As an amateur videographer, you’re always looking for low-budget ways to capture high-quality film material. If you need B-roll footage for your next travel documentary, action film or adventure video, look no further than the GoPro. Named the world’s most versatile camera, GoPro’s sturdiness and mounting capabilities offer countless ways to film, making it a wise investment. Here are just a few ideas for capturing unique B-roll footage:
Take Advantage of SMPTE
The GoPro’s core technology is standardized by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and its CineForm Codec is high-performing and widely used in Hollywood feature films, states the official SMPTE website. Say, for example, that you’re interested in mounting your GoPro onto a vehicle to film a first-person car chase. GoPro’s high speed, low-computer capabilities allow it to deliver amazing footage without the blurriness of a traditional JPEG 2000 format.
Capture Nature’s Beauty
The GoPro Hero 3 is the tool to use when you want to film the great outdoors. There’s no better way to capture footage of a dog frolicking through a meadow than with this camera. There’s even a GoPro chest mount harness made specifically for man’s best friend. Also, if you’re interested in creating a nature time lapse video, GoPro can withstand being outdoors for hours at a time, shoot in lowlight and has a long battery life. If you’re looking for a different outdoor idea, enchant your viewers with amazing angles and breathtaking nature scenes like this video of a GoPro mounted on an eagle.
Send Your Camera Flying
Catapulting a camera may sound scary, unless you’re the owner of a GoPro. PetaPixel suggests using a sling shot or hand cannon to make your camera airborne. This method offers endless possibilities when creating unique and exhilarating B-roll footage for your films. And, if you’re concerned about breaking your camera, ease your worries by watching this amazing video showing a GoPro falling from an airplane and continuing to record even after it hits the ground, reports TIME. Talk about durable!
You don’t have to live near the beach to get great underwater shots. Think outside the box and visit a nearby lake, pond in the park or even the pool in your backyard. You also can try filling a large container with water and adding food coloring to create some interesting effects. Stellabelle shows the kind of incredible footage you can get by filming in a pitcher of water and adding blue food coloring.
Warning! Before you dunk your GoPro into water, make sure it’s updated to the latest firmware. After you encase it in an LCD Touch BacPac and add an anti-fog insert, you’re all set to have some underwater adventures, says Dive Photo Guide.
Go Back to Your Childhood
Use GoPro as a way to go back to simpler times. MakeUseOf suggests attaching a GoPro to a pogo stick, or you can mount your camera to other childhood favorites like a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe or a Bop It. Additionally, setting your camera to 1080p at 60 frames per second will allow you to capture scenes in slow motion without sacrificing video quality, says Men’s Journal. Choosing to shoot with this setting gives you the freedom to play your video in real time speed, should you change your mind.