GoPro MAX

I got the GoPro MAX as my introduction into 360 cameras.

It does something my iPhone/handphone camera can't. Take 360 photos/videos, and so I felt that gave me something new that I previously never really had.

Pros:

  • No need to worry about:

    • framing

    • stabilization

    • horizontal leveling

  • Capturing the atmosphere, feel, and experience of a place

Cons:

  • No remote, have to use voice commands

  • Remember to rest camera on its side

  • iOS issues:

    • iOS doesn't support saving 360 photos/videos to the native Photos app

    • iPadOS

      • doesn't do vertical/landscape orientation well

        • Sometimes it goes vertical, when I want landscape

    • Wish you can speed up or slow down a video

    • YouTube 90 second limit when exporting from the iOS/iPadOS app

      • Workaround: AirDrop the file to your macOS, this will export it into an mp4 file.

      • Upload the mp4 file

    • Cannot stitch videos on iOS/iPadOS

      • Sucks when TimeWarp splits videos at 6m40sec

  • Facebook issues:

    • Cannot upload 360 from iOS

      • Works ok when uploading file from Desktop

    • PowerPano upload doesn't view in Pano

      • Doesn't work on iOS or Desktop

  • Instagram:

    • No support for 360 photos or videos

  • Google Photos:

  • YouTube

    • Doesn't natively support the .360 video files

    • Have to export to .mp4 and then upload

    • YouTube compression doesn't seem that good, will have to experiment

    • 90 second limit when exporting from the iOS/iPadOS app

  • Memory Card

    • You need to take battery out to take the memory card out

    • May consider putting a tape on the memory card so I can yank it out

  • GoPro Player (macOS Desktop App)

    • Cannot stitch videos together

    • 5.6k and 4k export is only available without reframing

      • 5.6k ProRes, 10min file took 22mins to render on a MacBook Pro 2017 16GB ram, 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

        • FileSize: 49.38GB

    • Reframing

      • Limits exports to either: 1080p or 720p

    • Cannot speed up videos either

  • Video Mode

    • 360 @ night, walking

      • Jitters around the lights

        • No stabilization?

      • A lot of visual noise, doesn't do well in low light

Manuals:

Notes:

  • Voice Commands, alternative for a remote

    • GoPro, capture

    • GoPro, stop capture

    • GoPro, start recording

    • GoPro, HiLight

    • GoPro, stop recording

    • GoPro, take a photo

    • GoPro, start time lapse

    • GoPro, stop time lapse

    • GoPro, turn off

    • GoPro, Video mode

    • GoPro, Photo mode

    • GoPro, Time lapse mode

  • TimeWarp

    • 360

      • 360 does not have "auto" mode

      • 10x setting

        • Not good for casual walking

      • No sound

      • Might be better to record in video mode, and then speed it up manually in an editor (not GoPro's app) or YouTube (max Playback is 2x)

        • This will at least include sound

      • Splits video at 6mins 40seconds (400 seconds)

        • Raw .360 file size: 4.01GB

        • AirDropped mp4 file size: 3.33GB

  • Video

    • 360

      • No stabilization

      • Splits video at 8mins 2 seconds (482 seconds)

        • Raw: 4GB

  • GoPro Plus

    • If you are buying accessories, it may make sense to get GoPro Plus because you'd make back the same money

Apps:

Resources:

360 viewers:

Editors:

Accessories:

Technical Notes

AirDrop from iPadOS to macOS:

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Filming

When filming, you have to consider where the content is going to be consumed.

Two perspectives

  • VR mode

    • Facebook

    • YouTube

    • GoPro Player

  • Spherical

    • GoPro Player

VR Mode

Hold the camera mostly at eye level, you'll get a more comfortable view of yourself when rewatching the videos.