4 More Days to Submit Your RAW Video Footage to the GoPro Evolution Contest - $20,000 Cash Prizing

Mar 28, 2018 at 17:11
by Pinkbike Staff  
GoPro contest




The Pinkbike GoPro Evolution Contest launches today, with $20,000 in cash prizing available throughout 3 segments — with some surprises along the way!



GoPro Evolution Contest, Part 1: Capture
You. Your bike. Any line. Anywhere. Raw POV.

How to Win
Submit 1 to 2 minutes of your stunning, technical, just plain rad unedited raw GoPro footage to be eligible to win, with over $5,000 cash prizing up for grabs.

Judges will select their 10 favourite clips, and then the Pinkbike audience will vote on their favourites. The footage with the top 3 most votes will take home cash prizes. First prize of $3,000. Second gets $1500. Third wins $500.

For details on how to participate in the GoPro Evolution Contest, check out Aaron Gwin's clip below!
Dates
April 4th, 2018 - Contest opens for entries
June 15th, 2018 - Entries closed
June 18th, 2018 - User voting
June 25th, 2018 - Winners announced


Location
Planet Earth

Judging Criteria
• Composition & framing
• Perspective & degree of difficulty of shooting
• Performance & style
• Overall beauty & lighting

Views: 5,290    Faves: 6    Comments: 3





Go Pro Contest

Keep your eyes peeled for the GoPro Evolution Contest Part 2 in July, and Part 3 in October 2018!


124 Comments

  • + 143
 They should do an amateur and pro category
  • - 28
flag OzMike (Apr 4, 2018 at 7:17) (Below Threshold)
 ............. well done. ????????????????
  • - 7
flag fecalmaster (Jun 12, 2018 at 0:58) (Below Threshold)
 I got some real raw footage going big. I mean her ass alone was like a whole segment.
  • + 1
 I’ve been still trying to pair my GoPro to my iPhone since this comp started...Any day now it’ll connect.
  • + 81
 no entries for pro's allowed. The winners should have actually bought a GoPro camera themselves, not received it
  • - 20
flag JacobSpera (Apr 4, 2018 at 7:58) (Below Threshold)
 Why shouldn't pros be allowed to enter? They have trained their entire life to make money on a bike and now you want to take that away from them?
  • + 25
 @JacobSpera: I am only 15 i might be better than other people my age, but I suck, really bad, compared to aaron gwin. I just haven’t had as much expearience as he has. They might should base it off of age, put age groups.
  • + 5
 do you guys really expect, someone pumps that much money (ACTUAL CASH NOT PRODUCTS!!!) in an amateur contest?
  • + 11
 Its 20k up for grabs..... As long as its not a GoPro sponsored athlete I see no issue with "pros" entering.
  • + 9
 It's difficult to be exited to use your camera for something there is extremely little or no chance of winning. I think it would be nice to include a few randomly picked spot prizes, or a few booby prizes- worst (but serious) submissions, best commentary or something?
  • + 0
 @foxxyman: I was about to say that there was a nice GoPro for $40 in the PB Buy/Sell, but I just checked and it's sold. There's still a few under $100. Otherwise, sites like Craigslist, EBay, and maybe Amazon are good.
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: Could be cool to 3d print a phone case of sorts that put on a helmet and (with phone) used as a gopro, kind of. guess that wouldn’t count for this contest though Big Grin
  • + 3
 @foxxyman: Yeah... There's plenty of cheap action cameras, or attachments for the phone. The issue is that this is only for GoPros... And those suckers are expensive. I'm in the same boat as you... Don't have a GoPro, but not gonna buy new, so combing the classifieds. I've seen several (albeit older model) GoPros for around 30 bucks.. I think there's a couple on PB, and a couple newer for cheap on EBay. My local Craigslist has a couple, but you're probably in a different area. Best of luck. Smile
  • + 33
 should do a contest for being able to get anything other than crap sound from a gopro 5 or 6.
  • + 2
 get a sennheiser mic
  • + 2
 @Asmodai: don't want a mic attached to the gopro. you need a digital to analogue converter cable then plug the mic into that. can't do that and use a gimbal. I use a secondary recording device and rode smart lav
  • + 3
 i keep my "old" 3+ black , best gopro so far !!! Wink
  • + 1
 @poah:
why? im pretty sure you can use mic and gimbal
  • + 0
 @Asmodai: not really - its why a lot of youtubers still use the 4 black
  • + 1
 @poah:
well you can do that, some gimbals may be incompatible thats true but in general it should work

