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GoPro Goes to Glamis with Yamaha: Shooting 720p120fps, Medium FOV


Recently, Yamaha Motor Corporation launched their 2014 Limited Edition ATVs, including the YFZ450 and the Raptor, and formally introduced them to the powersports media at the infamous dunes of Glamis in southern California.

While on location, Yamaha commissioned videographers Ray Gauger and Adam Campbell to capture the ATVs flourishing in their natural habitat, and the veteran filmmakers chose to use GoPro cameras as their capture device of choice. Armed with multiple HERO3+ Black Edition cameras, mounts, and a radio-controlled quad-copter, Gauger and Campbell took to the sand, documenting every turn and twist of the throttle.

Gauger and Campbell understood the immersive experience of the point-of-view perspective, but they also realized they could capture any angle they needed, whether it was POV, aerial, traditional, or otherwise. As well, the duo were well-versed in the multitude of shooting modes including frame rate and field of view, which are exemplified in the final edit hosted on the Yamaha YouTube channel (shown above). The “Wide” setting is probably the most often used field of view in the GoPro footage out there, as it’s the default setting and the best for the point-of-view perspective. However, the HERO line of cameras also offers “Medium” and “Narrow” FOV settings. Field of view, or FOV, refers to the view angle captured by the camera. In other words, how much of any given scene is able to be captured in the shot. HERO3 cameras offer three FOV options: Wide, Medium and Narrow. Wide FOV captures a more expansive view, allowing you to fit more in the frame, while Narrow captures a tighter view, fitting less in the frame. Gauger told us, “I use the Medium FOV just about any time I’m not capturing “onboard” footage. The fisheye [Wide] setting is great for POV shots, but I like the more natural wide-angle look of the Medium format for aerials, tracking shots, and B-roll. For the aerials especially, I like the reduced barrel distortion, and that you don’t have to fly the copter quite so close to the action, or the ground, to get a great shot.”

In addition to shooting in Medium FOV, Gauger chose to shoot a resolution of 720p (1280 pixels x 720) at 120 frames per second for many of the clips he captured. At 120fps, footage can be slowed down extensively while maintaining smooth motion, free of chop. Gauger explained, “For this video, I really wanted to test out the capabilities of the new 720/120fps mode on the Hero 3+. I always like using slow motion for the big dirt-throwing, berm-blasting shots because there is so much action going on in such a short period of time. The 120fps allowed me to stretch it out even further and slow down the footage twice as much as what I'm usually able to do at 60fps. I was very impressed by the results. The fact that you can shoot 120fps in such a small package is nothing short of amazing. The 720p shots in the [Yamaha Glamis] video are actually some of my favorites of the piece.”

You can find the resolution and field-of-view options in the Settings (Wrench icon) menu of your HERO3 and HERO3+ cameras. SO get out there, experiment, find what works for you, and capture those memorable moments and immersive shots.

You can see more of Ray Gauger’s work at www.raygaugermedia.com, and check out the entire line of Yamaha ATVs at www.yamaha-motor.com.



Mark Burnett, five-time Emmy award winner and avid GoPro customer, said in a previous statement, "We have used GoPro cameras in some of our biggest productions, like Survivor and The Bible. GoPro has allowed us to capture and share fascinating new perspectives that previously weren’t possible or were too costly, which in the end makes for better story telling. We are always excited to see what GoPro is working on next."

"In a world of smartphones and increasingly small cameras, GoPro is still the film fans device of choice and the rugged gadget that will launch the careers of many future directors. If in doubt, check out the home made rocket that took a GoPro to space or the shark footage, both on YouTube." - T3 Award for the GoPro HERO3

EY named Nick Woodman as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year in Retail and Consumer Products Category

"Despite a lot of newcomers in the field, GoPro is still the leader in adventure cameras. The new Hero3 Black manages to pack an f/2.8 wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel sensor, and the power to shoot 30 still frames per second into a camera body that’s smaller than a bar of soap" – Outside Magazine "Gear of the Year" 2013

"Smaller, lighter, sharper, better … It’s the runaway POV cam of the year." National Geographic "Gear of the Year" 2013

GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition wins Men's Journal Gear of the Year 2014

The GoPro HERO3+ is the "Best of the Best…’Top Gear’ Of The Year" - GearJunkie Gear of the Year 2013

"GoPro Cameras Can Make You A Better Bass Angler" - Field & Stream

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