I thought I'd knock up a quick blog about shooting slow motion video of birds in flight using the GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition action camera. As a wildlife photographer, when I bought a GoPro, I did so with many nature projects in mind, and this is one such project.
I've tried out the 720p 120fps (frames per second) slowed to 30fps, and the result was super sharp video and nice smooth slow motion - but it could've been slower. The 240fps setting allows for slower motion video, but the trade off is that it isn't in HD. I've slowed this down to 12.5% of the original speed which is 1/8th of the normal video speed, pretty slow. And this still means that it will be at 30fps (240/8), nice and smooth :)
To setup the video, I used the GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition camera, standard housing, handlebar clamp and controlled it via the app on my tablet.
Setting this up was dead easy - anyone with a bird feeder in their garden can do this. Once the camera is setup on the mount, it was then attached to a stick that is cable tied to my bird feeder hanging brackets. This gives the birds somewhere to land that is natural to them, before they go to the feeders to eat - an ideal place to put the camera for a great perspective:
Using the setup above and the GoPro set for 240fps at WVGA setting, I went indoors and triggered the camera remotely from my tablet using the app whilst watching out of the window for incoming birds.
This is the end product:
For anyone interested in the editing and post production, I used iMovie to achieve the slow motion by reducing the footage to 12.5% playback speed, keeping 30fps. Thanks for watching, don't forget to share my videos with your friends, and check the DGPix facebook page for news and events. And as always your comments are welcome!
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!