Video: First GoPro Hero3 Tested

Oct 26, 2012 at 0:04
Oct 26, 2012
by Karl Burkat  
 
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 Wicked angle and great footage but you let that thing catch a tree and you're neck is going to be snapping faster than Ian Hylands at a RedBull Rampage event.
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 Your. God dammit that was terrible grammar. Apologies
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 Looks an extremely dangerous mount setup, just watching this video makes me nervous about kids trying to copy this.
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 Imagine forgetting you have it on, turning your head to look back or to the left/right... well, the rest isn't worth thinking about. However you'd get some pretty cool shots of you doing it.
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 grammar the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit gotta agree though, the camera angle is pretty awsome
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 I am sure it would have a fail safe that if there is a impact it will just fall off.
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 It doesn't seem dangerous to me. You just must not attache it too tightly. Make it so that it will fall over when you hit something...
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 *fall off ... sorry for that
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 How do I copy this? Someone give me a details!
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 It was attached with 3 GoPro Sticky Mounts and a bunch of zip ties- stable, but quick to break (way before my neck!)
I intended to have more footage, but one of the stickies was coming loose after the shot through the jumps. I'll take a picture of the mount and post it up when I have the chance! Cheers, AW
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 Def. want to see a pics of the mount, could you give a length of the boom too? I will def. be fab'ing one of these up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Let's rotate to avoid broken neck!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=C92TZ1ySg0o
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 it's awesome angle of the camera,but it's dangerous,if he fall ,that stick would kill him.
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 matg, neat, but its just boring xc riding. more whips, less lycra.
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 I like the capitalisation one better: the difference between helping your uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse
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 finnrambo thats not only capitalization, it could use comma also haha.
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 does anybody know if i can buy this mount or is it a custom gopro only mount type thing
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 its a DIY mount it says somewhere in the comments how to make it I believe
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 you pause this video enough times and it starts raining PODs.
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 That takes a lot of skill to ride down a snowy trail always looking at the camera and not the trail haha
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 I've been looking for that mount for soo long! Does anyone know where to get them?
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 I made one and posted pics in a comment below. Don't think you can buy them quite like that. Only cost about $15
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 I know of a guy (Philip Tschersich of Kodiak,AK) who did this except the camera spun around his helmet, he called it the helicopter head. It bumped into branches and such when he was trail riding, but it spun the camera instead of his neck bones.... problem solved. PLUS you got to see his riding from every angle.

Here's one of his many vids: vimeo.com/16879009
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 Rode Whole Enchilada this week. A kid's GoPro caught on a branch--didn't snap his neck... caused him to lose his balance though and ran full speed into a tree. Had to be life flighted out. Be careful with those cameras. Chest strap it or put it on the bike. Seriously man, keep it OFF YOUR HEAD.
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 ever crashed with a chesty? painful shit
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 @ Reignonme - totally valid point. Take responsibility for your riding and your projects. If you choose to do something like this, start out on an easy trail that you know really well. Even an off the shelf mount can get caught on trails. Ride and play within your limits!
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 Exactly. And no I've never crashed with a chesty but I can imagine.
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 How are those new pass trail jumps? they look super fun!
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 i Hella want to get one of those now!!!!!!!
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 You're HELLA from Norcal! Hahaha
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 i was thinking the same exact thing haha.
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 And your HELLA Right! Santa Rosa Ca. Baby, woooo
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 haha i love how people know we are from norcal when we say hella! i was on the east coast and i said hella and some dude was like "you must be from northern california, probably the bay area huh?"
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 la jolla CA represent
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 I'm in San Diego, but grew up in the bay.
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 If you're on the east coast you can use Wicked in place of Hella
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 yea no we don't..
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 grew up in santa cruz, moved to the central valley then came to san diego for school and plan on staying here for a LONNNNGGG time haha
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 @tetonlarry - Northeast Smile
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 that must have been weird to ride with, that thing looked like it was 3 feet long!
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 That's what she said.
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 Must have looked like a dalek riding down the trail with that thing attached to his head!
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 abzillah you got a point.
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 Helloooooooo the color saturation was exelent! The wide angle view exelent. Tire tappin the camera awsome! Go Pro 3 test.. Two thumbs up!
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 It is a mount that Andrew made a couple years ago. Check out the first time - vimeo.com/14638294. Dude is crazy, but a badass rider (and skier for that matter).
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 looks fucking dope, shame about the UK price though....
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 A good way to make a mount is with PVC pipe. Experiment with different lengths and diameters to get what works best for the rider. PVC will break on impact to prevent major injures. Older PVC can break with sharp ends, so don't use old dried out piping. Also there are a lot of angles that are available for not too much money. Try to secure it with some clamps or zip ties to your helmet. It you have an older helmet that is still safe to ride in try a more permanent mount, get creative...GoPro has a lot of attachments for their cameras, so that part should not be a problem.
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 Better still if you use the PVC pipe and some of the matching push in holders - also available from your friendly local plumbing supply shop - so, should you crash the whole thing can snap out of the holders and not snap your neck... compare.ebay.co.uk/like/310410118086?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&adtype=pla

