tools of the trade May 11, 2014

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, and check out the entire line of Yamaha ATVs at