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Hero3 Black. How do I take advantage of this high definition camera?

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The GoPro 3+ Black, mounted on the NEX-5R, was recording video when the sample photo was taken. Underwater, the screen image on the NEX-5R with an Equinox red filter was almost identical to the scenery. The GoPro 3+ / Polar Pro Red Filter setup produced decent kelp color, but the shadow areas all turned violet. Reducing magenta in the shadow areas turns the kelp green. I'll have to figure out how to properly correct the GoPro videos and photos. Fortunately, NEX-5R was my main camera not the GoPro.

 

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The kelp footage in this Polar Pro / Hero 2 promotional video look good, but on my Hero 3+ Black the results were quite different. Perhaps the color model used by Hero 3+ Black had changed so much that it's no longer compatible with the Polar Pro Red filter.

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Correcting that kind of problem is easy.

 

BTW do you still believe to promotional video?

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Since I've gotten good results with my Equinox and Ikelite underwater filters, the next logical step is to test the GoPro 3+ Black with both to determine if the overly megenta cast in the shadow areas was caused by the Polar Pro filter or the new Hero 3+ color engine.

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A.Y,

 

 

URPRO-SRP has filter for greenwater.

http://www.snakeriverprototyping.com/Products/urpro-gr-filter.aspx

 

You can buy naked frame SRP filter adapter, to use that 55mm glass GR filter.

http://www.snakeriverprototyping.com/Products/blurfix3-55.aspx

 

Do becareful when buying filter adapter for Hero 3 camera.

Hero3+ is a slim waterproof housing. It is 40 meter rated. It does not have LCD bacPac rear door, perhaps due to water proofing integrity, so you can not use LCD bacpac on this housing. GoPro do not make one. Planned to make one but it did not come to market.

 

When one buy the LCD BacPac today from GoPro, it is called Limited Edition. It comes with free HD3 Original 60 meter rated housing and all the bac pac doors.

This means the filter adapter one need to use will be Hero 3 original housing one, and not the Hero3+ slim one.

 

The poly material of HD3+ Slim 40 meter housing is thinner than the Hero 3 Original 60 meter housing.

This Hero 3 Original housing is now named BacPac Compatible housing or some perhaps call it Hero 3 Dive Housing.

http://gopro.com/camera-accessories/replacement-housing

 

Hero 3 Original WB if using Auto, has more greenish/yellow tint than Hero 3+. That is the main difference.

 

Other difference :

In good light, Hero 3+ NARROW mode of 1080p is less noise than Hero 3 Original

 

Are you using AWB for above GoPro video or CamRaw ?

 

 

Later...

 



Hi SPP,

 

Helmstation is at 68 meter while bottom is 73 meter.

 

If you have time take a look to this tutorial. He tries to achieve the same Michael Bay look with different methods. Just check it from 19' onwards. Look how he change the yellow taxi color...

 

 

I never calibrated my Dell U2412M but I guess it was a lot cheaper than yours.

 

Bye

 

Yikes 68 meter....that I do not venture to.....he he he.

Thanks for the link David.

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Just one quick question,
is it possible to lock the WB to a given value (or do a manual whitebalance) on the GoPro 3+ Black Edition?
I experienced problems with the GoPro 2 as the automatic WB continuesly try to correct WB what makes it very dificult to correct that in postproduction.
I would like to buy the Hero 3+ Black Edition, but only if this problem is solved as in the green waters of Costa Rica the clips come out somehow radioactive green.

Thanks

Chris

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I experienced problems with the GoPro 2 as the automatic WB continuesly try to correct WB what makes it very dificult to correct that in postproduction.

3+ Black Auto WB does the same thing too!

 

To lock the WB with 3+ Black: Turn "Protune" on in the "Capture Settings" and four WB modes become available: 3000K, 5500K, 6500K, and Cam Raw.

 

To process the Cam Raw file in GoPro Studio.app you can either choose the ProTune profile (GoPro color profile) and then adjust the White Balance (Temperature and Tint), or adjust everything manually.

 

 

Are you using AWB for above GoPro video or CamRaw?

Should've used Cam Raw as AWB shifted the colors too much.

 

Thanks for the info!

 

I'll have to do more tests underwater to find the best settings.

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