anyways lav is better solution for sure
  • + 18
 Darn it my sick martian line on Mars isn't eligible since it's not on this world
  • + 6
 Ehhhh I think we can make an exception.
  • + 1
 Yeah, but we need to see really big air to compensate for the reduced gravity. And obviously if you crash in a puddle, congratulations!
  • + 16
 I don't know how to get 2.7k with 60FPS with my GoPro Hero4 Silver...or should I just buy a new GoPro?
  • + 1
 you cant
  • + 6
 there is a minimum 2.7K resolution at 60fps ???? f*ck GO PRO I have a 3+ Black ... 1080p is more than enough
  • + 2
 @RedBurn @Stenimir The video said 2.7K@60fps was preferred, not a requirement. The official rules linked from the competition page says this:

"Videos must be in MP4 format in HD or Higher Resolution (720p, 1080p, 1440, 2.5k, 4k) with no watermarks"
  • + 2
 @RedBurn: it said "PREFERRED"
  • + 1
 @manchvegas @lowgear Thanks Wink
  • + 1
 @lowgear: Could you link that page? I can't find the Official Rules.
  • + 10
 You can sit here and complain or you just go out and film sone stuff. I mean there was something from moab that I've ridden before and i think it got a third place or something. Cant be so hard then????
  • + 12
 4:3?? What year is this?

Am I going to have to sell all my widescreens for some sweet 4:3 crts?
  • + 10
 They often recommend 4:3 as it allows to crop to 16:9 in post to the optimal part of the frame.
  • + 9
 @CraigBrownie: That is correct! Sensor size is 4:3 and with this setting you get maximum view angle that can be cropped to 16:9 and eliminate slight errors in camera position. In the process of cropping to 16:9 you can also stabilize the video without too much digital "zoom" / reducing angle.
  • + 2
 the same year in which you record video in 8/4k even if your final render is 1080p it allows you to do so much more in post production
  • + 0
 @CraigBrownie: But not with GoPro's shitty Quik tool.
  • + 2
 @CraigBrownie:

But where in the setup menu can you choose 4:3? I've got a Session5 maybe that's why I can't find it? That or ignorance. Is the setting employed post-shooting?
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: The video featuring Aaron Gwin above shows him select it in settings. I've always used the same 16:9 settings as I've got my angle perfected so a little unsure of where to find it. I recalled watching a video saying the best idea is always to shoot 4:3. The reason is, 16:9 is actually a crop of 4:3, not the other way around. So you're getting more frame on the top and bottom of 16:9, giving you the ability to ensure you got what you want + stabilise in post.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: According to this article: havecamerawilltravel.com/gopro/video-modes-gopro-hero5-session , 4:3 is only available in 2.7k & 1440.

I saw a video that said "Oh, just film your bike videos in 4:3 & then crop out the top or bottom you don't need. It didn't mention that GoPro did away with their Studio software and gutted it to this Quik crap, which will ONLY make 60 second videos, has NO editing options at all on my Windows 10 computer or ability to crop anything. So all I get is the 2.7K 4:3 video.

So if you shoot in 4:3, you'll have to find an editing software to chop off the top or bottom to have 16:9. I just downloaded one of the higher rated "freebie" softwares, but I've not tried to jump in and learn it because life calls. I need a "How to immediately look cooler with GoPro" crash course.
  • + 2
 @bizutch: Ha thanks - I need one too.

The GopPro Con-Fusion app sucks.
  • + 1
 @bizutch:

you should never use camera soft to edit clips anyway

adobe premier >all
  • + 1
 @Asmodai: huh? did I say something about whatever camera soft is?
Adobe Premier eh? Free? :rolleyes:
  • + 1
 @bizutch: use DaVinci Resolve. Free, and really good editing options.
  • + 1
 @yzedf: it gets 2 1/2 stars on iTunes.
  • + 1
 @bizutch: well that's not a biased user base at all! Watch any of The Loam Ranger videos on YouTube and you'll see how well it works. He's posted 2 tutorials too, one for GoPro settings while filming and the second is for editing.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YEePcJZcFI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXnBCkF9jUQ
  • + 2
 @yzedf: watching now. Thx
  • + 8
 Can @pinkbikeaudience clarify the "unedited" ? does that mean, you can't splice clips together? Does it have to be one continuous POV or can it be spliced clips of "raw" footage?
  • + 1
 If it is any thing like the GoPro of the world then no you wouldn’t be able to splice clips together. But maybe it is different this year, since it has a different name and all.
  • + 3
 Yep, no splicing—just a single line. You'll have to wait for pt. 2 and 3 of the contest to dust off your editing chops.
  • + 1
 @brianpark: great that's what I needed to know thanks!
  • + 1
 @manchvegas: I was wondering the same thing. I have to assume the videos in the article weren't entries (at least, this year's) or similarly related to the contest... there was major editing/special effects going on, especially in the first video.
  • + 1
 @brianpark: OK...just reminded myself of how boring my riding is.
  • + 1
 @brianpark: super confusing concept, I actually read through everything and simple cuts seemed not to be excluded. Would be a shame, all that seemed to be submitted so far are straight trail POV shots.
www.pinkbike.com/video/487636/#top
  • + 1
 @brianpark: Welp guess I'm f*cked. Oh well.
  • + 6
 hummm... $20,000.00 value in Prizing. Average cost of a GoPro 6 about $600.00 - keeners buying a new GoPro 6 to have an edge in the Judging Criteria department., at 600 a crack. they only need to sell 33 new cameras to cover it. Well Played.
true GoPro dosnt take the full 600, but not my point.
  • + 0
 Or, for an even better value, buy a new Cannondale Scalpel-Si (msrp $2,800-$12k) and get a FREE GoPro!
  • + 0
 Except there's a big difference between revenue and profit.
The retailer make $600, not GoPro.
GoPro then need to cover costs to make, pack and distribute the camera.
Profit then pays for R&D, customer service, branding etc. before you have some left to give in competition prizes.
  • + 7
 Nobody talking about Gwin's proto YT?
  • + 3
 How am I supposed to ride gnar lines of mountain in Colorado if the contest is during a time when there is still snow on all the peaks?
  • + 3
 Contest goes until June
  • - 2
 @danelliott: that’s the point....
  • + 2
 @danelliott: yep... Snow is on the peaks until late July bud
  • + 2
 Do some gnar lines in the snow, that will probably get you some bonus points for the contest anyways
  • + 2
 Whats under the covers is what interests me the most, hard to get good lighting here in England....especially as that's one of the judging criteria.
  • - 2
 an e-motor
  • + 2
 @brianpark do you happen to know what's going on with entries that aren't showing up in the View Entries page? Have they been received?
  • + 1
 Happened to mine as well. Upload seems to go well, video ends up on the "gopro submission" category and on my user profile, but not on entry page. Figured it might go trough a review process before it would go up, but it has been several days now. Also, it seems there a quite a few videos in that category with a similar fate as mine.
  • + 2
 but this is not fair for people like me who live in canada where the trails are still covered in snow, it should be a ski/bike contest
  • + 3
 oh never mind it closes june mb
  • + 2
 @sinaerfani: June? We will be lucky if trails are dried out by then.
  • + 1
 @Dethphist: or even melted out
  • + 1
 @BryceBorlick: true I'm in north bay and we just got 30cm of powder
  • + 0
 maybe you should search a ski site for a contest then?
  • + 1
 When they say raw, does that mean not color corrected, and not able to use a secondary audio source? Because if I want to give a nice clip, I want to color correct it at least and have good sound!
  • + 2
 Entries close when the Trails open in Montana Frown
  • + 1
 submitted a bunch of clips and it says that there are no entries yet. maybe i have my stuff in the wrong format
  • + 2
 Every new gopro is getting more expensive and more complicated, is it me?
  • + 1
 Anyone looking for some original music hit me up! (Think cinematic kind of thing)
  • + 2
 Can we use other camera equipment like gimbals etc?
  • + 2
 i don’t have a gopro tho, no money for one either
  • + 0
 and yet they released Dr Strange's The Eye of Agamoto mind bending GoPro Fusion.
  • + 0
 I'm trying to upload a video but the website says flash is needed to upload. What does this mean?
  • + 9
 That you need Flash in order to upload.
  • + 2
 It means somehow they got stuck in 20th century
  • + 2
 Gordon's alive!
  • + 1
 sooooo 2017
  • + 0
 Wow. What? 90% comments are people bitching and/or whining. Lighten up folks
  • + 1
 Hero 4 Black vs Hero 5 Session. Thoughts?
  • + 1
 Planet Earth, What a pity!
  • + 1
 What’s the preferred setting for a session 4?
  • + 1
 I was going to enter until I watched the promo video.
  • + 0
 Ahh I live in a shithole no good trails, have a shitty bike and own hero 4 Session, this is not for me! Good luck everyone!
  • + 1
 I wouldn't want to own stock in GoPro right now
  • + 3
 how come?
  • + 9
 @Kimura: the company is dying.
  • + 9
 @cbro7092: Not being a financial expert that summary you linked to would have baffled me with bullshit into thinking things are going well for Gopro, yet the stock price has dropped from $11.69 to $4.53 since mid-October.
  • + 8
 I do believe this contest is GoPro's last $5000...
  • + 2
 Maybe redbull will buy them
  • + 0
 @smithcreek: Point taken, but you cant argue that everything is bad when they pretty much have a monopoly on the market, as well as the biggest social media presence out of all action camera brands. For example GoPro have almost 3 times as many followers on IG as Sony - a company that sells many other products aside from cameras. Downvote me once again, but I love GoPro, their products and their marketing, and would support them through thick and thin.
  • + 3
 @cbro7092: They don't have the monopoly they once did- there are several competitors that give 90% of the performance of GoPro at about 20% of the price. I'm not exaggerating- check out the Yi 4K. The GP6 is absolutely terrible- over contrasted and saturated footage and absolutely horrific audio. All for £500. What a bargain. The fusion is the best 360 camera about ATM but I don't think there's a sufficiently large audience interested in paying £700 for 360 footage to keep GoPro in profit.
  • + 5
 @cbro7092: I have absolutely nothing against gopro, don't wish to see them fail or care if they own the market, so it's nothing personal to me. It's just interesting watching a company try to figure out how to survive, in this case when their one product can easily be not only copied but improved.
  • + 2
 @cbro7092: They have 80% share in the US. Less than 50% in Europe. (By volume). While there sales grew 28% over two years in China, no mention of market share. Also no mention of whether that 80% is losing or rising market share. And it appears they have lost $896,000,000 in the last two years. They reduced their GAAP losses this year, but did so by pulling out of the drone market (and firing a few hundred people). They do have a large social media presence, but I'm not sure that translates into as much as you would think. Sony's profits are up 10 fold, and were about $4,500,000,000.00 last year. They also segment their followers. Playstation has 10 million (plus probably a couple million more in the per country categories). If you add up all the different Sony Product followers, I think they would probably be quite a few more than GoPro, but hard to count unique followers.
  • + 3
 @smithcreek: Yeah that's pretty much my thoughts. The general rule of capitalism is expand or die. GoPro seem to have expanded the company about as much as they can for a 1 product company, I don't know where they go from here, especially after their drone project failed spectacularly. 360 cameras? Mmmmm I'm doubtful.