I made this mount from old vw brake hose.. back in the days of video cameras in your backpack.... www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR_J1HgSj3g&feature=g-crec-u
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 SERIOUSLY??? Even having this discussion is your answer. If we have to debate "which will break faster on impact to prevent us from snapping our necks" we're obviously all f*cked.
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 Did that mount almost three years ago...sledding www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ54rm6EdC8 you can easily make that mount or buy one now at www.gopole.com it looks like it sticks out way longer than it does because of the wide angle go pro shoots at, and it is a lot hard to ride with since that small amount of weight out far is heavy...he could have edited that pole out of his video easy enough and it would have looked way better, but sick vid and the new gopro will rule!!
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 How did you get a hero 3 already but have a cracked windshield??? Priorities.
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 That's how we roll in Jackson Hole.
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 If you live in Jackson and you don't have a broken windshield, you probably just moved here.
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 Love these trails! The Teton Freedom Riders done it right. Here's an amateur edit of what they look like in summer.
www.pinkbike.com/video/270759
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 Holy crap that looks amazing.
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 thats my homie and JHole Local Ibis rider Andrew Whiteford. sick footie=)
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 you two should hook up! with this camera contraption turned on!
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 could you elaborate? i mean, he is cute and nice and all.....
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 hookup and film as in a ride ......using the contraption...ellaborated!
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 id love to do that! besides riding with someone as good as he is always makes you betterWink
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 Time to put the bike away and get the skis out, they just got dumped on, 30" of new pow!

Oh wait I live in Ilinois... f*ck MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!
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 Kinda creepy how you're staring back at me the whole time. I'm glad porn isn't filmed like this. Then again...
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 Camera tap at 1:11? Awesome!!!
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 Considering that came out of a plastic box the size of my fist, that's very pretty footage. Especially the landscapes, but I guess they're best-case scenarios
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 You have small hands
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 whats the hell is that!!!! so amazing angle for the first time i see the all scene the rider and his bike; bravo GoPro hero 3 a new revolution of autofilming
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 www.gopole.com/product/the-arm

Not quite as far back, but gives the face/helmet shot and fits to the standard gopro mount.
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 awesome, well self shot! wouldn't fancy going over the handlebars with that thing attached to ma heed though!
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 When you turn HD off the quality is worse than the quality from my shitty phone camera
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 this the black edition ?
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 probably because you see him with the wifi remote !
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 Right now the only Hero3 cameras out being used are the Black edition. They were sent out about 8 days ago for media, press and athletes to use. It's an amazing little camera, I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone captures with it. The sequence shooting is a cool feature I've been using lately. 30 photos in 3 seconds works well with the wifi remote to push the shutter button right before you take off and then you can shoot your own self portraits in the middle of whatever trick you want to do.
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 sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! cam tap awesome!
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 I Made one of those for my go pro. puts so much torque on you neck and mine needed to be longer got caught on my brake lever
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 how long was that setup i have one that"s one foot long and im not happy with the results of it so far
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 glad to know the hero3 still comes with the clunking noise of the camera moving in the case
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 I heard a different clunk when the front tire hit the camera on a jump. gives you a clue to how long the mounting pole is...
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 1:12 was so cool ... the front tire hits the camera ... how is that for perspective?
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 I don't care what anyone else says about you snapping your neck -- you just made my favs list.
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 Is that a mount system you can buy or a home built deal??? Bad-A! Want that mount...
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 It's home made !
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 Thanks for the pic! I don't like the mtg. to the helmet, but maybe that's cause I'm an engineer...haha

