editing later. If the Hero did the same I'd be selling the camera to everyone.

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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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We understand how this feature can be helpful.

We'll have this shared with the team @rowd65234

 

Please continue checking our website for updates. https://gopro.com/help/articles/block/Software-Update-Release-Information

 

Thanks!

Ej

Sightseer
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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I instruct skydivers and had another brand of camera.  I SPECIFICALLY bought a GoPro to be able to review jumps with students.  While connected to a TV via HDMI, I expected to be able to slow the play down as I had seen done on the GoPro 4.

 

I regret buying a new GoPro and if this feature.  I guess I'll be looking around for an older model and selling my current one.

GoPro
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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Sorry about that, @redboost45100. If your TV has a slow motion function, you may be able to slow down the playback of your GoPro media. This will not be possible though with the camera attached to the TV. The media need to be saved on a flash drive compatible with your TV before being able to view them. 

 

We will pass your feedback along to the team as suggestion for improvement. Thank you! 

Tourist
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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I have a similar complaint about the Hero 7 Black playback controls when reviewing video using HDMI output.
You have a multi-speed Fast Forward and Rewind control, but they should roll over to normal speed, and reset to normal speed when play or pause/unpause are clicked. Currently they do not follow this standard, which violates expectations of anyone who has been using DVD or other video player for the past couple of decades. 
The camera itself supports a slider to move through the video. Omitting the slider from the HDMI playback is a terrible decision.

The Hero 7 Black is a great camera, but the HDMI playback interface needs to meet higher (i.e. NORMAL) standards of functionality before I could recommend it to anyone else...

Tourist
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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It's hard to believe that crippling the HDMI playback controls on a $400 camera was a conscious decision! Please tell me it was a development deadline issue that will be fixed by the next firmware update! Hopefully SOON.
Tourist
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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I totally agree with Redboost. Why is this the fast forward review not available? Can you explain why this was taken off? You act like this is a involved process and that we are asking for something unusual. This is a very basic function that people expect and is on everything!. You can fast forward videos easily on our phones, you tube and basically anything. You are a camera company for goodness sake!. It's like buying a car and then finding out it didnt come with blinkers or headlights!
I just recently found this out as I had a lot of videos I took and tried to review them quickly and found out I couldn't and had to watch all the footage. Very frustrating.
This is a very basic function and this issue should be immediately resolved. The general response of will pass onto our engineers and you can look here for updates is ridiculous.
If I would have known this feature was not available, I never would have bought the GoPro and therefore cant recommend it to anyone. Feels like Go Pro pulled a fast one on their customers.
Tourist
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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That unacceptable. Putting it back on your consumers to keep checking on it to see if something is going to be done which it isnt. It is a common feature on everything else and should be included. .
Sightseer
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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Is there any way to stop fast forward once it’s begun? There is almost no point to having HDMI connection if you can’t use basic FF and Rewind functions. Don’t think I can even skip to my tagged highlights.
Bought the remote but that’s a $60+ start/stop button with very few other features and definitely no basic “VCR” functionality during HDMI playback. Really awful.
Tourist
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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FIXED! Hero 7: Return to normal playback speed by pressing & *holding* shutter button
How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection
Found in Firmware 1.9 for the Hero 7 Black.
While H7B is connected to a TV via HDMI, playback controls along the bottom of the screen can be selected using taps on the camera;s MODE, a.k.a POWER button. Each control will turn blue when it "gets focus"/becomes selected.
Each control (including Fast Forware and Rewind arrows ) are activated by tapping the camera SHUTTER button. It will retain this speed until you press and HOLD the SHUTTER.button to return to normal play speed. 
You can also PAUSE, but when you UN-pause, the Fast/Rewind will still be selected.
You can also switch mode between REW and FF, but normal play speed only returns when you press and HOLD the SHUTTER.button while REW or FF has control focus.
This may have been the case all along, but I have not seen it explained ANYWHERE, including the forums & RevC H7B manual.
If you have older firmware in your H7B, I'd love to know which Firmware versions support the long shutter press to return HDMI playback to normal speed. The release notes are far too vague, but I'm glad it works now!

Tourist
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Re: Hero 7: How to change video playback speed when watching footage on TV through HDMI connection

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timm872 I tried your solution, and can confirm that when playing a video back via HDMI and holding down the shutter button on the forward and reverse buttons, it does cause it to skip through the played video at double the speed, both with Hero7 1.70 and 1.90 firmware updates. However I can still find no controls to play the video at 1/2 1/4 or 1/8 speed. Looks like that feature has still been overlooked in the 1.90 firmware update. I've given up waiting for GoPro to bring this feature back. Better to find another camera if this feature is important to you. Not sure if the Hero8 is the same deal.