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post #1 of 3 Old 01-11-2017, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from an old rookie

I've had many years of experience taking photos in a variety of places including Vietnam and Northwestern Iraq (I retired from the Army in 1993) and can even get along pretty well with Photoshop, Elements 15 being the latest edition for me. Where I've never had any previous experience is with video; never thought much about it, really. Until around the end of 2015, when I discovered Time Lapse. That caught my interest big-time, and I even had equipment at hand that could produce the requisite image sequences fairly well, and between Photoshop and Quicktime I got some rudimentary but still satisfying videos. To get better, I first needed better equipment, and a high-end DSLR was just not within my financial reach. And then one day not too long ago while browsing Youtube I saw my first time lapse video made from a GoPro camera.

To make a long story short, I now own a Hero 5. I bought Jordan Hetrick's how-to book as a means of immersing myself in the camera's operation, and am looking forward to making Time [I]and[I] Night lapses via the Hero 5, which remains the primary reason I bought it. I know my intended use is pretty tame when compared with some of the over-the-top video footage I've seen: the scuba diving, sky-diving, rappelling, mountain-biking, etc., but then I'm 67 years old and stove up with arthritis. Besides, I've had my share and then some of excitement in my life and times; it's just a different kind, but it's all excitement just the same. Anyway, I'm happy to be here and expect to learn something; I'll be paying closest attention to mounts, especially the DIY variety, and (of course) anything to do with time lapse. I probably won't say much unless and until I've got something credible to say. Thanks very much.
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Welcome. It's not a bad transition to go from photo editing to video. A good editing program for video is CyberLink Power Director. Check it out. The GoPro Studio program is terrible. PowerDirector is no where near "photoshop if video" but it's like the "Adobe Lightroom" of video.

Another thing to invest in is a tripod. There are tons of goods ones but stay away from BestBuy/Sunpak ones since they are terrible and won't last long. I use Manfrotto but the one I have is too much for the GoPro and was made for a DSLR. There are tons of Manfrotto around the $100 range that will be great for the GoPro. MeFoto tripods are also really good and cheap. The MeFoto is lighter and easier to carry around for the GoPro. Check around and see what you like for a tripod if you do not have one.

Time lapse is much easier on the GoPro then a DSLR. I use both depending on my needs since the DSLR gives me a ton more options. But both will get the job done.
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