Time to work on getting something fab'd up. Big Grin
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 I already try it few years ago :
www.pinkbike.com/video/193416

Mine is around 2 and a half feet and with that distance in the 960p mode you have something good and secure !
You are not riding as fast as you can with this mount, it makes a big difference of weight on the front of your head, so you should not forget that you have it on your helmet !
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 instagram.com/p/RQDymtjFg0 - view from the top, a couple notes in the comments
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 It looks good but not great o wait it looks great just my piece of crap computer cant lode it.
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 was there any color correction done on the footage?? or any other treatments done to the video other than basic editing?
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 Looks like it kinda went slo-mo on the jumps, or was that jus me?
  • + 0
 it looks so sweet! i think it was just the smoothness of it no slomo but i could be wrong.
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 i guess you're wrong
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 Did a little color work in Cineform, that's about it. The riding was short at 48fps, on a 30fps timeline, so speed of the jumps was slowed to about 62.5% original (i think...)
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 It looked really cool. Tks for the reply
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 SooOOOOOOoooooo Stokeeddd on mine for it to come. BLACK ADDITION ALL THE WAY!!!!
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 Here is a view of my mounting job with a little description: instagram.com/p/RQDymtjFg0
Cheers, Andrew
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 Sweet, thanks man!!!
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 Parrallel Trail I presume. Pocatello and Jackson Hole are on the todo list for next year.
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 how long was the pole you used ??
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 Could you post a few more pics of the pole setup please?
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 That was pretty cool! It's amazing the amount of technology you can put into something that small and at such a price!
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 anyone know of a good way for building one of those "Unicorn" mounts? I don't want to duck tape or zip tie or glue anything
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 looks like you're out of luck in that case...
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 I just dont want to always have an impaling spear conected to my helmet
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 Mountain bike DIY without duck tape, zip ties or glue is like bread without flour.
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 The longest pole cam Iv seen haha SIK!!
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 awesome view! like in here vimeo.com/14638294
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 What's the name of the song?
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 is this shot in 4k or 1080p?
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 idahobrodown thanks for pointing out that place.
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 My mum always said that it's rude to stare...;p
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 man thats so cool. gonna have to get me one
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 what Go Pro mount does he have on his head?
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 it's MX, but i did the same thing a few days ago as well...with the Hero3 also. small world
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVKRCps1OXI&feature=plcp
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 dude, but a very sick video.
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 can`t find the correct version of this song.. is not really the banks remix!
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 Bonobo- "The Keeper" (Banks Remix) featuring Andreya Triana
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 this is awesome, only makes me want one even more.
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 This is definitely on my 'stuff to buy' list
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 Got to have and that mount as well ! Almost looks like a game!
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 hey the end there is pretty much my house woot woot WYOMING!!!
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 That looks like Teton Pass! thats a fun trail
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 I gotta try that new mount that he had
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 No different than joisting in the 11 century
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 1:11 is such a rad shot. I need one of those awesome helmet mounts!
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 craked windshelied
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 Holy fuck!! So sick!
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 sick awsome angle
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 Teton village?
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 NO!!!!! This is Teton Pass! Parallel Trail. Teton Village is where the tourists and children ride; not being a jerk but that's the truth. These trails have been built on Public Land with an agreement with the local forest service agency by a great local organization TFR and hard working locals including Andrew Whiteford. Teton Pass represents the riding culture in Jackson Hole, WY not Teton Village; that place is way out of the loop.. Had to jump in here; credit is due where it's deserved.
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 Yeah yeah for sure, wasn't being specific just meant Jackson in general. Although the shot at the end was the Village. Sweet vid nevertheless.
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 Parallel, Jimmy's Mom, Fuzzy Bunny... Teton Pass trails are legit! Watch out for the shopping cart!
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 the carts gone, but we still call it that.
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