Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mid-Week Update

This is just about all the snow left in our yard. Not much to speak of. The mornings are still ~28°F but it has been warming up well into the 50s (°F) by the end of the afternoon. So it'll go pretty fast. Pretty nice riding weather. But still see very few other bikes on the road in the morning. This morning, I'm on lower campus for a meeting and there is an older Honda Shadow in the motorcycle parking area. There has also been a V-Star in the parking lot next to my building but they're choosing to park far from the building instead of prematurely "claiming" the motorcycle parking spaces. Not sure why.

Yesterday was my birthday and Bridget gave me one of the new GoPro Hero3+ "Black Edition" video cameras. She has seen me watching video from various road trips blog posts (Bob, Dom, Chris, Gary, etc.) and said that I needed to yield to peer pressure and post videos. Lots of video modes including 4K as well as wireless control from either the included wireless controller or the free iPhone app. It requires a microSD card with a class 10 speed rating, something I didn't have lying around so no video at the moment. I did pair my iPhone with the camera and it even gives you a live view from the camera in addition to being able to change settings. I think that would really help when mouting it on the rig and trying to aim the camera. And you can start and stop recording from the wireless remote control with the remote LCD mirroring the one on the front of the camera or from the phone app. I hear that the down side of the Wi-Fi is the hit on battery life.

Now I just need to go somewhere interesting…

 

14 comments:

SonjaM said...

Here's to peer pressure. Can't wait for some action shots. And a happy belated birthday to you!!!

RichardM said...

Thank you! I'll see what I can come up with...

Martha said...

April babies are the best! Happy Birthday! I, too, am looking forward to seeing your handy camera work!

Unknown said...

Richard:

Happy belated BIRTHDAY greetings.

I should have bought the black edition, cause I had to buy the remote so mine was the same price anyway but without 4k video

There was a sale on the 633x cards last week at BB or Future shop.. You many need another card reader. I had to buy one to recognize my new CF UDMA and SD USH-1 cards USB3.0 Just letting you know.

a regular class 10 will work if you only shoot 720p60 which is my preferred setting

I could never get my iPhone app to work. It connects but I don't get live view

I can't get the image of "april baby" out of my mind

bob
A weekend photographer or Riding the Wet Coast

Learning to Golf said...

Richard you live in Alaska.....that is an interesting place. I'm sure you can find things to show us that will be stunning!

RichardM said...

Thank you, I'm curious to see what I can do with it as well.

RichardM said...

The remote was included and I charged it up last night. But when I disconnected the charger, it defaulted to "ON" so by the time I got around to playing with it, the battery was already "Low".

The iPhone app works great and paired easily with the camera and the live view works good.

RichardM said...

I guess I've been living here too long, though you can ask Dom aka Charlie6 but there isn't much scenic about Fairbanks.

Keith - Circle Blue said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your new toy.

RichardM said...

Thank you!

Trobairitz said...

Happy Birthday!! (Belated now) So nice of Bridget to give you the GoPro. Looking forward to seeing some Alaska video.

RichardM said...

Thank you, still trying to figure out a good place to mount the camera. The wireless remote does give you a lot of flexibility for starting and stopping...

redlegsrides said...

Peer pressure is good sometimes! Nice gift choice from Bridget! As to interesting video subjects, perhaps in Fairbanks....truly nothing comes to mind, perhaps instead a sojourn to Denali NP?

RichardM said...

I have a couple of trips in Alaska planned for this summer and some of them may be interesting. But your are right, not much around here....