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Example Of Property Video Shot With A GoPro Hero5

Published: 03/11/2016

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-2-58-55-pmPeter in Ojai, CA wanted to do a follow up on the post a couple of weeks ago. Peter says:

I tested the GoPro 5 that was just introduced 2 Oct that I had to buy for a completely different type of job on a property I was covering with stills.

I wanted to test the GoPro first "RAW" with no content editing and then with some fine tuning in iMovie. I like to stay as simple as possible before getting more sophisticated being a rather unsophisticated bloke.

The reason I am interested in using or testing a piece of equipment designed for action sports and drone work is that in my market which is very small, agents are interested in video but mostly can't afford the more costly video productions. So my thinking goes that if I can offer video at far less by using simple equipment that cuts down shooting time, that is responsive to auto exposure, color balance and even possibly built in stabilization so that my editing and shooting time can be cut at least in half but that looks professional if shorter, simpler and less fancy than a higher end production, I could satisfy a market. Everyone is the winner. But only if the GoPro 5 actually can do the job.

Here is Peter's series of tests that he shot with his GoPro Hero5. He did three tests:

  1. With no internal GoPro Hero5 Stabilization
  2. With GoPro Hero5 internal Stabilization turned on
  3. With 2 above plus iMovie stabilization activated at 50% + filmed with mono-pod at half extension to keep the camera from any jerky movements.

All filmed on the lens “Linear” setting to minimize “fish eye” lens distortion effect.

Here are Peter's conclusions:

Even without a motorized stabilizer, the GoPro could be used for a certain amount of “moving camera” shots. But to be better and for better control for up/down pans, an electric motor gimbal stabilizer would be necessary. GoPro is coming out with their own but there are others on the market I have seen even on Amazon that could do the job.

It is fairly steady for left/right pans and for up/down pans even hand held. But I would prefer to use a mono-pod for smoother pans. Used with a slider, it could be very effective for certain shots. With stabilization you can even walk sideways for a similar effect - without tripping over a stool or chair. And it can be used for limited walking but I would use the mono-pod for additional steadiness.

Can the GoPro 5 be considered good enough for professional “lower level expectation” videos for RE? I think so. Certainly not to take the place of proper pro productions, but instead to fill that first level vacuum of agents and realtors who want some video that is more than their own cell phones will produce but not at the deal killer price of the larger pro productions.

So for entry level clients to video, I think a decent video can be produced from a photographer who can use work arounds, can understand the strengths and weaknesses of the camera, does not try to do some of the camera work of high end video cameras and production teams and is open to some of the new possibilities for interesting visuals made possible with a very small, water proof camera. Actually for certain shots, it can be integrated into the gadget bag of even higher end video productions much as the smaller drones can do. I would grade the visual quality level as superior to the DJI Phantoms I have shot with.





Larry Lohrman

11 comments on “Example Of Property Video Shot With A GoPro Hero5”

  1. The free GoPro Studio software does a very creditable job of removing the fisheye effect with the GoPro at its Wide setting for a much wider field of view. For under $400 the EVO GP Pro does an excellent job of stabilizing the camera - and there's a zero learning curve to use it proficiently.

    I've shot 100s of video walk-throughs this year using that combination. My clients - luxury apartment complexes - are very pleased with the results.

  2. I checked to see if the EVO GP Pro is available for the GoPro5. Not yet. But this is what EVO said about it:
    "Yes we have a new Hero5 black adapter that is avaialbe for pre-order. They should begin shipping next week sometime."

    In looking at Osmo on Amazon, it looks like the kit with extra batteries etc. is somewhere between $500 - $600 which makes it cheaper than a GoPro5 once you buy a stabilizer, extra batteries, a small case and mount adaptors. On the other hand, the GoPro5 allows you to mount it on almost anything for other types of photography or on the hood of a car, drone and so on so it has more uses once the investment is made and also takes stills in RAW. Never having owned or even used a GoPro before, I cannot make any claims about previous models.

    My interest as noted by Larry, is not so much for those buying a GoPro to do RE video but for those who need one or already have one for other things and how well it would perform for entry level RE video. I already have a full higher end video set up but it takes much more time to shoot and then edit. I am interested in that entry level market of clients who don't have much money to spend and/or are still sitting on the fence regarding having to shell out more money to add in video out of the same commission structure. My testing videos are just that, tests, not final videos just yet. But I think it has possibilities for entry level RE videos depending on your market.

  3. While it was interesting to see the results that Peter obtained, I am with Joe Zekas that it is worth the extra $$$ to go with a handheld stabilizer. Similar to what Joe uses, I use a model from Ikan

    and it was definitely worth the investment.

    You can see my first attempt with it here:

    It is definitely not Hollywood cinematic quality, nor was it intended to be. I hate to call it low budget....let's just say it's entry level video for those who dont want to spend a lot 🙂

  4. "Rick Burgett November 3rd, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Has anyone looked at the DJI Oslo for this kind of work? It’s a little more costly, but seems like it might be a good solution."

    I just got the Osmo and have no tested it yet, but will soon.

    I could leave an update when I do.

  5. Rick Burgett

    I just got the Osmo and have no tested it yet, but will soon.

    I could leave an update when I do.

  6. Honestly, the quality of the footage looks decent as does the auto exposure except in the rooms with lots of windows where its a little under exposed. Is there manual exposure with the 5? It still looks too shaky to me. Even for a less expensive option. If you are going with the gopro, I would consider getting the Karma for another $800. Then you can ad in the option of drone video. Plus the Karma comes with a removable handheld stabilizer. Now with the gopro and the Karma, you are all in for $1200 (not including drone license) and you can very quickly create some decent steady shots inside and offer drones shots for an additional cost.

  7. I don't want to keep chiming in here, but these 3 tests are just for seeing if the GoPro 5 could be made to work for RE entry level video for clients who want to try it but are watching their pennies. These three are about using just the camera's built in stabilizing and that provided in iMovie to smooth it further.

    Since I have invested in stabilizers and higher end equipment already, I don't want to spend more money on the same thing for a lower end piece of equipment. I did try it on a real house (not my own rather messy dwelling you see here) to see how it would do what I do with my higher end equipment. It was clear that as long as I did not try to walk with it, it did quite well with some help from post editing. I discovered I needed to move from dark areas to light as the auto exposure worked best that way. And I used a mono pod to give stability when panning left/right or up/down or sliding sideways. One of the stabilizers mentioned in comments above would allow walking successfully.

    But its small size allows it to capture some rather interesting imagery from passing under running faucets if you want to show the high end kitchen and bathroom hardware or even through waterworks of outdoor fountains and pool water falls. So it could be used for some shots even when shooting a property with high end but more bulky and not water proof equipment. Now I will bow out. Thanks for all your comments. This is really for those who are thinking about offering video to their clients who have a GoPro or want one anyway and wonder if they can ease into RE video in a small way first.

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