You should always be sceptical of figures given mostly as percentage or "growth".
Percentage figures mean anything and usually nothing.
For example you can show "growth" simply my changing margins
  • + 2
 @smithcreek: GoPro stock has been flat since 2016,but stocks in general will move up and down either way. Simple catalyst like a news story can make equities move on the market. I hope GoPro can stay in business though,I’ve got a hero 5 session nib if anybody wants to buy it haha
  • + 3
 @smithcreek: It was over $98 back in 2014!
  • + 0
 Buy Low my dude.
  • + 1
 can I submit more than one?
  • + 1
 We need more roost
  • - 1
 I would enter...but still trying to get GoPro quik to work on Windows 10!
  • + 1
 reinstall the quick ????
  • - 3
 GoPro has $20k to spare??? I'm sure that last on the list employee they just $hitcanned would rather have a semblance of a salary.
  • + 3
 any more whining?
  • + 7
 20k is chump change for a company like go pro. Its easily worth that money for them to get a collection of the coolest clips from all over the world for them to use for advertising and videos vs paying people to search through random youtube videos or highering riders and paying them to travel and fly all over the place to get the footage. Adverstising costs are a part of any companies budget and I am pretty certain that this contest has a lot more to do with advertising behind the scenes then it has to do with throwing a random contest for fun.
  • + 3
 This little 'giveaway' will yield more than 20k in profits I bet. It's all a matter of perspective.
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