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    I dug out my GoPro Hero 3 and did a test recording of the inbuilt mic - before I forked out for an external one - and was shocked to discover that though the inbuilt mic was good, the picture quality was terrible I checked the settings and they were set for top notch quality: 1080, 60fps and narrow FOV (to avoid the curved effect.

    As it stands the quality is unusable. Here is a quick clip of me blowing off the rust with Jake E Lee's Mr Crowley from The Ultimate Ozzy. Just look at the 'noise' on the screen and dearth of definition.

    Last edited by BlofeldsCat; 01.01.19 at 01:14 PM.

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    Easy to see and hear that you certainly know your stuff!
    Would love to see you do the first solo as well.
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    On re-read, I didn't make myself too clear but for the avoidance of doubt I am wanting to know why my footage is not HD despite it being shot in HD and 60fps.
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    Video footage files can go through 3 stages.

    First, you digitally capture them to the card memory of the camera at a certain quality.

    But then when you import that file into software that can work with video, you have to make sure the import settings are set for the HD level you want it to be.

    Then thirdly there is the exporting/encoding, where again, you choose the quality level you want to save to.

    So its possible that footage shot in HD, later gets software imported OR exported at a lower quality level.

    Depends what you need or want in the end. I use Premiere and Encore from Adobe... they give you a lot of freedom to play with things.

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    I'm not using any software. All I did was shoot on the GoPro (microSD) and then transfer the files to my laptop so I could watch, trim, upload to YT. At every one of these stages the footage is grainy. So confused

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlofeldsCat View Post
    I'm not using any software. All I did was shoot on the GoPro (microSD) and then transfer the files to my laptop so I could watch, trim, upload to YT. At every one of these stages the footage is grainy. So confused
    It must be importing at a lower quality for some reason.

    Look for some YouTube videos on that camera/workflow just to double check the steps possible.

    I use a DSLR, so its a little different.

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    I think you'll solve it with lighting. Older GoPros, like your Hero 3, aren't that great indoors or in low light. Older phones suffer the same problem, they just can't get enough light in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalFB View Post
    I think you'll solve it with lighting. Older GoPros, like your Hero 3, aren't that great indoors or in low light. Older phones suffer the same problem, they just can't get enough light in.
    Would that explain the graininess though? Especially as the Hero3 has a low light function. I would've thought a HD camera would still record HD quality only darker. I can only give it a try and will feedback tomorrow. This is why I hate technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlofeldsCat View Post
    Would that explain the graininess though? Especially as the Hero3 has a low light function. I would've thought a HD camera would still record HD quality only darker. I can only give it a try and will feedback tomorrow. This is why I hate technology.
    It actually could.

    It's like setting the ISO speed (on a DSLR) to a really high number and reducing sensitivity to light... it can introduce major noise with those digital sensors

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    Could be your import/export settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Could be your import/export settings.
    No such settings though - just plugging the SD card into the laptop. I could use the USB cable for the same effect.

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    Well surprise, suprise, I just tried out my phone as a last resort and it's brilliant quality. Even my 10 yr old Iphone 5 is much better than my 4 yr old GoPro.

    Anyoen know how to get a great down-the-neck angle like Kent Carlevi? I've tried a few Joby mounts but they don't extend out enough so there's nothing to see past the 10th fret.

    On another note, I have a thing for Kate Middleton again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlofeldsCat View Post
    Well surprise, suprise, I just tried out my phone as a last resort and it's brilliant quality. Even my 10 yr old Iphone 5 is much better than my 4 yr old GoPro.

    Anyoen know how to get a great down-the-neck angle like Kent Carlevi? I've tried a few Joby mounts but they don't extend out enough so there's nothing to see past the 10th fret.

    On another note, I have a thing for Kate Middleton again.
    I unscrewed the camera to take this picture, but maybe it'll give you some ideas;



    Maybe try mounting a selfie stick on it somehow.

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    Thanks! I did think of a selfie stick but being the non-practical, no electric tools person that I am I couldn't think of a way to safely secure it to my guitar. I have a Strat headstock and an Ibanez pointy one.

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    I'm thinking hose clamps, or duct tape the selfie stick to a C clamp, and thin wood, like shims, under the clamp jaws, to protect the headstock finish.

 

 

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